Fast Break - December 2007

Hairdos and Don'ts; End-of-the-Year Resolution

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December 2007
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Hairdos and Don'ts In a show of unity, two dozen members of the Easton (Mass.) Area High School football team arrived on campus one day last November sporting mohawk haircuts. They were met with curious looks from classmates and a stern warning from principal William Rider - restyle the hair or risk suspension. According to the Easton Express-Times, a school dress code passed in 2006 specifically prohibits "mohawk-type haircuts" or "spike haircuts in which the hair is sectioned and brought to a point."

"Without question I understand teamwork, camaraderie, doing things for the team," Rider, a former football coach, told the paper. "I understand that perfectly, but it's not my policy. It's a school policy and I am following the rules."

Seventy-five EAHS football players signed a petition, and one even appealed in person to the school board, to let the hairstyles, well, stand. Their mohawks still had to go, requiring some student-athletes to shave their heads completely. But players were heartened to learn that dress code changes were anticipated as early as January, potentially leaving matters of hairdos and don'ts up to the discretion of individual instructors - much like jewelry is under the current dress code. "It's okay," senior team member Giovanni Simmons told the Express-Times, "because we got a change for the rest of the year and for years to come."

End-of-the-Year Resolution If you've noticed more people coming through your facility's doors lately, it could be that they wanted to get a head start on their fitness-related New Year's resolutions. According to a recent survey commissioned by My Gym Floor, 54 percent of all respondents said they hoped to jump-start their 2008 workouts after Thanksgiving, rather than Jan. 1.

Other key findings:

  • Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they plan to fine-tune an already existing exercise program in 2008.
  • Another 29 percent indicated that they'd like to begin an exercise program.
  • Twenty-one percent said they want to spend additional time at their workout facility.
A more disturbing trend? Forty-one percent of survey participants indicated they'd like to exercise more at home - which means facility operators may want to steer their own New Year's resolutions toward generating extra user incentives.
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  • The Central Hockey League's New Mexico Scorpions selected Vital Insight Group to help create e-mail surveys, an e-newsletter program and other new marketing efforts to address fan satisfaction issues during the team's 2007-2008 season.
  • The NBA's 2006-07 "Sixth Man of the Year" winner Leandro Barbosa has agreed to serve as a spokesperson for Qwest Communications International Inc.
  • The National Swimming Pool Foundation awarded a grant to Dr. Guy Hornsby, Ph.D., CDE, of the West Virginia University School of Medicine to study the psychological and physiological effects of land- versus water-based exercise with patients who have type-2 diabetes.
  • Doosan Infracore announced that it has completed the acquisition of Ingersoll Rand Company's Bobcat, utility equipment and attachment divisions.

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In response to last month's Quick Question, the Patriots are granted credit for overcoming adversity and their record remains untarnished by a very narrow margin.

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