Source: Sports Legacy Institute(BOSTON) - The Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a Boston-based non-profit organization founded to advance the study, treatment, and prevention of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups, has launched the SLI Concussion Checklist, available online at ConcussionChecklist.org, to help sports programs assess and improve their concussion safety efforts. The SLI Concussion Checklist is a resource for parents, coaches, administrators, and athletic trainers that is designed to identify educational programs, tests, tools, and policies in 10 assessment areas that allow them to provide the safest possible environment for their athletes. Visitors can evaluate their program through a comprehensive 30 question test, with questions such as, "Does your program mandate concussion education for athletes?" Upon completion, visitors are offered customized links to strategies and resources that can help improve the safety of their programs. The majority of the resources are free and easily accessible. Programs and teams of all levels can benefit from the SLI Concussion Checklist, and SLI encourages parents in particular to use the tool annually to evaluate the safety of their child's program and advocate on behalf of their child to add as many components as possible. The SLI Concussion Checklist was created because the lack of concussion safety in some youth sports programs is not caused by the absence of appropriate programs and tools; rather, it is the poor utilization of existing resources. ConcussionChecklist.org is a one-stop shop to assess your program and find safety solutions. The SLI Concussion Checklist covers the ten major components of concussion safety:1. Education2. Prevention3. Remove-from-Play Protocols4. Return-to-Play Protocols5. Return-to-School Protocols6. Return-to-Life Protocols7. Medical Infrastructure8. Equipment9. Rules and Penalties10. Playing Areas and Surfaces
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
Source: BCI Burke
FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin (April 14, 2014) - BCI Burke’s avid commitment to create outdoor recreation opportunities for kids’ play and fitness is ramping up savings on the most innovative and industry leading structures. Burke’s NucleusTM, Intensity®, NaturePlay®, Little BuddiesTM, and VoltageTM play systems are featured in the “Play Today” grants totaling $1.5 million, along with an array of play freestanding favorites that include Burke Basics spinners, swings, climbers, drums and Rock ‘N’ Ride racecar.
The “Play Today” grants incentivize leaders at schools, churches, child cares, municipalities, homeowners’ associations, and other groups who are looking to improve their outdoor play areas. The funding is only available until June 20, 2014.
The “Play Today” program accentuates Burke’s passion to provide play for all children. They are the ideal catalyst for groups that need extra momentum to make their playground projects become a reality, according to Tim Ahern, CEO/owner of BCI Burke.
BCI Burke’s Reinventing PlayTM business focus showcases continual improvement and premium customer commitment, as well as creating the highest quality playground, park and recreation products that are backed by the best warranty in the industry. Since its inception in the early 1920s, BCI Burke has been an avid champion of engaging kids and families in healthy, challenging and safe play. For more information, visit http://www.bciburke.com/playtoday.read more