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  • How To Maintain Healthy Mats and Protect Athletes with Dollamur’s Mat Attack!™ Cleaner

    At the peak of any training season common rashes and infections will occur on sport surfaces. Through-out regular training, mats should be cleaned daily to prevent what is commonly referred to as “Mat Funk,” a combination of infectious conditions such as ring worm, herpes simplex, impetigo, staph infections/MRSA and scabies.

    “Contagious skin infections are a big concern for athletes who compete at any level,” said Chuck Thompson, VP at Dollamur. “As a manufacturer of high-performance sport surfaces for wrestling, martial arts, cross-training and fitness, Dollamur mats help protect athletes from falls and take-downs.  Regular cleaning maintenance of your mats is critical to health and well-being of athletes.  For many years, Dollamur has offered an Athletic Surface Disinfectant, but the decision was made to rebrand this product with a new name Mat Attack!™ Athletic Surface Cleaner to stress the importance for mat health.”

    Mat Attack!™ is designed to provide effective cleaning, deodorizing and disinfection in areas where housekeeping maintenance is of prime importance in controlling the hazard of cross-contamination on surfaces. Use Dollamur’s Mat Attack!™ to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces such as Wrestling, Martial Arts, MMA, Fitness, Yoga and Pilates mats, wall pads, athletic mats, athletic training tables, physical therapy tables, exercise equipment, athletic helmets, wrestling/boxing headgear, athletic shoe soles and in locker rooms.

    “Even though all of our smooth and tatami vinyl mats are pre-treated with an anti-microbial, additional daily cleaning is a critical step for a safe and healthy mat,” added Thompson.

     

    How to clean your Dollamur mat:

    Use in conjunction with the Dollamur Microfiber Wet Mop Pad and Mop - Also available as a Cleaner, Mop and Microfiber Pad Kit in the Dollamur store.

    Step 1 – Use Dollamur Dry Microfiber Pad Mop to dust away loose dirt

    Step 2 – Mix mat cleaner according to directions on bottle

    Step 3 – Spray your mat generously with Mat Attack!

    Step 4 – Let sit for 10 minutes

    Step 5 – Mop map with Dollamur Wet Microfiber Pad. Allow mats to dry thoroughly before use.

    Check out this video for detailed instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=71&v=8yWDUYxoIUE

     

    ABOUT MAT ATTACK!

    Mat Attack!™ is a phosphate-free formulation. It is a disinfectant effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and is viricidal including HIV-1, HCV, H5N1, H1N1, H9N2 and HBV.  It also inhibits the growth of mold and mildew and their odors when used as directed. This product is an effective fungicide against Trichophyton mentagrophytes - the agent that causes Athlete’s Foot fungus on bathroom surfaces - and is used to clean and disinfect hard, non-porous sport surfaces.

  • 5 Questions with Cathy from Gowanus Treehouses

    The mission at Gowanus Treehouse is to provide the best quality and most comprehensive services to children for their complex and individual therapy needs. The expert practitioners work on behavioral, sensory and motor skills and small group social learning with children. The Gowanus Treehouse is a uniquely designed sensory gym, fully equipped for zip-lining, scaling ladders and rock walls, and a treehouse loft for improving motor planning, strength, coordination, endurance or structured activities.

    Dollamur got with Cathy Reid, owner and operator at Gowanus Treehouse, to ask a few questions and learn a little bit more about the Gowanus Treehouse facility and services!

     

    Q1: What is a day at Gowanus Treehouse like?

    A1: “A typical day at the Treehouse is a lot of movement and proprioceptive-vestibular input, such as, swinging, climbing, rolling and exploring the various layers of the treehouse.  We are transitioning from a focus in fine motor rooms to a sensory gym, which helps children keep their brains and bodies connected and gives them the much-needed sensory input they need but may not be getting daily.

    We are a team of 8 occupational therapists and one physical therapist working with young kids from babies and up and achieve goals through play - That could mean going on adventures as superheroes or pirates, to save animals or take a ride on a boat, train, or plane through the use of obstacle courses. They could be doing more concentrated therapeutic exercises as well to improve specific skills, such as, fine motor skills, core and upper body strength and sensory processing that need support outside of school. We run daily small social learning groups for kids to build awareness and understanding about sensory processing and social participation and to give them the tools and skills they need to better navigate through their everyday lives. Our PT sees babies to older children with physical disabilities due to congenital or developmental delays, like Cerebral Palsy or Torticollis, or other mobility and gross motor issues.”

