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.
Results Show Clients Want Professional Advice on Integrating Wearable Devices into Their Training Programs
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 3, 2015—Whether they are counting calories, tracking steps or monitoring sleep patterns, many consumers find measuring their progress and milestones an important part of their health and fitness routine. It’s no wonder wearable devices are becoming ubiquitous, both inside and outside the gym. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, estimated revenues from fitness and activity tracking devices, which include fitness activity bands, smartwatches and smart eyewear, will reach $5.1 billion in 2015.
Looking to better understand the impact of these hugely popular wearable devices, ACE partnered with Inov8 Health to conduct a survey, which was distributed to ACE’s network of 58,000 ACE Certified health and fitness professionals. The 22-question interactive online survey asked respondents to consider three key areas as they answered each question:
- · How can wearable activity devices positively impact your business?
- · How can these devices help your clients achieve and sustain success with their individual health and fitness goals?
- · In regard to your ability to most effectively deliver value through these devices to your clients, what gaps do you believe exist in the wearable devices, the mobile applications and the user experience, and the overall integration within the fitness industry?
Survey results showed that the majority of professionals are hearing questions from their clients about wearable activity devices, but do not always feel qualified or educated enough to answer them. Highlights of the survey results are:
- · 72 percent reported that their clients consistently ask for insight and feedback on such devices, most commonly related to making the purchase, device accuracy and if they’ll help them achieve their goals, but only 51 percent of professionals felt prepared to answer those questions
- · 75 percent of those who completed the survey said they would be interested in the capability to run fitness challenges with clients using wearable activity devices
- · 71 percent of respondents currently own a wearable activity device and 61 percent of those who do not yet own one are considering purchasing one
- · When asked what gaps exist with the wearable activity devices, the most common responses were “the inability to track all of my physical activity (strength training, recreational activities, etc.),” “accuracy” and “better consumer education on the use of devices (how to set up, how to use, etc.)”
What is missing from the data provided by wearable activity devices is accountability, which is why the fitness industry would be wise to embrace their use and develop a process through which the numbers can transform into programming and progression—and eventual goal attainment. For example, tracking a client’s step count and setting goals to increase those numbers—which the trainer can review during each session—can be a good starting point for helping a client achieve a more active lifestyle.
The key takeaway from the survey suggests that better education is needed to ensure clients and trainers are making the most of their investments in wearable technology.
“Wearable activity devices can monitor everything from steps taken and heart rate to calorie expenditure and sleep quality. However, it’s the trainer’s job to translate all of these data into a tangible action plan to drive sustainable lifestyle change,” said Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer at ACE.
Tom Futch, CEO at Inov8 Health added, “Health and fitness professionals can provide value to their clients when they are not in the gym by using the data to inspire and motivate them to stay active even when they are traveling or unable to have a training session.”
For more information read, “How Will Wearable Activity Devices Impact The Fitness Industry,” in the September issue of ProSource. The full study is available for download here.
The nonprofit organization American Council on Exercise (ACE) educates, certifies, and represents more than 58,000 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 scientific-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.
CHICAGO (Sept. 2, 2015) – The Official Court supplier of Eurobasket 2015, Connor Sports, has finished installing 5 custom-designed QuickLock portable basketball courts in arenas across Europe. Each court was custom designed and manufactured for EuroBasket in the United States and shipped to the arenas for installation.
“These courts capture the unique energy of this tournament, and they will be the perfect setting for this unparalleled basketball excitement,” said Turgey Demirel, FIBA Europe President.
For the first time in its history, EuroBasket will be held in four countries and five cities (Berlin, Germany; Zagreb, Croatia; Riga, Latvia; Montpellier, France; Lille, France). The success of this multi-country host model will be confirmed at the conclusion of the event, however by partnering with Connor Sports FIBA Europe has taken steps to ensure consistent play and tournament excitement.
“EuroBasket 2015 is a historic event as it is the first time ever that it is organized in four different countries. This concept is very demanding in terms of organizational issues but on the other hand it brings in a lot of excitement and benefits as, in effect, it creates four home teams,” said FIBA Executive Director-Europe Kamil Novak, “It is our duty to offer elements that somehow unify a tournament which is played in four different corners of Europe and we believe that the Connor Sports basketball courts achieve just that.”
The five custom QuickLock™ portable hardwood flooring systems will feature the colors of each host nation: Germany, Croatia, Latvia, and France. Each court is built so it can be shipped via a container across the Atlantic, be delivered on truck to the venue, offloaded and installed by venue staff.
