August 2016

Study Shows Artificial Turf Composition Influences Injury Prevention

It turns out that the composition of artificial turf surfaces is the key to preventing high school football injuries. This, according to new research that shows how the infill weight of artificial turf surfaces can directly affect the number of injuries to high school football players, according to a recent news release from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), an organization that specializes in orthopaedic sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship.

Council Announces Release of Second Edition of Model Aquatic Health Code

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the 2016 Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) on July 15, 2016. This second edition of the MAHC includes important updates to the first edition released in 2014.

Study Finds Seniors, Women Less Likely to Use Parks

In the spring and summer of 2014, the RAND Corporation sent observers into 174 neighborhood parks in 25 cities with 100,000 or more residents, with the goal of learning how people used the parks. The study concluded that neighborhood parks, along with their programmed activities, are geared more toward youths, limiting their use by adults and seniors. The study also found that younger females were less likely to use the parks, with females representing only 40 percent of children and 35 percent of teens observed. And females of all ages were less likely to play any organized sports and were more sedentary than males.

Level Up Your Park With Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm, and many parks are finding ways to use this phenomenon to boost their visitors and engage people in the outdoors. Find out how your park can take advantage of this new craze.