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Arlington, Va., Named 'Fittest City'

Arlington, Va., has been named "America's Fittest City" in the annual American Fitness Index rankings published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation. The ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index evaluated America's 100 largest cities using 34 evidence-based indicators. Rounding out the top 10 fittest cities are Minneapolis; Seattle; Denver; Madison, Wis.; Washington, D.C.; St. Paul, Minn.; Irvine, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and Atlanta, Ga., which cracked the top 10 for the first time.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Recommendations for Opening Schools

The nation's pediatricians call for prioritizing in-person learning and advice schools to prepare to address students' mental health needs.

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Middle School Sports Have Overall Higher Rate of Concussion

New research presented at the National Athletic Trainers' Associations' 2021 NATA Virtual Clinical Symposia & AT Expo found that middle school sports have an overall higher rate of concussion than reported in high school and collegiate settings.

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Study Finds Football, Basketball, Soccer and Volleyball Account for Highest Number of Injuries

New research found that in an analysis of more than 26,000 injuries across high school and college, the sports with the most injuries were male football (25.6%), female basketball (8.5%), female soccer (8.1%), male basketball (7.1%) and female volleyball (6.5%).

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PHTA Welcomes Comments on New Standard for Elevated Aquatic Venues Integrated Into a Building

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance is inviting public review and comments on a new PHTA/ICC-10 Standard for Elevated Pools, Spas and Other Aquatic Venues Integrated Into a Building or Structure.

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NSCA Announces Launch of NSCA TV

The National Strength and Conditioning Association announced the launch of a brand new video-streaming service: NSCA TV. The initial launch includes instant access to more than 400 strength and conditioning and sport science videos from some of the industry's leading experts.

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Outdoor Fitness Is Top Planned Amenity

Outdoor Fitness Is Top Planned Amenity

Fitness-related amenities are abundant among respondents to the Industry Report Survey. Most common are fitness centers, found among 49.7% of respondents' facilities (up from 48.4% in 2020). These were followed by walking and hiking trails, (48.8%) and exercise studio rooms (46.6%).

When it comes to planning, though, outdoor fitness is dominant. In fact, outdoor fitness equipment and fitness trails were the No. 1 planned amenity among all respondents in 2021, with 21.2% of those who had plans to add features at their facilities indicating they would be adding outdoor fitness. Walking and bike trails were also commonly planned additions, with 15.4% planning to add walking trails and 14% planning to add bike trails.

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Off the Deep End: Aquatic Programming, Tried, True & New

Successful aquatic facilities offer a range of programming, from the basic and expected learn-to-swim and lifeguard training through aquatic exercise, water polo, kayaking and much more. Learn more about the trends that will keep your facility swimming to success.

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What Our Industry Needs Right Now Is Play

It's been a rough year, and people of all ages are emerging from it with a refreshed desire to get active, and a fresh need for play.

For more information, read What Our Industry Needs Right Now Is Play.

Trends in YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys & Girls Clubs

YMCAs and similar nonprofit facilities faced the pandemic head-on, offering myriad programs for essential workers, those facing food insecurity and more. Here's a closer look at trends in Ys.

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Trends in Schools & School Districts

Whether it's a playground at recess or a Friday night football game, schools provide a unique sports and recreation outlet for their students and families.

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Monetize Your Community Dog Parks

Dog parks have become a tremendously popular amenity, and there are ways you can jump on that bandwagon and boost your bottom line.

For more information, read Monetize Your Community Dog Parks.


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