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Sports medicine: Sway Medical’s app compares suspicious injury event tests against a pre-injury “normative” or baseline score

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TULSA, OK, 08-Sep-2016 — /EPR SPORTS NEWS/ — Sway Medical LLC (Sway) would like to announce its official availability in all European Union Countries. Sway was issued its CE Mark after being marketed in the United States and Canada for two years. This is significant because European sports organizations ranging from youth through pro level now have an affordable and convenient sideline assessment tool supporting concussion related medical decision making. Medical professionals and trained coaches can obtain a concussion assessment via an Apple mobile device (iPhone or iPad) and the Sway Balance™ System web-portal. Acute objective measurements are obtained by performing a 1.5 minute balance and reaction time test protocol. Licensed athletic trainers, physical therapists and athletic therapists are able to join physicians in acutely managing the underserved market of youth sports, ages six and older.

Concussion injuries are very common in sports, often going un-reported or ignored until the obvious symptoms have incapacitated the athlete or draws the attention of a parent or coach. Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) is a serious medical condition with published mortality rates of up to 50%. SIS occurs when an athlete returns to play while still recovering from an initial concussion injury. During this time, the brain is highly susceptible to additional injury and complications. The Sway Balance™ System is able to accurately assess and track the acute and chronic outcome related to an athlete’s balance, motion reaction time and concussion symptoms. The Sway Balance™ System provides a graphical representation comparing suspicious injury event tests against a pre-injury “normative” or baseline score. The comparison of event tests against an established baseline is a common measurement for traumatic brain injury diagnosis and recovery tracking.

The Sway Balance™ System is available for purchase by licensed medical professionals involved in school, occupational or sports medicine through www.swaymedical.com. Additional protocols are available to assess an individual’s “Fall Risk” or “Functional Status”.

Sway is very excited to introduce this technology to the European Union. The product’s utilization in sports alone will reduce the unintentional misdiagnosis often made when relying on subjective testing protocols such as BESS & SCAT. Rapidly obtained objective data improves outcomes and medical decision making when assessing acute concussion injury, whether in the clinic or on the playing field. The Sway Balance™ System offers referral physicians immediate, remote access to test results once a test is performed. Baseline and event testing is performed via a free app downloaded to any Apple mobile device by a licensed user. Sway invoices an annual fee, which allows the organization to perform unlimited testing for a 12 month license period. The average annual cost per althlete is less than $4.50 USD, while a system user may be added for additional $50.00 annually.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Blaxland FC Sign Team Spirit As Their 2013 Football Kit Supplier

Blaxland FC, based in Sydney’s football heartland (Nepean Region), have partnered with football apparel supplier Team Spirit for the 2013 season.

After a lengthy pitch process, Blaxland FC decided that Team Spirit had the best offering to cater for them in 2013.

“We have used multiple suppliers over the last few years and found that Team Spirit’s professionalism is head and shoulders above their competitors. We are excited to be partnering with Team Spirit and are looking forward seeing our club running around in theirfootball kit next season,” stated Blaxland FC President Keith Hand.

Blaxland FC gear steward Brad Blunt praised the quality of the gear stating that “the quality of Team Spirit’s soccer uniforms is extremely high. You can tell the difference in the production quality instantly”.

This partnership is the first of many that Team Spirit is set to make for the 2013 season.

About Team Spirit Australia
Proudly 100% Australian owned, Team Spirit specialise in supplying rugby and soccer garments and year 12 jerseys to grass roots clubs and schools across Australia, from the suburbs to the bush. We recognise the importance of attention-to-detail for every garment and supply a quality of product that is second to none. It’s no wonder so many customers are thrilled to have Team Spirit on their side.

About Blaxland FC
Blaxland FC (http://www.blaxlandfootball.com) is a football club with over 500 members located at the foot of the Blue Mountains in Sydney, Australia. Blaxland FC have a rich history in the Nepean District; they were established in 1969 and have been contesting and winning finals across all ages ever since.

Team Spirit Australia Successfully Launch Into Custom Soccer Kit Market

After 10 years of supplying rugby jerseys, Team Spirit Australia is proud to announce the successful launch of its custom soccer product range. Many soccer clubs from the Queensland border to Tasmania in the south, including Macleay Valley Rangers, Kempsey Saints, Macksville Spiders, Casino Cobras, Cobram Tigers, Wynyard Soccer and the Nimbin Headers have chosen to wear Team Spirit soccer uniforms for the 2012 season.

Team Spirit CEO James Lancaster advises, “The differences between rugby and soccer uniforms are marginal, with athletes from both sports requiring highly durable, lightweight, breathable uniforms. We’ve used the knowledge and experience we gained in the rugby market to deliver the appropriate products and service required for the soccer field.”

