Source: Sporturf Dalton, Ga. (May 21, 2013) - Sporturf, an international manufacturer and builder of synthetic turf fields, has significantly expanded its presence in the Midwest with the opening of the company's third regional field office in Kansas City, Missouri. Sporturf Midwest is under the leadership of President Craig Shonk, and will focus on Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas. "This strategic move opens up a market that Sporturf has not really been in before," noted Shonk. "Bringing an ISO manufacturer and a Midwest-based ASBA certified field builder together gives clients the best of both worlds." Sporturf Midwest recently completed their first, full-size turf install in Nebraska with the practice field at Millard North High School in Omaha, the largest high school in the state. Millard North benefitted in many ways from the new field, including having access to the most current fiber technology. Their team, the Mustangs, will play soccer and football games on Powerhouse 3C featuring a custom blend of monofilament and tape fibers that are the wave of the future. Peru State's historic Oak Bowl is the next project to take advantage of Sporturf's local "grassroots" plan of allowing direct access with their synthetic turf manufacturer. "Building long lasting relationships gives everyone involved unprecedented peace of mind," added Darby McCamy, Sporturf Fields Vice President. "We have bridged the gap between owner and manufacturer with our local team of certified field builders, who focus on the design-build process more than the next sale." The Sporturf main office and mill is located in Dalton, Georgia, and San Diego-based Sporturf International started in 2003. In addition, Sporturf International serves some of the most prominent sports facilities in South America and the Caribbean, such as the Haiti FIFA National Stadium and Eddy Coello Stadium in Ecuador. About SporturfHeadquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Sporturf supplies large and small customers alike with the widest variety of turf in the world. The company is a division of Controlled Products, one of the leading manufacturers of synthetic turf worldwide. Sporturf has engineered synthetic turf fields for baseball, soccer, football, lacrosse and hockey programs in 30 states and the D.C. area. Notable installs have included Clemson University, Samford University, The Citadel, Detroit Silverdome and hundreds of high schools ranging from Beckman Catholic High School in Dyersville, Iowa to Grace Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee.
- by Emily Attwood
- May 2013
Source: The National Athletic Trainers' Association
Washington, DC, March 10, 2014 – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association advance released today a new position statement on the management of sport concussion during the 5th annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Washington, DC. This statement is an update to the association’s original 2004 concussion guidelines and addresses education, prevention, documentation and legal aspects, evaluation and return-to-play considerations. In particular, the authors amended the return-to-play guidelines and now recommend no return on the day the athlete is concussed.
The statement, created by the NATA Research & Education Foundation, will appear in the March issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, NATA’s scientific publication. To review the statement please visit: http://dx.doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-49.1.07.
Concussion key statistics:
•An estimated 3.8 million concussions occur each year as a result of sport and physical activity.
•Sport-related concussions account for 58 percent of all emergency department visits in children (8-13 years old) and 46 percent of all concussions in adolescents (14-19 years old).
•Athletes who have had one concussion are 1.5 times more likely to have a second; those who have sustained two concussions have a nearly three times greater risk and those with three or more have a 3.5 times higher risk.
•Data from the High School Reporting Information Online (RIO) indicated that concussions in interscholastic athletes were responsible for 8.9 percent of all athletic injuries.
“With the continued national spotlight on concussions from professional to youth sports, these recommendations provide a practical roadmap for athletic trainers, physicians and other medical professionals on injury identification and management. We also hope this document will serve as an educational tool for parents and school administrators,” said Steven P. Broglio, PhD, ATC, lead author of the position statement and director of the Neurosport Research Lab in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan.
“Athletic trainers (ATs) are commonly the first medical experts available on site to identify and evaluate injuries,” added Broglio. “Without exception, ATs should be present at all organized sporting events – from practices to games – and at all levels of play and work closely with their physician or other designated medical expert to implement these guidelines. In light of these general protocols, each athlete should be treated on an individual basis.”
Highlights of NATA position statement on concussion management:
Education and Prevention
•Use proper terminology such as concussion or traumatic brain injury as opposed to colloquial terms as “ding” or “bell ringer,” which minimize the injury severity.
•Educate administrators, sports medicine team members, coaches, parents and others on concussion prevention, cause, recognition and referral, physical and cognitive restrictions for concussed athletes, return-to-play protocols and ramifications of improper concussion management.
•Document potential modifying factors that could delay return to participation, and educate patients on these implications.
•Understand limitations of protective equipment for concussion prevention, and read all warning labels associated with that equipment.
