- Wednesday, May, 20, 2015
Synthetic Indoor Sports Systems Have Much to Offer
Seen mostly in multipurpose activity courts, practice gyms and family life centers, synthetic indoor sports surfacing has not fully adhered itself to the consciousness of those specifying floors in competition venues — at least not in the United States, where hardwood has been considered the basketball gold standard for more than a century.
- Tuesday, May, 12, 2015
Specialized Gym Owner Spreads Exercise-Is-Medicine Mindset
Leave it to a Ph.D. in neuroscience to think big. In February 2012, Becky Farley opened what she says is still the world's only community center dedicated to physically training people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Last July, Parkinson Wellness Recovery — or PWR!Gym, as its known in its hometown Tucson, Ariz., and beyond — doubled in size to 6,000 square feet. But those expanded walls have done little to limit the imagination of Farley, who sees her exercise-is-medicine mindset spreading into North American communities' YMCAs and Jewish Community Centers — anywhere with space and trainers willing to challenge patients to strive for, in her words, "bigger, faster movement." Senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Farley, who says she has a waiting list of people seeking license to open their own PWR!Gyms, to share her grand vision.
- Monday, May, 11, 2015
Design Details: New Use for Repurposed Basketball Floor
Several athletic facilities have taken hardwood from dismantled gymnasium floors and found new uses for it, but few have gotten as much mileage out of the concept as Delaware State University's Wellness and Recreation Center.
- Tuesday, May, 05, 2015
Virginia Tech Professor Explains Helmet Research
In February, the NFL suspended its concussion research program employing helmet sensors, citing player privacy and data-reliability concerns. Stefan Duma disagrees with that decision. After attending a military conference in 2003, the head of Virginia Tech's biomechanical engineering department helped the Hokies football program become the first in the nation to track head impacts.
- Friday, April, 24, 2015
Study: Pac-12 Athletes Burned Out, Sleep-Deprived
A study of Pac-12 Conference student-athletes has found that an average of 50 hours per week is consumed by the individual's given sport, with as much time spent traveling (22 hours) as is devoted to the actual athletic activity (21 hours). The result is students sacrificing sleep as they try to keep pace on the field and in the classroom.
- Wednesday, April, 22, 2015
Portable Synthetic Turf Growing Within Athletic, Fitness Markets
It's springing up on top of basketball courts and inside hockey dasher boards, and thriving within a new workout environment that emphasizes sprints and agility drills alongside atypical strength training. But to say that synthetic turf is taking root in a variety of indoor spaces these days would be missing the point, or at least misusing the metaphor.
- Friday, April, 03, 2015
‘Sloppy Drunk’ Episode Costs BGSU Coach Jans His Job
Bowling Green State University fired Chris Jans on Thursday after receiving a tip from patrons in a local bar that the men’s basketball coach was “sloppy drunk” and behaving inappropriately toward several women, including the daughter of the eyewitness who submitted an email and video to BGSU athletic director Chris Kingston.
- Tuesday, March, 24, 2015
Arena Concourse Doubles as Resilient Running Track
There are upsides to top-loaded seating bowls: delineation of access and circulation between public and participants, as well as minimization of vomitories that are expensive to build and eat up valuable seating real estate. Designers at GEC Architecture in Edmonton, Alta., went the extra mile with the 240-meter circuitous concourse surrounding an international ice sheet and 3,000 seats at Winsport Athletic and Ice Complex, Olympic Park — the Calgary home of Hockey Canada.
- Friday, March, 06, 2015
Seven Questions to Ask When Staging a Sports Camp
For insight into the staging of sports camps, Athletic Business looked no further than a couple of companies that do nothing but sports camps — and on a grand scale — in a marketplace in which seemingly everybody and his or her former-college-athlete cousin has launched one.
- Tuesday, March, 03, 2015
Minnesota Law: Ex-Coach Details Parent Settlement
Details have come to light regarding a settlement reached between a former high school hockey coach and the parent of a player he cut from his team.
- Monday, November, 10, 2014
Get to Know Your Peers When Attending ABC
This is a story about a conversation Lou Holtz and I never had.
- Tuesday, August, 12, 2014
Robin Williams Drew Attention to Inaugural Augie’s BASH
Robin Williams possessed the kind of frenetic magnetism that dared you to look away. For me, it wasn’t possible. The actor/comedian’s larger-than-life persona was tailor-made for a movie screen.
- Thursday, January, 17, 2013
Blog: The Tangled Webs of Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o
The twisted tales of Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o are now intertwined. Heroes to many, these athletes have lived lies before our eyes, and now those lies are unraveling within the same week.
- Monday, December, 03, 2012
Blog: The Life and Death of Rick Majerus
The first time I saw Rick Majerus in person, he was sitting in seldom-used end-court bleachers that had been wheeled into position for a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Class C basketball sectional at my high school alma mater's field house. I was there to cover a game for my hometown newspaper, The West Bend News. Majerus, an assistant coach at Marquette at the time (this was the mid-'80s), was there to scout Kohler, Wis., phenom Joe Wolf, who would eventually attend North Carolina.
- Friday, August, 17, 2012
Blog: Cheer These Pro Athletes for Giving Back
Assuming your membership in the Latrell "I have a family to feed" Sprewell Fan Club has expired, may we suggest a couple of options.
- Sunday, January, 17, 2010
Blog: Still Believing, 34 Years (and Counting) Later
Editor's Note: AB Senior Editor Paul Steinbach authored this piece in January 2010, but with February 22nd marking the 34th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice and the U.S. men's hockey team facing off against Canada on Friday, the message still rings true.
For nearly 30 years now, the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team has been an off-and-on obsession of mine.
- Thursday, December, 10, 2009
A Choice to Make
There's precedent for a Catholic institution sticking with a coach despite his pro-choice stance on abortion. Rick Majerus is in his third season heading the St. Louis University men's basketball program after admitting during a TV interview at a January 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign rally that he is "pro-choice, personally." But will a Catholic institution hire a pro-choice coach? Somehow, during speculation that University of Cincinnati head football coach Brian Kelly is next in line to bear the Notre Dame football cross, the rumor spread that Kelly, an Irish Catholic who decades ago campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, is pro-choice. But no one seems to know for sure. "I searched online media archives all day today trying to find one reputable media reference to Kelly's stance on abortion," read a Tuesday post by Brooks at sportsbybrooks.com. "I found none."
- Wednesday, November, 11, 2009
Hit 'Em Straight
When the AB editors dedicated our July issue to best environmental practices in the athletics, fitness and recreation industries, we managed to overlook one egregious hazard to our planet's health: golf balls.