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.
Oshkosh, Wis.—Continental Girbau Inc. (Continental) recently partnered with two new on-premise laundry distributors – Atlantic Laundry Equipment, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and The Laundry Shop, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Both companies will represent the Continental E-Series, L-Series, G-Flex and LG Washer lines; Pro-Series II and LG Dryer lines; and the Continental feeder, ironer, folder and stacker lines.
Originally established in 1943 as Harold Snow Service Group – a commercial food and laundry sales, parts and service provider – Atlantic Laundry Equipment became a separate brand focused only on commercial laundry in 2014. A one-stop-shop for parts, equipment, service and support, Atlantic Laundry Equipment provides Continental on-premise and vended laundry equipment throughout the provinces of Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Known for unrivaled service, Atlantic Laundry Equipment works with on-premise and commercial laundries to improve production using less energy and labor. Led by President Trevor Melendy, Atlantic Laundry Equipment offers 24/7 emergency service and personal customer care.
“While the Atlantic Laundry Equipment name is relatively new, its service to customers in the on-premise laundry industry isn’t,” said Joel Jorgensen, Continental vice president of sales and customer services. “The Atlantic Laundry team is highly experienced and responsive – offering high-caliber on-premise laundry expertise.”
Learn more about Atlantic Laundry Equipment at www.atlanticlaundry.ca, or call 855-602-7278 for the St. John’s office, or 888-567-6123 for the Halifax office.
The Laundry Shop, co-owned by Ron Jansen and George Rionda, now provides on-premise and vended laundry equipment, sales, parts and service to the Florida counties of Monroe, Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie. The company works closely with on-premise laundries at fire departments, resorts, hotels, nursing homes, hospitals, spas, beauty salons and vet clinics, among many others. The Laundry Shop, which offers a total solution and innovation, operates with the mission, “Invest in Excellence.”
“Geographically located in south Florida, The Laundry Shop is operated by industry-trusted laundry experts,” said Jorgensen. “Both Ron and George have successfully sold hundreds of Continental on-premise laundry products over the years. They have excellent reputations, follow-through and character. We are happy to be partners with them as they serve south Florida.”
Discover more about The Laundry Shop at www.thelaundryshop.com or call 855-888-WASH.
To find out more about Continental laundry products, visit www.continentalgirbau.com or call 800-256-1073.
The largest of 15 Girbau Group subsidiaries, Continental Girbau Inc. celebrates its 20th anniversary during 2015! Girbau laundry products – marketed throughout 90 countries worldwide – meet rigorous environmental and safety standards established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Girbau S.A. holds both ISO9001 and ISO14001 certifications. Ever focused on laundry efficiency, Continental Girbau is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGB), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.read more
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August 25, 2015 (Minnetonka, MN): Shock Doctor Sports and McDavid Inc. today unveiled United Sports Brands as the name of their combined global organization. With an innovative portfolio of performance and protective sports products, United Sports Brands will serve as the corporate parent for Shock Doctor, McDavid, Cutters and XO sporting goods brands.read more
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA, USA (August 26, 2015) The Club Spa and Fitness Association (CSFA) completed its annual conference Aug. 2-4 in Orlando, Fla., by introducing its first-ever certification curriculum and announcing a number of corporate partners.
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- IMG, a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, announced today that VERT, a leader in wearable athletic technology, has been named title sponsor of the VERT Challenge, a women's volleyball showcase involving IMG partner schools.read more
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(LAWRENCE, Kan.) – The Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE) – with the support from the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – introduces its newest instructional video, providing the basics to creating safe and playable baseball and softball fields.read more
US Club Soccer Announces Groundbreaking Technical Partnership with LaLiga
Renowned Spanish Professional League Headlines ‘Players First’ Offerings
(CHARLESTON, S.C.) – US Club Soccer – the leading organization developing soccer clubs across America – officially announced its groundbreaking technical partnership with LaLiga, the renowned Spanish professional soccer league featuring global powers FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
US Club Soccer’s multi-year agreement with LaLiga was introduced at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., Aug. 8-9, as part of the launch of its “Players First” platform for youth clubs. The LaLiga partnership will focus on strategic development and resource support for the club, player and coach development pillars of Players First.
