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.
Palm Desert, CA – CLARO, a full service swimming pool maintenance and repair company, (www.claropools.com), is (in part) presenting the 2nd Annual YMCA community Swim Clinic, in close partnership with the Swim to Win Foundation, City of Palm Desert, Family YMCA of the Desert, Stephen Little and others on May 10, 2014 at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center, located in Palm Desert, California. Last year, over 2,500 people from the Coachella Valley and six Olympians participated in the inaugural event.
Stephen Little, CEO of CLARO, established the Swim to Win Foundation in 2013, specifically to address the need for teaching all children about swimming and pool safety. As a USA Masters swimmer and past competitor, Steve is passionate about making the aquatic lifestyle fun and safe for everyone. “This had never been accomplished before. We had Olympians from every Olympic games between 1976-2012 teaching thousands of children water safety. It was amazing and we can’t wait to hold our second annual event this year on May 10th with even more Olympians joining in on the festivities,” said Stephen Little.
Olympians slated to teach at this year’s event are Janet Evans, Rowdy Gaines, Jason Lezak, Aaron Peirsol, Chloe Sutton, Brian Goodell, Rada Owen and Kaitlin Sandeno. The Olympians will also be available throughout the day to sign autographs. Finally at the end of the day they will have an inaugural event, “A DONOR and a CHAMPION” where donors will race against legendary swimmers in a contest of speed and style to benefit swimming programs in the Coachella Valley. Activities begin at 9:00am on Saturday May 10th. Those interested in participation need to call and make arrangements to be included in this clinic.
In addition to organizing and coordinating the May event “Just add SWIM”, Steve Little and CLARO will donate one Learn to Swim scholarship with every new pool maintenance contract between now and May 31, 2014. The scholarships will be given to children through local swim clubs and the Family YMCA of the Desert. “I think it is important for businesses to give back. Join myself and CLARO and we can all help support swim safety programs, swimmers and healthy lifestyles,” said Mr. Little.
The 2nd Annual Clinic, Just add SWIM, is being completely underwritten by the Swim to Win Foundation, City of Palm Desert, Family YMCA of the Desert and Stephen Little. For more information on the event, please visit www.swimtowin.org, or call Stephen Little at 760-341-3377.
Claro is a Palm Desert full service pool company; founded in June of 2000 as Hire Standards, Their unwavering commitment to provide the best pool services in the industry is the cornerstone of their business. For more information, please contact Stephen Little at 760-341-3377, visit their website at www.claropools.com, or connect on Facebook and Twitter.read more
Source: Fitness on Demand
MINNEAPOLIS (Apr. 22, 2014) – Fitness on Demand’s digital, on-demand programming featuring hundreds of group fitness classes is now available to college campuses across the country with specially-designed playlists that appeal to the students’ interests and schedules.
Founded in 2011, Fitness on Demand offers hundreds of digital classes available to fitness spaces that often sit empty for hours at a time. In addition, Fitness on Demand will provide colleges and universities with a solution to the high demand for fitness amenities on campuses at a fraction of the cost required for live instructors. The company, which has grown over 130 percent in the past year can also be found in hotels, residential complexes, worksites, assisted living centers, and health clubs and is reinventing the way group fitness is delivered with:
•Fully integrated on-demand system with dedicated support
•Growing library of fitness classes with more added every month
•Premier group content from world-class fitness providers like Les Mills and Daily Burn
•Classes also available in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
The Fitness on Demand Campus Collection is a list of digital classes offered for colleges and universities. The selection was compiled from the most popular workout video choices among students at institutions where Fitness on Demand is already established.
“Fitness centers in general are always looking for ways to make their spaces more accessible and efficient, and our digital programming has proven to increase participation and give options of both live and digital classes,” said Garrett Marshall, Business Development Director for Fitness on Demand. “We expect to see the same kind of enthusiasm for Fitness on Demand on college campuses as we’ve seen in fitness facilities around the world.”
About Fitness On Demand:
Fitness On Demand, available in more than 1,000 locations in four different languages across 16 countries, is a premier provider of a video based delivery system that hosts more than 600 group fitness classes. Fitness on Demand is available for use in health and wellness facilities at hotels, university campuses, residential complexes, worksites, assisted living centers, and health clubs. Virtual classes, including kick boxing, yoga, cycling and dance are taught by world-class instructors, and can be played on demand, or at pre-scheduled times, offering unparalleled flexibility and access to a variety of classes. For more information, visit fitnessondemand247.com.read more
Source: American Council on Exercise
SAN DIEGO, April 16, 2014 – A partnership between the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and San Diego-based Troy Apps Software has turned the highly successful ACE Academy Elite interactive study guide for aspiring personal trainers into a native iPad app that caters to a new school of learners in a digital age.
ACE Academy Elite for iPad, developed using the Troy Apps Mobile Learning Tool platform, delivers an enhanced study experience using only one device. In addition to marrying new features including tap-and-expand graphics, tappable glossary terms and custom note organization, the app syncs all progress to the desktop version of ACE Academy Elite.
“We want to cater to a new age of more technically savvy learners, and ACE Academy Elite for iPad helps us do that using a platform we know is effective,” said ACE President and CEO Scott Goudeseune. “Offering this option helps a wider range of aspiring personal trainers obtain the knowledge and skills they need to launch their careers and contribute to the national response to the obesity epidemic and other chronic diseases.”
Based on the original, Web-based version of ACE Academy Elite, the iPad app offers a comprehensive study experience using video lectures led by ACE Certified professionals, custom progress tracking and lesson quizzes, in addition to digital versions of the ACE Personal Trainer Manual and ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals texts.
Candidates who utilize ACE Academy Elite throughout the entire study process reduce preparation time for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification exam to 12 weeks and pass the NCCA-accredited exam on their first attempt 87 percent of the time, according to data collected since the self-paced experience launched in July 2012.
“The native iPad app we developed with ACE helps break down the material into a digestible format that working parents, full-time students and others who are constantly on the go will be able to easily access and learn,” said Troy Apps Software CEO Michael Trautt. “The feature-rich, interactive mobile app allows them to prepare for an exam from virtually anywhere, anytime.”
The new ACE Academy Elite for iPad was formally introduced at the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) Annual Convention & Trade Show in San Diego March 12-15 and is available for a limited time free with the purchase of an ACE Personal Trainer Premium Plus study bundle.
The nonprofit American Council on Exercise (ACE) educates, certifies, and speaks for a growing network of 50,000-plus fitness professionals, health coaches and other wellness experts, a community ACE is leading more directly into the fight against physical inactivity and obesity. ACE advocates for recognition of its profession as a provider of primary prevention and obesity-management services, and ACE makes available to the public science-based information and resources on safe and effective physical activity and general healthy living. Headquartered in San Diego, ACE is the largest provider of health and fitness certifications accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard in the United States for assessing professional competence, ensuring people have access to fitness, health, and wellness professionals that are properly trained, qualified and capable. 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.
About Troy Apps Software:
Troy Apps Software has focused on building native iPad apps for business since the launch of the iPad. Based in San Diego, our expertise includes mobile sales enablement, marketing presentations, education and training. For more than 20 years, we have helped companies transform their printed materials to interactive digital formats. Our beautiful native iPad apps turn catalogs, training materials and presentations into feature-rich, interactive mobile apps designed to increase employee productivity and sales while reducing printing and marketing costs. With Troy Apps Software, you can immediately recognize a cost savings over print publications. Our catalog apps and training apps save money in three ways: they are less expensive to produce, significantly less to update and never require costly shipping. For more information, call (760) 930-9200 or visit www.troyapps.com.read more