Source: American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 2011) - The STOP Sports Injuries campaign (www.STOPSportsInjuires.org) continues to expand with more than 130 organizations pledging their support to advocate healthy play for young athletes. A few of the newest supporters include the renowned Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers' Society (PBATS). The STOP Sports Injuries campaign-launched in the spring of 2010 by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), and a host of other professional medical organizations - aims to arm the public with accurate information and tools to prevent, recognize and treat the long-term consequences of sports overuse and trauma injuries to children. "The staff at Cleveland Clinic Center for Sports Health supports the STOP Sports Injuries campaign efforts that are helping parents, athletes, and coaches better understand the causes of youth sports injuries. Studies point to a rising trend in the number and severity of these types of injuries. At Cleveland Clinic we are working to develop methods for more accurately diagnosing and treating injuries, including concussions, that keep youth athletes safe and healthy," said Paul Saluan, MD, pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and director of Sports Health Community Affairs at Cleveland Clinic. "If we can get parents to understand that specializing in one sport, year-round is not going to get their child a scholarship or into the pros and may get their child injured, we will have made a difference. Spreading the STOP Sports Injuries message into our clinics is essential to preventing injury," said Dr. Ronald Wyatt, chief of orthopedic surgery and podiatry at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Overuse injuries for youth baseball pitchers are particularly on the rise according to a recent 10-year study published in the February 2011 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine. The study proved a direct link between innings pitched in youth and adolescent baseball and serious injury. It highlighted the need for parents and coaches to monitor the amount of pitching for the long-term success and health of the young athletes. "Our members work with the professional baseball pitchers and know that many of them did not specialize in baseball growing up. Children should not be trained and practicing like professionals. We hope our participation in the STOP Sports Injuries campaign provides parents and athletes with the necessary education to keep kids out of the operating room and on the field," said Richie Bancells, MS, ATC, PBATS President and athletic trainer for the Baltimore Orioles. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, every year, more than 3.5 million kids aged 14 and younger are treated for sports injuries. Yet the American College of Sports Medicine estimates more than half of all youth sports injuries are preventable. "The growing support of more than 130 different organizations, supports our mission and belief that keeping kids safe from athletic overuse and trauma injuries will keep them playing for years to come," said James Andrews, MD, campaign co-chair and former President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Andrews has performed hundreds of elbow, shoulder and knees surgeries on the likes of Sam Bradford, Drew Brees, Bo Jackson, John Smolz and Brett Favre. The STOP Sports Injuries campaign was initiated by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and includes a comprehensive public outreach program focused on the importance of sports safety-specifically relating to overuse and trauma injuries. The initiative not only raises awareness and provides education on injury reduction, but also highlights how playing safe and smart can enhance and extend a child's athletic career, improve teamwork, reduce obesity rates and create a lifelong love of exercise and healthy activity. The campaign's message underscores the problems of youth overuse and trauma injuries and emphasizes the expertise of our coalition of experts, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Athletic Trainers' Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Sports Physical Therapy Section, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and SAFE Kids USA. For more details, visit www.STOPSportsInjuries.org.
Source: American Council on Exercise
SAN DIEGO, April 16, 2014 – A partnership between the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and San Diego-based Troy Apps Software has turned the highly successful ACE Academy Elite interactive study guide for aspiring personal trainers into a native iPad app that caters to a new school of learners in a digital age.
ACE Academy Elite for iPad, developed using the Troy Apps Mobile Learning Tool platform, delivers an enhanced study experience using only one device. In addition to marrying new features including tap-and-expand graphics, tappable glossary terms and custom note organization, the app syncs all progress to the desktop version of ACE Academy Elite.
“We want to cater to a new age of more technically savvy learners, and ACE Academy Elite for iPad helps us do that using a platform we know is effective,” said ACE President and CEO Scott Goudeseune. “Offering this option helps a wider range of aspiring personal trainers obtain the knowledge and skills they need to launch their careers and contribute to the national response to the obesity epidemic and other chronic diseases.”
Based on the original, Web-based version of ACE Academy Elite, the iPad app offers a comprehensive study experience using video lectures led by ACE Certified professionals, custom progress tracking and lesson quizzes, in addition to digital versions of the ACE Personal Trainer Manual and ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals texts.
Candidates who utilize ACE Academy Elite throughout the entire study process reduce preparation time for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification exam to 12 weeks and pass the NCCA-accredited exam on their first attempt 87 percent of the time, according to data collected since the self-paced experience launched in July 2012.
“The native iPad app we developed with ACE helps break down the material into a digestible format that working parents, full-time students and others who are constantly on the go will be able to easily access and learn,” said Troy Apps Software CEO Michael Trautt. “The feature-rich, interactive mobile app allows them to prepare for an exam from virtually anywhere, anytime.”
The new ACE Academy Elite for iPad was formally introduced at the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) Annual Convention & Trade Show in San Diego March 12-15 and is available for a limited time free with the purchase of an ACE Personal Trainer Premium Plus study bundle.
The nonprofit American Council on Exercise (ACE) educates, certifies, and speaks for a growing network of 50,000-plus fitness professionals, health coaches and other wellness experts, a community ACE is leading more directly into the fight against physical inactivity and obesity. ACE advocates for recognition of its profession as a provider of primary prevention and obesity-management services, and ACE makes available to the public science-based information and resources on safe and effective physical activity and general healthy living. Headquartered in San Diego, ACE is the largest provider of health and fitness certifications accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard in the United States for assessing professional competence, ensuring people have access to fitness, health, and wellness professionals that are properly trained, qualified and capable. For more information, call (800) 825-3636 or visit ACEfitness.org. AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on Exercise.
About Troy Apps Software:
Troy Apps Software has focused on building native iPad apps for business since the launch of the iPad. Based in San Diego, our expertise includes mobile sales enablement, marketing presentations, education and training. For more than 20 years, we have helped companies transform their printed materials to interactive digital formats. Our beautiful native iPad apps turn catalogs, training materials and presentations into feature-rich, interactive mobile apps designed to increase employee productivity and sales while reducing printing and marketing costs. With Troy Apps Software, you can immediately recognize a cost savings over print publications. Our catalog apps and training apps save money in three ways: they are less expensive to produce, significantly less to update and never require costly shipping. For more information, call (760) 930-9200 or visit www.troyapps.com.read more
Source: BCI Burke
FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin (April 14, 2014) - BCI Burke’s avid commitment to create outdoor recreation opportunities for kids’ play and fitness is ramping up savings on the most innovative and industry leading structures. Burke’s NucleusTM, Intensity®, NaturePlay®, Little BuddiesTM, and VoltageTM play systems are featured in the “Play Today” grants totaling $1.5 million, along with an array of play freestanding favorites that include Burke Basics spinners, swings, climbers, drums and Rock ‘N’ Ride racecar.
The “Play Today” grants incentivize leaders at schools, churches, child cares, municipalities, homeowners’ associations, and other groups who are looking to improve their outdoor play areas. The funding is only available until June 20, 2014.
The “Play Today” program accentuates Burke’s passion to provide play for all children. They are the ideal catalyst for groups that need extra momentum to make their playground projects become a reality, according to Tim Ahern, CEO/owner of BCI Burke.
BCI Burke’s Reinventing PlayTM business focus showcases continual improvement and premium customer commitment, as well as creating the highest quality playground, park and recreation products that are backed by the best warranty in the industry. Since its inception in the early 1920s, BCI Burke has been an avid champion of engaging kids and families in healthy, challenging and safe play. For more information, visit http://www.bciburke.com/playtoday.read more