Source: National Athletic Trainers' Association DALLAS, Texas, April 2, 2013 - Dallas-based National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) announces that it has named a new executive director. David Saddler, who has served as interim executive director after the recent retirement of long-time Executive Director Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE, assumes the role effective immediately. Saddler has been a senior executive on the staff of NATA for three years. Previously he served as associate executive director, programs and services, where he oversaw departments and activities internal to NATA. "I am honored to be selected by the NATA executive director search committee to serve this great association and profession. My time at NATA has been very rewarding," said Saddler. "My approach is not to think about replacing Eve Becker-Doyle, who in her time as the CEO meant so much to NATA and the profession. What I will do is to make sure we honor those contributions and plan to build upon those and seek to leverage opportunities and solve challenges." Saddler is an association management veteran with more than 20 years of experience. He has served in executive leadership positions for organizations serving the transportation and electronic security industries. He has managed all facets of associations, from finance to public affairs. "With Dave at the helm, NATA is extremely well-positioned for the future," says NATA president Jim Thornton, MA, ATC, CES. "We are delighted that he will continue to lead us forward with a collective commitment to engaging our membership and ensuring great leadership at many levels, from the NATA board and committees, to the district and state leadership, and lastly, from a very talented and motivated staff." Saddler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from La Salle University in Philadelphia. He is currently pursuing the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. Saddler resides in Frisco, Texas with his wife Claudia and teenage sons Brandon and Kyle. About NATAAthletic 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.
- by Emily Attwood
- April 2013
CHICAGO (Oct. 9, 2015) -- The Golden State Warriors will defend their 2015 NBA Championship title on a new playing surface installed at the Oracle Arena. The new hardwood, featuring the iconic Golden State design, is a custom-made Connor Sports QuickLock™ portable basketball court.
The new basketball court mirrors the surface Golden State played their 2015 NBA Championship season on and will continue to provide a safe, resilient surface that maximizes home court advantage as the Warriors defend their title during the 2015-2016 NBA season.
“Connor Sports is extremely pleased to provide the new playing surface for the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena,” said Jon Isaacs, President/General Manager of Connor Sports. “The Warriors relentless pursuit of excellence and championship spirit embodies our company’s commitment to Champions of Sport.”
About Connor Sport Court International
More athletic events are played on Connor Sport Court surfaces than on any other sports flooring in the world. Founded in 1872, Connor Sports floors have established themselves as the standard for professional and collegiate sports. Hardwood used in the courts is from a renewable resource, with the U.S. growing six times more hardwood than is harvested each year. Sport Court® is a registered trade mark of Connor Sport Court International. Since 1974, it has identified the original and authentic modular sport surface, continuously improved and patented to provide the highest levels of quality and performance. Connor Sport Court is proud to be the only sports surfacing company in the world that is independently audited and verified as "Zero Waste" and fully ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 certified.
Connor Sports is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/connorsports and on Twitter @Connor_Sports.read more
Source: Sports Technology Awards
Competition Starts to Claim International Kitemark of Excellence
The global competition to emerge victorious at the 2016 Sports Technology Awards started yesterday (7th October). As the only initiative dedicated to celebrating breakthrough technologies in sport globally, the race to win a coveted award is closely contested.
The sports technology sector is constantly evolving and the 2016 judging panel and categories have been created to reflect this. This year’s categories are
- Best Sports App
- Best New Sports Technology Concept
- Best Sports Technology Partnership
- Best Technology for Commercial Return
- Best Technology for Fan Engagement
- Best Technology for Managers and Coaches
- Best Technology for Use by a Venue, Stadium, Club or Franchise
- Best Technology to Promote Participation
- Best Sports Kit or Apparel Technology
- Best Use of Technology by a Rights Holder, Broadcaster or Governing Body
- Best Use of Technology by a Sponsor
- Best Wearable Technology in Sport
- Sport England Design Challenge
- Sports Technology Innovator 2016
Alongside the awards’ new branding, another development for 2016 is ‘The Hub’. This is a new portal which allows awards entrants to showcase their product or service to the industry, free of charge, using video.
Rebecca Hopkins, Managing Director of the Sports Technology Awards, said ‘Past winners say that winning a Sports Technology Award makes a tangible commercial difference to their organization so we wanted to expand this ethos to everyone entering, hence the introduction of The Hub. Seeing technology in action can be more instructive than reading about it so organizations using The Hub have a great chance to explain what they do to a much wider audience.’
