Source: National Athletic Trainers' Association Dallas, November 11, 2013 - Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are among the most devastating injuries a young athlete can sustain, given the frequent need for surgery and extensive rehabilitation as well as the potential for long-term health problems. A new study, "A Multi-Sport Epidemiologic Comparison of ACL Injuries in High School Athletics" is the first of its kind to examine ACL injuries among high school athletes by gender and across multiple sports. It is also the first large epidemiology study to focus on knee injuries among high school athletes in more than a decade. The study is in the November-December Journal of Athletic Training, NATA's scientific publication and is available at: http://natajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.4085/1062-6050-48.6.03. More than 7 million students participate in high school sports today. Although the benefits of physical activity are well documented, injuries can exact economic, emotional, physical and social tolls. The knee joint is the second most commonly injured joint after the ankle and the leading cause of sport-related surgeries. ACL injuries account for 50 percent or more of all knee injuries and an estimated $1 billion is spent annually on ACL reconstruction in this country. "ACL injuries are traditionally regarded as a female athlete issue yet this study found no significant gender difference in injury rates when all nine sports were considered," says Dawn Comstock, Associate Professor, Colorado School of Public Health, an author of the study. "The key message here is that targeted injury prevention programs should be focused on athletes participating in sports with the highest risk of ACL injury. For example, we found boys playing football were four times as likely to sustain ACL injury as boys playing other sports. Similarly, girls were four times as likely to sustain an injury in soccer and basketball compared to volleyball and softball." All high schools with one or more National Athletic Trainers' Association-affiliated athletic trainers (ATs) were invited to participate in the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study using the High School RIOTM (Reporting Online Information) program. A random sample was used to select schools from each of eight geographic regions to achieve a nationally representative sample of 100 schools. ATs reported practice and competition data for nine sports during the 2007/2008-2011/2012 academic years. These consisted of five boys' (baseball, basketball, football, soccer and wrestling) and four girls' (basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball) sports. During the study, ATs reported 617 ACL injuries occurring in 9,452,180 athlete-exposures for an overall rate of 6.5 ACL injuries per 100,000 exposures. ACL injuries accounted for 20 percent of knee injuries and 3 percent of all injuries. Over 74 percent of ACL injuries resulted in surgery (287 surgeries for boys out of 388 ACL injuries reported; 172 for girls out of 229 reported). Nationally, an estimated 124,626 ACL injuries in boys and 91,002 in girls occurred in athletes participating in the nine sports during the study period. Competition accounted for 74.9 percent of ACL injuries and athletes were seven times more likely to sustain the injury in competition than in practice. The most common mechanism of injury was player to player contact, which occurs more frequently and is often more intense, in games than practices. Overall girls and boys had similar rates of ACL injury: the highest was for girls' soccer (12.2 ACL injuries per 100,000 exposures) followed by football (11.1). Boys' ACL injuries were sustained most frequently in playing football followed by soccer, basketball and wrestling. Girls were most often injured while playing soccer, followed by basketball, softball and volleyball. Of all ACL injuries, 87.6 percent were new while 2.1 percent were recurrence from a prior injury; 46.4 percent resulted in medical disqualification for the season while another 15.4 percent required a 3-week or longer recovery period before the athlete could return to activity. The study authors noted that coaches and ATs in sports with high rates of ACL injury should take special care to teach sport specific skills (e.g. planting and changing direction, jumping and landing); address neuromuscular strength, and work on coordination of stabilizing muscles about the knee joint through stretching, plyometrics and strength training drills. "Future studies should focus on the modifiable sport-specific risk factors for ACL injuries," adds Comstock. "This will help drive the development of effective, evidence-based and targeted ACL injury prevention programs." Until such programs are developed, the authors concluded that the incidence of injury should be expected to rise along with the increasing number of young athletes participating in sports. About NATA: 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.
Source: The NSCA
Colorado Springs, CO - This January, Louisville will host the country’s most important gathering of top strength and conditioning coaches from the high school, college and professional ranks, as well as sports coaches, researchers, and sports performance professionals. The 2015 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Coaches Conference is where the elite will gather for hands-on training sessions and cutting-edge presentations that they will use to build outstanding programs for athletes of all ages, from those enrolled in children’s sports leagues to adults competing in college and professional sports.read more
Forest Hill, MD – The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the election and installation of its officers and directors for the coming year. The new slate took its place at the conclusion of the ASBA's Technical Meeting, held in Ponte Vedra, Florida. The meeting drew a record high registration of 503 participants.read more
Source: MarChem Polyurethane Systems
ST. LOUIS, MO — December 16, 2014 — MarChem Polyurethane Systems, an Accella company, recently announced the addition of Tru-Motion SS, an IAAF certified running track product line. Tru-Motion products provide a variety of solutions for indoor multi-purpose surfaces, outdoor running tracks, and playground safety surfaces. The Tru-Motion product line represents an integrated approach to servicing the entire range of athletic and recreational surfacing market requirements. Tru-Motion SS meets the strict technical requirements for tracks used at the highest level s of competitive activity on an international and collegiate level. World records are only recognized on track systems certified by the IAAF organization. Tru-Motion provides a holistic family of solutions for the entire range of athletic and recreational surfacing requirements, combining 30 years of technical expertise to deliver high-quality products that perform consistently from the laboratory to each on-site installation. Coupled with MarChem’s distinguished customer support, the entire range of Tru-Motion offerings provides significant time savings and installation flexibility for a wide breadth of unique sports and recreation surfacing applications.read more
Source: The Geri-Fit Company
Temecula, CA – The Geri-Fit Company LLC released its first accredited distance learning course in 2014,Advanced Strength Training Techniques for Older Adults. Both the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) have approved the course for 2.0 CEUs & CECs, respectively. With over 20 years as a provider of quality fitness programming and health education, Geri-Fit is a leader in the senior fitness market.read more
Source: TorrX Inc.
SEATTLE, Washington, December 12, 2014 — TorrX Inc. today announced TorrX™, the first “smart ball pump” which measures and precisely sets ball pressure with the touch of a button. Players, coaches and referees can use the TorrX to easily ensure that practice and game balls for soccer, basketball, volleyball or football are inflated to perfect pressure.read more
Source: Guardian Caps
Alpharetta, GA. – December 12, 2014 – Guardian Caps, makers of a soft-shell helmet technology proven to reduce the impact of hits up to 33 percent, today congratulates four high school State Champion football teams that wore Guardian Caps during the 2014 football season.read more
SILVER SPRING, MD – December 12, 2014 – The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) announced the re-election of Mizuno USA President Bob Puccini as Chairman of the Board for an additional one-year term. Life Fitness President Chris Clawson was elected as Vice-Chairman. SFIA’s Tom Cove will remain as President and CEO. The announcement was made at the conclusion of SFIA’s Annual Meeting on December 8.read more
Source: ECORE International
Lancaster, PA (December 10, 2014) – ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is proud to announce it will donate approximately 1,000-square-feet of Everlast Fitness Flooring to Watkins Rush Rink, a street hockey rink at Watkins Elementary School and Recreation Center in Southeast Washington, D.C. ECORE is donating the surfacing as part of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Winter Classic Legacy Initiative, an on-going philanthropic endeavor in which the NHL, local club - in this case the Washington Capitals®- and other league partners support community organizations in the host city of an NHL event.read more