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Wearable Tech Again Tops List of Fitness Trends from ACSM Survey

Wearable technology will again be the top fitness trend in the coming year, according to an annual fitness trend forecast by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which surveys exercise professionals. The results were released in the article “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2017” published Oct. 26 in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal.

‘Inactivity Pandemic’ At Its Worst: Out of 50 Countries, U.S. Kids Are 47th Fittest

U.S. children are in terrible shape. According to a recent report, U.S. children rank 47th in the world in overall physical fitness, based on a series of 20-meter shuttle runs (aka, The Beep Test) conducted with more than 1.1 million children from 50 countries. Yes, U.S. kids barely crack the top 50 in global fitness.

POP Tennis Continues to Create New Excitement

POP Tennis, which is played on 60-foot tennis courts with lower pressure Green-Dot balls and shorter POP tennis (paddle) racquets, continues to gain followers in the U.S. A webinar, "Pop Tennis Coming to Your Club & Community," will be presented by the TIA on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. ET. The webinar will feature Ken Lindner, president of the U.S. POP Tennis Assocation; TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer; Virgil Christian of the USTA; and Lee Sponaugle, national sales manager for Sport Court. To register for the webinar, click here.

‘Making Tennis Matter’ Released by USTA Southern

The USTA Southern Section has released the 28-page online publication “Making Tennis Matter: A USTA Southern Facility Toolkit,” aimed at supporting Community Tennis Associations, facility owners, municipal leaders and grassroots advocates as they work to build more tennis courts in local communities.

Dr. Jack Groppel Named Health & Wellness Advisor for the Tennis Industry

Dr. Jack Groppel, an internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the science of human performance, will become the Health & Wellness Advisor for the Tennis Industry. As the representative and spokesperson for the Tennis Industry Association Board of Directors, Dr. Groppel will work with industry partners, including the USTA, SFIA, IHRSA and others, on strategies to best convey the health and fitness messaging of tennis.

Retail Expert Dan O’Connor Leads Industry Roundtable

Top retail expert Dan O’Connor, the founder and CEO of RetailNet Group (RNG), spoke to tennis retailers, manufacturers and others in the industry at a roundtable sponsored by the TIA. "The business question I get asked all the time is, ‘What’s next?’” O’Connor said. “The fundamentals of retail are shifting in a way that I’ve never experienced. It’s all about the merchandise and execution.”

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