"After playing on Connor Sports basketball courts in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the organizers have set the highest standards for this year's EuroBasket. Not only do the courts provide the highest level of safety and performance, they can also be quickly assembled and disassembled by the arenas, making this type of event execution possible," explained Connor Sport Court International Vice-President Andrew Gettig.
For Photos and Video of the court visit: www.connorsports.com/eurobasket
About Connor Sports www.connorsports.com/
Connor Sports has been a FIBA Equipment & Venue Centre Partner since 1994 and the Official Technical Supplier of FIBA since 2013.read more
Baltimore, MD – Baltimore-based STX, LLC, a global sporting goods leader, today announced that it has signed a five-year agreement with the University of Virginia (UVA) to be the exclusive official equipment supplier of the school’s women’s lacrosse program.read more
LONDON, ON and SAN RAMON, Calif.: GoodLife Fitness, Canada’s largest fitness club chain, and 24 Hour Fitness, a leading health club industry pioneer, are joining forces to offer their members access to each other’s clubs when traveling in North America.
Beginning September 2, 2015, GoodLife Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness members will be able to use their memberships across borders with ease. GoodLife Fitness members will have access to more than 450 clubs in the 24 Hour Fitness® network when traveling or visiting the United States, and 24 Hour Fitness members will have access to 230+ GoodLife Fitness clubs when traveling or visiting in Canada.
“It is so important to be able to continue your health and fitness routine while you are traveling,” said David Patchell-Evans, GoodLife Fitness Founder & CEO, who himself travels more than 300,000 kilometers per year worldwide. “Whether you are traveling for work or for pleasure, there are incredible benefits to be achieved by maintaining your fitness routine in a comfortable and welcoming environment while you are away from home. The goal for this program is to ensure that GoodLife and 24 Hour Fitness members stay on track and feel welcome when they are away from home.”
Mark Smith, CEO of 24 Hour Fitness, said, “There are so many benefits to physical activity – from more energy to better sleep – that we’re pleased to make it even easier for members to do what makes the rest of life even better. We welcome GoodLife members who are traveling, and look forward to providing 24 Hour Fitness members with access to GoodLife clubs when they are visiting Canada.”
For more information about the GoodLife Fitness-24 Hour Fitness Reciprocal Access Program, please visit goodlifefitness.com or 24hourfitness.com.
About GoodLife Fitness
Proudly Canadian since 1979, GoodLife Fitness is the largest fitness club chain in Canada and the fourth largest overall in the world. With over 350 clubs from coast-to-coast, including GoodLife Fitness, Énergie Cardio, Fit4Less by GoodLife and ÉconoFitness Clubs, approximately 14,400 employees and more than 1.2 million Members, GoodLife is helping to transform the health and wellness of 1 in 30 Canadians every day.
About 24 Hour Fitness
Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., 24 Hour Fitness is a leading health club industry pioneer, serving more than 4 million members in 450 clubs across the U.S. For more than 30 years, the company has been dedicated to helping members change their lives and reach their individual fitness goals. With convenient club locations, personal training services, popular group exercise classes and a variety of strength, cardio and functional training equipment, 24 Hour Fitness offers fitness solutions for everyone. Please visit 24hourfitness.com for more information and to find the club nearest you.
Venice, CA and Woodinville, WA (September 3, 2015) – Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc., creators of the Spinning® indoor cycling program and Spinner® line of bikes, and Precor®, a leading provider of personalized fitness solutions, today announced an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement under which Precor will assume all commercial Spinner® bike production for an entirely new line of commercial Spinner indoor cycling equipment.read more
DALLAS, Sept. 1, 2015 -- Fanwish today unveiled the first-ever, free mobile application that will change the way people win and participate in professional athlete and celebrity VIP experiences. The unveiling serves as the official launch of the brand's exclusive partnerships with the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Dallas Stars. While the company is featuring Dallas-based experiences at launch, future plans include additional US Markets followed by a global expansion to include music, entertainment and fashion-based experiences.
As part of the launch and professional team partnerships, Fanwish will create and deliver unique, one-of-a-kind experiences that focus on the characteristics and personalities of today's greatest sports stars and celebrities. The experiences will feature some of the most popular and recognizable athletes in the NFL, NBA, and NHL along with legends of the game, including, Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys), Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys), Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys Owner), Tim Tebow (Philadelphia Eagles), Drew Pearson (Retired NFL), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), and Michael Irvin (Pro Football Hall of Fame), among others.