LaLiga will provide US Club Soccer and Players First clubs with training curriculum, which will help create a better learning environment and day-to-day experience to enhance the development of all players. The partnership also features reciprocal coaching education seminars and elite player training opportunities abroad, including direct involvement with US Club Soccer’s acclaimed id² Program and Player Development Program.
US Club Soccer will work with member leagues and clubs to hold a series of regional coaching workshops featuring top player development experts from LaLiga and its member clubs. The series will begin this fall and be rolled out nationally in 2016.
"Aligning with LaLiga – the best professional league in the world, with arguably the best player development system – provides the expertise needed to give our clubs an important tool in revolutionizing the game in America," says Kevin Payne, CEO of US Club Soccer. "LaLiga will play a critical part in advancing technical and tactical proficiency within Players First clubs while assisting our organization in evolving the youth soccer landscape."
This marks the first time LaLiga has invested significant resources in U.S. youth soccer development. Fernando Sanz, General Director of LaLiga Middle East and North Africa, will guide LaLiga’s global resources for its long-term relationship with US Club Soccer.
"We are thrilled to welcome US Club Soccer to the LaLiga family and are excited for the role our organization can play in advancing the American soccer club environment for years to come," says Sanz, a former professional player with Real Madrid and Malaga FC. "While our technical coaching staff can bring significant value to US Club Soccer members, we know the organization can provide LaLiga with invaluable insights and best practices to enhance our mission as well.”
Players First is a holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play. This is accomplished by providing a suite of resources geared towards several audiences – clubs, coaches, parents and players.
The five pillars on which Players First is based include: Club Development; Coaching Development; Player Development; Parent Engagement & Education; and Player Health & Safety
To reach a global audience through its best-in-class partnerships, Players First is developing an engaging digital presence and comprehensive educational seminars, with the schedule soon to be released.
For more information on Players First, please visit usclubsoccer.org/playersfirst. Join the social conversation by following @USClubSoccer and using #P1soccer on Twitter and Instagram.
About US Club Soccer
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer is an organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs in the United States.
US Club Soccer offers youth and adult registration, league and cup-based competition platforms at the recreational and competitive levels, as well as a variety of other programming, including the Olympic Development Program-sanctioned id² Program and Player Development Programs.
Through US Club Soccer, all of a club's programs – recreational, competitive and adult – are able to unite under one organizational umbrella, creating a "members for life" culture within each club.
More information: usclubsoccer.org, 843.614.4140.
Loveland, CO—August 19, 2015— Colorado Time Systems, a PlayCore company, has launched an app for Android and iOS devices that allows users to view product manuals online or download and save them to their device.
This is particularly helpful in the pool environment where wi-fi service can be limited. With installation and troubleshooting tips literally at the customer's fingertips, the app will save valuable time while working with the timing and scoring equipment on deck or scoreboards on the field. Manuals can be easily shared with others with the click of a button when working within a team.
“We are excited about this app,” said Dr. Anita Sayed, PlayCore Senior Vice President and Colorado Time Systems’ General Manager. “It will be really helpful to our technicians out in the field as well as all of our customers.”
Get the app on Google play or iTunes here:
About Colorado Time Systems (CTS):
Colorado Time Systems, a PlayCore company, has established a reputation for precision and innovation in swim timing equipment. Since 1972, premier aquatic facilities have chosen Colorado Time Systems for platinum quality timing, scoring and display systems. Learn more at www.coloradotime.com.
PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, programs, and partnerships. They infuse this learning into their complete family of brands. PlayCore combines best in class planning and education programs with the most comprehensive array of recreation products available to create solutions that match the unique needs of each community they serve. Learn more at www.playcore.com.read more
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