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.
Source: Octane Fitness
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – Sept. 18, 2014 – Octane Fitness, LLC, earned the annual Vendor of the Year award from Anytime Fitness, the world’s fastest growing fitness club and the largest co-ed fitness franchise, for its outstanding service to the company’s 3,000 clubs worldwide. Presented at the annual Anytime Fitness annual conference on September 13 in Scottsdale, Ariz., the award is due to Octane being the highest-rated vendor in an Anytime Fitness system-wide franchisee survey.read more
Sacramento, CA, September 18, 2014– One of Northern California’s largest school districts is in the process of renovating its athletic infrastructure, and they’re getting started with two brand new fields from AstroTurf®, the pioneers of the synthetic turf industry. Sacramento City Unified School District’s Rosemont High School formally dedicated its new athletic field in May, while Kennedy High School debuted its new artificial turf September 5th. Sacramento-based Valley Precision Grading, a Certified AstroTurf Distributor, handled both installations.read more
Source: The Sports & Fitness Industry Association
SILVER SPRING, MD – September 17, 2014 -- At the 2014 SFIA Industry Leaders Summit in Chicago, SFIA Chairman & Mizuno, USA President Bob Puccini and SFIA President & CEO Tom Cove announced the SFIA Increase Participation Plan, the biggest initiative the sports and fitness industry has launched to increase participation. Working closely with industry partner PHIT America, SFIA outlined an attack plan to help reverse the ‘inactivity pandemic,’ and get more Americans active and playing sports.read more
Source: SwimEx, Inc.
Fall River, MA – SwimEx, Inc., an international leader in the manufacturing of therapy and fitness pools, is pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanne Pearson Vaughan as President.read more
Souce: Sports & Fitness Industry Association
SILVER SPRING, MD – September 10, 2014 – New York City and Chicago (host city of SFIA’s 2014 Industry Leaders Summit) were the only U.S. cities ranked in the top ten in each of the four fitness categories tracked according to the 2014 Tracking the Fitness Movement Report published by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA). The four fitness categories were Group Based Fitness, Weights and Resistance, Cardio Machines, and Soft Exercise. Soft Exercise is defined as Pilates, Stretching, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Barre.read more
Los Angeles, Calif. – (September 8, 2014) – Beachbody, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based developers of popular fitness brands INSANITY® and P90X®, announced today the hiring of Sue Collyns as Chief Financial Officer. Collyns will play a critical role in the strategic and financial management of Beachbody as it builds upon its success and works to expand its business globally. Collyns will report directly to Beachbody CEO, Carl Daikeler.read more
Source: Spectrum Aquatics
MISSOULA, MT, September 8, 2014 – Spectrum Aquatics, a leading manufacturer of commercial pool equipment, has recently developed a retractable, anti-slip backstroke start “wedge” (patent pending) designed to improve start times and reduce the possibility of slip starts for competitive backstroke swimmers. Spectrum’s innovative backstroke wedge is currently available for order and will be on display at this year’s 2014 ASCA World Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.read more