Media & Technology: Equipment
How Cryotherapy Can Help Recovery
by Angie Ferguson October 2018
Modern-day cryotherapy may seem like a new concept, but the origins of cold plunges and contrast baths date as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans. Back then, cold plunges were used to stimulate blood circulation and rapidly cool the body, particularly when soldiers where in active training preparations for war. Water temperatures ranged from 4 to 8 degrees. Perhaps we need to credit our ancient ancestors as being the first to develop whole-body cryotherapy.
How Tech Helps Colleges Monitor Athlete Performance
by Jeff Hartsell October 2018
Citadel soccer player Logan Dix's eyes popped with surprise when she reviewed the data from the Bulldogs' first match of the season. "I learned a lot," said the sophomore forward. "I learned that I ran way more than I ever thought during a match. I ran eight miles during the game, and you don't feel like you are running that much." Citadel coach Ciaran Traquair raised about $5,000 with the help of The Citadel Soccer Association to invest in a player-monitoring system this season. The high-tech vests from PlayerTek use a GPS system to track how far players run, their top speed, impacts, distance traveled at top speed, player workload and energy output.
Product Spotlight 2018: Stadiums & Outdoor Surfaces
by Courtney Cameron September 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.
Connecting Workouts With Campus Sustainability Goals (Sponsored)
by AB Editors September 2018
This sponsored content was provided by SportsArt. What is sponsored content?
University campuses have long been a house for amplifying and normalizing societal changes. As we move deeper into the era of climate change and identifying our environmental impact, universities are leading the charge. With goals like reducing campus energy consumption by 2025 or reaching full carbon neutrality by 2050, campuses are implementing innovative solutions that continue to evolve with changes in technology.
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.
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.
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.