Media & Technology: Equipment
- Helmet Manufacturers Hope Products Can Save Football
by Adam Zielonka September 2018
As awareness of the long-term health risks of head injuries in football grew this decade, so did a burgeoning industry of ambitious startups. Neuroscientists and entrepreneurs are trying various approaches to solve the same problem.
- Hurricanes Get Trashy with Eco-Friendly Uniforms
by Andy Berg August 2018
In a nod to their location along the Atlantic Ocean, the Miami Hurricanes football team will be wearing uniforms made from recycled ocean trash.
- Product Spotlight 2018: Stadiums & Outdoor Surfaces
by Courtney Cameron August 2018
Check out these products as seen in the September 2018 issue.
Formetco Sports is a one-stop venue source for scoring, sound and video entertainment needs. Formetco designs and facilitates complete turn-key LED video scoring solutions for outdoor and indoor applications. Sports packages feature easy-to-use multisport scoring, sound systems, control rooms, video cameras, replay and more. Formetco LED scoreboards and video boards have the best warranties in the industry and unparalleled ongoing service and support, seven days a week.
For 45 years, NORDOT® Outdoor Adhesives have been used to install outdoor synthetic turf athletic fields and recreational surfaces worldwide. They have a well-earned reputation for long-term durability in all types of climates. Additionally, a new adhesive that more economically replaces hot melts is now available. All NORDOT® one-part urethane adhesives are easily applied by glue box, trowel, squeegee or airless spray, can be used in sub-freezing to desert-like temperatures, and have superior "green strength" (grab) and outstanding water resistance.
ScoreVision brings the game-time experience of a professional arena to high schools, colleges and recreational sports facilities. This experience is delivered through a system that combines vibrant, high-quality LED jumbotrons with custom scorekeeping and event production apps that offer robust functionality while utilizing the most user-friendly software on the market. ScoreVision enhances the game-time experience for athletes and fans while simplifying the efforts of scorekeepers and production teams with an easy-to-use software and jumbotron system.
Kay Park-Recreation Corp.
Speedy Bleacher 108 is a folding and highway-towable seating solution by Kay Park. The versatile and economical unit seats 108 people and features seven rows, an aisle and a handrail. Equipped with a hydraulic folding mechanism and telescoping tongue, it can be easily towed by a conventional vehicle and erected in just a few minutes by one person. The 27-foot-long, 9-foot-high Speedy Bleacher meets safety codes.
The CEIA HI-PE Plus is an affordable, multizone metal detector with superior performance to detect guns and knives. It provides a high level of discrimination for non-threat items, full compliance with the latest security standards and exceptional immunity to external interferences. The CEIA PD240 hand-held metal detector features a wide search area that combines high reliability with advanced detection and operator signaling features. It also features indoor/outdoor operation and floor rebar rejection.
Blackhawk High School in Chippewa Township, Penn., needed new football bleachers. Due to existing structures, the fit of the bleachers was posing an issue for planners. GT Grandstands was able to provide an I-beam structure featuring a press box, inclusive seating, accessible ramps and lower panel enclosures for storage. Whatever the grandstand challenge, GT Grandstands can supply what is needed.
Since 2006, Greenplay's natural, plant-based Corkonut® organic infill has kept the turf field at Lake Tahoe Community College consistent with its natural environment. The comparisons of Lake Tahoe's new field to pristine natural grass abound with a natural look and feel, enhanced foot stability and low abrasiveness. Even on the hottest days, the turf is cool enough to play barefoot, a direct result of superior moisture retention and a natural evaporative effect. The coconut fiber/cork matrix is resilient and durable with minimal migration, resulting in consistent infill levels across the field.
For more than 40 years, SMG Equipment has been a leading manufacturer of equipment for the installation and maintenance of synthetic turf fields and running tracks. SMG Equipment offers a complete line of turf maintenance tools, including drag brushes, ground-driven tow-behind sweepers, tractor-mounted PTO-drive sweepers, and the top-of-the-line SMG SportChamp.
These products originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of Athletic Business, a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.
- GPS-Tracking Vests Ramp Up Football Practice
by Jason Scott August 2018
In the landscape of fitness trackers and user-generated fitness data, it may be unsurprising to learn that a school is utilizing GPS-tracking “smart vests” during football practice. What might be surprising, however, is the perceived benefits those devices provide.
- Controversy Swirls Over Batting Helmet Attachment
by Erik Brady July 2018
Mike Trout wears a C-flap. Bryce Harper does, too. They're among 10 players in Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game who wear attachments to their batting helmets that are designed to protect a batter's cheek and jaw. But your Little Leaguer likely can't wear one, and the reason is a whole other kind of flap.
- CTE Revelation Deals Blow to Helmet Maker
by Josh Kosman June 2018
Faced with possible crippling damages from looming lawsuits filed by former NFL players — who claim Riddell knew about the risk of CTE from concussions but kept the info from them — the owner, private equity firm Fenway Partners has not been able to find a buyer after attempting to off-load the company for years.
- New Product Roundup: Fitness Equipment | Lifeguard Chair | Laundry
by AB Staff April 2018
Check out the newest products as seen in the April 2018 issue.
- Treadmill Purchasing Guide: Six Things To Know Before You Buy
by AB Staff February 2018
When shopping for treadmills, you'll need to decide whether you want to spend a little more to offer your customers a unit with high-end touchscreens and Bluetooth connectivity, or a cost-effective, durable, barebones machine that will simply keep your members moving. Here's a quick rundown of what to look for as you navigate the treadmill market.
- Perch Looks to Reinvent the Rack with Smart Tech
by Andy Berg January 2018
A new startup is hoping to help athletes and coaches better track and refine workouts.
- How Scoreboards and Video Displays Have Evolved
by Andy Berg November 2017
Whether picking berries or hunting game, humans have long wanted to know who found the most and who got the biggest. That said, we've come a long way since the days of notching mammoths on the cave wall. Scoreboards have gone from slates upon which points were tallied to technological marvels capable of displaying not only the score but also high-definition video replays in 100,000-seat stadiums. Here's a look at how scoreboards have evolved: