Source: Brock International Boulder, Colo.-According to recent statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control, emergency room visits for sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, has increased among youth by 60 percent during the past decade. While parents, organizations, coaches and athletes debate the need for specialized helmets or harsher penalties on players who tackle above the neck, Brock International prevents concussions by starting with the playing field itself. "More comprehensive education, better technique and treatment immediately following traumatic brain injuries is essential," says Brock CEO Dan Sawyer, whose shock pad and drainage layer used underneath synthetic turf playing fields reduces the likelihood of traumatic brain injury by up to 50 percent. "We can also prevent more concussions by starting from the ground up and building safer fields that enhance playing characteristics and speed." A growing number of teams understand this thinking, like the University of Oregon Ducks. The 2011 Rose Bowl and Pac-12 champions place a high value on the safety of its student-athletes. Their synthetic turf playing field, designed to maximize playability and safety, includes Brock's shock pad and drainage layer underneath the surface. The same is also true of Stanford University, Boise State and others interested in making the game as safe as possible. While concussions may occur in any sport or recreational activity, www.stopconcussions.com notes football is the number-one sport for this type of injury for players of all ages. A study commissioned by the NFL found that ex-pro players over age 50 were five times as likely as the national population to receive a memory-related-disease diagnosis. Recently, a group of former players filed a group concussion lawsuit against the NFL. Research firm BioMechanica LLC studied the estimated risk of head injury on synthetic turf surfaces with Brock underlayment and found the product reduces the likelihood of traumatic brain injury by up to 50%, provides the same G-Max and playability as a pristine natural grass field and mitigates field hardening over time. In evaluating Head Injury Criteria (HIC), also known as critical fall height, Sports Labs LLC found that Brock PowerBase offered significant improvement in HIC when compared to a turf field that featured a stone base. However, you don't have to sacrifice optimum playing field characteristics and speed for safety, thanks to Brock PowerBase. G-Max is an ASTM measurement used to determine the likelihood of a head injury. A well-maintained natural grass field reads about 90 - 110 Gs, and will deform under running loads between 4 and 8 mm. But natural grass fields are often overused, and high-performing, fast synthetic grass fields can be stiff and lack this level of impact absorption. While synthetic turf fields constructed with pads or e-layers underneath provide greater safety, they can feel unnaturally bouncy or too soft, which leads to greater player fatigue. Brock PowerBase has engineered an effective solution. The average G-max rating of a field constructed over PowerBase is 95-100 GS - the same as a professional-level, perfectly maintained natural grass field - without being too soft. About Brock International Brock International is the leader in performance-base systems for synthetic turf. With over 20 million square feet of Brock Performance Base in play underneath athletic fields worldwide, the company engineers the best, safest and most sustainable playing surfaces in the world for athletes at all levels. Brock has handled hundreds of successful installations for clients ranging from NFL teams and major universities to community parks. In October 2011, Brock became the first company in the industry to have a Cradle to Cradle Certification for its combined drainage and shock pad product. Offering the only product in the market that can be closed-loop recycled, the company's technologies reduce the overall energy cost of constructing a field by 50 percent. Made in an ISO- and TS-certified manufacturing facility of 100 percent recyclable and nontoxic material, Brock PowerBase is certified to the world's most stringent environmental standards. Visit www.brock-international.com to learn more.
- by Michael Popke
- January 2012
Source: National Recreation and Park Association
Award applications include nominations for Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fame
Ashburn, Va. (Jan. 20, 2017) — Applications and nominations for the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) 2017 National Awards, Gold Medal Awards and Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fameare now being accepted. The deadline to submit award applications is March 12, 2017.read more
Source: Spectrum Aquatics
Easy to Use and Saves Deck Space!
MISSOULA, MT, January 20th 2017 – Spectrum Aquatics Launches New ADA Portable Motion Trek BP 300 Lift. Built for durability, this pool lift is easy to use, saving deck space. Since the lift is mounted on wheels, it can be wheeled out of the way and stored when not in use. It is freestanding and features a lock down kit, to fasten to the deck. "We have transformed the feedback from customers into specific enhancements and created a new product that is built directly on what we have learned from our customer,” said Nabil Khaled, Spectrum Aquatics Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.read more
Teamworks to Streamline Communication and Modernize Experience for Tournament Staff and Participating Teams
DURHAM, NC – [Thursday, January 19, 2017] – Teamworks, the leading provider of collaboration and communication software for athletic organizations, is pleased to announce it will provide collaboration software for the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. NCAA tournament and regional game-site staff as well as the 64 participating teams, their representatives and game officials will utilize Teamworks’ platforms. Teamworks was also selected as the provider to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, which accentuates the NCAA’s efforts to more widely adopt mobile communication at its events.read more
Source: US Club Soccer
Five LaLiga Courses Draw 750-Plus Coaches from 250 Clubs
(CHARLESTON, S.C.) – US Club Soccer – a prominent member of the U.S. Soccer Federation and the leading organization developing soccer clubs across America – today announces its significant growth in 2016, including the execution of five LaLiga Formation Methodology courses, expanding the National Premier Leagues (NPL) from 19 to 23 leagues and registering nearly 500,000 members to date.read more