"Fanwish was created on the principle of giving fans the chance to live their dreams," said Rob Wechsler, Chairman of Fanwish. "Our partnerships with local Dallas franchise teams provide us with the unique opportunity to create individual experiences inspired by the athlete's personalities off the field. We want to give fans a chance to get up close and personal with their heroes and put them in situations they previously only dreamed about."
Featuring more than 50 professional athletes, Fanwish is set to change the way people participate in sports. The app is free to download, free to play and most importantly, free to win. The more fans participate and use the app, the more chances they will have to win. New experiences will be announced weekly and prizes will be awarded daily.
"When Rob (Wechsler) approached me about the idea behind Fanwish, I immediately wanted to be involved," said Tony Romo, Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. "Fanwish is all about giving the fans a unique experience they never thought possible; like everyone else, I have a Fanwish and believe this is where dreams will come true."
Visit www.fanwish.com for more information and follow us on Twitter @myfanwish.
Fanwish believes personal interactions with athletes and celebrities should be available to everyone. We want the world to experience what makes these talented people so special up close and personal at the best sporting events, concerts, and entertainment celebrations. Fanwish is brought to you by successful entrepreneurs, professional athletes, and prolific sports owners who share a common love: sports, entertainment and sharing experiences with their friends. We want to give fans once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to meet their heroes, sit front row or watch from backstage, and win the chance to be a VIP.
BROOKINGS, S.D. – Sept. 1, 2015 – Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, has partnered with the University of Mississippi to design, manufacture and install the largest centerhung video display system in terms of total square footage in college sports with a total of roughly 2,255 square feet of active LED display space. Installation is taking place this summer prior to the opening of The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
“We’re excited to partner with Daktronics to bring the largest centerhung video board in college basketball to The Pavilion at Ole Miss,” said Ross Bjork, University of Mississippi Director of Athletics. “The amenities of the Pavilion, especially the video and audio experience, will provide our fans with a world class entertainment destination in heart of the most beautiful campus in America.”
The centerhung configuration will consist of 11 video displays for a total of more than 3.6 million LEDs. It includes four main video displays, each measuring approximately 11.5 feet high by 22 feet wide, and four corner displays each measuring approximately 13.5 feet high by 5 feet wide. These displays feature a tight 6 millimeter line spacing and wide angle visibility ensuring a clear, crisp image from any seat in the facility. Variable content zoning allows the displays to show a single large image or be divided into separate windows filled with any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, animations, scoring information and sponsor highlights.
Three ring displays will be incorporated in the centerhung configuration. They will measure roughly 3 feet high by 116.5 feet in circumference, 4 feet high by 91.5 feet in circumference and 3 feet high by 83 feet in circumference. All of the ring displays feature a 10 millimeter line spacing. The installation will also include a large fascia display with 15 millimeter line spacing that measures roughly 2.5 feet high by 586 feet wide and a box office display with a 6 millimeter line spacing that measures roughly 9 feet high by 16 feet wide. These displays can be used to show versatile content to enhance the game-day atmosphere and highlight sponsors.
“We’re proud to partner with Ole Miss to bring a top-notch video display system that will contribute to a great game-day atmosphere,” said Daktronics Vice President of Live Events Jay Parker. “As the largest centerhung project we’ve ever done in the college market, we’re excited to see the final installation having a positive impact for the fans early in 2016.”
“It was a lot of fun to work on this project and we’re honored to continue our long-standing partnership with Ole Miss athletics,” added Andrew Rice, Daktronics sales representative.
Daktronics LED video and messaging display technology offers a long lifetime with consistent, industry-leading performance and low power consumption, providing value and excitement for years to come.
About The University of Mississippi
The University of Mississippi, which is known as OIe Miss, is a member of the NCAA and Southeastern Conference and features 18 varsity sports in its athletics department. Bearing the nickname Rebels and wearing the colors Cardinal Red and Navy Blue, these teams have produced 18 national championships and 125 conference titles since 1893, when the football program fielded the school's first varsity squad. Based in Oxford, Miss., with a student enrollment of over 22,000, Ole Miss operates with a $96 million athletics budget.
Daktronics helps its customers to impact their audiences throughout the world with large-format LED video displays, message displays, scoreboards, digital billboards and control systems in sport, business and transportation applications. Founded in 1968 as a USA-based manufacturing company, Daktronics has grown into the world leader in audio-visual systems and implementation with offices around the globe. Discover more at www.daktronics.com.
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