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.
BROOKINGS, S.D. – Dec. 8, 2016 – Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, announces the installation of a centerhung video display and custom arena sound system at Buford City School’s new gymnasium in Georgia. The centerhung is one of the largest installed in an American high school and is being put to good use supporting basketball, wrestling and volleyball activities.read more
Source: Userful Corporation
The $565 PC an ideal video wall controller for up to 9-screens and 4k content
December 8th, 2016 , Calgary, AB -- Userful Corporation, an industry leader in centralized display controller software, recently unveiled a new option for its revolutionary video wall solution, which makes the already high-performing and cost-effective video wall controller even more affordable.read more
Source: Brailsford & Dunlavey
Will Mangrum, Brad Noyes & Jeff Turner to Lead Program Management Firm's Continued National Expansion
Brailsford & Dunlavey is proud to announce the recent appointment of Will Mangrum, Brad Noyes and Jeff Turner, each to the role of Executive Vice President. The three join founders Paul Brailsford and Chris Dunlavey as principals of the firm.read more
Source: Hellas Construction Austin, TX (December 7, 2016)- Hellas Construction leads the industry in sports construction, product innovation, and project resourcefulness because to Hellas, more than the game matters. Hellas is continually using “green” approaches to produce the best products and facilities that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient. Green Initiatives are becoming more sought after, with more than 30 major LEED projects on the ground and more companies commencing projects nationwide. Hellas recognizes the need to foster the green movement toward environmentally sound products, procedures and construction for a better environment.read more
Source: XLNTbrain Sport™
The Maryland neurologist who invented XLNTbrain Sport™, an emerging online- and mobile-based concussion management program, is determined to advance concussion testing and protocols worldwide.
(Newswire.net -- December 6, 2016) National Harbor, MD --Neurologist Harry Kerasidis, M.D. has recently been named Chief Executive Officer, after a restructuring of the corporate ownership and operations for the concussion management software and service XLNTbrain Sport™, based in Maryland.read more
Source: National Athletic Trainers' Association
DALLAS, December 6, 2016 – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) published today its new position statement, “Preventing and Managing Sport-Related Dental and Oral Injuries.” Created by the NATA Research & Education Foundation, the statement appears online in the Journal of Athletic Training, NATA’s scientific publication:http://natajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.4085/1062-6050-51.8.01read more
Source: Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA)
Silver Spring, MD, December 6, 2016 – The Sports Tech Conference presented by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), at CES 2017 to feature; NFL Hall of Famers, Warren Moon and Ronnie Lott; Olympic Gold Medalist, Nathan Adrian; Microsoft Corporate VP and Chief Evangelist, Steve Guggenheimer; and Executives from ESPN, BMW and Amer Sports.read more
Source: Gerflor USA
World-renowned flooring manufacturer remains official sports floor supplier for 2017-2020
CHICAGO (December 2016) — Gerflor USA, a leader in resilient sports floor manufacturing, announced that its France-based parent company, Gerflor, recently renewed its contract with The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) – extending the organizations’ partnership for 2017-2020.
Gerflor, which was the official flooring supplier for FIVB’s volleyball competitions from 1997 to 2000, became FIVB’s regular partner in in 2005. The company’s Taraflex® flooring – the most widely used sports flooring in the world – has been selected for successive Olympic Games from Montreal in 1976 to Rio de Janeiro in 2016 for indoor sports, including volleyball, handball, badminton and table tennis.