Entries are open now, with an early bird discount on offer until 20th November. The awards will be held in central London on 15th April 2016.read more
Source: Keep America Beautiful
Tailgating Football Fans to Participate in GameDay Recycling Challenge Across the Country
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 5, 2015) – From now until the end of November, college football is scoring big by tackling stadium and tailgating waste through the national GameDay Recycling Challenge, where teams and their fans compete to see who can reduce and recycle the most GameDay items, such as glass bottles and food packaging waste.
Colleges and universities are invited to accept the 2015 Challenge by registering online by Oct. 15. Teams representing the top athletic conferences have already joined the 2015 GameDay Recycling Challenge.
The GameDay Recycling Challenge is a national program administered by Keep America Beautiful in partnership with the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), RecycleMania, Inc. and the Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program. During the Challenge, colleges and universities select one or more home football games to promote waste reduction and recycling.
Winners for each athletic conference will be recognized, with five different categories per conference. National winners will be recognized in two categories: 1) total amount recycled, composted and donated; and 2) diversion rate – or the percentage of waste diverted from disposal. During the 2014 GameDay Recycling Challenge, nearly 2.2 million pounds of waste was diverted from 91 colleges and universities.
"Football is big on our campus and the GameDay Recycling Challenge is our chance to shine," said Dave VanDeventer, Clemson University's solid waste and recycling manager. “The Challenge allows us to showcase our athletics department’s sustainability efforts and demonstrate Clemson’s competiveness off the field as well as on.” The Clemson Tigers beat out colleges across the nation to win the 2014 GameDay Recycling Challenge by collecting over 60,000 pounds of recyclables and food organics during a single home game.
GameDay Recycling Challenge also honors schools each year that are committed to Zero Waste via an online “Zero Waste Wall of Fame.” Zero waste is commonly defined as reaching a 90 percent or higher diversion rate.
"Ardagh Group is proud to be the sponsor of the GameDay Recycling Challenge,” said Alex Robertson, chief commercial officer for Ardagh Group’s North American Glass Division. "We are committed to helping make our planet a clean, more beautiful place to live by manufacturing 100 percent, endlessly recyclable glass containers for foods and beverages. By working with GameDay Recycling Challenge, we can help create more sustainable colleges and universities, which also have a positive impact on their local communities. "
For more information about the GameDay Recycling Challenge, visit GameDayChallenge.org.
About Keep America Beautiful
At Keep America Beautiful, we want to ensure that beauty is our lasting signature. A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering in America, increase recycling in America, and beautify America’s communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. To learn how you can donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow us on Twitter andInstagram, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.
About the College & University Recycling Coalition
The College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) is a membership-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance recycling and sustainable materials management at colleges and universities. CURC represents a vibrant community of recycling professionals in higher education on over 800 college campuses across the United States. CURC members connect with each other through an active email listserv and at gatherings in conjunction with state and national conferences. CURC provides support to collegiate recycling programs through technical assistance, education, and training, including a webinar series, annual workshops, and the development of best-practices manuals and toolkits. For more information, visit curc3r.org.
RecycleMania launched in 2001 as a friendly challenge between Ohio University and Miami University to increase recycling on their campuses. The contest has expanded from two schools in 2001 to nearly 500 colleges and universities in 2014 spanning all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Over an eight-week period, campuses compete to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. For complete competition details, visitRecycleMania.org.
About the Environmental Protection Agency’s Materials Management Program
Rethink. Think Beyond Waste doesn’t just mean making good decisions about the end of a product’s life cycle (recycling, composting, energy recovery, and landfilling). It refers to sustainable materials management – the use and reuse of materials in the most productive and sustainable way across their entire life cycle. Sustainable materials management conserves resources, reduces waste, slows climate change, and minimizes the environmental impacts of the materials we use. Learn more about SMM and what EPA is doing at http://www.epa.gov/smm/basic.htm.
Source: Connor Sports
CHICAGO (Oct. 5, 2015) -- The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club unveiled their new playing surface and court this past Saturday at Philips Arena in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the team’s annual open practice. The new hardwood - designed, finished and installed by Praters Flooring - features the iconic Pac-Man logo and Hawks new colors of Volt Green, Georgia Granite Gray and Torch Red, on a custom-made Connor Sports QuickLock portable basketball court.