     

    Q2: What types of injuries/disabilities have you seen benefit most from time at Gowanus Treehouse?

    A2: “We see children with general developmental delays, such as difficulty with writing or sustaining visual attention, postural control or using adequate eye hand coordination really excel in our programs. Children with pervasive developmental delays, such as Autism spectrum disorders or attentional difficulties also tend to really benefit at the Treehouse.”

     

     

    Q3: What is your personal favorite type of therapy/workout/activity to work on with kids at GT?

    A3: “I love to see the kids moving and playing so freely and joyfully on the trapeze and catching them in the various net swings. We have homemade net swings to catch them and they like for us to turn them into a tiny ball and let them spin/pop. I call it the ‘sushi roll’ and that is a big favorite for facilitating a calming response with both deep pressure, deep breathing, and self-regulation. They also love to climb into to the multi-layer ‘cloud’ swings just above.”

     

     

    Q4: Are members benefiting from the flooring diversity provided by Dollamur when it comes to their unique physical therapy needs?

    A4: “The Dollamur flooring allows us to move around all day in a safe environment, learning about body awareness in space through the vestibular (aerial) suspended equipment. Kids aren't allowed to play as freely anymore in parks and on playgrounds and they need to be able to make mistakes, get bumps and have falls to learn how to manage their bodies and overcome fears. It's an epidemic, trying to push kids, before they are ready, into academics and there has been a rise in poor coping, problem solving and social-emotional regulation due to the anxiety it is placing on them.  We have a lot to learn from other countries like Finland, England and Japan who allow kids to rescue each other (vs. adults) and use their hands with tools, play with tires, build things, play outside and climb tall trees. We love technology in our practice too (since it always comes up/hot topic) but we only use it as a teaching tool since it too much screen time takes away from learning about 3-D space and kids who are constantly using touch screens might not develop their in-hand manipulation skills during critical windows of development.”

     

    Q5: Where are your Dollamur mats coming in most useful?

    A5: “They’re great so that we can enjoy our beloved swings to soar high and fast while keeping the kids safe. They also provide a cozy nest-like feel for the spaces under the treehouse and comfort for everyone to be able to work and play on the floor at eye-level with the kids. This is important to develop everything from visual, postural and social skills through play. We work with our shoes off and don't allow shoes and everyone comments on how soft and bouncy the floors feel!”

     

     

  • 5 Questions with Coach Jacob Harman from Team Thunder

    1) How do you motivate kids vs professionals and what are some take-aways for up and coming coaches?

    “A lot of the time coaching kids and professionals is very similar – it’s very contextual and it always depends on the individual.”

    Coach Harman coaches kids as young as 3 years old and focuses on fun and over-celebrating a child’s successes and achievements. “I try to ignore their bad behaviors or failures at that age,” Coach says, he doesn’t want to teach them to fear failures, so all of his attention is focused on their successes.

    When it comes to coaching professionals or more experienced athletes, “it’s important to remind them why they love the sport and why they started training in the first place – Keeping it fun!”

     

    2) What is the most important life skill coaches should teach kids?

    “Confidence and self-respect,” Coach replied quickly.

    He went on to say that along with confidence, having self-respect (and respect for others) is so important in both wrestling and MMA. “They need to think of themselves as a hand-crafted Bentley, and treat themselves just as preciously. – You wouldn’t eat McDonalds in a Bentley!”

    After self-respect is learned and instilled at a young age it gives them an advantage because they learn to see themselves as worthy and ‘Bentley-like.’ It gives them an ‘I-matter’ and one-of-a-kind mindset that will guide them through the rest of their lives, not only in their training, and help them over-come day-to-day obstacles.

     

    3) What’s your favorite drill for kids?

    For children ages 3 – 6, Coach explained how he can “trick them into being strong” by playing games and making workouts fun. As they get a bit older it’s all about flow-rolling and ‘play wrestling.’

    “We tend to become too work-oriented in general, but it shouldn’t always be about work,” Coach explained, “We need to minimize burnout as much as possible.” Coach does this by letting his athletes be creative and come up with their own ideas and techniques.

