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Swimming federation calls for virus testing in Rio Olympic water
The Associated Press via USA Today
The international swimming federation has called for virus testing in water which will be used at next year's Olympics, citing health concerns for athletes. Until recently, games organizers insisted viral testing was not necessary, despite an independent five-month analysis by The Associated Press showing dangerously high levels of viruses from human sewage at all Olympic water venues in Rio de Janeiro.
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Sports at its best
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So it seems as if we've talked a lot about the bad stuff that's happened in high school games recently. Here’s a feel-good story of what youth sports CAN accomplish. Northwest High School in the Cincinnati area recently had its second Breast Cancer Awareness soccer game. It started with a player whose aunt was battling the disease and he wanted to do something to show his support.
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Kids and sports: Can we keep our eye on the ball?
U.S. News & World Report
Families report that nearly 75 percent of young, school-age kids participate in youth sports. The family income and time are often devoted to the development of the young athlete. We believe, as a nation, that sports have great benefits, even for our children. Is our perspective on target?
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Plans unveiled to bring massive youth sports complex to Colorado city
The Gazette
A plan to build an approximately 110-acre complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado is envisioned as a premier venue for sports such as baseball, soccer, softball, lacrosse and basketball that will attract youth athletes from throughout the country. The future complex located on Colorado Springs' north side was heralded at a ceremony Wednesday as a potential economic draw to the area and inspiration to youth athletes playing there.
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Spokane announced as host city for inaugural Team Challenge Cup
U.S. Figure Skating
U.S. Figure Skating and Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment announced the selection of Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington, as the host venue for the 2016 Team Challenge Cup, set for April 22-24, 2016. Team Challenge Cup (#TeamChallengeCup) is an ISU-sanctioned three-day event that will feature 42 of the top figure skaters in the world competing in a continental team competition (Team North America vs. Team Europe vs. Team Asia).
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From sports to law enforcement, drones flying into everyday life
By Bob Kowalski
They're turning up in some unusual places, and questions about them are all over the map. Yes, drones are working their way into our lives more and more every day, causing reactions that range from bemusement to terror to anger. In the wake of that, organizations as varied as sports leagues and law enforcement are developing procedures to address the flying devices. So what are drones, what are they used for, and are they a cause for concern?
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Clearwater, Leon County earn Excellence in Sport Tourism Awards
Florida Sports Foundation
The city of Clearwater Parks & Recreation Department and Leon County Parks and Recreation earned the Second Annual Excellence in Sports Tourism Awards, presented by the Florida Sports Foundation, and awarded recently at the Florida Recreation and Parks Association (FRPA) Annual Conference in Orlando. The awards, broken into Mid-Large Sport Market and Small Sport Market Categories, recognize the unparalleled contributions of Florida’s county and municipal Parks & Recreation Departments to Sport Tourism.
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Executive Director, USA Boxing, Inc.
The Executive Director is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives and for its day-to-day operations. As such, he/she is in charge of the administrative headquarters, directs the staff and administers the policies and operations of the organization in accordance with the policies and regulations established by the Board of Directors.
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Sports and Specialty Accounts Sales Manager
This position with Visit Sarasota County will be responsible for coordinating with the Director of Sports the duties of sports tourism strategy as set out in the Visit Sarasota County goals and strategies as well as responsibility for the SMERF and motor coach markets.
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Senior Sports Marketing Manager
This position with Naples, Marco Island, Everglades, Convention & Visitors Bureau serves as the Senior Sports Marketing Manager and is responsible for identifying, attracting, qualifying and managing/overseeing regional and national sports events that are suitable for and beneficial to Collier County. This senior management position plays a pivotal role in cultivating strong community relationships, as well as venue development.
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Texas high school boasts new approach to injury prevention
By Shawn Smajstrla
Injuries have always been an unfortunate aspect of sports, and the prevalence of those injuries has gone up in recent years. From ACL tears to high-ankle sprains, microfracture procedures to Tommy John surgeries, avoiding injury is always a major concern for coaches. They implement training programs and practices to condition their athletes for the rigors of the sport. Now, programs like Argyle High School in Texas are taking a more complete approach to athletes' well-being.
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Youth sports and life lessons
Minnesota Hockey
There are other life lessons that can be learned by kids that come from a coaching philosophy that values all team members, provides a sense of belonging, and an approach that is appropriate for the age and skill levels of each team and the players. These coaches would be considered to be transformational coaches. They make sure that kids get the right messages that help them today in sports and later on in life.
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A computer ump just called a baseball game
Wired
At San Rafael, California's Albert Park baseball stadium, the independent minor-league San Rafael Pacifics' Wander Beras throws the game's first pitch. It seems a little high, but the home plate umpire, a 40-year veteran named Dean Poteet, doesn't react at all. Instead, back by the backstop, it's Eric Byrnes, a former major league outfielder, who leans toward a microphone and lets out a loud "HYAHHHH!" that resounds through Albert Park. The first pitch in the first professional baseball game to be called by a computer instead a human umpire is a called strike.
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Nevada city lands major mountain bike event
Reno Journal-Gazette
Epic Rides announced plans to launch the Carson City Off Road, a three-day event that will include single-track riding and racing, a bike expo and music festival. The event is the result of a five-year agreement between Tucson-based Epic Rides, Carson City and the Carson City Visitors Bureau. The two local entities will cover costs associated with hosting, everything from traffic and crowd control to staging for entertainment.
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Michigan high school seeks corporate sponsors for new gym floor
Port Huron Times Herald via Detroit Free Press
Since January, Port Huron (Michigan) Northern High School has not stopped moving toward its $120,000 goal to pay for a new gymnasium floor. The school recently took a big leap toward realizing that goal with a $10,000 corporate sponsorship from Talmer Bank and Trust. The school now has corporate sponsors lined up for 6 of 10 advertising spots that will be placed in the new floor. School officials hope the floor will go in by summer 2016.
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Report: Concussions still ignored at youth level
WKXW-FM
Concussion symptoms aren’t stopping most student-athletes from getting back into the game, despite the risks. In a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 70 percent of high school athletes with possible concussions admitted to playing through the symptoms.
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How athletic training affects brain-muscle communication
Medical Daily
Muscles are comprised of an intricate system of fibers, sending messages to the brain at every twitch or flexing movement. According to a team of researchers from the University of Kansas, how quickly muscles communicate with the brains' is dependent upon the type of athletic training. The team's findings, published in the Journal of Sports Sciences and Muscle and Nerve, suggest the body may be designed to handle running better than strength training.
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Are some players too big for youth football?
WAVE-TV
It is a violent game played by some of our youngest athletes. Now, doctors are seeing a potentially dangerous trend. Size differences among youth football players may be leading to an increased risk of head injury.
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