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.
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA (March 5, 2014) — The National Swimming Pool Foundation® will relocate Silvia Uribe, International Business Manager, to Europe from the U.S. office in Colorado Springs, Colorado effective March 17, 2014 to better support mission- focused training around the world. Pool and spa professionals from over 81 countries have taken NSPF® training courses. At this time, NSPF has more than 120 instructors outside the United States who teach with NSPF materials.
“We are honored that professionals across the planet recognize and request NSPF training materials to help them better protect children, parents, employees, and facilities. It makes sense to have a key executive with unique cultural, educational, and pool and spa experience like Silvia working and living closer to those we serve,” said Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D, CEO of the non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation.
“This relocation represents NSPF's commitment to continue providing top quality support to our international partners, who trust our world-leading educational courses for operators, service companies, and health officials,” explained Ms. Uribe. “We help them provide healthier and safer pools which translates into having pools open for families to enjoy.”
Ms. Liliana Stewart has joined the Colorado Springs office to assist Ms. Uribe in her care of existing international customers. Ms. Stewart brings experience in international business, project management, and organizational development.
Customers will continue to reach Ms. Uribe by emailing Silvia.Uribe@nspf.org, by telephone to 011-719-540-9119, via FAX to 011-719-540-2787, or by SKYPE Silvia.Uribe1.
The National Swimming Pool Foundation recently launched five international websites to better serve pool and spa professionals in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Panamá. In 2008, NSPF developed it’s first Spanish website, the non-profit’s first step to bringing customized education products and programs with improved comprehension to a broader world audience.
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Everything we do, we believe helps people live healthier lives. We believe we can make a difference by encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer, and keeping them open. We do this by offering products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. Our products are designed to deliver excellence in education and cutting-edge research. We just happen to sell books, training programs, online courses, and organize conferences. Over $4 million in grants funded by NSPF since 2003 have impacted policies and practices around the world; and we attract hundreds of professionals from around the globe to the scientific World Aquatic HealthTM Conference each year to learn of the latest advances. To learn more, go to www.nspf.org.read more
CHAMPAIGN, IL, 3/3/2014 - There is a new option for athletic facilities in need of premium quality, high performance soccer goals. Upper90 is a specialty soccer equipment brand designing and distributing Field Sports goals and accessories through elite level dealers and contractors to the high school, collegiate, club, and park & rec market.
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It is with great surprise and sadness we learned of Howie’s passing on October 29th. As we all know, Howie was not slow at anything he undertook in his life including his passing which was less than a week of friends learning of his liver cancer and succumbing to it. The aggressive nature of this insidious disease was such that as much as we hated to lose our good friend, he is now in a better place. We can be sure his good friend Paul Johnstone (the Big Kahuna) greeted him, rum & coke in hand. Together they will enjoy many rounds of bogie free golf on that big course in the sky and at other times will be catching a limitless number of Springs, Coho and Halibut, two sports that replaced Howie’s passion and excellence for racquetball.
A service and Celebration of Life was held in Edmonton on November 4th at which a number of longstanding friends shared many “Wowie Howie” stories ensuring the memory of our unique and remarkable friend was not lost and would be remembered forever. Many of Howie’s wide circle of golf, fishing, racquetball, business and good time friends attended to offer their sincere condolences to Barbara, Joshua, Julian and Howie’s family for their loss, and ours. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten. May his soul rest in peace.
MEMORIAL WALK ~ Howie was both a member and passionate supporter of the Bowen Island Golf Club, partly because he enjoyed his visits to Bowen (Chez Russell’s) plus his enjoyment of a game he played all too infrequently. He enjoyed many rounds on our beautiful award winning course. Joshua and Julian, his much adored and loved children, took lessons there, honing their golf skills which enabled them to not only beat Howie but also compete in the Penguin Golf Classic, an event near and dear to Howie and so many of his good friends.
With the acknowledgement and blessing of Barbara, and the support of his friends, I suggested we install a HOWIE RANKIN bronze plaque on the club’s newly created MEMORIAL WALK. In addition his bronze plaque, on the walk, his name will be added to the MEMORIAL WALK master plaque in the clubhouse so as to ensure his name will last forever for all to see.
Anyone wishing to support this memorial initiative, by way of a nominal donation, please forward your cheque, payable to the Bowen Island Golf Club, to Bruce Russell, #5-260 East 4th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7L 1H9. Donations received in excess of the cost of the plaque will be used for capital additions at the course. Howie would embrace and be proud of this initiative in his memory. After the plaque has been installed I will contact everyone advising them of the day we will have a “hit with Howie” which will include a brief plaque unveiling, a round of golf and the obligatory glass of fine red wine. If you have any questions I can be contacted at 604-990-1500 x308 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to forward this notice to any friends of Howie.
Here’s to the memory of a wonderful guy and great friend.