Wednesday, March, 06, 2013
Md. Bill Sparks Conversation About Lacrosse Safety
While a Maryland bill requiring girls' lacrosse players to wear headgear was met with an outcry of opposition from the lacrosse community and quickly withdrawn, its authors say it has served its purpose. As participation in girls' lacrosse has increased, so have concerns about player safety, most notably, the risk of concussion. (Currently, helmets and facemasks are mandated in men's lacrosse, while helmets are banned in women's lacrosse for all but goalkeepers.) Delegates Dana Stein and Jon Cardin say that the proposed bill "accomplished an important goal of pushing the conversation to include vital safety concerns and is a win-win for parents and youth athletes."
Thursday, February, 28, 2013
MMA Boosts Kids' Confidence, Combats Bullying
The nation is seeing an increase in fighting among kids, and their parents are encouraging it. Already boasting a strong following among high school participants, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) classes have drawn more than 3 million children under the age of 13 across the country. While pro MMA organizations like the Ultimate Fighting Championship have given the sport a reputation for no-holds-barred blood baths, it's also gaining acceptance as an athletic discipline, spurred in great part by its preteen participants.Classes do teach kids to hit, kick and grapple, at a level appropriate for their age, but they also offer many of the same benefits kids get from participating in any other sport. "It's not about fighting," says Jonathan Burke, owner of The VI Levels MMA gym in Ocoee, Fla. "It's about getting in great physical shape, improving your mental focus and discipline." Moreover, MMA, built in part on the principles of various martial arts disciplines, teaches kids how to defend themselves. "There's such a problem with kids being bullied these days," says Jake Brennan, an instructor at GymX in Waco, Texas. "MMA gives them that boost of confidence to know they're alright walking around school."
The boost of confidence may do more to prevent bullying than the actual defensive skills taught. "Bullies tend to pick on people who are victims," explains Chris Conolley, owner of Spartan Fitness in Hoover, Ala. "These kids carry themselves different, they have the confidence to deal with someone messing with them."
Wednesday, February, 13, 2013
City Offering Reduced Rec Fees on Poor Air Quality Days
Residents in Salt Lake County, Utah, will have an easier time getting their exercise on days when the air quality outdoors is too poor. The council has approved a measure that cuts daily admission fees in half on "red air" days, or days when the Utah Department of Environmental Quality deems the air unhealthy due to increased levels of pollutants such as carbon monoxide. On such days, residents are encouraged to limit outdoor exertion, especially those with lung-related health issues.
Friday, February, 01, 2013
Group Calls for End to Full-Contact Hits in Football Offseason
The Sports Legacy Institute held a press conference in advance of Sunday's Super Bowl to announce a new initiative calling for all state high school athletic associations to ban full-contact practices and games during the offseason. Current and former NFL players, including Ravens center Matt Birk, Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and Chiefs Eric Winston were also present to show their support for the proposed ban.
Thursday, January, 31, 2013
Virginia Tech Concussion Study Expands Beyond Football
Since 2003, researchers at the Virginia Tech - Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences have been compiling impact data from college football players using sensor-embedded helmets, resulting in a rating system for commercially developed football helmets. In 2011, the study was expanded to include helmets, with the intent of establishing safety ratings by 2016, as well as updating the existing ratings for football helmets.
Tuesday, January, 22, 2013
H.S. Wrestler Fine After Being Hit by Falling Light
The annual "Madison Square Garden" wrestling tournament hosted by Madison High School in South Dakota was cut short this weekend after a lighting fixture fell from the rafters and directly onto one of the competitors.
- Tuesday, January, 22, 2013
Cooling Solutions Trending in Synthetic Turf Industry
From its introduction in the late '90s, the role of synthetic turf infill was to make synthetic turf play more like natural grass, providing more cushioning for the athlete's safety and performance.
- Tuesday, January, 22, 2013
More Recreation Programs Using Tablet Devices
Last fall, Bobby Brown, a graduate assistant with the University of South Florida's recreation facilities department, started reaching out to other collegiate recreation professionals to ask about their experiences implementing iPads ...
- Thursday, January, 17, 2013
Armstrong Asked to Return Olympic Medal
Oprah's interview confirming Lance Armstrong's admission to doping hasn't aired yet, but the International Olympic Committee has heard all it needs to hear. A spokesman for the committee announced today that the IOC has asked Armstrong to return his 2000 Olympic bronze medal, won two months after his second Tour de France title.
- Wednesday, January, 16, 2013
Playgrounds Need More Elements of Risk, Experts Say
The thrill of the playground is gone. It hasn't just been supplanted by the lure of high-tech gadgets and fast-paced video games, although those do take their share of the blame for the nation's childhood obesity epidemic. The real problem, say playground researchers and child development professionals, is that building standards like those specified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission limiting how fast or high a child can go and accessibility requirements dictating equipment placement have brought too much order to playgrounds, making them unappealing to children.
Monday, June, 16, 2014
AB's Architectural Showcase a Yearlong Affair
The Architectural Showcase in June is the one issue of Athletic Business I look forward to most each year. It's also the issue I spend most of each year working on.
Friday, April, 04, 2014
Blog: Wine at the Gym? I’ll Drink to That
Cardio equipment? Check. Towel service? Check. Group exercise schedule? Check. Liquor license? Pending.
Thursday, February, 27, 2014
Blog: Let Them Eat Cake, If They So Choose
On Tuesday, the White House announced a series of new initiatives as part of the fourth anniversary of the “Let’s Move!” program. Many of them are a great step forward in the battle against childhood obesity and inactivity, including an expansion of the school breakfast program and a five-year partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association and Boys & Girls Clubs of America will provide 5 million children with healthy snacks and physical activity opportunities after school.
Monday, January, 13, 2014
Blog: Women-Only Fitness Zones Perpetuate Stereotypes
Here at AB, it’s the editors’ job to stay on top of what’s happening in the industries we serve. As such, last Friday I came across an article about a gym in Vancouver getting some flak for its decision to close its women-only section.
Thursday, October, 10, 2013
Blog: If You Can't Beat 'Em… Beat 'Em Up!
I was sitting in a hotel lobby surrounded by other people when I opened up my morning news alerts and saw an article announcing the Kentucky High School Athletic Associations' decision to suspend post-game handshakes, so I had to keep my disgust to a minimum - a casual eye roll and understated sigh. Seriously? These athletes are displaying poor sportsmanship, and the solution to that is to do away with the concept? That's like dropping math from the curriculum because the students aren't getting it.
Friday, September, 20, 2013
Blog: Defending "The Slowest Generation"
Friday afternoon, when I should have been hard at work on AB's November issue, I instead found myself fuming over an article from Thursday's Wall Street Journal sent to me by our company owner. The article deemed younger athletes "The Slowest Generation," and accused my generation of being too apathetic about performance and competition.
- Tuesday, January, 22, 2013
- Rec Project On Despite Human Remains, Power Lines
- Video: Stunning Levi's Stadium Time-Lapse
- YMCA Opens Region's Largest Indoor Playground
- How Small College Stadiums Can Use Size as Advantage
- Concerns Over Precedent as Gym Usage Fee Waived