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: National Football Foundation
Project aims to capture moms' perspective on their children playing football.
IRVING, Texas (Oct. 26, 2016) - The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the launch of "I'm A Football Mom," a new initiative to highlight the unique perspectives of mothers around the country who believe in the benefits of having their sons and daughters play football.
"The National Football Foundation makes a concerted effort to create opportunities for all the groups who influence the game and play a role in supporting our mission," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "Whether it is coaches, players, officials, administrators, or parents, the NFF has a series of initiatives at the national and chapter level designed to engage all the people who support the game. Moms represent one of the most powerful influences in a young person's development, and we have launched "I'm A Football Mom" to give them a voice in the promotion of the game."
The "I'm A Football Mom" initiative will feature a series of videos and stories, which will be promoted in social media and on FootballMatters.org, the NFF's digital platform that highlights the good in the game. More than 20 stories have already been posted to FootballMatters.org, and the NFF posted today the initiative's first video, which captures the insights of Pam Martin from Indianapolis, Ind., the mother of three sons who each played college football: Josh (University of Indianapolis, Ind.), Nick (University of Norte Dame) and Zack (University of Notre Dame).
"Parents face a myriad of choices about the activities for their children," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "And we believe there is no better vehicle for teaching teamwork, discipline, and leadership than football. We wanted to create a stage for the mothers of the more than 1.1 million high school and 70,000 college players as a vehicle for them to share their thoughts on the lifelong lessons their children learn on the gridiron."
College athletics runs deep in the Martin family, and Pam attended the University of Kentucky as an intramural swimmer and student trainer with the football team. In the initiative's inaugural video, produced by the Business Media Group (BMG) of Indianapolis, Ind., Pam pays tribute to football and the relationships the sport has helped her family develop as well as the benefits to her sons.
"We love it as a family because it's shaped who we are," Martin says in the video. "We have had so many great experiences, and it's taught us so much. It's just provided us a lot of joy. It has provided my kids with their educations. It taught them the life lessons that will carry through their whole lives. It has provided a community for us in high school, and the friends we have will be friends for life, and we still get together. I just love the game. I love to watch the game."
To watch the video and read about some incredible football moms, click here.
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The "I'm A Football Mom" initiative is part of a larger campaign launched by the NFF in 2013 called Football Matters to Me, which provides people from border-to-border and coast-to-coast a voice in highlighting the positive impact that football has had on their lives by utilizing social media platforms and the hashtag: #ImAFootballPlayer. The launch included a highly successful TV spot and testimonial, which showcased Jeff Immelt, the chairman and CEO of GE and a former offensive lineman at Dartmouth College. The commercial, which has been seen by millions of people, captures Immelt's perspective on the value of his football experiences in running one of the world's largest and most successful industrial conglomerates. Click here to watch the Immelt video.
About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame:
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, Hofmann Brands, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour & VICIS. Learn more at footballfoundation.org.
Source: The Austin Institute
Does It Take a Father to Make a Professional Baseball Player?
AUSTIN, TX —As the World Series begins, the Austin Institute has released a new report entitled “Called Out at Home.” A leading resource for academic research on questions of family and social structures, the Austin Institute makes the case that the drastic decline in African American professional baseball players is directly related to the decline in African-American fathers in the home.read more
Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced that due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew on Hilton Head Island, it has rescheduled its inaugural Tennis Technology Conference from November 3-4, 2016, to May 4-5, 2017, at the Marriott Resort Hilton Head Island.read more
Source: United Soccer League
League adds two renowned soccer North American brands starting in 2017 season
TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League announced today the additions of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, one of the country’s most historic soccer brands, and Ottawa Fury FC, which is part of one of Canada’s leading sports and entertainment groups.read more
Source: Nashville Soccer Club
Jeske joins the club from MLS, Soccer United Marketing
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 24, 2016) – Nashville Soccer Club has hired Court Jeske from Major League Soccer to serve as the team’s first chief executive officer. He will propel the club’s existing efforts forward as it prepares for its 2018 inaugural season in USL.read more
Absorbs Impact Better than Rubber & Other Common Gym Materials
CHARLOTTE, N.C., (Oct. 25, 2016) – Getzner, the leader in vibration mitigation materials, will be exhibiting at The Athletic Business Show Nov. 17-19 in Orlando, Fla., to launch its Sylodamp® elastic material for high damping. Sylodamp® reduces the sound and damaging impact of outside forces making it suitable for a range of fitness machines and athletic equipment from treadmills and gymnasium floors to shoe insoles and helmets.read more
Source: National Strength and Conditioning Association
New Agreement Helps Equip More Coaches with the Latest Anti-Doping Knowledge
Colorado Springs, CO – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a worldwide authority on strength and conditioning and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the U.S. leader in anti-doping, are excited to announce a new partnership. The agreement will help equip more coaches with the latest anti-doping knowledge and help them understand the role they play in keeping sports clean.read more
Source: Action Floor Systems
New Look Better Reflects the Company's Commitment to Change and Growth
MERCER, Wis. – Action Floor Systems is showing a little more action today. The company has unveiled new branding which uses a modern design while giving a nod to the company’s long history in the flooring industry.read more