The soccer clubs could not be happier with the results. Matt Baker, President of the Kempsey Saints advises, “Our sponsors, players, families, coaches and committee rated the Team Spirit football kit as the best our teams have worn on to the playing field.”

Team Spirit’s dedication to excellence in service has also contributed to the successful entry into the soccer market. Their dedicated soccer teamwear managers offer a hands-on approach to account management; ensuring ordering is an easy, hassle free experience.

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Team Spirit Australia Announce Al Baxter As Their Rugby Ambassador

Team Spirit Australia is proud to announce that former Australian Wallaby Al Baxter will be joining their team for 2012. Baxter will take on the role as rugby ambassador; providing endorsement for the Team Spirit range of custom rugby uniforms and equipment.

When asked of his new role, Baxter said “It’s great to work with a brand that really understands rugby. Team Spirit custom rugby jerseys are built specifically to the requirements of the rugby player; they are tough, they fit well and provide enough stretch to keep you comfortable on the field.”

Team Spirit CEO James Lancaster couldn’t be happier with the appointment.

“Al Baxter has been a great servant to the game, representing North Sydney, the Waratah’s and the Wallabies throughout his career. He’s always been a tough but fair player and exhibits the sort of qualities that we feel fit well with the Team Spirit brand. We couldn’t think of anyone better to endorse our rugby uniforms, and we’re extremely happy to have him on board.”

While Team Spirit’s roots are in rugby, they also produce soccer uniforms and school leavers’ garments. Team Spirit has brought their school jersey site (year12jerseys.com.au) to sit under the same umbrella as their rugby and soccer offering.

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Olympic Fever Drives 165% Increase in Members for London Social Sports Club

The sports club, who run leagues at over 20 venues across London, have opened 10 new leagues already in 2012 to cope with the demand of a 165% uplift in new members compared to the same period last year. At least another 20 more new leagues are expected before the end of the year.

Luke Mohr, founder and MD of Go Mommoth explains;

“In the last 6 months we’ve seen a huge increase in demand for our sports leagues across the board – when we ask new members what made them want to join there’s obviously a myriad of responses from getting fit to meeting new people but a huge number are also telling us that the increasing buzz of the Olympics has inspired them to go out and get active, rather than just heading straight to the pub when 5:30 comes.”

“The Olympic spirit has really started to grip Londoner’s”

In fact, over 65% of new members at Go Mammoth stated that living or working on the doorstep of the Olympic village had been either the main or a contributing factor in their decision to join one of the sports leagues. Mohr goes onto say;

“Our 5 A Side and London netball leagues are always popular but our less traditional sports like Dodgeball, Volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee are also experiencing significant growth – we see this as a sign that the Olympic spirit has really started to grip Londoner’s! Its great to see new members who may not have played any sport since their PE lessons at school getting involved, trying out new things and getting fit in the process.”

Go Mammoth, which, blends elements of a sports and social club is based on a concept Mohr saw working successfully in North America before founding the London club in 2010. Starting with just 4 leagues and 1 member of staff the club now operates leagues at 24 venues across London with 1000’s of members who take part in weekly leagues of indoor and outdoor sports including Football, Netball, Touch Rugby, Basketball, Dodgeball, Ultimate, Beach Volleyball and Softball.

More information about the club is available at www.gomammoth.co.uk and www.facebook.com/gomammoth, for further details, quotes or interview requests please contact John on press@gomammoth.co.uk or by phone 07809 887424.

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Jensen Beach Optometrist Sponsors Local Rugby Team as Part of Treasure Coast Vision Project

Dr. Dan Durante, an optometrist serving the Jensen Beach, Florida area has launched the Treasure Coast Vision Project to help local residents and visitors see the spirited fun, beauty and value of the Treasure Coast. The first local sponsorship is for a local rugby team, The Treasure Coast Pirates.

Dr. Durante’s vision practice is located in Treasure Coast Square Mall inside Cohen’s Fashion Optical. The business attracts clients from Jensen Beach as well as neighboring Stuart and Port St. Lucie. Established in 1989, Dr. Durante has performed over 150,000 eye exams greatly contributing to the eye health of the Jensen Beach community.

Dr. Durante marketing manager, Mitch Rockwell, is a rugby fan and became aware of the team’s need for new jerseys. “I believe that if you see a need, you meet a need, said Rockwell. “We feel that we can improve community spirit by donating funds locally. Our vision is that a spirit of local investment and local pride is contagious.”

“Our business is about helping people see,” said Durante. “It’s a natural fit for us to help people see the best features and amazing people all around the Treasure Coast.”

Dr. Durante provides eye exams and contact lens exams for adults and children inside Cohen’s Fashion Optical which offers a wide variety of eye glasses and sunglasses in the latest styles from brands like Coach, Ray-Ban and Versace. For the latest information on the Treasure Coast Vision Campaign or to tell Dr. Durante about unmet needs in the Treasure Coast area, please see Dr. Durante’s Blog or follow them on Dr. Durante’s Facebook page.

