Wednesday, October, 31, 2012
Massive Youth Football Gambling Ring Busted in South Florida
An 18-month investigation of a youth football gambling operation in South Florida culminated in the arrest of nine men, all coaches and assistants from the league. "Operation Dirty Play," as the investigation was called, started with journalists from ESPN who videotaped parents exchanging money in the stands. According to investigators, larger sums of money were exchanged off the field, and as much as $100,000 was wagered on a youth football championship.
Monday, October, 22, 2012
Armstrong Stripped of Tour de France Titles
Less than two weeks after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a report revealing doping allegations and losing nearly all of his endorsements, Lance Armstrong has now lost all seven of his Tour de France titles, as well. The International Cycling Union announced today it had accepted the USADA's findings and decision to ban Armstrong from competition for life, formally stripping him of titles earned between 1999 and 2005. Because so many of the second-place finishers in the events have also been linked to doping allegations, no winners will be named for those years, says Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme.
Saturday, October, 13, 2012
Fitness Facilities Control User Data with Remote Asset Management
We're living in the era of the "quantified self," the idea that everything we do can be tracked using technology, recorded, integrated, analyzed and applied to our daily lives.
Saturday, October, 13, 2012
Outdoor Gyms Catching On in U.S. Parks
Adult playgrounds have been popular in areas of Asia and Europe for some time, but these outdoor attractions have been slow to catch on in the United States. The Trust for Public Land brought its first Fitness Zone®, a collection of outdoor strength, cardio and balance equipment, to Los Angeles five years ago, and many California communities have also embraced the trend.
Friday, October, 12, 2012
Playing with Concussion: Evaluation Criteria, 'Tough Guy' Mentality to Blame
Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson took a helmet-to-helmet hit in a game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 30. After undergoing a series of tests per the NFL's concussion protocol, medical personnel cleared him to return to the game.
Thursday, October, 04, 2012
40,000 TRX Suspension Trainers Being Recalled
Fitness Anywhere has issued a voluntary recall of approximately 40,000 early-model TRX Suspension Trainers due to a faulty strap-length adjustment buckle that can break and cause injury. The models affected by the recall are Professional (P1) and Tactical (T1) Trainers sold to health clubs and gyms between January 2006 and December 2009. Owners should stop using the recalled models immediately and contact Fitness Anywhere by phone at (888) 221-7417 or by email at email@example.com for a replacement.
Tuesday, September, 18, 2012
Parks and Recreation Departments Benefit from Sports Tourism
In 2005, parks and recreation operations manager Joel Dunn approached the Carson City, Nev., convention and visitors bureau with a proposal to boost sports tourism in the city.
Thursday, August, 16, 2012
Synthetic Turf Manufacturers Advance Field Cooling Solutions
Global warming debates aside, this summer was hot. And dry. By mid-July, 64 percent of the country was suffering from drought conditions, the worst since the 1950s.
Thursday, August, 16, 2012
New Youth Football Concussion Policies Emphasize Prevention, Education
Football safety has progressed by leaps and bounds since the days when the "flying wedge" - the human battering ram linked to multiple deaths in the game each year during the late 19th century - was officially outlawed.
Tuesday, July, 24, 2012
Military Veterans Find Success in Fitness Industry
The boot camp workout trend is still going strong in the fitness industry, once again making the American Council on Exercise's list of fitness trends to watch in 2012. Also on the list is suspension training, the invention of a Navy SEAL in the '90s.
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.