The United States Sports Academy is an accredited, sport-specific institution located in Daphne, Alabama. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1972, the Academy has provided its sports programs to more than 60 countries around the world. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 6, 2017
PALO ALTO, CA, May 06, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- ThinOPTICS, the consumer-oriented eyewear brand that pioneered stemless reading glasses, is thrilled to announce their ongoing partnership with the oldest volunteer eye health organization in the country, Prevent Blindness. Just in time for Healthy Vision Month, ThinOPTICS has pledged to assist Prevent Blindness in promoting their 20/20 @ 40 initiative, a public awareness program that encourages people in their 40's to get a baseline eye exam to help track any potentially problematic changes in the eyes as they age. The program specifically targets those 40 and above, as 40 is an age when indicators of reduced vision and/or poor eye health begin to become more prominent. "As we age, the quality of our vision will likely decrease and for some, that can easily be corrected with eyeglasses or contacts. By getting a baseline eye exam, your eye care professional can track changes in the eye to make sure these changes are not due to a more serious problem, like glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration," said Hugh R. Parry, President and CEO of Prevent Blindness. "We thank ThinOPTICS for their commitment to healthy vision in support of our 20/20 at 40 program and helping us in our sight-saving efforts." In addition to raising awareness about the potential risks stemming from lack of proper eye care, ThinOPTICS is focused on enabling people in their 40's to seamlessly deal with the complications in life created by presbyopia-- a decreased elasticity of the lens due to advancing age resulting in difficulty to focus on near objects. This vision-impairing condition most often targets adults over the age of 35. According to the National Eye Institute, some signs and symptoms of presbyopia include having a hard time reading small print, problems seeing objects that are close, headaches and eyestrain. ThinOPTICS has also partnered with decorated Paralympian and acclaimed contemporary artist, Gregory Burns, to develop a custom line of ThinOPTICS inspired by his most popular artworks. A portion of the proceeds from each pair of Gregory Burns Collection ThinOPTICS sold will be donated to Prevent Blindness to further aid them in their efforts to fight blindness and save sight. These unique designs can be purchased online at http://www.thinoptics.com/preventblindness for $29.95. "We know that there are a lot of fears associated with aging and loss of sight and we aim to give the public the necessary resources to alleviate those fears through this partnership with Prevent Blindness," says ThinOPTICS Co-Founder and VP of Marketing Darren Lancaster. "ThinOPTICS lenses are an amazing tool to accommodate your changing vision, but when you begin regularly reaching for your reading glasses, it probably means it's time to prioritize your eye health and make regular visits to the eye doctor a part of your annual care routine." For more information on general eye health, please visit http://www.preventblindness.org, or call (800) 331-2020. For information on ThinOPTICS and its line of products, visit http://www.thinoptics.com. About ThinOPTICS ThinOPTICS entered the market in 2014 and was launched by a passionate team who believes that reading glasses users should be able to access their glasses at any given time. After 200 prototypes and countless trials, the ThinOPTICS team created the "stick anywhere, go everywhere" reading glasses that are as thin as two credit cards, weigh less than a nickel and easily attach to phones or can be slipped into a wallet, purse or pockets. The reading glasses can be purchased in three strengths: Low Range (+1.50D), Mid Range (+2.00D) and High Range (+2.50D). ThinOPTICS has shipped over 1.5 million glasses to over 170 countries to date and currently offers cases for Apple and Samsung phones, as well as in a Universal Pod and Keychain case. They can be purchased on the company's website and Amazon, but are also available in Walmart Optical, Target, and Safeway stores, as well as over 1,000 Independent Specialty Retailers across the U.S. ThinOPTICS was named "Best in Class - Iconic Design" by Inc., "Best of CES 2015" by PCWorld and has been featured on CBS News Sunday Morning, Yahoo! Tech, FOX News, Real Simple, Refinery29 and more. For additional information on ThinOPTICS, please visit http://www.thinoptics.com. About Prevent Blindness Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates, Prevent Blindness is committed to eliminating preventable blindness in America. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020. Or, visit us on the Web at http://www.preventblindness.org or http://www.facebook.com/preventblindness/. About Gregory Burns American born artist Gregory Burns began swimming in the White House pool after contracting polio as a child while his family was living in Jerusalem. Encouraged by the freedom and beauty it offered, he later began surfing and scuba diving, which provided an intimate view into the oceans of the world. Competing in the 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games and capturing five world records in swimming taught him the value of disciplined training. The passion he once reserved for sports is now directed into his art. Since 1980, Gregory has navigated the world sketching and painting. Through traveling and casting a wide net, he continues to pull in a diverse collection of colors and imagery with which he tries to synthesize and portray the beauty of nature and the power of the human spirit. Over the past sixteen years he has been the celebrated Artist-in-Residence at thirty prestigious venues across the globe. In 2016, the United States Sports Academy named Gregory the Sports Artist of the Year. Gregory holds an MFA in painting and has exhibited in fifteen countries throughout Asia, Europe and America for over thirty years. He has published three books in English and Mandarin and has been featured on CNN, BBC, CNBC, ESPN, CNA, CCTV and in The AWSJ, Time Magazine and The China Daily. He lives in Singapore and California. For more information on Gregory and his art, please visit http://www.gregoryburns.com.