As a visual representation of the next generation of Atlanta Hawks Basketball, the new Quick Lock™ basketball court from Connor Sports combines the latest in Forest Stewardship Council-certified northern maple hardwood selection and state-of-the-art manufacturing technology to create optimum resilience and player safety.
“The dynamic new Atlanta Hawks court at Philips Arena designed and finished by our Connor Sports partner, Praters Flooring, represents our Champions of Customer commitment to provide the highest quality product and service to ensure the best NBA-level basketball surface for the Hawks and their opponents,” said Jon Isaacs, Connor Sports President and GM.
About Connor Sports and QuickLock Systems:
Connor Sports® is the market leader in sports flooring, committed to building places Where Champions Play™ both on and off the court. Founded in 1872, Connor Sports has established themselves as the standard for professional and collegiate sports. Connor Sports QuickLock portable courts are the leading portable hardwood sports flooring system. Connor Sports QuickLock systems are the official basketball court of the NCAA® Final Four™ and the FIBA Basketball World Cup and is the court of choice for multiple NBA® teams. All QuickLock systems are manufactured in Michigan at an ISO certified facility and are DIN and STEM tested. Connor Sports specializes in maple hardwood courts, resilient sports flooring and vulcanized rubber track surfaces.
Learn more at www.connorsports.com or find us on Facebook @connorsports or Twitter @Connor_Sports
About Praters Athletic Flooring
In the early 90's Praters pioneered water based finishes and over sized graphics on sports floors and introduced computer aided design to the athletic flooring industry. Today Praters in The Leader in the sports flooring industry and the largest portable floor provider in the country.
ABOUT THE ATLANTA HAWKS BASKETBALL CLUB:
With a bold identity and strong new ownership, the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and Philips Arena remain committed to making Atlantans proud on the court and off. The 2014-15 Southeast Division Champions, the Hawks have made the postseason in eight consecutive seasons and reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2015. Off the court, the organization has built a culture of inclusion, diversity and innovation, all with a touch of Southern Hospitality. It continues into the community where the organization builds bridges through basketball, whether by constructing and refurbishing courts in Atlanta neighborhoods, providing scholarships to our basketball camps, or surprising and delighting our fans with unique Atlanta Hawks experiences. Atlanta Hawks Membership, which includes your seat for every home game for the 2015-16 regular season games, is on sale now at www.hawks.com/membership or by calling 866-715-1500! For more information on the Hawks, log on to www.hawks.com today or follow us on twitter @ATLHawks.
Source: Sports Turf Managers Association
Leading Industry Event Returns to San Diego for First Time Since 2004
(LAWRENCE, Kan.) – Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide – will host its 27th annual Conference & Exhibition January 19-22, 2016 in San Diego, Calif.
Approximately 1,200 leaders in the sports turf industry will gather at the San Diego Convention Center for more than 75 hours of cutting-edge sports turf education, dedicated networking functions and exhibitor demonstrations. The event was previously held in San Diego in 2004.
Close to 70 educational sessions and panel discussions will feature sports turf managers along with academic and commercial representatives from schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums.
With nine educational tracks, sample topics include agronomics, pest control, water, professional development, research, facility management, construction/renovation, industry developments and sustainability.
"The 2016 Conference & Exhibition in San Diego is the ideal opportunity for sports turf leaders to showcase and learn about the industry’s progression through technology, research and best practices," says Kim Heck, STMA Chief Executive Officer. "In addition to a large number of networking events where our members learn from each other, we have developed an extensive educational program that will provide solutions to the varied challenges our members face.”
On Wednesday, January 20, STMA will present the experts discussing research and unique specialties, such as biomechanics. The lineup includes:
· Richard Kent, Ph.D., University of Virginia, discussing shoes and field surface interaction
· Daniel Russell, Ph.D., Penn State University, discussing acoustics and vibration of sports equipment
· Joel Stitzel, Ph.D., Wake Forest School of Medicine, speaking to current research involving crash injury and engineering biomechanics of trauma, automotive safety and sport and military biomechanics
· Timothy Gay, Ph.D., University of Nebraska, presenting turf, sports, physics, and concussions
New additions to the Conference are: “Fun Run/Walk” led by chair Tom Nielsen of the Louisville Bats; “International and First Timer's Reception” on January 20; and a free customized Conference app to help attendees build schedules, rate sessions and download speaker presentations.