    Coach also prides himself on teaching his students to be good listeners and respectful, all while having fun.

     

    4) Who do you consider the best fighter you’ve ever coached and what makes him or her special or different from others?

    Coaches first response - “That’s an impossible question!”

    After a bit of thought, Coach started with Rafael Dos Anjos, “He uses his heart to push his muscle.”

    He went on to explain how Anjos grew from living in a small home in Brazil with 2-3 other families, to becoming a UFC Champion – after almost leaving the UFC all-together.

    Next was multi-UFC Champion, Lyoto Machida. Coach described him as “all-around just a true martial artist.” He shared one example of Machida learning a ‘hit-punch-sprawl’ combination in about 3 minutes, as where Coach normally expects no less than 3 full sessions for an athlete to feel comfortable with this move. “We showed him the move, he closed his eyes and walked himself through it, opened his eyes and did it amazingly his first try! – I’d never seen anything like it,” Coach said, “he has one of the best minds I’ve ever worked with.”

    Coach also felt it important to include Morgan McIntosh, “He may be the best wrestler I’ve ever coached.” He continued on to tell us how McIntosh went unscored upon offensively and was never taken down for over 3 years of his high school career. He was an NCAA finalist for Penn State and continued on to graduate with high ranking the US special forces. Coach ended with “He’s an all-around amazing athlete and a hero.”

     

    5) How long does it take for an NCAA wresting champion or elite wrestler to transition to Fighting MMA?  What is the hardest obstacle for them?  

    “Wrestlers definitely already have the advantage of great work ethic and goal setting when transitioning into MMA,” Coach Harman started, “the MMA journey can be loose and undefined but wrestlers are able to bring logic and structure into their training schedules.” He explained how muscle memory tends to be one disadvantage to transitioning wrestlers when it comes to dropping their heads, “wrestlers tend to get Guillotined more often, specifically.”

    “Wrestlers are the toughest people on the planet.” Coach continued on to explain and because of that it’s important to know when to take a break and not to over-train. “Over-training can exhaust your mood, mind and body.” Coach used the example of ‘cramming for a test’ and explained how wrestlers transitioning into MMA often feel like they’ve fallen behind in a class. “They are trying to cram a lifetime of BJJ and Muay Thai into one or two years and this leads to over-training because they’re essentially adding two brand new disciplines into their schedule, but once they grasp the concept, they tend to excel.” He added, “With that being said, it’s important for any athlete to enjoy the process and find the best partners to make training efficient.”

     

    Coached finished up the interview with, “I really appreciate the support, constant contact and attention I receive from Mike Swain and the Dollamur team.”

     

    Products Featured:

    Tatami Martial Arts Mats: https://www.dollamur.com/martialarts/flexi-connect-martial-arts

    Wrestling Mats: https://www.dollamur.com/wrestling/flexiconnect

  • 5 Questions with Tricia from Altitude Fitness

    Safety is the #1 priority at Altitude Fitness, in Frisco, TX and Dollamur is proud to supply their FLEXI-Connect Tatami Mats and Landing Pads. Join them for a fun, effective and circus-inspired fitness class and experience unique programs like Aerial Silks, Aerial Yoga, Pole Fitness and Lyra Hoop – They even have classes for kids!

    We got with Tricia, the owner of Altitude Fitness in Frisco, to get to know a little bit more about Altitude, their members and see how they’re liking their Dollamur mats – Check out our 5 Questions with Tricia!

    1. We’d love to know a little bit in general about the Altitude Fitness environment – Friendly, fun, serious trainers, supportive, etc?

    “Our motto is fun, effective circus-inspired fitness for everybody. We bring the circus arts to regular people to make fitness fun again. “

    1. What is the overall member at Altitude Fitness like? Very advanced, brand new to fitness, looking for group fitness/workout buddies?

    “We have over 150 new clients come and try us every month, none of whom have ever tried anything like this before.  Anyone coming for the first time will feel right at home with lots of other people just like them that are trying something new for the first time. Our membership is primarily women, but we support and encourage all genders. It is so much fun you can't help but make friends.”

    1. Why was it important to you to develop kids fitness programs?

    “I think kids are natural acrobats. We have such a demand for it because of movies like Greatest Showman, and kids are thrilled with learning a very unique skill while all their friends are doing dance and cheer.”