Documentation and legal aspects
•Be aware of state legislation as well as sport governing bodies and their policies and procedures regarding concussion management.
•Document the athlete’s (and when appropriate the parent’s) understanding of concussive signs and symptoms and his/her responsibility to report a concussion.
•Communicate the status of concussed athletes to the managing physician; document all evaluation, management, treatment, return to participation and physician communications.
Evaluation and return-to-play
•Athletes at high risk of concussions (those in collision or contact sports) should undergo baseline examinations before the competitive season.
•Baseline examinations should be completed annually for adolescent athletes, those with recent concussions and, when feasible, all athletes.
•Baseline exam should consist of clinical history, physical and neurologic evaluations, measure of motor control and neurocognitive functions.
•Any athlete suspected of a concussion should be removed from play; not return to activity on the day of injury; and be evaluated by a physician or AT.
o Once the concussion diagnosis is made, the patient should undergo daily focused examinations to monitor the course of recovery and be cleared by a physician before returning to play.
o Those athletes with a history of concussions or who do not show a typical return to normal functioning after injury may benefit from a referral to a neuropsychologist or additional treatments or therapies.
•The AT should enforce the standard use of certified helmets and educate athletes, coaches and parents that, although helmets can help prevent catastrophic injuries, they do not significantly reduce the risk of concussions.
•Helmet use in high-velocity sports (e.g. skiing, cycling) has been shown to protect against traumatic head and facial injury.
•Consistent evidence demonstrating a reduced concussion risk by wearing a mouthguard is not available, though evidence demonstrates that fitted mouthguards reduce dental injuries.
•Research on the effectiveness of headgear in soccer players is limited; use of headgear is neither encouraged nor discouraged at this time.
•Be aware that recovery among young athletes may take longer than in adults and require a longer return-to-play progression.
•Use age-appropriate, validated concussion-assessment tools with younger athletes; a parent, teacher or responsible adult should also monitor and report symptoms.
•Young athletes undergo continual brain and cognitive development and may require more frequent updates to the baseline assessments.
•ATs, school administrators and teachers should work together to include appropriate academic accommodations in the concussion management plan.
· Implement a standard concussion home instruction form for all patients.
· Instruct a concussed patient to avoid medications other than acetaminophen, and avoid alcohol, drugs or other substances.
· Recommend rest as the best practice for concussion recovery; during the acute stage of injury patients should avoid any physical or mental exertion that exacerbates symptoms, maintain a healthy diet and stay well hydrated.
· Ensure school administrators, counselors and instructors are aware of the patient’s injury.
· In those with a concussion history, recognize the potential for second-impact syndrome and be aware of the potential long-term consequences of multiple injuries.
· Consider patient referral to a physician with specific concussion training and experience if an athlete has a history of concussions.
Athletic 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 39,000 members of the athletic training profession. Visit www.nata.org.read more
Source: Sports Facilities Advisory
(Clearwater, FL) March 10, 2014 – Sports tourism is an economic trend that is on the rise within the tourism industry – Dev Pathik, CEO of the Sports Facilities Advisory (http://www.sportadvisory.com/home.html) (SFA), recently commented in a Forbes Sports Money segment (http://www.forbes.com/video/3123497210001/) on the growth of youth competitive sports, which is largely the impetus for the sports tourism surge. The Rocky Top Sports World facility in Gatlinburg, TN, set to open its doors summer 2014, has been developed with the help of the SFA to attract new visitors to the area and boost the overall economy. SFA officials anticipate a $40 million economic impact for Gatlinburg within the first five years of Rocky Tops’ opening. Under SFA’s leadership, the facility has already attracted bookings totaling more than 30,000 visitors into the market for year one.
Recent press indicates that some sports tourism facilities are reporting their busiest season for sport tourism to date – attracting large crowds to the area and filling local hotels. Other reports show sports tourism is helping alleviate some counties of their budget woes, such as Chesterfield County, in Richmond Virginia which expects sport tourism events to bring millions of dollars to the county in the form of of taxes from hotels, restaurants and shops. According to Pathik, sports tourism is ideally suited for existing tourism destinations that are family-oriented and that offer a wide range of hotel room rates, recreation amenities and dining and entertainment options – criteria which the city of Gatlinburg met due to its close proximity to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, which saw more than 9 million recreation visits in 2010, the highest of any of the 58 national parks.
