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07/22/14

Permalink 09:18:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 840 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Sports

Study: High school lacrosse players at risk of concussions, other injuries

Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing high school sports in the United States, with more than 170,000 students now playing the sometimes hard-hitting game. The growing participation numbers, however, mean that more young people than ever are at risk of injury in lacrosse practice and competition.

In a study published online today by The American Journal of Sports Medicine and available in an upcoming print issue, researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Colorado School of Public Health found that high school players experienced 1,406 injuries over the 4 academic years from 2008 through 2012. The overall injury rate was 20 per 10,000 lacrosse competitions and practices.

More than 22 percent of those injuries were concussions, making that the second most common injury diagnosis behind sprains and strains (38 percent).

Researchers also found that while the rules for girls’ lacrosse largely prohibit person-to-person contact, almost 25 percent of concussions in girls’ lacrosse were a result of that kind of contact. Another 63 percent of concussions resulted from being struck by lacrosse sticks or balls. Most high school girls’ lacrosse players are only required to use protective eyewear and mouth guards, and not the helmets and additional padding required for boys’ lacrosse.

“Lacrosse is becoming more and more popular across the United States, and it’s a great way for high school students to be active,” said Lara B. McKenzie, PhD, an author of the study, principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s and associate professor at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. “Still, we see injuries in the sport every day during the season. Our research shows that we need to do more and can do more to prevent those injuries.”

Boys’ and girls’ high school lacrosse have different rules regarding person-to-person contact, and the study found that the number and kinds of injuries differed between the genders. Boys sustained  67 percent of the total injuries, and boys had a higher overall injury rate than girls. About 36 percent of boys’ injuries were sprains and strains, and about 22 percent were concussions. Person-to-person contact, which is allowed in boys’ lacrosse, caused 74 percent of concussions and 41 percent of boys’ lacrosse injuries overall.

Almost 44 percent of injuries to girls were sprains and strains, and concussions made up another 23 percent. The most common causes of injuries were no contact – for example, a foot pivot leading to a pulled muscle -- and contact with playing equipment. For both boys and girls, injury rates were higher during competition than practice.

Dawn Comstock, PhD, an author of the study and an professor of Epidemiology for the Pediatric Injury Prevention, Education, and Research (PIPER) program at the Colorado School of Public Health, said that the study’s findings will contribute to evidence-based discussions of ways to prevent injury – including the current debate over whether girls’ lacrosse players should wear helmets as boys are required to do.

“Concern over concussions in both boys’ and girls’ lacrosse underscores the need to learn more about these injuries,” Comstock said. “Further study will help those working to develop and implement effective injury prevention programs.”

Players, coaches, officials, athletic trainers and parents can help make lacrosse a safer game by following these tips from researchers and lacrosse organizations:

  • Strictly enforce all rules, especially those limiting player-to-player contact in both boys’ and girls’ lacrosse.
  • Learn the symptoms of concussion. Any athlete suspected of having a concussion should stop play immediately and be evaluated by a certified athletic trainer or other medical professional.
  • Warm up properly, drink plenty of water, and rest after practice or competition.
  • Wear well-fitting protective equipment.
  • Be prepared for injuries before they happen by making sure procedures, such as emergency action plans, are in place to handle them.

The study is the first to use a large national sample of United States high schools to compare lacrosse injuries by type of athletic activity and gender. Data was collected from the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance System, High School RIO (Reporting Information Online), which uses reports from certified athletic trainers throughout the country.

The Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital works globally to reduce injury-related pediatric death and disabilities. With innovative research at its core, CIRP works to continually improve the scientific understanding of the epidemiology, biomechanics, prevention, acute treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. CIRP serves as a pioneer by translating cutting edge injury research into education, policy, and advances in clinical care. For related injury prevention materials or to learn more about CIRP, visit www.injurycenter.org.

The Colorado School of Public Health is the first and only accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region, attracting top tier faculty and students from across the country, and providing a vital contribution towards ensuring our region’s health and well-being. Collaboratively formed in 2008 by the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado, the Colorado School of Public Health provides training, innovative research and community service to actively address public health issues including chronic disease, access to healthcare, environmental threats, emerging infectious diseases, and costly injuries.

07/21/14

Permalink 02:30:00 pm, by viewfromthepugh Email , 395 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

CD for Schlitt Christmas Project to be available in September

 
The first Christmas project ever recorded by Grammy and Dove Award winning vocalist John Schlitt, one of the most distinctive voices in Christian music, will be available Sept. 2 through Send The Light Distribution and Munce Group Stores. Schlitt's The Christmas Project will also be available in Family Christian Stores, Lifeway Christian Stores and others, for the 2014 holiday season.

The full-length CD is comprised primarily of beloved traditional Christmas carols, but that doesn't mean The Christmas Project is all egg nog and holly. This album rocks with the unmistakable John Schlitt style that legions of fans have come to know and love. The icing on the Christmas confection is an original tune, "What Christmas Needs to Be," which is destined to become a seasonal classic.

Schlitt launches The Christmas Project with what is arguably the greatest Christmas song of all time, "The Hallelujah Chorus." While Handel's masterpiece has been interpreted by a multitude of musicians over the past 250 years, no one sings "hallelujah" like Schlitt. "The Hallelujah Chorus" transitions seamlessly into a guitar-driven, barn-burning version of "Do You Hear What I Hear." "Little Drummer Boy" gives Schlitt the freedom to explore his full range of vocal prowess, starting at a muted whisper before embracing his full-throttle, wailing rock roots while holding fast to the traditional melodies of the beloved carol. Fans can look forward to a music video of "Little Drummer Boy" by the award-winning Saylors Brothers (Israel & New Breed: Live From Another Level Concert DVD) in time for the holiday season.

Schlitt reins in his potent vocals for a gentle, reverent interpretation of "O Holy Night," then ratchets up the intensity on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," a rock-inflected fist-pumper that is guaranteed to get the listeners' blood flowing. The versatile vocalist shifts moods to one of pure fun with the funky Irish reel "Good Christian Men Rejoice," then slides comfortably into the mellow, bluesy "That Spirit of Christmas," made popular by the legendary Ray Charles.  

Melancholy keys and strings embellish Schlitt's emotion-laden vocals on the traditionally arranged "We Three Kings." The gently rocking "What Christmas Needs to Be" leads into the project's closing tune, the reflective "What Child Is This." "What Child Is This" provides the perfect foil for Schlitt's signature vocal stylings, allowing him to channel his passionate delivery through a filter of awe at the enormity of this central event in history.

Schlitt utilized the popular crowd funding platform Kickstarter to raise financial support for the new album.

You can order the CD here.

07/20/14

Permalink 02:21:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 65 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News

Cedar Point holds Coaster Campout

More than 500 roller coaster fans brought their sleeping bags, pillows and blankets and spent Friday night inside Cedar Point as a part of the park’s first-ever Coaster Campout event.

The event featured exclusive ride time on the park’s Maverick, Mine Ride and Skyhawk rides until midnight and enjoy exclusive ride time on Cedar Point’s legendary Millennium Force and GateKeeper roller coasters from 7-9 a.m. Saturday.


07/19/14

Permalink 01:36:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 514 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Sports

Crew to hold Kirk Urso Memorial Night at Crew Stadium on Aug. 9

The Columbus Crew, in conjunction with the Urso Family, today announced that the Crew Soccer Foundation is set to present a special Kirk Urso Memorial Night when the Black & Gold host the third and final Trillium Cup match of 2014, presented by Scotts, in a critical Eastern Conference matchup against Toronto FC on Saturday, August 9 at Crew Stadium. By incorporating fundraising and awareness strategies into an existing League match, the Crew and Crew Soccer Foundation are utilizing this high-profile platform to drive recognition for the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund.

The fundraising events on August 9 take the place of the previously scheduled Urso Match on August 19. The Kirk Urso Memorial Night contest looks to add to the success of the Memorial Fund's first year of existence, which raised more than $100,000 to develop and support youth heart health research and programming.

"The Crew Soccer Foundation is excited to connect its fundraising and awareness efforts for the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund to a high-profile MLS match against one of the Crew's biggest rivals," said Crew Soccer Foundation Vice Chairman Jamie Ryan. "The Foundation is dedicated to building upon last year's inaugural fundraising work, and we look forward to adding to that success as we honor Kirk's memory."

Surrounding the match, television and radio broadcasts are set to drive participation to an online auction that features high-value items such as unique experiences and autographed memorabilia.

Kirk Urso Memorial Fund merchandise will be heavily featured throughout the match for fans to purchase, including Urso wristbands and #15 pins with the proceeds benefiting the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund. In addition to those items, any jersey that is personalized with Urso's name and number will have a portion of the proceeds from the personalization going to the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund.

Fans attending the match also have the opportunity to be among the first to secure a copy of Crew historian Steve Sirk's special book Kirk Urso: Forever Massive Memories from the 2012 Columbus Crew, available for purchase at the match on August 9 for $20. A color edition is also set to be available for $45. The book, detailing insight and commentary from those that knew Urso best while he was with the Crew, is also available for purchase onlineTheCrew.com/ForeverMassive. Proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Crew Soccer Foundation's Kirk Urso Memorial Fund.

Urso was originally selected by the Crew in the first round (No.10 overall) in the 2012 Supplemental Draft, and appeared in six games (five starts) with one assist before being sidelined by injury. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he made four consecutive NCAA Men's College Cup Final Four appearances and captained the team to the 2011 NCAA National Championship. Urso unexpectedly passed away at the age of 22 from a congenital heart defect on August 5, 2012. He was admired for his unwavering work ethic and steadfast character both on and off the field. In 2013, Crew defender Eric Gehrig was honored with the Kirk Urso Heart Award.

More information on the Crew Soccer Foundation is available at CrewSoccerFoundation.org and information on the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund is available at TheCrew.com/UrsoFund.

07/18/14

Permalink 01:24:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 861 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

About A Mile releases first album

Three brothers hailing from the working class town of Butler, PA, collectively About A Mile, make their anticipated, self-titled debut from Word Entertainment. About A Mile, whose name originates from the belief that Jesus carried his cross "about a mile," may be new on the charts, but brothers Adam, Luke and Levi Klutinoty, have a chemistry and accomplished artistry that is garnering wide critical acclaim as the trio's music and lyrics speak to members of all faiths about the suffering then triumph of a crucified and risen Christ. See a compelling story of the band on video at http://smarturl.it/aboutamileepk.

Produced by GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning producers Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, All Star United) and Howard Benson (Hoobastank, Daughtry, Third Day), mixed by Neal Avron (Weezer, Linkin Park, Switchfoot) with additional mixing credits from Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Creed, Daughtry), About A Mile has been called "musical chemistry perfected."

"About a Mile is one of the most talented bands I have worked with recently," says Benson. "I jumped at the chance to work with them. I had the same feeling as when I produced P.O.D., Third Day, Flyleaf and Skillet. They are going to be huge!"

For About A Mile's lead guitarist and vocalist Adam Klutinoty, who was a "Guitar Center King of the Blues" runner-up winner in New York City (Adam's "spoon guitar solo" audition can be seen at this link), tangible success has never been the group's goal, but rather, to impact listeners and simply find contentment in their faith. That goal is aptly summarized in the band's lead single and video "Satisfied," which Adam wrote after nearly dying during a sickness where food reacted like poison in his system.

"It actually came after I hadn't eaten in seven days," Adam explains of the song that is currently a Billboard Top 25 Christian AC/CHR hit and climbing. "I was fasting from food and just drinking water during my illness, slowly realizing that as long as we have Jesus, we will always be satisfied."

