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: Gerflor USA
CHICAGO, IL – (OCTOBER 22, 2014) – Gerflor, a global leader in the design and manufacture of multipurpose resilient sports flooring, today announced that the University of Washington and Marquette University, both Division I members of the NCAA, launched the 2014-15 volleyball season with their newly installed Taraflex® Sport M Plus flooring. Alaska Airlines Arena, home of the University of Washington Volleyball program, received 10,400 square feet of custom-made school colors in Purple and Gold (Maple), while Marquette University specified 6,550 square feet of the same Taraflex product in its custom-made school colors of Blue and Gold (Maple) at the Al McGuire Center. The portable volleyball floor is easily installed over the facilities’ existing wood courts.read more
Source: Les Mills International
San Ramon, Calif. – October 20, 2014 – 24 Hour Fitness is once again reaffirming its position as a fitness industry leader and innovator with the addition of LES MILLS GRIT® at more than 200 locations nationwide this December. LES MILLS GRIT is a series of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) programs designed to transform participants’ fitness levels with intense, 30-minute sessions.read more
Woodinville, WA — October 21, 2014 — Precor®, a leading home and commercial fitness equipment manufacturer, today announced that 24 Hour Fitness® is rolling out thousands of new pieces of cardio exercise equipment to its clubs nationwide. This extensive deployment of Precor treadmills, ellipticals and bikes expands on an existing relationship between the two companies and reflects 24 Hour Fitness’ ongoing commitment to providing the best health club experience to the members of its more than 400 clubs in the U.S.read more
Source: ASTM International
W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., October 21, 2014—ASTM International introduced its new brand identity today at the fall meetings of the ASTM board of directors in Seoul, South Korea. The new branding better reflects the expanding mission and global reach of ASTM and informs our stakeholders who we are and how we help to facilitate global trade, ensure public safety and maximize business growth.read more
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a $14 billion global provider of food service, facilities management and uniforms wherever people learn, work, play and recover, announced today it will pilot acceptance of mobile payments from Apple Pay and Softcard at select arenas this hockey season.read more
Source: Eldorado Climbing Walls
BOULDER, Colorado (October 15, 2014) – Boulder, Colorado-based Eldorado Climbing Walls won the top prize at the fourth annual Wright Award. The award acknowledges Eldorado’s role as a Colorado lifestyle industry leader and the company’s positive impact on the business environment in the state. And living up to the company motto, “Everyone Should Climb”, Jerad Wells, CEO of Eldorado, donated the $3,000 award to Paradox Sports, an organization that improves people’s lives by creating physical adaptive sport communities, including climbing.read more
Source: Qualite Sports Lighting
HILLSDALE, Mich., Oct. 15, 2014 -- Qualite Sports Lighting, a leader in the sports lighting industry for more than 30 years, has selected Ephesus Lighting, Inc., a leader in developing high efficiency LED Lighting solutions, as the preferred supplier for outdoor LED sports lights as part of its new Q-LED™ System, an innovative lighting system for outdoor sports venues. The Q-LED™ System combines the Ephesus Lighting high impact outdoor Stadium LED lighting solution with Qualite's industry-leading pre-wired, pre-aiming technologies and mounting hardware. By choosing the Q-LED™ System, clients can be assured of a winning combination for their sports lighting needs.read more
Source: Gerflor USA
CHICAGO, IL – (OCTOBER 6, 2014) – Gerflor, a global leader in the design and manufacture of modern resilient flooring, today announced the launch of its “Floors for ReStore” program with a donation of nearly 185,000 square feet (more than three football fields) of its high quality commercial-grade flooring used in healthcare, education, sports, retail, and industrial environments to numerous Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations. These nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers sell building materials with a portion of the proceeds used to build affordable housing in the communities they serve.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore concept of providing new or gently used building materials to the public aligns with Gerflor’s environmental philosophy of reuse and recycle. Similar to Gerflor’s environmental practices, this donation will help eliminate material waste, while improving the indoor air quality and operational efficiency of the spaces its used in. Gerflor’s resilient flooring is 100% recyclable, low-VOC, FloorScore™ certified, low maintenance, and has a lifecycle of more than 20 years.
“We are thrilled to accept this donation from Gerflor as they are known throughout the flooring industry as a provider of high quality flooring solutions,” says Marcus Hayes, Operations Manager of Habitat for Humanity ReStore Chicago. “Our customers can rest easy knowing they’ve selected a great product, and more importantly, that they’ve contributed to providing simple, decent, and affordable housing to families in the Chicagoland area through ReStore proceeds."
“Gerflor is a global company with a strong commitment to the U.S. and our local communities,” says Benjamin Bachman, CEO, Gerflor USA. “The donations are a win-win for everyone involved because it diverts potential waste from local landfills, gives ReStore customers access to a wide range of high-quality, environmentally-friendly flooring, and allows Gerflor to be a good corporate citizen. We are proud to support the development of affordable homes and healthy communities with Habitat for Humanity.”
To learn more about Habitat Humanity ReStores or to find one in your area, visit http://www.habitat.org/restores.
About Gerflor USA
For designers, installers and facility managers who want design-forward, sustainable, durable flooring solutions, Gerflor is the manufacturer of choice for commercial and sports environments. As a result of Gerflor’s cutting-edge technology, history of innovation, and manufacturing capabilities, Taraflex® is the world’s leading sports flooring, and Mipolam – the original homogeneous resilient sheet flooring – is a leading healthcare solution. Gerflor is present in 100 countries around the globe with more than 2500 employees. It has an excellent environmental record which includes outstanding whole life cycle performance, full compliance with ISO 14001 standards, and FloorScore™ certification. Find Gerflor USA on social media: Gerflor USA for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. For more information, visit www.gerflorusa.com, call 877-437-3567 or email email@example.com.