Returning for 2016, the always-popular “Seminar on Wheels Tour” will visit SoCal Sports Complex, Del Mar Race Track, San Diego Jewish Academy, Petco Park, Qualcomm Stadium and San Diego State University.
Conference attendees can also take advantage of continuing education units from the American Sports Builders Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, National Association of Landscape Professionals, National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, National Recreation and Park Association, Professional Grounds Management Society and STMA.
The SAFE Foundation – STMA’s charitable arm enriching communities by championing safe, sustainable sports and recreation fields – will host a variety of fundraising events throughout the Conference. It also presents awards to the winners of the Student Challenge, a competition between teams of undergraduates in turfgrass programs with two groups taking home $4,000 each.
Registration for the Conference opens today, October 1. Receive complimentary entrance with new membership dues. Be sure to book before December 15, 2015 to take advantage of “early bird” rates.
For more info: www.stma.org, www.twitter.com/fieldexperts, 800.323.3875.
STMA is the not-for-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Since 1981, the association and its 34 local chapters have been providing education, information and sharing practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. Its more than 2,600 members oversee sports fields and facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums.
For more information: www.stma.org, 800.323.3875.
Source: American Council on Exercise
The 2015 State of Obesity Report Aligns with ACE’s Vision of Creating a Culture of Health in Communities Nationwide
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 30, 2015—The American Council on Exercise (ACE) issued the following statement in response to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2015 report, released last week by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The annual report is one of the most widely read and referenced documents on the current state of the obesity epidemic in the United States.
“We wholeheartedly agree with and support the report’s call to place a higher priority on, and increased investment in, both policies and programs that give children the tools to grow up at a healthy weight and that offer support to adults to live their healthiest lives,” said ACE President and CEO Scott Goudeseune. “The report aligns directly with ACE’s vision, which calls for an environment where people have been educated, empowered and granted the access they need to be physically active and committed to making healthy lifestyle choices.”
Goudeseune added, “We were thrilled to see the report outline several critical needs around physical activity including a call for increased utilization of available preventive health services and community resources, and to find better ways to integrate healthcare with community-based programs and services to allow the healthy choice to be the easy and smart choice. Additionally, we were pleased to see emphasis placed on targeting intensive efforts in areas of marked inequities.”
ACE is leading the charge to enable fitness professionals and health coaches to become a more integral part of the healthcare team and serve as the link between the clinic and the community. ACE is an advocate before state and federal governments and to the healthcare system to extend physical activity-based prevention programming beyond the clinic to the places where people live, work and play.
ACE offers leading-edge education and certification programs to professionals seeking to provide behavior intervention services that support active, healthy lifestyles directly in the community. ACE’s Health Coaches, Behavior Change and Medical Exercise Specialists are uniquely positioned to be a part of the solution by keeping people out of doctor’s office and helping them make healthy choices and physical activity a habit.
For a full copy of The State of the Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2015 report click here.
For more information about ACE’s Behavior Change Specialist, Health Coach and Medical Exercise Specialist certifications click here.
The nonprofit organization American Council on Exercise (ACE) educates, certifies and represents more than 58,000 currently certified fitness professionals, health coaches and other allied health professionals. ACE advocates for a new intersection of fitness and healthcare, bringing the highly qualified professionals ACE represents into the healthcare continuum so they can contribute to the national solution to physical inactivity and obesity. ACE is the largest certifier in its space and all four of its primary certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard in the United States for accreditation of certifications that assess professional competence. ACE also plays an important public-service role, conducting and providing science-based research and resources on safe and effective physical activity and sustainable behavior change. For more information, call 800-825-3636 or visit ACEfitness.org. AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on Exercise.read more
Water Immersion Works™: Research-Based Health Benefits of Aquatic Immersion and Activity includes vignettes from noted scholars
Chattanooga, TN - We know that water immersion is beneficial for the overall health of every individual, for uniting families, and building communities. It is also extremely beneficial for physical activity, and provides an alternative medium of exercise to those that are unable to participate in land-based activities. Now, Water Immersion Works: Research-Based Health Benefits of Aquatic Immersion and Activity can provide aquatic facilities, trainers, and community advocates with a resource to help promote, advance, and creatively support and fund water immersion initiatives and infrastructure.
