GRAND SLAM SAFETY NEWS
Milton Academy had a special need. A field was shared by soccer in the fall and baseball in the spring. The school already had a chain link fence for part of the outfield but knew that they needed something they could remove for the section of the field that was shared with soccer.
Grand Slam Safety was able to help by customizing a section of SPECTO outfield fencing that could marry to the existing chain link section of fence. This provided Milton with a fully functioning outfield fence (of which the SPECTO section is exceptionally safe) as well as a way to open the field back up during soccer season.
Customization is the key to getting the most out of your sports fields. Grand Slam Safety has a full time engineering staff to help you work through and execute a plan that will ensure you have the safest athletic fields.
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Minute Maid Park
Child athletes in recreational sports are shown to have a greater risk of concussion than their counterparts who receive sports related injuries.
Professor of community and family health, Karen Liller, PhD, at the University of South Florida College of Public Health has published a new study in PLOS ONE. This study focuses on children 5-11 years old who play recreational football, soccer and baseball/softball.
Liller and her team followed over 1,500 athletes for two years at the Hillsborough County Rec League in, Hillsborough Florida. For baseline results they collected data using ImPACT Pediatric, an FDA-approved concussion assessment tool. The program assess athletes on various questions relating to word memory, sequencing/attention, visual memory and reaction time.
Injury data was collected by Certified Athletic Trainers during the two-year study. Of the over 1500 participants, 26 were injured and 12 were diagnosed with a concussion. Boys’ and girls’ soccer accounted for 10 of the concussions while the other 2 were during softball games.
The findings state that, “To date, research on sports injuries has largely been focused on high school and collegiate athletes. For child athletes, many sports/recreational activities are not organized for reporting injuries, so almost no data for this group have been collected. No effective prevention strategies can be properly developed without the knowledge of the mechanisms related to these injuries including concussions.”
Liller and her team found that the leading cause of injuries were caused by colliding with another player or contact with playing surfaces.
Grand Slam Safety is committed to helping reduce that amount and severity of sports related injuries in children. SPECTO® Outfield Fencing as well as Indoor Perimeter Fencing provides safe playing structures directly on the field of play. Concussions and injuries are nothing to take lightly. Help protect your children’s love of play by making sure they stay safe while doing it.
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