News Article | December 17, 2015
Everyone wants to get the most out of the time they spend exercising, and "preworkout" supplements claim to help you do exactly that. It might be tempting to try one of these supplements before hitting the gym or heading out for a run, in hopes of increasing your energy levels, muscle power or endurance during your workout. Preworkout supplements often contain a mystery blend of ingredients ranging from caffeine to guarana to creatine. But do these supplements work, and are they safe to take? It turns out that these supplements may just change the way you feel while you're working out. Many of the ingredients in preworkout supplements are intended to give athletes the perception that their workout is supercharged, said Jordan Moon, an exercise physiologist and sports nutritionist at the United States Sports Academy and Concordia University Chicago, and chief science officer at the fitness tracking website Fittrace.com. "You've got ingredients that are going to increase blood flow, increase heart rate, increase focus, increase blood flow to the skin and give you a little tingle," Moon told Live Science. But those physical effects don't make people bigger, stronger or faster, Moon said. And although some of these supplements' ingredients — such as caffeine, creatine and beta-alanine — have been shown to modestly enhance performance in extreme athletes and bodybuilders, they only give people an edge if they are pushing themselves to the limit, Moon said. And some supplements on the market may contain illegal and dangerous additives, such as amphetaminelike stimulants. Even supplements that contain only legal ingredients can include high levels of caffeine, which can have a negative effect on the heart, recent testing by one independent lab found. [Macho Man: 10 Wild Facts About His Body] Several studies have shown that taking caffeine can provide a physical boost before a workout. For instance, a 2012 study in the Journal of Strength Conditioning and Resistance found that men who took caffeine supplements could deadlift, bench-press and do other heavy lifting at greater weights compared with men who took a placebo. Other studies have suggested that runners and rowers can increase their aerobic capacity with a dose of caffeine, although the studies noted that the benefits of caffeine tend to wane as people develop a tolerance to it. However, too much caffeine can pose a health risk, and supplements can contain much more than is found in food or drinks. A person could guzzle gallons of coffee and not suffer from a true caffeine overdose. But even at much lower levels, caffeine can worsen underlying conditions such as a heart arrhythmia, leading to cardiac arrest. In recent testing, the supplement testing company LabDoor looked at 45 popular preworkout supplements and found that many contained extremely high doses of caffeine. One supplement contained 435 milligrams of caffeine — almost as much as four cups of coffee. (The research has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal, meaning it has not gone through the standard process used to vet scientific findings. LabDoor also links to sites such as Amazon and The Vitamin Shoppe, where consumers can purchase the supplements, and receives a commission on those sales.) Although the lab found that none of the supplements contained a dose of caffeine that would be dangerous on its own, combined with a few cups of coffee or a soda, the supplements could easily make someone feel shaky, nauseated and ill, and could also exacerbate underlying heart conditions, said Neil Thanedar, CEO of LabDoor. "The whole point [of these supplements] is to work out harder or more intensely," Thanedar told Live Science. So supplements with high caffeine levels are "putting you at risk of heart issues, and then telling you to go out and exert yourself." However, Moon said the levels in most of these products are unlikely to be truly dangerous. "Unless you're taking twice the dose or like four times the dose, you're still going to be at the safe maximum recommended amount of caffeine," Moon said. [How to Do the 7-Minute Workout]Creatine and amino acids Almost all preworkout supplements contain creatine, which seems to boost energy production in muscle cells and also seems to draw fluids from the blood plasma into the skeletal muscle, which can improve muscle performance. Creatine supplementation has shown modest benefits in a few small trials. A 2003 study in the Journal of Athletic Training found that college football players taking the supplement had less cramping and dehydration, as well as fewer injuries, than players who took a placebo. And a 2002 study of 20 athletes in the journal Nutrition found that creatine increased their body mass and gave them peak power during short sprints. However, creatine must be taken regularly in order to "build up" to sufficient levels, Moon said. Taking it once or twice a week before a workout will not produce the necessary level to have an effect, and it only works when people push themselves hard during a workout. Most "people who go to the gym spend 90 percent of the time talking and resting over lifting," Moon said. "They might not even be pushing themselves hard enough to get any of the effectiveness of the ingredients." LabDoor's testing showed that the labels of most supplements that were found to contain creatine did not list the amounts of creatine they contained. Moon noted that LabDoor did not test one of the most popular preworkout supplements, Jim Stoppani's 12-Week Shortcut to Size. Moon also said that grading supplements based on testing the levels of their ingredients may be misleading because there's no good research on what dose may be effective for many of the supplement ingredients, some of which act synergistically. And consumers should