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2017 TOM Conference Brings Together Leading Tennis and Sports Experts

Tennis facility and club management experts, along with sports and fitness industry executives, will share their knowledge, experience and expertise at the 2017 Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference, March 27-29, at the award-winning Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. Visit TheTOMConference.com for more information and to register.

Tennis Health & Wellness Task Force Named

Members of the new Tennis Health & Wellness Task Force have been named recently by chair Dr. Jack Groppel, who is the Health & Wellness Advisor for the tennis industry. The industry-supported task force will help spread the message of health, fitness, wellness and tennis to Americans of all ages.

New Study Finds Racquet Sports May Best Protect Against Early Death

A just-released study suggest that regularly playing racquet sports such as tennis can help stave off death, while sports such as soccer and running may not help people live longer. The study of more than 80,000 people by Oxford University and researchers in Finland and Australia indicated people who played racquet sports regularly were least likely to die over the nine-year study period, reducing their individual risk by 47 percent compared to people who did not exercise.

TIA Educational Webinars Available Online

Throughout the summer and fall, the TIA hosted a free series of educational webinars for the industry on a variety of important business topics. Nearly 2,000 people signed up for a webinar in the series, and recordings of the webinars are available online at TennisIndustry.org/webinars.

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.

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