The Long Run - April 2017
Every year, NSGA attends several conferences that serve the sports, tourism and events industries. These are great opportunities to network with other event organizers and with representatives from cities that are interested in bidding to host big events like National Senior Games. It's also a great way to continue to learn how to do what we do better.
The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) annual conference is one of the important gatherings we attend. Last month, NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker and VP of Association Relations Becky Wesley traveled to Sacramento for the annual NASC gathering, where they helped congratulate NSGA Board of Directors Member J.D. Wood as he received a Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE) designation for completing the intensive sports tourism professional improvement program offered by NASC. We are fortunate to have this rising star serving the Senior Games Movement!
- Participation Lists/Brackets - With everyone signed up, it is now possible to assemble complete competition schedules and brackets. We will post participation lists and bracket information no later than May 15th, with the goal that it will be ready sooner. NSGA will post information on each sport page as soon as it is made available by competition staff.
- Travel Planning - Don't forget to use the resources we have made available on the Travel and Lodging page. Best location and prices for hotels, air fare discounts from Delta, United and Southwest, car rental discounts from National and Alamo, and more!
- Transportation and Parking - A complimentary NSGA Courtesy Transportation Shuttle Service will run to the Birmingham CrossPlex, Samford University and Birmingham Southern College from the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) in downtown Birmingham. Visit the page to find schedules and parking information to access the BJCC.
- The Village / Special Events - Mark your calendar to attend the Flame Arrival Ceremony on the evening of Friday, June 2, and you won't want to miss the Celebration of Athletes on the evening of Friday, June 9. Also, we have some special things going on in The Village Health & Wellness Expo. Watch for more details soon!
- Visitor Information - Use the web resources from the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau as your starting point. We will also continue to share ideas about attractions and activities in our communications.
- Volunteer! - There are always athletes and/or family members who want to volunteer to help make The Games happen. Don't wait until you get to Birmingham, visit the 2017 Volunteer Page and use the online link to be able to select a location and time to volunteer. Thanks for donating your valuable time.
- Games Daily News / Social Media - Once again, NSGA will produce Games Daily News on NSGA.com with impressions of what The Games are all about, including athlete stories and a daily photo gallery. Also follow National Senior Games on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news, tips and late-breaking information.
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Senior Health and Wellness
- Only 10 percent of senior athletes have a fall in a given year. This is 1/3 the rate of the general population and an excellent statistic considering the tremendous risk and cost associated with falls.
- All athletes did better than the general population on walking speed, and balancing on one leg with eyes closed. In fact, predictors of falls that work in the general population just don't seem to apply to senior athletes.
- In athletes who did report a fall in the past, a significant difference was found on the tests described above.
- Those who struggled to stand on one leg with eyes closed, and had difficulty balancing on one leg on the foam, were more than twice as likely to have had a fall in the past year than other athletes. Athletes with slower sit to stand times also showed a higher fall rate.
- Though this does not prove that being a part of Senior Games relates to better balance, it does appear that the population of athletes tested at National Senior Games has better balance, fewer falls and requires more challenging balance testing in order to determine fall risk.