“Rocky Top Sports World is part of a national trend that cities are engaged in to achieve new levels of visitor spending through sports tourism – Disney Wide World of Sports began this trend in 1997,” said Pathik. “Many tournament and event organizers are frustrated with cities that require teams to travel from one field to another between competitions – having everything in once place and having world-class playing surfaces is one key differentiator.”
Mayor of Gatlinburg, Jerry Hayes, says he is confident that the Gatlinburg area has all of the desired characteristics for a successful sports tourism facility and believes there is an opportunity for economic development in the city.
“Rocky Top Sports World will attract events and tournaments to the area that would not otherwise be here – and with these tournaments comes the opportunity for increased economic activity in within our community,” said Hayes. “Being that Rocky Top Sports World is located at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the facility offers visiting teams and family members access to a unique sports vacation market – and the success of Rocky Top Sports World will influence our future plans to expand Gatlinburg’s sports recreation offerings.”
Rocky Top Sports World encompasses an 80 acre campus equipped to fit the needs of turf and court-based athletes. With indoor and outdoor facilities, the venue is one of the most significant sports tourism developments to open in 2014. The facility will house six youth basketball courts, twelve volleyball courts, and 7 soccer/lacrosse/football fields, as well as a championship football stadium. The indoor facilities are for a wide range of sports and special events. Outside, there are seven lighted, full-sized outdoor fields with state-of-the-art synthetic turf.
SFA developed Rocky Top’s business model, management plan, economic impact and cash flow forecast. Upon funding by the City of Gatlinburg and Sevier County, SFA’s management company was engaged to assume day-to-day operational responsibility including the booking and management of tournaments and events, as well as managing facilities to support its government client’s objectives.
SFA officials encourage sport tourism as an effective way to boost local economies that, in turn, will benefit all users of public services. SFA’s portfolio includes more than $3.5 billion in planned and operational facilities, as well as being the industry leader in the managing of such complexes. The company will assist in opening more than 1.5 million acres of additional indoor facilities, as well as 600 acres of outdoor facilities, within the next year.
For more information about the Sports Facilities Advisory and its suite of planning-funding-opening-management services, visit www.sportadvisory.com/home.html.
About Sports Facilities Advisory:
The Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA) is the leading resource in sports facility planning and management. The Sports Facilities Advisory has helped to plan, fund, open and manage dozens of multimillion-dollar sports complexes in communities throughout the USA and internationally since its founding in 2003. The company serves public and private clients. Its services fall into four main categories: plan, fund, open and manage, which encompass every phase from early stage feasibility studies to preparing financing documents, overseeing development and opening and full-time management services. SFA’s success depends upon its mission to dramatically improve communities through the opening or optimization of sport and recreation centers. For more information, visit www.sportadvisory.com/home.html.read more
Source: Pentair Ltd.
Sanford, NC, March 7, 2014 — Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, Inc. announced today it has purchased the assets of Emperor Aquatics, Inc. (EAI), a leading supplier of UV disinfection and water filtering solutions, on December 31, 2013. EAI is headquartered in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
With the addition of EAI, Pentair is well positioned to address the growing concerns over biosecurity in Aquaculture and the increased use of UV disinfection in the Pool industry. “This acquisition provides entry into the growing UV market and is the perfect complement to our existing commercial sanitization products,” said Karl Frykman, President of Pentair Aquatic Systems.
By establishing a UV center of excellence, Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems looks to continue development of tailored engineered solutions across all industries.
Robert D. Miller, Chief Financial Officer of Pentair’s Aquatic Systems business, leads the day-to-day operations of Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, including EAI.
ABOUT PENTAIR AQUATIC SYSTEMS :
Pentair Aquatic Systems provides leading edge equipment, accessories and water technology solutions to the swimming pool, aquaculture and environmental water monitoring industries. Aquatic Systems produces a broad line of products from pumps and filtration equipment to thermal products, automated controls, lights, automatic cleaners, water purification and treatment technology, UV sterilizers, electromagnetic flow meters, irrigation controls, and more. Applications for Aquatic Systems products include maintenance, repair and renovation of existing in-field equipment, as well as planning and engineered solutions for new installations in North America, Europe, and emerging markets such as China, Latin America and other countries.
ABOUT PENTAIR LTD.:
Pentair Ltd. (www.pentair.com) delivers industry-leading products, services and solutions for its customers’ diverse needs in water and other fluids, thermal management and equipment protection. With 2013 revenues of $7.5 billion, Pentair employs more than 30,000 people worldwide.