    1. What type of fitness/classes are you using your Dollamur Mats and flooring for?

    “The flooring is throughout our aerial room and we could not be happier with it! It still looks like new and the charcoal gray is perfect. The vinyl top is easy to clean so clients LOVE that it is germ free, especially during flu season. For our aerial classes, it is firm enough to support, but soft enough if they miss the landing mat with a foot or finger, they are injury free.  I truly believe it has saved quite a few people from serious injury.”

    1. We know safety is a top priority at Altitude – Do you feel confident Dollamur will continue to keep your members safe during their workouts?

    “Absolutely. Client safety has to be a priority in aerial arts. Even the most seasoned performer can fall. Using your durable and quality landing mats as well as your amazing floor adds peace of mind for me as a studio owner.”

     

    Drop by and join Tricia for one of these unique fitness classes at Altitude Aerial Arts & Pole Fitness - 8855 Preston Trace Blvd #300 Frisco, TX 75033!

     

  • See You At the Show!

    It's a busy summer at Dollamur.  We have 2 great shows coming up.  Hope to see you there!

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    IDEA World Convention

    When:  June 27-July 1, 2018

    Where:  San Diego, CA

    Why:  Over 14,000 fitness professionals, club and studio owners/managers, nutrition professionals and leading brands for the Super Bowl of Fitness. Experience 4 days of cutting-edge education, networking and motivation at the biggest industry event of the year!

    Dollamur Booth #3031 near the IDEA STUDIO STAGE – Dollamur will also be providing the stage flooring for the 3rd year in a row. 1 ¼” Royal Blue Tatami FLEXI-Roll with FLEXI-Connect.

     

     

     

    Martial Arts 18 Supershow

    When:  July 1-3, 2018maia

    Where:  Las Vegas, NV

    Why:  17th annual martial arts conference held in Las Vegas, NV. You get three days of hard-hitting, growth-oriented strategies to build your martial arts school and improve your martial arts career.

    Booth #329 – Booth will feature some digital printed graphics on the floors and wall pad.

     

    Keep an eye on Social media for pictures. Facebook  Twitter   Instagram

  • Dollamur Sport Surfaces Launches FIT-TECH™ Rubber Flooring

    FIT-TECH™ Rubber Flooring by Dollamur is made of recycled materials and is available NOW!

    Rubber flooring, Fit-tech, Dollamur

    (FORT WORTH, Tex.)Dollamur Sport Surfaces (Dollamur) – the world's leading manufacturer of high-performance sports flooring for martial arts, MMA, wrestling, gymnastics, cheerleading and yoga—announces the launch of FIT-TECH™ Flooring by Dollamur.

     

    FIT-TECH™ Flooring by Dollamur is a high performance, athletic rubber flooring.  The FIT-TECH™ composite roll flooring offers wear resistance and stable footing making it the best choice for top training facilities.  FIT-TECH™ flooring is also available in rolls, interlocking tiles, and square rubber tiles, making installation quick and simple.  The durability and shock absorption of this fitness flooring makes it ideal for weight rooms and gym flooring.

     

    FIT-TECH™ Flooring by Dollamur is made of 100% post-consumer tire & post-industrial EPDM rubber.  These rolls and floor tiles are available in several different thicknesses from 5/32” to 1” and in a variety of colors.  FIT-TECH™ Rubber flooring is Green Circle Certified and meets LEED Qualifications for Material and Resources Credit.

     

    The suggestion to add rubber flooring to our existing product line actually started with our customers.  Many of our customers need rubber flooring to go along with the floor and wall mats we provide.  “It seems like a logical progression,” said Dave Rossi, Sr. VP of Marketing at Dollamur.  It is much more efficient for our customer to be able to purchase and ship all of their flooring needs from the same supplier.  This expands Dollamur’s product offering to include smooth or Tatami vinyl mats, 1 meter, by 2 meter Swain Mats, padded carpet, wood grain yoga / Pilates flooring, wall and pole pads, and GymTurf portable sports turf.  “With the addition of rubber flooring, Dollamur is undoubtedly the most complete sports flooring company,” according to Rossi.

     

    For more information:  https://www.dollamur.com/fitness/fit-tech  800.520.7647

    Dave Rossi, Sr. Vice President of Marketing

    682.312.3350

    drossi@dollamur.com

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