January 2016

Organizations Aim to Clarify Dangers of Hypoxic Blackout

The practices of hyperventilation preceding underwater swimming and extended breath-holding in the water are dangerous and potentially deadly activities. These actions can put the body in a state of hypoxia—a condition in which the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply. The American Red Cross, the YMCA of the USA and USA Swimming aim to educate the public about the risks of hypoxia in the water.

NRPA Receives Grant to Celebrate Those Advancing Health Equity

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded the National Recreation and Park Association a $60,000 grant spanning seven years to help establish the RWJF Awards for Health Equity.

Expanding Education on Concussion in Sports

The new film Concussion follows the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of what is now known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in those with a history of repetitive brain trauma such as concussion. While the film will bring the issue of brain injury and sports participation to many people's attention for the first time, many organizations and professionals have been hard at work trying to expand our understanding of concussion in sports like football and boxing.

Omnibus Budget Boosts Funding for National Parks, Extends LWCF

The fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed in mid-December 2015 extended funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and also included significant increases in funding for national parks.