Category Archives: June 2012

Treating And Preventing Concussions

There is a growing awareness of the potential long-term cognitive and physical impacts of concussions at every level of sports. A 2011 survey on behalf of Safe Kids USA found that 42 percent of parents worry to some degree about their children suffering a concussion while playing a team sport. Parents surveyed also indicated they and the coaches need to be trained in sports-injury prevention and sports safety. While there is still much to learn, parents also felt they are … Continue reading

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Pool Genetics

Even with today’s sophisticated pool equipment and systems, some aquatic centers still struggle with water-quality problems. If a facility is not appealing to the eyes and nose, such problems may result in a revenue loss as the public takes its fitness and recreation dollars to a competing venue. It is important to remember that a swimming pool has its own ecological balance that is affected by both genetic makeup as well as environmental influences. Successfully operating a healthy swimming pool … Continue reading

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The Best And Worst

In speaking with recreation professionals over the years, I have found it interesting–and alarming–that there is an almost universal agreement that parents pose the most challenges. I asked Tim Kerbs, the long-time recreation-program supervisor at the Salina Parks and Recreation Department in Kansas, if he were to be made czar of youth sports nationwide for a day, what would be the first thing he would change? He said: “I would have the parents watch youth games from closed-circuit TVs away … Continue reading

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A Green Way To Play

The trees that children used to climb freely in the woods a generation ago have since been replaced by manufactured playgrounds. With this limited interaction to pure nature, how does one convey the importance of environmental responsibility? How does one begin to show kids what a large impact a little recycling and environmental thinking can do? What’s the best way to convert such a complex issue to the level of a preschooler? The city of Safety Harbor in Florida and … Continue reading

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Clear The Decks

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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