Reviews of ProSked scheduling software; Successful Sports Parenting CD-ROM; and Never Slow Down, Never Grow Old CD
Athletic trainers, nutritionists, physical therapists and other sports, recreation and fitness professionals who must adhere to tight schedules with clients can now manage those schedules more effectively with ProSked-a technology solution from Zero Downtime Inc. that allows clients to schedule their appointments online based on published available times. The software sends an immediate e-mail confirmation to both parties, and ProSked synchronizes with Microsoft Outlook and Entourage e-mail programs to send automatic reminders to clients 24 hours prior to their scheduled appointments. The monthly service fee is $24.95, and for an additional charge, Zero Downtime will build web sites (or customize existing web sites) to integrate the scheduling features. Details are available at zdtusa.com.
USA Swimming and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association have teamed up to create an interactive educational CD-ROM for parents of athletes in all sports. Successful Sports Parenting presents concepts that can be applied to practically any municipal, club and high school athletics program. Hosted by Deborah Phelps, a middle school principal and mother of six-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps, the video includes segments about children's growth, development and well-being (including discussions about nutrition, hydration and eating disorders), as well as training and competition information. There are also tips to improve relations between parents, coaches and youth sports organizations. The video features more than 50 interviews with coaches, athletes, parents and sports psychologists, plus more than 250 pages of background materials and handouts for organizations and their coaches to use in their programs. The $39.95 video is available at successfulsportsparenting.com.
As ESPN baseball analyst Peter Gammons continues to recover from a brain aneurysm, Rounder Records has quietly released his feel-good debut CD. That's right: Never Slow Down, Never Grow Old features the longtime sports columnist and TV talking head singing reworked songs by artists as disparate as Buddy Holly and The Clash. All-star guests include Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo (guitar and vocals) and Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein (guitar), as well as alternative-rock vocalist Juliana Hatfield and blues-rock guitarist George Thorogood. Gammons' liner notes lend context to his track selections and reveal him to be a serious music fan (in 2000, he created Boston's biannual charity concert series, Hot Stove, Cool Music) who brings surprising passion to his guitar playing and singing. All proceeds benefit The Foundation To Be Named Later, a branch of the Red Sox Foundation that serves disadvantaged youths.