Source; Brock International Houston, Texas (August 26, 2013) - Determined to maximize the safety and performance of team members, the Houston Texans installed Brock PowerBase underneath its new synthetic turf practice field. As the industry's leading shock pad and drainage layer, Brock PowerBase has been proven to reduce G-max, the peak force of impact, which may decrease the risk and severity of concussions and other injuries. "With escalating concerns about player safety, innovative teams like the Houston Texans are using the latest technological developments in areas such as shock pads to build state-of-the-art synthetic turf fields that mimic not only the footing of natural grass, but also the safest surface to practice on," noted Dan Sawyer, CEO of Brock International. "Brock PowerBase helps prevent injuries while enhancing athletic performance." A spokesperson for the Houston Texans said, "the Texans ultimate goal is to maximize player safety by optimizing the performance of the playing surface. After extensive consideration, the Houston Texans selected a UBU Sports synthetic turf system and incorporated the Brock PowerBase to meet our unique needs." Brock PowerBase was installed underneath the new UBU Sports synthetic turf field at the Houston Texans' indoor practice facility, a 17-acre complex including illuminated fields and tracks. With players spending significantly more time on the practice field than game day stadiums, the team is taking a proactive approach to injury prevention while enhancing athletic performance. Brock PowerBase is currently installed for the San Francisco 49ers, at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL's New England Patriots, the Arizona Cardinals and at numerous universities and schools such as the University of Maryland, Boston College, Boise State, UCLA, Georgia Tech and Stanford. "UBU Sports, specializing in ground gear for athletes, is proud to have completed this installation for the Houston Texans utilizing Brock Power Base, " said UBU President and CEO Mark Nicholls. "As an industry leader, UBU Sports often has the opportunity to work with high profile clients and professional sports franchises that demand optimum performance and maximum player safety from their synthetic turf system. Utilizing the Brock Power Base allowed UBU Sports to fulfill the unique needs of this prestigious NFL team." Recognizing that athletes tend to experience brain injuries in one of four impact areas - head-to-head, head-to-body, head-to-ball and head-to-surface, Brock tries to reduce concussions by focusing on safer playing surfaces. Research firm BioMechanica, LLC studied the estimated risk of head injury on synthetic turf surfaces with Brock underlayment and found the product reduces G-max, which the lab tests indicated should reduce the risk and severity of concussion; provides the same playability as a pristine natural grass field and mitigates field hardening over time. In evaluating Head Injury Criteria (HIC), also known as critical fall height, Sports Labs LLC found that Brock PowerBase offered significant improvement in HIC when compared to a turf field that featured a stone base. Based in Houston, Texas, the Texans are a member of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Texans joined the NFL in 2002 as an expansion team after Houston's previous franchise, the Houston Oilers, moved to Nashville, Tennessee. The Texans emerged as champions of the AFC South in 2011 and 2012. UBU Sports is a leading brand of synthetic turf surfaces for use in a variety of sporting events, including football, baseball, field hockey, soccer, rugby and lacrosse. UBU's fields are currently employed by teams ranging from professional franchises (e.g. New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, New York Giants and New York Jets), collegiate and major indoor arena leagues to local high schools and municipalities. UBU Sports incorporates science and technology into each surface they provide, creating the ultimate ground gear for athletes. About Brock InternationalBrock International is the leader in performance base systems for synthetic turf. With over 25 million square feet of Brock Performance Base in play underneath athletic fields worldwide, the company engineers the best, safest and most sustainable playing surfaces in the world for athletes at all levels. Brock is an Official Education Partner of The Sports Legacy Institute, a Boston-based non-profit organization founded to advance the study, treatment, and prevention of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. In October 2011, Brock became the first company in the industry to have a Cradle to Cradle Certification CM for its combined drainage and shock pad product. Visit www.brock-international.com to learn more.
Sources: Shock Doctor Sports, McDavid Inc.
MINNETONKA, MN and WOODRIDGE, IL – March 26, 2015 – Shock Doctor Sports and McDavid Inc. jointly announced today that they have agreed to merge their companies. The combination will bring together two leading sports protection and performance companies with complementary product lines and a shared history of innovation and commitment to athletes.read more
Source: The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League
Minneapolis/Saint Paul – The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL) will host more than 8,600 registered student athletes representing 243 trap shooting and 25 skeet shooting high school teams for the 2015 spring season. Led by the support of their schools and more than 2,400 volunteer coaches, thousands of student athletes will participate in shooting sports weekly April through June at more than 150 shooting ranges throughout Minnesota.read more
(Clearwater, FL) March 25, 2015—In response to massive changes in the aquatics and swimming pool industry, Sports Facilities Advisory and the Sports Facilities Management (SFA|SFM) has teamed up with Counsilman-Hunsaker to address the fundamental challenges which aquatic centers typically face. The purpose of the partnership with Counsilman-Hunsaker is to support the health and economic vitality of the communities SFA|SFM serves by managing the centers with a very specific set of objectives that are developed in collaboration with the company’s public clients.read more
March 23, 2015, Chicago, IL and Louisville, KY - This is a historic day in the baseball and softball business. Wilson®, the Official Glove of Major League Baseball® (MLB) will now take the field with Louisville Slugger®, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball. Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a division of Amer Sports Corporation, and Louisville Slugger, a division of Hillerich & Bradsby, Co., (H&B), announced today that Wilson has acquired global brand, sales and innovation rights to Louisville Slugger from H&B. The deal is pending H&B shareholder approval.read more
Sources: Reebok, Les Mills
BALTIMORE – MAR. 25, 2015 – Reebok and Les Mills are creating a series of one-day festivals that will see mass-participation group workouts around the world. The two pioneers of group fitness are providing this fitness tour for consumers to experience the power of group exercise in a unique setting.read more
Source: Dow Chemical Company
ORLANDO, Fla. and MIDLAND, Mich. – March 24, 2015 – Building on the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games experience, the innovative artificial turf solution based on The Dow Chemical Company’s (NYSE: DOW) polyethylene (PE) and polyurethane (PU) technologies will be the official playing surface for hockey competitions during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Deodoro Olympic Park.read more
Source: Serevi Rugby
SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Mar 17, 2015) - Serevi Rugby® (serevirugby.com) and Volt Athletics® (voltathletics.com) today announced a partnership to provide rugby athletes with customized, sport-specific, and cloud-based strength and conditioning programs delivered to their smartphone or tablet. Utilizing Volt's proprietary technology and performance algorithms, rugby athletes, coaches, and teams working with Serevi can access an affordable high-performance training program designed specifically for them.read more
Source: KAATSU Global
Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) March 19, 2015, Fitness Industry expert and veteran Paul Grzymkowski has teamed up with KAATSU Global founder Dr. Yoshiaki Sato, President Steven Munatones, Chief Operating Officer Richard Herstone, Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Stray-Gundersen, and Peter Lansbury, Jr., Ph.D., Director of the Center for KAATSU Research at Harvard Medical School, in launching the fitness/athletic concept KAATSU Training in North America and Europe. “I am extremely excited about joining Dr. Sato and the KAATSU team in expanding and introducing KAATSU throughout the world. KAATSU is a perfect complement to the fitness and athletic industries. Truly an amazing concept” says Grzymkowski.read more