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
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