Dr. Durante is an experienced optometrist in the Jensen Beach, FL area who offers eye care for the entire family. The practice is known for their $20.00 comprehensive eye exams. They also accept most vision insurance plans.

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Team Spirit Australia Launch New Soccer Product Line & Relaunch Website

Team Spirit Australia is using the launch of their new website to announce their entrance in to the custom made soccer and football team wear market. The website has undergone a significant upgrade including new designs across rugby, soccer and school verticals, a revamped ‘request a quote’ tool and social media integration.

Team Spirit have been supplying high-quality, custom rugby jerseys to Australian and international rugby clubs and schools for over eight years, and expect that this experience will be invaluable in their new venture.

“We have been making custom-made rugby gear for a long time now, and as you can imagine, it needs be extremely durable. We are taking all our know-how from rugby and leveraging it in our custom soccer jerseys to ensure our product is second-to-none”, said James Lancaster, Director at Team Spirit.

Team Spirit is also repositioning their partner site, www.year12jerseys.com.au, to sit under the Team Spirit umbrella. Team Spirit have been producing custom school jerseys under the Year12Jerseys brand for over eight years, and now feel it makes sense to integrate them.

“It makes sense to operate under the one brand in future. We can concentrate our resources in to the one brand and achieve a better outcome,” said Lancaster.

Team Spirit also have plans to introduce a “build your own” tool in January 2012, where clubs and schools will be able to design their own rugby, school and soccer garments and receive an automated quote with ease.

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Watch Australia vs South Africa Live Rugby Tri Nations Online!

The Tri Nations live rugby season enters it’s 3rd week and this saturday features a matchup between australia vs south africa Live Rugby from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, with kickoff time set for 20:00. South Africa will be looking to bounce back and get in the win column as they are coming off two consecutive losses to New Zealand.

Online TV Coverage for Tri Nations Live Rugby is available with the Rugby-Live-Online tv software. Internet connection is all that is needed to install the live rugby tv software to your computer or laptop and you will be able to watch australia vs south africa live rugby online.

Teams: South Africa vs Australia Live
Time: 20:00
Venue: Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane
Online TV Coverage: http://Rugby-Live-Online.com

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Australian Punters Install Melbourne Storm as Favourites for NRL Grand Final

The 2009 NRL Grand Final between the Melbourne Storm and the Parramatta Eels is being touted as the showdown of the fullbacks. The teams are represented by two of the competition’s most potent attacking players in Billy Slater and Jarryd Haynes. Billy Slater is in career best form, scoring eight tries in his last four games including a double last Saturday night in Melbourne’s impressive demolition of Brisbane Broncos. Jarryd Haynes has stamped himself one of the brightest stars in rugby league this season culminating in his winning the Dally M Award for NRL Player of the Year.

One of the best players in the competition in Storm centre, Greg Inglis, has been overshadowed by the form of Billy Slater, but will no doubt play an important part if Melbourne Storm is to triumph. Inglis is potentially one of the most dangerous players on the field, while other Storm players like halves combination of Cooper Kronk and Brett Finch can both find the try line. For Parramatta Eels, winger Eric Grothe and the club’s leading point scorer, Luke Burt will test the Melbourne defence.

Melbourne Storm approach this year’s NRL Grand Final with few injury worries. In contrast, Parramatta Eels’ captain, Nathan Cayless looked no chance of making the Grand Final when he limped off during their finals win against the Bulldogs last Friday night. Cayless will have an extensive fitness test on Saturday to decide whether he will take the field against Melbourne. The loss of Cayless would be a big blow to Parramatta as his leadership has been instrumental in their surge to the Grand Final.

Melbourne is a short priced favorite to win the game. “Grand Final Betting has been brisk, and is only going to get more frantic as we approach one of the most exciting finals in recent years,” said Dafydd Lewis, Betfair Australia’s spokesman.

Betfair is offering a special Billy Slater vs Jarryd Haynes match up in their Grand Final betting options.

Dafydd Lewis believes that the Melbourne Storm captain, Cameron Smith is one of the keys to the match. “Cameron Smith was devastated when he missed last year’s Grand Final through suspension. That blow was felt by the Storm who will be desperate to make up for that big loss to Manly,” said Mr Lewis.

About BetFair
Betfair Australia provides online sports betting tips with insight and advice from expert tipsters on various sports including horse racing, greyhound racing, harness racing, AFL, NRL, rugby and more. Betfair offers a range of NRL Grand Final betting options including how the first points are scored, margins, the Clive Churchill medallist for best player of the Grand Final, and the special Billy Slater and Jarryd Haynes match up. For more information, visit http://betting.betfair.com.au.

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