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$67 Million Flushing Aquatic Center Still Closed Months After Emergency Roof Repair (Author: Haidee Chu, The City)

$67 Million Flushing Aquatic Center Still Closed Months After Emergency Roof Repair Haidee Chu, The City This article was originally published on Nov 21 4:41am EST by THE CITY New York City Department of Parks and Recreataion Nearly three years after the Flushing Meadows Corona Aquatic Center’s Olympic-caliber pool closed for what was supposed to be “at least six weeks” for an emergency roof repair, it remains off limits to the public as the Department of Parks and Recreation struggles to repair...

Hurricane Sandy 10 years later: Educators and parents reflect on how the storm shaped them (Amy Zimmer, Chalkbeat New York)

Oct 27, 10:30am EDT (This story was originally published by Chalkbeat. Sign up for their newsletters at ckbe.at/newsletters”) Hurricane Sandy blew into New York City late on Oct. 29, 2012, when the city’s hundreds of school buildings were empty of students and staff. In the days that followed, the physical toll of the storm on the city’s schools became clear. Some 200 schools were damaged, from flooded auditoriums to a lack of heat and more severe structural issues. When schools reopened...

RAW NATURAL SPEED (RNS) – How Genes, Muscles, Tendons and Somatotype Can Create This! (Guest Writer: Paul Barry)

RNS is a very interesting aspect of human athleticism! This is a base level overview of the natural physiological inputs relating to raw athletic speed. Athletes trained for speed adaptations by enhancing energy system capacities, technical efficiencies, breaking down technique & rebuilding e.g., midfoot strike, shin at 90 degrees, quick ground strike, head height level plane etc, aren’t the purpose or a focus of this article. RNS is not only measurable but visually observable! It includes explosive speed from blocks...

The Effect of Lack of Sleep on Human Performance (Guest Writer: Paul Barry)

  Believe you can perform at your peak or athletic peak on 6 hours of sleep daily? Science says … “You Better Go Back To Bed” Clinical studies have reflected that people whose sleep patterns are reduced to 6 hrs per night for a period of 2 weeks become equally as fatigued as someone who has remained awake for a period of 48 hours! If athletes were aware of these findings, it would be a challenge to find anyone backing themselves...

How Social Media Improves Water Safety (Guest Writer: Natalia Darlan)

Recently, the country has been experiencing extreme weather conditions. Reuters reports that temperatures are rising above 100 °F and it’s being felt in several areas such as New York (99 °F) and Texas (112 °F). In response, many Americans are getting into swimming to stay cool. This makes water safety all the more important because accidents like drowning can occur, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) informs is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among children...

Ocean and Beach Safety

Greetings Families! Our beaches are open and we want everyone to be safe while enjoying them! Pls share this with your friends and family members along with our PSA Here. https://twitter.com/SwimStrongNYswimstrong-2015-infrographic.png Beach Forecasts and Text Alerts The daily beach forecast by the National Weather Service (NWS), located at https://www.weather.gov/beach/okx , includes rip current risk levels and information about other hazards at the beach. Sign up for text alerts for beach conditions by texting “Beach” or “Playa” to 877877. To check on beach...

Be SMART to be SAFE Around the Water

As Water Safety Professionals We Advocate That You Only Swim When A Life Guard is Present BUT If You Insist Upon Putting Yourself in Danger, Here Are Some Ways to Minimize Your Risk of Drowning and Injury. Can’t swim? Don’t go out! Know your limits and stay within them. Assume that your swim skills are less than you think in open water.    Swim with a buddy; preferably one that is more swim skilled than you are. Ask a person who is...

Oxidative Stress – What Is It? and How Does It Impact Our Health?

Both Oxidative Stress (OS) & Free Radicals (FR) are terms many have heard but no little about. A great place to start is a base understanding of human cells. Adults are made up of 30 trillion cells, with every cell renewing on a 3-month cycle. Humans are cellular structures, which is biologically accurate, but our cells are also molecules! Cells are made of proteins, a type of molecule, & water, which is another molecule, together with a variety of...

IMPORTANCE OF FLUID INTAKE (HYDRATION)

Drinking enough fluid each day is vitally important for everyone’s continued Health & Wellbeing. While fluid incorporates a very broad range of substances, I’m referring to water. Our goal should always be to consume the highest quality purist water that we can access. There are numerous factors relating to volume required e.g., Season, Climate, Exercise Intensity; but as a generic value adult males require 3 litres each day whereas, an adult female needs approximately 2.2 litres. Our body relies on...