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.
Clients all over the world ask for FlowRider® by name, craving the experience of a surfer lifestyle. WhiteWater takes pride in understanding the consumer market to create the latest innovations end-users truly want. By acquiring the FlowRider® product line, WhiteWater is ready to share the perfect wave with the world.
WhiteWater is excited to announce the acquisition of WaveLoch’s innovative, award winning line of products including FlowRider®, FlowBarrel®, FlowCurl®, Flow House, Wave-in-a Box, and WaveOz®. Previously, WhiteWater had been the exclusive worldwide licensee of WaveLoch’s FlowRider® business. This marks the third acquisition in the past two years for WhiteWater.
Wave Loch founder, Tom Lochtefeld will continue to market the WaveHouse and work on his surf pool business. Aquatic Development Group will continue to be the exclusive marketer and manufacturer of the FlowRider product line in the U.S. and eastern Canadian market.
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WhiteWater’s goal is not just about creating a collection of great products, but forming an invaluable team of people with amazing talent and skills.
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WhiteWater brings the fun as The ORIGINAL Waterpark & Attractions Company in two splashy ways; the first is just that - being first. In 1980, WhiteWater dove in feet-first; growing from a successful waterpark operation into a thriving designer and manufacturer of waterpark attractions, we've been making waves ever since.
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Source: The National Athletic Trainers' Association
Washington, DC, March 10, 2014 – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association advance released today a new position statement on the management of sport concussion during the 5th annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Washington, DC. This statement is an update to the association’s original 2004 concussion guidelines and addresses education, prevention, documentation and legal aspects, evaluation and return-to-play considerations. In particular, the authors amended the return-to-play guidelines and now recommend no return on the day the athlete is concussed.
The statement, created by the NATA Research & Education Foundation, will appear in the March issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, NATA’s scientific publication. To review the statement please visit: http://dx.doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-49.1.07.
Concussion key statistics:
•An estimated 3.8 million concussions occur each year as a result of sport and physical activity.
•Sport-related concussions account for 58 percent of all emergency department visits in children (8-13 years old) and 46 percent of all concussions in adolescents (14-19 years old).
•Athletes who have had one concussion are 1.5 times more likely to have a second; those who have sustained two concussions have a nearly three times greater risk and those with three or more have a 3.5 times higher risk.
•Data from the High School Reporting Information Online (RIO) indicated that concussions in interscholastic athletes were responsible for 8.9 percent of all athletic injuries.
“With the continued national spotlight on concussions from professional to youth sports, these recommendations provide a practical roadmap for athletic trainers, physicians and other medical professionals on injury identification and management. We also hope this document will serve as an educational tool for parents and school administrators,” said Steven P. Broglio, PhD, ATC, lead author of the position statement and director of the Neurosport Research Lab in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan.
“Athletic trainers (ATs) are commonly the first medical experts available on site to identify and evaluate injuries,” added Broglio. “Without exception, ATs should be present at all organized sporting events – from practices to games – and at all levels of play and work closely with their physician or other designated medical expert to implement these guidelines. In light of these general protocols, each athlete should be treated on an individual basis.”
Highlights of NATA position statement on concussion management:
Education and Prevention
•Use proper terminology such as concussion or traumatic brain injury as opposed to colloquial terms as “ding” or “bell ringer,” which minimize the injury severity.
•Educate administrators, sports medicine team members, coaches, parents and others on concussion prevention, cause, recognition and referral, physical and cognitive restrictions for concussed athletes, return-to-play protocols and ramifications of improper concussion management.
•Document potential modifying factors that could delay return to participation, and educate patients on these implications.
•Understand limitations of protective equipment for concussion prevention, and read all warning labels associated with that equipment.
Documentation and legal aspects
•Be aware of state legislation as well as sport governing bodies and their policies and procedures regarding concussion management.
•Document the athlete’s (and when appropriate the parent’s) understanding of concussive signs and symptoms and his/her responsibility to report a concussion.
•Communicate the status of concussed athletes to the managing physician; document all evaluation, management, treatment, return to participation and physician communications.
Evaluation and return-to-play
•Athletes at high risk of concussions (those in collision or contact sports) should undergo baseline examinations before the competitive season.
•Baseline examinations should be completed annually for adolescent athletes, those with recent concussions and, when feasible, all athletes.
•Baseline exam should consist of clinical history, physical and neurologic evaluations, measure of motor control and neurocognitive functions.
•Any athlete suspected of a concussion should be removed from play; not return to activity on the day of injury; and be evaluated by a physician or AT.
o Once the concussion diagnosis is made, the patient should undergo daily focused examinations to monitor the course of recovery and be cleared by a physician before returning to play.
o Those athletes with a history of concussions or who do not show a typical return to normal functioning after injury may benefit from a referral to a neuropsychologist or additional treatments or therapies.
•The AT should enforce the standard use of certified helmets and educate athletes, coaches and parents that, although helmets can help prevent catastrophic injuries, they do not significantly reduce the risk of concussions.
•Helmet use in high-velocity sports (e.g. skiing, cycling) has been shown to protect against traumatic head and facial injury.
•Consistent evidence demonstrating a reduced concussion risk by wearing a mouthguard is not available, though evidence demonstrates that fitted mouthguards reduce dental injuries.
•Research on the effectiveness of headgear in soccer players is limited; use of headgear is neither encouraged nor discouraged at this time.
•Be aware that recovery among young athletes may take longer than in adults and require a longer return-to-play progression.
•Use age-appropriate, validated concussion-assessment tools with younger athletes; a parent, teacher or responsible adult should also monitor and report symptoms.
•Young athletes undergo continual brain and cognitive development and may require more frequent updates to the baseline assessments.
•ATs, school administrators and teachers should work together to include appropriate academic accommodations in the concussion management plan.
· Implement a standard concussion home instruction form for all patients.
· Instruct a concussed patient to avoid medications other than acetaminophen, and avoid alcohol, drugs or other substances.
· Recommend rest as the best practice for concussion recovery; during the acute stage of injury patients should avoid any physical or mental exertion that exacerbates symptoms, maintain a healthy diet and stay well hydrated.
· Ensure school administrators, counselors and instructors are aware of the patient’s injury.
· In those with a concussion history, recognize the potential for second-impact syndrome and be aware of the potential long-term consequences of multiple injuries.
· Consider patient referral to a physician with specific concussion training and experience if an athlete has a history of concussions.
Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related illnesses. They prevent and treat chronic musculoskeletal injuries from sports, physical and occupational activity, and provide immediate care for acute injuries. Athletic trainers offer a continuum of care that is unparalleled in health care. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 39,000 members of the athletic training profession. Visit www.nata.org.read more