- Friday, August, 18, 2017
Skin Infection Delays Start of HS Football Season
A bacterial infection among members of a high school football team in Arizona is delaying the start of the season.
- Wednesday, August, 16, 2017
Program Uses Exercise to Improve Health Outcomes
It’s no secret that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But working exercise into a therapy and recovery program can help improve outcomes for individuals who are sick or recovering from injury.
- Tuesday, August, 08, 2017
HS Sports Participation Reaches All-Time High
A survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations found that more high school-aged students than ever before are participating in high school sports.
- Thursday, August, 03, 2017
Number of College Football Teams at All-Time High
With the addition of four new college football programs, the number of NCAA (all divisions), NAIA and independent colleges and universities offering the sport has grown to 777, an all-time high, according to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.
- Thursday, August, 03, 2017
How Tech Is Creating ‘Smart’ Fitness Facilities
At this very moment, you likely carry a supercomputer in your pocket that possesses more processing power than the computers that got us to the moon. You may be tracking your steps using a tiny device you wear on your wrist. You’re reading these words on the internet, which is linked (in theory) to the entire depth of human knowledge.
- Wednesday, August, 02, 2017
Short-Lived Coaches Raise Hiring Practice Questions
An Idaho school district is looking at its hiring practices after it rescinded job offers to two brand new coaches once details of their pasts came to light.
- Tuesday, August, 01, 2017
UCF Kicker Ruled Ineligible Due to YouTube Channel
University of Central Florida kicker Donald De La Haye has reportedly been ruled ineligible to compete this season after he refused the stipulations of an NCAA waiver related to his popular YouTube channel.
- Monday, July, 31, 2017
California's Travel Ban Could Impact College Athletics
These days, it seems as if everything, from your morning cup of coffee to the sports you watch on television, is becoming politicized. College athletics is not immune to the trend.
- Wednesday, July, 26, 2017
HS Freshman Dies After Football Workout
High school football teams around the country are beginning offseason workouts, and inevitably some of those workouts take tragic turns.
- Monday, July, 24, 2017
Suit Filed Against Beckham's MLS Stadium Deal
David Beckham's plans to build a Major League Soccer stadium in Miami hit a new legal snag this week as a wealthy landowner filed suit over the sale of land the would-be stadium would rest on.
- Wednesday, July, 12, 2017
Six Small Things to Provide a Great Member Experience
While a glittering fitness facility filled with the latest and greatest equipment can make an impression, a great member experience is built on the little things. During the member-recruitment phase, fitness facilities can take small, cost-effective steps that can help lead to sign-ups. Afterward, providing the basics for members can keep them coming back.
- Monday, December, 05, 2016
AB Show 2016: On the Trade Show Floor at #ABOrlando
A trade show floor can be a daunting experience for the inexperienced. Such was my perspective coming away from my first AB Show last year in New Orleans, where I spent the majority of my time manning the AB booth.
- Thursday, November, 03, 2016
Blog: Cubs’ Victory One for the Ages
Just in case you thought 2016 couldn't get any more bizarre: you now live in a world where the Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions. The Chicago Cubs!
- Wednesday, July, 20, 2016
Individuals, Stadiums Getting In on 'Pokemon Go'
Have you guys heard of this Pokemon Go thing?
Twenty years after the country was first introduced to Pikachu and the horde of collectable monsters, Pokemon is once again sweeping the nation – but this time feels different.
- Tuesday, December, 15, 2015
Blog: Missouri Scholarship-Pulling Bill Is Asinine
While checking Twitter yesterday as I often do during the afternoon, I noticed some reporters that I follow out of Columbia, Mo. (the home of my alma mater, the University of Missouri) tweeting about a proposed bill in the state legislature that would automatically revoke the scholarship of any athlete who refuses to play for reasons not related to health. It would also call for coaches who support such strikes to be fined by their institution.
- Friday, September, 18, 2015
Blog: No Dirty-Play Epidemic in High School Football
Earlier this week, we shared another story about a high school football player making another ugly play on the field.
This time, the play was at least directed at an opponent, unlike the premeditated hit on a referee that made headlines earlier this month. There was also a less-publicized story about a player shoving a referee as a reaction to a call.
So what’s going on? Is there a culture problem in football? Are coaches skipping the part where they instill values? Are players out of control? Is there something in the water?
The likely answer: Probably not. Any of these might be a root cause for these incidents, or any random occurrence might have triggered them. The players involved in the hit on the referee alleged the ref had used racial slurs.
Whatever the motivation, this sort of thing has been going on for a long time — just with less media attention.
In today’s Internet culture, things can get noticed more quickly. The premeditated hit on the referee was just sensational enough to make us as observers perk up our ears. As new cases pop up that look and smell similar, we’re trying to connect the dots, looking for larger trends where perhaps none exist.
That’s not to say that we should do nothing to keep incidents like this from happening. We absolutely should.
What we should not do is panic. We don’t have to turn into football Chicken Littles. The sky is not falling.
For every instance of dirty play, the kind that grab headlines and leave us shaking our heads, there are many more examples of sportsmanship. Those things don’t get headlines, because the culture considers them boring.
Football idealists might look at the dirty plays recently and question their worldview. If participation in athletics is supposed to instill young people with values, how could this be happening?
That’s a question worth asking. We should look at some of the dirty play recently and double our efforts to teach sportsmanship to our young athletes. But let’s not freak out to the degree of questioning the value of sports participation in general.
Don’t let a few outliers ruin your enjoyment of the game.
- Friday, September, 11, 2015
Blog: Headset Allegations Just Another Conspiracy Theory
The first game of the NFL season happened Thursday night, and the defending champion New England Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21.
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were terrific, but it should come as no surprise that much of this morning's reaction has been centered on something other than the game: an allegation of malfunctioning headsets.
- Wednesday, August, 19, 2015
No Social Media, No Problem for Clemson Football
The first day of fall camp for the Clemson University football team was Aug. 3, and that also marked the occasion of players hanging up their hashtags until the winter. That means no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, no pokes, retweets or mentions until the pads are put back into storage.