The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®), in addition to the esteemed aquatic scholar contributors, participated in the development of this report to obtain and publish meaningful research. Water Immersion Works documents the benefits of water immersion and activity across a variety of topics including increasing blood flow to the brain, and promoting cardiovascular, nervous system, and overall health.
Inés Palacios, Ph.D., Director of Recreation for PlayCore states, "We were excited to be a catalyst in bringing this research together, and look forward to distributing this publication at the World Aquatic Health™ Conference in Scottsdale, AZ Oct 7-9, as well as through our Center for Professional Development, our partnership with NSPF, and our aquatic brands and colleagues."
The publication features 13 vignettes, written by noted-aquatic scholars, each designed to define and document key research findings in successful water immersion initiatives. "Only through awareness of the unique benefits of water can we hope to increase opportunities for healthy behavior, especially among the populations where water offers the most meaningful opportunities for active engagement,” added NSPF’s CEO, Thomas Lachocki, Ph.D. “This resource will help other communities to approach and develop meaningful water immersion programs, build social capital, and enrich aquatic recreation programming and facilities for their members."
To begin your journey on how water immersion can benefit your community, request a copy of Water Immersion Works by logging on to www.playcore.com/water-immersion.
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 combine 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. To learn more, log on to www.playcore.com.
About the National Swimming Pool Foundation®
We believe everything we do helps people live healthier lives. Whether it’s encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer, or keeping pools open, we believe we can make a difference. NSPF offers products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Colorado Springs, CO., proceeds go to fund research and to help create swimmers. The National Swimming Pool Foundation has been keeping pools safe and open since 1965. Visit www.nspf.org or call 719-540-9119 to learn more.read more
Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 28, 2015 –The World Aquatic Health™ Conference (WAHC) announces special keynote speaker, three time Olympian-Gold Medal winner, Rowdy Gaines and a new WAHC track focused on industry market growth. The National Swimming Pool Foundation®, a non-profit located in Colorado, is hosting the WAHC at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Arizona on October 7-9, 2015.
On Thursday morning, October 8 at 8:30 am, Rowdy Gaines will kick off the 12th Annual WAHC with an inspiring opening address titled the “Dedication and Commitment through the Peaks and Valleys of Life.” Rowdy has been a prominent ambassador for the sport of swimming for more than 30 years as his Olympic journey peaked in 1984 when he won three gold medals. The WAHC is proud to have him lend his life experiences and knowledge of swimming to the attendees of the Conference. Gaines was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1995; ten years later he became a part of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
Having an Olympian Celebrity isn’t the only new and noteworthy announcement for the 2015 WAHC. Organizers are pleased to present Market Growth, a new track that will be presented on Thursday, October 8 from 10:00 am- 4:50 pm. This track will lay strategic groundwork for the pool and spa industry and initiate a necessary dialog to forge a vision for the future of aquatics.
The Thursday track is meant to show professionals in the aquatic field how getting more people to swim can benefit their individual business and increase sales overall. Presentations will link the health of the U.S. to the health of the swimming field and help attendees learn how to get the public off the couch and into the water. Sessions include a range of topics, from real life stories about how the Angels of America’s Fallen has changed the lives of children to making pool designs more accessible and relevant for all.
“We need to better understand today’s consumer, message effectively together, and ride the coattails of major health and economic trends,” emphasizes Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of NSPF. “Healthier people and greater prosperity will be the result for the entire industry and the public.”
There is still time to register for the WAHC! Do not miss out on these two great opportunities. The needed dialogue will help spark further research and education on how to make swimming more mainstream for everyone. This will be positive for both the public’s health and the industry’s prosperity.
About the World Aquatic Health™ Conference
This leading global aquatic research forum is tailored for people involved in all aspects of aquatics, those affiliated with aquatic facilities, pool and spa industry, service providers, consultants, parks & recreation, water parks, manufacturers, academia, associations, builders, community organizations, distributors, hotels, government, health/medical, retail, and media. Watch the video.
About the National Swimming Pool Foundation®
We believe everything we do helps people live healthier lives. Whether it’s encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer, or keeping pools open, we believe we can make a difference. NSPF® offers products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Colorado Springs, CO., proceeds go to fund research and to help create swimmers. The National Swimming Pool Foundation has been keeping pools safe and open since 1965. Visit www.nspf.org or call 719-540-9119 to learn more.