Source: National Athletic Trainers' Association DALLAS, June 27, 2013 - During its 64th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia in Las Vegas today, the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) pre-released a position statement on the "Conservative Management and Prevention of Ankle Sprains in Athletes." The statement, created by the NATA Research & Education Foundation, will appear in the July issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, NATA's scientific publication. Ankle sprains remain one of the most common joint injuries that affect athletes of all ages and in all sporting events. An estimated 28,000 ankle injuries occur in the United States each day, translating into an enormous impact on the health care industry and resulting in millions of dollars spent on treatment, according to the statement. In sports, ankle injuries are the most common with some estimates attributing more than 45 percent of all athletic injuries to ankle sprains. "Most ankle sprains result from damage due to an acute twisting of the foot or are caused from landing from jumps, stepping on another athlete's foot, trauma at heel strike during running or stressing the foot while in a fixed position," according to lead author Thomas W. Kaminski, PhD, ATC, University of Delaware, Athletic Training Education Program. "The guidelines we've recommended provide sports medicine professionals, coaches, parents and others with appropriate steps to provide the best possible care." Sports with the highest incidence of ankle injuries are field hockey, followed by volleyball, football, basketball, cheerleading, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, rugby, track and field, gymnastics and softball. The new position statement offers very specific guidelines on ankle sprain prevention and treatment. Highlights include: Diagnosis:Ascertain the patient's history, including the cause of injury and past injuries. This can provide important insights, though severity of injury may be difficult to determine.Assess active, passive and resistant range of motion (ROM) about the ankle. This can provide insight into injury to ligaments, muscles, tendons and nerves.Administer special testing to assess injury to the lateral ankle ligaments performed soon after injury and before joint swelling. This may have better diagnostic accuracy than tests performed after swelling has occurred.Use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a reliable technique to detect acute tears of the ligament after injury. Compared with MRIs, diagnostic ultrasound is useful in detecting acute ankle injury. Treatment and Rehabilitation:· Cryotherapy (cold therapy) should be applied to acute ankle sprains to reduce pain, minimize swelling formation and decrease secondary injury. Compression should be applied and the limb should be elevated.· Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, administered orally or topically, reduce pain and swelling and improve short-term function after ankle sprains.· Functional rehabilitation, ankle stabilization with progressive weight bearing and exercise, is more effective than immobilization in managing grade I (mild) and II (moderate) ankle sprains. Grade III (severe) sprains should be immobilized for at least 10 days with a brace or below the knee cast and controlled therapeutic exercise.· Rehabilitation should include comprehensive range of motion, flexibility and strength training, and balance training. Return-to-Play Considerations:· The patient's perception of function should be included in all return-to-play (RTP decision making.· Functional performance testing should be a component of the RTP decision making. Several tests may be used to help determine the patient's ability to RTP.· Before the patient returns to sport-specific tasks, the injured limb's functional performance should measure at least 80 percent of the uninjured limb.· Athletes with a history of previous ankle sprains should wear prophylactic ankle supports in the form of taping or bracing for all practices and games. Prevention:· Clinicians working with athletes should implement a multi-intervention injury prevention program, lasting at least three months that focuses on balance and neuromuscular control to reduce the risk of injury.· Addressing the strength of the leg muscles, hip extensors and abductors may be an ankle injury-prevention strategy.· Clinicians should consider assessing dorsiflexion (upward movement of the foot at the ankle joint) ROM in at-risk athletes. If the ROM is limited, clinicians should incorporate techniques to enhance motion for possible prevention of ankle injury. Special considerations:· Syndesmotic or high ankle sprains are characterized by symptoms including prolonged pain, bone spurs and functional disability. Evaluation should include testing, functional evaluation and radiography, with MRI if indicated.· High ankle sprains should be treated more conservatively than lateral sprains. Acute management includes immobilization for a period of time to allow healing and functional return.· Surgery should be considered for high ankle sprains that demonstrate more joint incongruity and instability.· Clinicians should be aware of any characteristics that define chronic ankle instability. Strategies that focus on balance, strength and dynamic movements with changes in direction may be effective in reducing risk of recurrence. "Individuals who suffer ankle sprains typically have high occurrence rates, prolonged symptoms, diminished quality of life, reduced physical activity levels and a propensity to develop chronic ankle instability and an increased risk for ankle osteoarthritis," adds Kaminski. "Managing these injuries can be challenging, and following the proper protocols is critical for a successful and sustained return to activity." For a copy of the complete statement, visit http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/ankle-sprains.pdf. About National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) - Health Care for Life & SportAthletic 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 35,000 members of the athletic training profession. Visit www.nata.org for more information.
