Category Archives: December 2008

Fresh Pow-Pow

Working through my afternoon sales calls, I watched in wonder as big, soft flakes floated to the ground. Slowly, but surely, the white stuff covered the trees, lawn, and un-raked leaves in a beautiful blanket. It was magical–like all first snowfalls. Later, as I pulled into my driveway, the headlights shone on a surprisingly untracked front lawn. My curiosity quickly turned to recognition as the garage door opened. There, leaning against the back wall, was a snow-encrusted sled–the old, red … Continue reading

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The Well-Developed Facility

Recreation and leisure facilities are created with the hope that participants will find fulfillment and happiness. It’s safe to say that almost all experiences are influenced–good or bad–by the surroundings; especially, perhaps, recreation and leisure experiences, which carry the heightened expectations associated with good times and play. While most facility designers and operators are delighted to see buildings and fields being enjoyed by throngs of people, it is possible–and even likely–that any given facility can suffer from over -use. Just … Continue reading

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Reducing Overuse Injuries

Take a look at the youth sports landscape: it’s littered with young athletes whose arms, legs, bones and tendons can’t hold up to the strain of constant participation, or the high pressure and often unreasonable hopes of pushy adults. Every day, more children are breaking down and forced to the sidelines–or the operating room–and millions of parents continue to turn their backs and drive their children with ridiculously lofty expectations. Beyond all the horrible injuries children are needlessly suffering, I … Continue reading

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The Future Of Fitness

The development of the medically integrated health-fitness industry began with the inauguration of cardiac rehabilitation programs featuring heart-healthy exercises and education focused on the development of a healthy lifestyle. While traditional gyms provided exercise programs, they rarely offered programming that supported lifestyle changes–a key ingredient to managing chronic disease and supporting long-term health improvements. Filling the void, hospital-based cardiac rehab classes began to spring up across the nation. Simple exercises performed under the watchful eye of trained exercise therapists led … Continue reading

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Get Caught Up In Pickleball

Pickleball is one of America’s fastest-growing sports. While it is being discovered daily by residents and visitors in active senior communities, hundreds of school children as well as college students are introduced to it regularly in physical education classes. It is a lifelong activity, making it a perfect sport for multigenerational families where grandparents and grandchildren can match up against parents and children. Pickleball was invented in 1965 by the late Washington State congressman, Joel Pritchard. The court is the … Continue reading

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