Category Archives: September 2008

Background Checks: Do they really get the job done?

When it comes to protecting children in youth sports, some suggest that conducting background checks on volunteer coaches is a waste of time and money. Is it? If recreation professionals around the country were polled, their opinions would be as divided on the topic as who they’re voting for in the presidential election–with good reason, too. The problem with background checks–one many folks tend to overlook–is that they don’t work for the twisted individuals who have never been caught. Also, … Continue reading

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Toilet Trivia

Did you know that most people using public restrooms are really “bathroom gymnasts”? According to a study conducted by NSF International, a not-for-profit standards-development and testing and certification organization, more than 90 percent of respondents perform some type of gymnastics while in a public restroom. The study found that most users will do almost anything to avoid touching restroom surfaces, such as doors, partitions, faucets or dispenser handles. For instance, nearly 40 percent said they use their elbows to turn … Continue reading

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Pilates Programming

There are several common misconceptions about Pilates and yoga, particularly with regard to the level of difficulty. Many believe that the techniques are so difficult that a high degree of flexibility is required. It is also assumed that these exercises are for “dancer-type” people, who are aware of their bodies and able to balance easily. While both disciplines focus on the use of the body’s own weight for exercise, Pilates focuses on strengthening the core of the body. This will … Continue reading

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Track And Field

At the end of the day, when I come home from work dragging and tired, my boys are still active on the play trail. I decided to put them in a track and field program, figuring it allows them in a challenging way to learn their bodies’ limits and abilities. I tried a program offered at a local facility in Lakeland, Fla., and both boys were thrilled with the results. My children are very different–one enjoys long distance running, and … Continue reading

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Ice Rink Renovations

The Squaw Valley Winter Olympics in 1960–at which the United States won the gold medal in hockey with victories over Russia and Czechoslovakia–catapulted ice skating and hockey into widespread recognition. Prior to the 1960s, there were only about 100 ice rinks in the United States; today there are over 2,000. A majority of these facilities were built in the ’60s and ‘70s, and are in need of renovation. Is yours one of them? Keeping Cool Facilities using R-22 Freon refrigerant … Continue reading

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