Source: Gerflor USA
CHICAGO, IL – (OCTOBER 22, 2014) – Gerflor, a global leader in the design and manufacture of multipurpose resilient sports flooring, today announced that the University of Washington and Marquette University, both Division I members of the NCAA, launched the 2014-15 volleyball season with their newly installed Taraflex® Sport M Plus flooring. Alaska Airlines Arena, home of the University of Washington Volleyball program, received 10,400 square feet of custom-made school colors in Purple and Gold (Maple), while Marquette University specified 6,550 square feet of the same Taraflex product in its custom-made school colors of Blue and Gold (Maple) at the Al McGuire Center. The portable volleyball floor is easily installed over the facilities’ existing wood courts.read more
Source: Les Mills International
San Ramon, Calif. – October 20, 2014 – 24 Hour Fitness is once again reaffirming its position as a fitness industry leader and innovator with the addition of LES MILLS GRIT® at more than 200 locations nationwide this December. LES MILLS GRIT is a series of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) programs designed to transform participants’ fitness levels with intense, 30-minute sessions.read more
Woodinville, WA — October 21, 2014 — Precor®, a leading home and commercial fitness equipment manufacturer, today announced that 24 Hour Fitness® is rolling out thousands of new pieces of cardio exercise equipment to its clubs nationwide. This extensive deployment of Precor treadmills, ellipticals and bikes expands on an existing relationship between the two companies and reflects 24 Hour Fitness’ ongoing commitment to providing the best health club experience to the members of its more than 400 clubs in the U.S.read more
Source: ASTM International
W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., October 21, 2014—ASTM International introduced its new brand identity today at the fall meetings of the ASTM board of directors in Seoul, South Korea. The new branding better reflects the expanding mission and global reach of ASTM and informs our stakeholders who we are and how we help to facilitate global trade, ensure public safety and maximize business growth.read more
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a $14 billion global provider of food service, facilities management and uniforms wherever people learn, work, play and recover, announced today it will pilot acceptance of mobile payments from Apple Pay and Softcard at select arenas this hockey season.read more
Source: Eldorado Climbing Walls
BOULDER, Colorado (October 15, 2014) – Boulder, Colorado-based Eldorado Climbing Walls won the top prize at the fourth annual Wright Award. The award acknowledges Eldorado’s role as a Colorado lifestyle industry leader and the company’s positive impact on the business environment in the state. And living up to the company motto, “Everyone Should Climb”, Jerad Wells, CEO of Eldorado, donated the $3,000 award to Paradox Sports, an organization that improves people’s lives by creating physical adaptive sport communities, including climbing.read more
Source: Qualite Sports Lighting
HILLSDALE, Mich., Oct. 15, 2014 -- Qualite Sports Lighting, a leader in the sports lighting industry for more than 30 years, has selected Ephesus Lighting, Inc., a leader in developing high efficiency LED Lighting solutions, as the preferred supplier for outdoor LED sports lights as part of its new Q-LED™ System, an innovative lighting system for outdoor sports venues. The Q-LED™ System combines the Ephesus Lighting high impact outdoor Stadium LED lighting solution with Qualite's industry-leading pre-wired, pre-aiming technologies and mounting hardware. By choosing the Q-LED™ System, clients can be assured of a winning combination for their sports lighting needs.read more
Source: Gerflor USA
CHICAGO, IL – (OCTOBER 6, 2014) – Gerflor, a global leader in the design and manufacture of modern resilient flooring, today announced the launch of its “Floors for ReStore” program with a donation of nearly 185,000 square feet (more than three football fields) of its high quality commercial-grade flooring used in healthcare, education, sports, retail, and industrial environments to numerous Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations. These nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers sell building materials with a portion of the proceeds used to build affordable housing in the communities they serve.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore concept of providing new or gently used building materials to the public aligns with Gerflor’s environmental philosophy of reuse and recycle. Similar to Gerflor’s environmental practices, this donation will help eliminate material waste, while improving the indoor air quality and operational efficiency of the spaces its used in. Gerflor’s resilient flooring is 100% recyclable, low-VOC, FloorScore™ certified, low maintenance, and has a lifecycle of more than 20 years.
“We are thrilled to accept this donation from Gerflor as they are known throughout the flooring industry as a provider of high quality flooring solutions,” says Marcus Hayes, Operations Manager of Habitat for Humanity ReStore Chicago. “Our customers can rest easy knowing they’ve selected a great product, and more importantly, that they’ve contributed to providing simple, decent, and affordable housing to families in the Chicagoland area through ReStore proceeds."
“Gerflor is a global company with a strong commitment to the U.S. and our local communities,” says Benjamin Bachman, CEO, Gerflor USA. “The donations are a win-win for everyone involved because it diverts potential waste from local landfills, gives ReStore customers access to a wide range of high-quality, environmentally-friendly flooring, and allows Gerflor to be a good corporate citizen. We are proud to support the development of affordable homes and healthy communities with Habitat for Humanity.”
To learn more about Habitat Humanity ReStores or to find one in your area, visit http://www.habitat.org/restores.
About Gerflor USA
For designers, installers and facility managers who want design-forward, sustainable, durable flooring solutions, Gerflor is the manufacturer of choice for commercial and sports environments. As a result of Gerflor’s cutting-edge technology, history of innovation, and manufacturing capabilities, Taraflex® is the world’s leading sports flooring, and Mipolam – the original homogeneous resilient sheet flooring – is a leading healthcare solution. Gerflor is present in 100 countries around the globe with more than 2500 employees. It has an excellent environmental record which includes outstanding whole life cycle performance, full compliance with ISO 14001 standards, and FloorScore™ certification. Find Gerflor USA on social media: Gerflor USA for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. For more information, visit www.gerflorusa.com, call 877-437-3567 or email email@example.com.