know that supplement makers often tweak their products' formulations every four or five months, so testing from companies like LabDoor will always be "playing catch-up" with these products, Moon added. Other common preworkout ingredients include the B vitamin niacin, which can cause sweatiness and blood flow to the skin called a "niacin flush," and vasodilators, such as citrulline, which widen blood vessels. Although studies don't show that these ingredients increase muscle mass per se, the increased blood flow to the muscles may make "your muscles feel pumped, and you look bigger when you're working out," Moon said. The effect, however, is transient, he said. Realistically, "the only time people really need to take a preworkout [supplement] is if their nutrition is non-ideal and they need help to get some energy," Moon said. For example, that may include a wrestler who's trying to fit into a lower weight class but still needs to work out, or someone on a low-carb diet who's still trying to bulk up, he said. Either way, there's little evidence that the "proprietary blends" of ingredients that are found in preworkout supplements — which can be a grab bag of up to 10 ingredients — help boost athletic training any more than the individual ingredients alone. A randomized, controlled study published in 2014 in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine found that athletes who took a supplement called SizeOn Maximum Performance performed no better than athletes taking a combination of protein, carbohydrates and creatine. But by positioning their products' unique recipes as a trade secret, supplement makers circumvent the need to label each product with the dose of each individual ingredient, meaning a given supplement may have too little creatine, for instance, to have an effect, Thanedar said. The biggest potential risk associated with preworkout supplements is the inclusion of dangerous substances, according to both Thanedar and Moon. For instance, the Food and Drug Administration recently filed criminal charges against USPLabs, the makers of the preworkout supplements Jack3d and OxyElite Pro, which have been linked to acute liver damage and multiple deaths. The FDA found that the supplements contained a dangerous amphetamine precursor called 1,3-dimethylamylamine, or DMAA, which is not on the FDA's list of approved supplement ingredients. LabDoor's testing revealed that the newer formulations of these supplements do not contain the illegal DMAA. However, another supplement, a drink called Train Critical FX, contained a similar amphetamine precursor, called BMPEA (beta-methylphenethylamine), the testing showed. BMPEA is a doping agent that can bring heart risks, and is also not on the FDA's list of approved supplement ingredients. "This ingredient, as well as other stimulants, really have no business being in the dietary supplement marketplace," said Andrea Wong, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a trade organization for the supplement industry. Ultimately, while most preworkout supplements are probably not dangerous, there's little scientific backing for some of their more overblown claims. "In the supplement industry, it's about marketing; it's not about what's in the product," Moon said. "Supplements don't really do that much unless you're already doing a lot on your own." 7 Common Exercise Errors And How to Fix Them Dietary Supplements: Can You Separate Fact from Fiction? Copyright 2015 LiveScience, a Purch company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
News Article | February 20, 2017
The best colleges with online programs in the state of Alabama have been ranked by The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information. Among the 19 four-year schools that made the list, Auburn University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University and Judson College came in as the top five schools. Nine of the state’s two-year schools also ranked, with Wallace State Community College Hanceville, Gadsden State Community College, Bevill State Community College, Wallace Community College Selma and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College taking the top five spots. “Interest in online schools in Alabama is quickly growing,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The schools on our list offer high-quality online options for students who not only want greater flexibility, but also the reliability of attending an accredited higher education institution.” Schools on the Best Online Schools list must meet specific base requirements to be included: each must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria such as the availability of post-graduation job resources, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and financial aid opportunities. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Alabama’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Alabama A & M University Alabama State University Amridge University Athens State University Auburn University Auburn University at Montgomery Faulkner University Jacksonville State University Judson College Samford University Spring Hill College The University of Alabama Troy University United States Sports Academy University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama in Huntsville University of North Alabama University of South Alabama University of West Alabama Alabama’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Bevill State Community College Calhoun State Community College Gadsden State Community College Jefferson State Community College Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Northwest-Shoals Community College Snead State Community College Wallace Community College - Selma Wallace State Community College - Hanceville ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.