Following the debut of the "Satisfied" music video and "Who You Say You Are" acoustic video last month by NewReleaseTuesday.com, CCM Magazine's feature story hit yesterday and an upcoming Dove Awards Presents HearItFirst Sessions features About A Mile acoustically performing both "Oxygen" and "Who You Say You Are" from their debut album. As numerous other media outlets cover the band, here is what the critics are already saying:

"There are no filler tracks and this is the most solid debut I've heard since Over and Underneath by Tenth Avenue North. If you want to experience an uplifting, soul-stirring and worshipful album, look no further than About A Mile…If you like the rock bands The Fray, Lifehouse, Rhett Walker Band and Tenth Avenue North, you need to check out About A Mile." - NewReleaseTuesday.com

"About A Mile might be a band making their full-length debut, but their self-titled LP sounds as seasoned as any veteran release this year." - CCM

"It takes a unique style of musicianship and a rare attitude of worship to pull listeners in long enough to stay for 12 tracks. This self-titled debut from Adam, Levi, and Luke Klutinoty makes their case with a set that twinges nostalgic for the Goo-Goo Dolls, grunge and dc Talk's Jesus Freak." - CBA Retailers+Resources

"The band is 'musical chemistry perfected'…Front man Adam Klutinoty is not only an exceptional vocalist, but he's also the most talented guitarist to hit the Christian music scene since Lincoln Brewster - but Adam takes it to a whole new level. His style is the perfect blend of new and old. A Christian band of this caliber is long overdue." - RockingGodsHouse.com

"The vocals sound strong and the melodies are very catchy…the music sounds top notch with brilliant musicianship throughout the album." - Louder Than The Music

"The subject of the album is clear: it's Jesus, pure and simple. The tracks both proclaim who Jesus is and worship and praise Him for what He has done in the brothers' lives, without restraint or reservation. With skilled instrumentals and strong, smooth vocals, they play and sing their awe of and love for God." - Leading Hearts Magazine

"…once in a while, a band comes out of nowhere to deliver a great debut project, which is exactly what About a Mile's debut project is…Never have I been more excited for a debut project from a band since for KING & COUNTRY…it is almost a sure thing that their album will be well received…" - 365 Days of Inspiring Media

"About A Mile's debut… consistently portrays attitudes and messages that stem from a deep faith if it is not addressed directly, with a balance of quiet thankfulness and desperate need, earnest prayer and firm resolve." - Christian Music Review 

Taking the new music on the road, About A Mile wrapped up a tour with Sidewalk Prophets this past spring, has toured with DecembeRadio and are currently scheduled to play at venues in 10 states before the end of September. See all the latest tour dates, as well as a story-behind-the-band video and more on the newly re-launched website, www.aboutamile.com.

To like the band on Facebook, go to facebook.com/aboutamile, and to follow the band on Twitter, go to @AboutAMile.

07/17/14

Permalink 11:02:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 406 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News

Cedar Point named top amusement park

When looking to have your best day of the summer, one doesn’t need to look any further than Cedar Point. The popular vacation destination was recently named one of the top amusement parks in the United States by TripAdvisor® in their annual Traveler’s Choice awards. These prestigious awards honor travel spots around the world that earn top reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor reviewers. In addition, Cedar Point’s Soak City waterpark was also ranked as one of the ten best waterparks in the country. 

“We are thrilled to receive these awards,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point and Soak City. “The fact that our guests voted us as one of the best amusement and water parks in the country makes this award even more special.”

Cedar Point continues to celebrate the “summer of fun” with the addition of two new nighttime events, extended park hours and fireworks displays that are sure to thrill! 

Friday and Saturday nights just got more exciting at Cedar Point with the addition of the park’s Beach Blast event. At Beach Blast, the beautiful Cedar Point Beach comes to life after dark with a wide variety of activities, including games, live music, food and more.  The highlight of this family-friendly event is a spectacular fireworks display that takes place at 11 p.m. each night. Also on Friday and Saturday nights, Platinum Passholders can take advantage of a great new money-saving offer: dollars dogs at the Coral Courtyard along with a free bag of chips and a Coca-Cola beverage.

 Beach Blast runs from 9 p.m. to midnight every Friday and Saturday through August 16.

