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Benefits of Stall Bars

  By Brian Kolenich Stall Bars as we know them today have a rich history. They were pioneered in Sweden during the early 1800s by Per Henrik Ling, founder of the Swedish Royal Gymnastic Central Institute. He was also a pioneer of physiotherapy and gymnastics during this era. Brought to America decades later as the

Playground Planning Checklist to Help Create the Ultimate Play Experience

  Planning the perfect school playground is easy when you have the right tools. Follow these five easy steps to create the ultimate playground for children in your community and beyond. Envision Your Play Area A great playground will complement your school unique personality and be a destination for years to come. Work with a

Bringing Safety to the Surface

  Did you know that roughly 70 percent of all playground related injuries are caused by falls from playground equipment? When building a playground environment, your choice of surfacing should be the most important factor. One of the most important things we can do to help provide a safe play environment is to include a

Selecting an Indoor Sport Flooring Finish

  By Eric D. Lussier Your gym is enclosed, the HVAC is running, and the basketball backboards are in place. The final touch to your athletic facility is the only item outstanding: the sports floor. There are many options that you may consider when it comes time to choose from the varied athletic surface options

3 Keys to Purchasing Athletic Gear for Your Team

By Travis Armideo As an athletic trainer or team coach, you only have so much in your budget to use on athletic equipment, and you have numerous players to outfit. But while the costs add up quickly, price tags shouldn’t be your only concern. Sure, spending $120 here for a pair of shoulder pads and

When to Replace Sports Padding

By Michelle Robinson Padding is only as good as the protection it provides. When vinyl and foam are subjected to varying temperatures, extreme weather conditions, areas of activity, or the passage of time, they are subject to wear and tear. Under these circumstances, padding may tear, separate, sag, or deteriorate. Even constant impact can affect

Replacing Your Gym Floor

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Their organizations are located around the world and boast a total of over 1.8 million members in 15,000 councils. One of those councils is the Kenmore Knights of Columbus in Buffalo, NY. The Kenmore facility hosts a wide variety of community events for

Five Ways Gym Equipment Can Make Money for Your School

In an era of shrinking budgets, school administrators shouldn’t neglect the revenue possibilities from turning a gymnasium into a multi-use facility. By specifying the right gym equipment, you can maximize the use of your space and host more events, creating an additional revenue stream. Here are five pieces of gym equipment that can make money

School Playground Equipment Considerations

Educators know that play is one of the most effective ways for children to learn. That is why a well-designed and well-installed playground is an indispensable part of a school. Here, we provide some suggestions for School Boards and PTAs to consider when choosing playground equipment and installing play structures on their grounds. Before you

Why Playground Surfacing Matters

When you are building a playground, surfacing may be the last thing you think of. However, surfacing is of the utmost importance. In fact, when you are building a playground, track or some other environment that relies upon safety flooring, surfacing, and the process that creates it should be a high priority. So, why is
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