News Article | November 6, 2016
The Best Online Colleges in Alabama have been identified for 2016-2017 by leading online higher education information provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org. After cross-analyzing more than a dozen school-specific statistics, more than 25 colleges in the state were recognized for providing affordable, quality online education programs. Alabama’s leaders include Judson College, Troy University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of North Alabama and the University of Alabama among four-year programs, and Gadsden State Community College, Wallace Community College’s Main, Selma Campus and Hanceville Campus and Snead State Community College among two-year programs. "In the fall semester of 2015 more than 8,500 students enrolled in Alabama public colleges and universities were distance learners,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "As a growing number of students seek online education options, we felt it was important to spotlight the schools in the state offering the best combination of value, flexibility and program options for online students.” Schools are required to meet several minimum qualifications in order to be eligible for the Best Online Colleges in Alabama list. All colleges must hold accreditation and be either a two- or four-year public or private not-for-profit institution. Baseline cost criteria was also set to measure affordability: each two-year school must offer annual in-state tuition under $5,000 and each four-year school must offer annual in-state tuition under $25,000 to qualify. Qualifying colleges are scored and ranked based on several statistics, including qualitative and quantitative data on financial aid, institutional graduation rates and more. All schools included on AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Alabama ranking are listed below. Further information on each school’s score and the methodology used to determine scores can be found at: The 2016-2017 Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Alabama, in alphabetical order: The 2016-2017 Best Four-Year Online Colleges in Alabama, in alphabetical order: Alabama A & M University Alabama State University Amridge University Athens State University Auburn University Auburn University at Montgomery Faulkner University Heritage Christian University Jacksonville State University Judson College The University of Alabama Troy University United States Sports Academy University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama in Huntsville University of North Alabama University of West Alabama AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
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European Journal of Clinical Nutrition | Year: 2013
Background/Objectives:The purpose of the current review was to evaluate how body composition can be utilised in athletes, paying particular attention to the bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) technique.Subjects/Methods:Various body composition methods are discussed, as well as the unique characteristics of athletes that can lead to large errors when predicting fat mass (FM) and fat-free mass (FFM). Basic principles of BIA are discussed, and past uses of the BIA technique in athletes are explored. Single-prediction validation studies and studies tracking changes in FM and FFM are discussed with applications for athletes.Results:Although extensive research in the area of BIA and athletes has been conducted, there remains a large gap in the literature pertaining to a single generalised athlete equation developed using a multiple-compartment model that includes total body water (TBW).Conclusions:Until a generalised athlete-specific BIA equation developed from a multiple-compartment is published, it is recommended that generalised equations such as those published by Lukaski and Bolonchuk and Lohman be used in athletes. However, BIA equations developed for specific athletes may also produce acceptable values and are still acceptable for use until more research is conducted. The use of a valid BIA equation/device should produce values similar to those of hydrostatic weighing and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. However, researchers and practitioners need to understand the individual variability associated with BIA estimations for both single assessments and repeated measurements. Although the BIA method shows promise for estimating body composition in athletes, future research should focus on the development of general athlete-specific equations using a TBW-based three- or four-compartment model. © 2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited All rights reserved.
United States Sports Academy | Date: 2012-04-30
A weight lifting system includes a handle bar and two weight plates. The handle bar is made of a first material and is attached to the two weight plates by inserting each of two ends of the handle bar in a hole in each of the two weight plates, wherein at least one of the two weight plates comprises a center portion made of a second material and a peripheral portion made of a third material, wherein the third material is different from both the first material and the second material, wherein the center portion comprises the hole, in which one of the two ends of the handle bar is inserted, and the center portion is welded to the handle bar.
United States Sports Academy | Date: 2011-02-24
A weight lifting system includes a handle unit having a handle bar, two head units attached to two end sections of the handle bar in a manner that allows the two head units to rotate about a longitudinal axis of the handle bar, two screw rods disposed through holes in the two head units into hollow sections in the handle bar, wherein the two screw rods have threads of opposite directions, two thread-engaging mechanisms fixedly disposed at the two end sections of the handle bar to fit snugly on the threads of the two screw rods, and a lock mechanism disposed in a head unit for controlling rotation of the handle bar; and a plurality pairs of weight discs, wherein each of the weight discs has a center hole configured to accommodate one of the two screw rods.
United States Sports Academy | Date: 2012-08-07
A barbell includes a bar assembly that includes a sleeve rotatably fitted over a rotating-locking mechanism at an end of a shaft; and an end cap attached to an open end of the sleeve to enclose the rotating-locking mechanism and the end of the shaft inside the sleeve, in which the rotating-locking mechanism includes a supporting ring rotatably fitted over the shaft and a joining ring attached to the end of the shaft, in which the supporting ring abuts, on one side, a shoulder on an inner surface of the sleeve and, on the other side, the joining ring.
United States Sports Academy | Date: 2013-03-02
Bags adapted for laptops. Notebooks; Pens. Gym bags; Tote bags. Stadium cushions. Cups and mugs. Shirts; Shorts; Sweat shirts; Sweat shorts; T-shirts; Tank-tops; Windcheaters. Education services, namely, providing courses at the undergraduate and graduate university level in the field of sports.
United States Sports Academy | Date: 2013-04-19
WEIGHT LIFTING EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES, NAMELY, WEIGHT PLATES, BARBELLS, WEIGHT BARS, AND WEIGHT LIFTING BELTS.