 When the sun goes down, prehistoric family fun lands on Adventure Island with the addition of Dinos After Dark – an after-dark tour of the park’s popular Dinosaurs Alive attraction. Dinos After Dark guests each receive a flashlight to light their path as they encounter more than 50 life-size animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar!  Trained Dinosaurs Alive guides are located throughout the attraction to answer any questions from inquiring guests. In addition, participants receive a special sweet treat at the end of their journey. Dinos After Dark is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to midnight through August 16. Tickets for Dinos After Dark are only $5 per person, or $3 for Season and Platinum Passholders.

 Thrill-seekers will also delight in the fact that Cedar Point is now open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 16 for even more “airtime” on the park’s record-breaking collection of 72 rides and roller coasters.

07/16/14

Permalink 12:42:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 612 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

Thousand Foot Krutch launches first single from new album

Modern rock favorite THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH launches its debut radio single, "Born This Way," from the band's first new studio album in over two years, OXYGEN:INHALE. Premiering on Loudwire.com at http://loudwire.com/thousand-foot-krutch-born-this-way-exclusive-song-premiere, the single goes for radio adds July 22 as the album is set to release independently worldwide Aug. 26 on TFK Music and with marketing, sales and distribution through Fuel Music.

Following five Active Rock hits from its No. 1 selling Billboard Hard Rock album, The End Is Where We Begin (2012), TFK frontman Trevor McNevan says the new single is about being comfortable in your own skin.

"We were made to be who we are, and every one of us is unique," says McNevan. "We're wired the way we are for a reason. We were all created equal, and this song is an anthem for everyone who's tired of being someone they're not, or has to dumb down who they are for someone else. Be yourself, you're the best version of you."

With the album being produced by McNevan and longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle (One Republic, Anberlin, Pedro the Lion, The Almost), TFK is once again engaging the "TFK Army," fans of the band that they prefer to call their "friends and family," for a goal-driven PledgeMusic campaign.

For the release of OXYGEN:INHALE, the band is asking its fans to help them through PledgeMusic to take its radio, retail, tour, video and media promotions for the album to the next level internationally. The PledgeMusic campaign, which continues through the release of the album, is also a place for fans to pre-order the album and receive exclusives from the band that are not available anywhere else, including audio and video downloads, special incentives for all PledgeMusic backers after reaching target levels, and much more. Asking for just one dollar to fully fund the campaign, the band received the first dollar from hardDrive's Lou Brutus and Roxy Myzal and already has over 3,200 pledges for support at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/tfk.

Recently releasing their new OXYGEN:INHALE cover artwork on Facebook and Twitter THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH have also reached a significant milestone on their Facebook page last month, surpassing for the first time one million likes.

"Thank you SO MUCH for your incredible support over the years!" exclaims TFK band members on Facebook collectively after reaching the milestone. "You, THE TFK ARMY, never let us down, never fail to surprise us, and never fail to make us feel incredibly blessed - we have the opportunity to create music and share it with you because of your amazing support." 

With upcoming featured performances and headlining positions on the summer festival circuit, the Ontario, Canada-bred TFK has been a continuously escalating highlight reel since their formation in 1997. Receiving over 2,000, 5-star average customer reviews on iTunes® alone for its 2012 independently released, SiriusXM Satellite Radio Octane-nominated "Epic Album of the Year," The End Is Where We Begin, the album went on to become the band's biggest ever selling mainstream album and spark five Active Rock radio hits ("Let The Sparks Fly," "War of Change," "Light Up The Sky," "Courtesy Call," "Fly on the Wall"), as well as two No. 1's at Christian radio ("War of Change," "Light Up The Sky"). With best-selling albums, additional Active Rock radio hits "Fire It Up," "Move" and "Phenomenon," plus a slew of soundtrack slots, the group has literally infiltrated every facet of pop culture. They continue to receive ongoing ESPN appearances, as well as various NASCAR, MLB, NHL, WWE, NCAA and NFL airings (including the 2010 Super Bowl), along with the "GI Joe" movie trailer, WGN-TV's "Smallville" and EA Sports' NHL 2010 and 2013 video games.

All the latest tour dates and additional band information can be found at www.thousandfootkrutch.com, http://twitter.com/officialtfk and www.facebook.com/thousandfootkrutch.

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