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.
Woodinville, WA — July 29, 2015 —Precor®, a leading provider of personalized fitness solutions, today announced the integration of leading functional training systems provider Queenax into its range of offerings. Precor parent company Amer Sports acquired Queenax, which will operate within the Amer Sports Fitness Division under the Precor brand. The acquisition enhances the Precor fitness platform, which includes traditional strength, cardio and networked fitness offerings. With the addition of Queenax, Precor expands on its ability to give operators a comprehensive set of fitness solutions that allow them to meet exercisers’ ever-changing fitness needs.read more
Source: The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC)
Decatur, Ga., July 28, 2015 —The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) announces that CMAHC members will be voting on more than 150 proposed changes to the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) this October. The CMAHC is the non-profit machine that drives the MAHC change process. People are encouraged to join CMAHC so they can have a voice in the MAHC update. The voting will take place electronically during, and for two weeks after, the first CMAHC Vote on the Code 2015 Biennial Conference. The conference is slated for October 6-7, 2015, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz., just prior to the 12th World Aquatic Health Conference at the same location.read more
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) announced the release of TOPVenue, a software system designed to address the needs of training, operations and planning during the 2015 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition on July 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.read more
BROOKINGS, S.D. – July 27, 2015 – Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, has partnered with Stanford University to design, manufacture and install a Daktronics centerhung display system. Installation is slated for this summer at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, California.read more
Source: Witt Industries
MASON, OHIO (July 27, 2015) —Witt Industries proudly introduces the Stadium Series® Edge Receptacle. After years of being the leading provider for waste and recycling receptacles in the stadium, arena and ballpark venues with Witt's round Stadium Series® line of custom logo receptacles, we are proud to introduce our new square receptacle. The Edge is designed to align flush against walls and columns to reduce obstructions and allow for maximum capacity in tight spaces. All four sides are able to be customized with a logo or message panel for maximum branding value to customers.read more
Source: National Swimming Pool Foundation
Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 23, 2015 - The twelfth World Aquatic Health™ Conference (WAHC) will host several unique and educational events to help leaders shape the future of aquatics, pools, and spas at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. The National Swimming Pool Foundation hosted event will take place October 7-9.
This scientific and leadership conference promises a packed schedule and a robust networking environment. In conjunction with the WAHC, there will be two other aquatic-related conferences before and after the WAHC at the same hotel. “Vote on the Code 2015” by the Council of the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) will be held October 6-7. The WAHC will then start with a keynote address by Olympian and legendary announcer, Rowdy Gaines on Thursday, October 8. Following the end of WAHC will be the USA Swimming “Build-A-Pool” conference from October 10-11.
Source: National Volleyball League
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla./MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – The National Volleyball League (NVL) is proud to announce that Smack Sportswear will be the official apparel supplier for the NVL RIZE amateur series and the Club Med NVL Volleyball Academies programs for both beach and indoor clinics, camps and teams. As part of the deal, Smack will design and distribute a line of NVL licensed performance apparel, incorporating styles, fabrics and fits to meet the needs of NVL players of all ages.read more
PORTLAND, Ore., July 23, 2015 – adidas introduces Boost Experience by adidas, an interactive space celebrating adidas products and technologies that will set out on tour at the country’s premier running events. With an objective to build awareness through education and drive trial for Boost technology, the mobile buildout is scalable depending on event and space.read more