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AUG 2016

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Page 10 of 67 August 2016 11 Tech Tools Below are tech tools recently introduced to the world of sports. Know of a cool tool or gadget? E-mail us at For Improved Performance Coordinate Kids' Sports with Sports Illustrated Play App t The Training Mask 2.0 respiratory training device for breathing and controlling the flow of air can train you to take deep breaths that use oxygen more efficiently. Its multi-level resistance system creates resisted air flow through flux valves. Among the benefits, according to • Increased in Power Output at Ventilatory Threshold • Increased in Peak Power Output (Watts) • Increased in Power Output at Respiratory Threshold • Increased in Ventilatory Threshold • Increased in Respiratory Compensation Threshold A word of warning: a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) found that while the mask is able to provide overall respiratory compensation and power output at respiratory compensation thresholds, the mask simply does not simulate training at an elevation as some suggest. n t Work Out Your Lungs More information: Lakewood Ranch information center and a concession stand surrounding a showcase field with bleachers for 3,000 spectators and a scoreboard. "The stadium probably will be the centerpiece of our marketing pieces when we're talking about Premier," said Rob Wells, director of sports for the Sarasota County Sports Commission. "From an overall impression standpoint, it really shines and highlights the facility as whole. Even if you don't need the bleachers and the press box, it's still a great field and can be used for a tournament. Everybody is going to want to use it. That's a good problem to have." Sean Walter of the Bradenton Area Sports Commission echoed those sentiments. "We market destinations to bring in new economic dollars," he said. "We had sat down with Premier Sports Campus and said we could obtain a lot more tournaments if they had the facilities to go with their 23 fields. Ever since they began work on those upgrades, it has given me the ability to market the facility to people who previously wouldn't have used it. Some of the events found it too much of an expense to bring in temporary restrooms, seating and concessions. There were certain bids that required a stadium." Now the stadium and facilities that go along with it are onsite. Walter said he already has made agreements with events that weren't interested before the facilities were added but he didn't want to identify them because he wasn't sure if Premier had signed contracts yet. He did say U.S. Soccer, which held its Winter Showcase and Nike Friendlies here last December, is going to make a commitment to continue the event at Premier now that the facilities have been added. n t SPORTS Talk More information: In July, SI Play launched a new app to bring the world of youth sports into the mobile age. The app puts schedules, scores and statistics into the palms of players, parents and coaches. Players get digital trading cards to which coaches can add badges that symbolize accomplishments. Parents can use the app to view game and practice schedules across multiple teams, as well as chat with other team parents to coordinate efforts and upload photos. The app offers roster information, statistics and live scorekeeping for coaches and league administrators. SI Play CEO Jeff Karp said the goal is to create a mobile community for youth sports participants. The app, available for iPhone and Android, includes content from Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids and other groups, ranging from professional sports news to tips and tricks for young athletes. Launched in 2015, SI Play provides websites and other digital platforms for 10 million active users across youth athletic leagues from baseball to lacrosse. n

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