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  • 6 Steps to Keeping your Mats Healthy and Disinfected

    The popular Dollamur mat cleaner, already trusted by schools, coaches, gym owners and loyal customers, has earned it’s own trademarked brand -- Mat Attack!™ Athletic Surface Cleaner.  Dollamur Mat Attack!™ is designed to provide effective cleaning, deodorizing and disinfection on mats and sport surfaces to protect athletes and maintain a healthy surface for your students and customers.

    Dollamur’s Chuck Thompson, VP of Wrestling, and Michael Shumate, Engineering Manager, have gone into detail on why Mat Attack!™ is so important to maintaining healthy mats.

     

    Q1: How often should coaches and athletes be cleaning their mats?

    A1: Chuck Thompson – “We recommend Dollamur mats be cleaned before and after each practice as well as once on days there is no activity on the mats.  This recommended practice will be best to reduce the risk of skin infections and maximize the life of the mat.”

     

    Q2: What are some of the major repercussions of not keeping fitness spaces sanitary and clean with Mat Attack!™?

    A2: Chuck - “Skin infections are a major concern for any wrestling program.  If an infection were to spread throughout the team it could require shutting down the practice room for weeks to be properly sanitized and get the outbreak brought under control.  This could have a significant impact on a wrestling team’s season so maintaining clean mats and healthy athletes is a top priority.”

     

    Q3: What are some of the ways that Dollamur is staying ahead of the competition when it comes to fitness mats and accessories?

    A3: Chuck - “With the introduction of the new and improved Mat Attack!™ mat cleaning product Dollamur once again proves to be the leader in the industry, continually innovating and introducing products that set new standards throughout the wrestling market.”

     

    Q4: Can you expand on Q2 – What types of viruses and bacteria are being eliminated and prevented with the use of Mat Attack!?

    A4: Michael Shumate - “The list is very long, but some that our athletes, coaches, and parents may be most worried about are: staph (MRSA), salmonella, E. coli, pneumonia, influenza, Hepatitis B and C, and athlete’s foot, which can lead to ringworm. In addition to viruses and bacteria, Mat Attack!™ also kills fungi. For a full list of coverage and directions for use, visit www.dollamur.com.”

     

    Q5: Even if someone (unfortunately) doesn’t have Dollamur mats, can they use Mat Attack!? What surfaces does it work best on?

    A5: Michael - “Mat Attack!™ is still a disinfectant. It was formulated to work best on hard, non-porous surfaces, like the vinyl surface of our wrestling, martial arts and fitness mats. However, it can be used to disinfect any surface, even carpet.”

     

    Q6: What went into the process of creating Mat Attack! to ensure that it’s the best for our customers? Testing, trial and error, naming etc.

    A6: Michael - “When we began development for Mat Attack!™ we knew that we needed to partner with an industry leader in chemical innovation and safety. We performed ATP (adenosine triphosphate) tests on mats before and after cleaning with different surface disinfectants to measure any actively growing microorganisms. This led us to our current formulation for Mat Attack!™.”

     

    Mat Attack!™ is highly concentrated to save storage space and reduce shipping. The quart size makes 16 gallons, and the gallon size makes 64 gallons of cleaner.  We recommend using a microfiber dry and wet mop to maintain your mats and warranty.  For more information on how to clean your mats, view our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yWDUYxoIUE.

    Mat Attack!™, mop pads, mop kits are available online at Dollamur.com and shipping is FREE.

     

  • 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 Jack Roller from World of Wrestling

    Dollamur got with World of Wrestling’s, Jack Roller to ask a few questions about his background and experience in wrestling. Jack became involved in youth wrestling in 1979 when his oldest son was recruited for an elementary wrestling team by their head coach. Since then Jack has continued to direct wrestling tournaments and publish award-winning publications. He began the World All Star Team which was selected to give recognition to young wrestlers/

     

    Q1: How did you get started in the sport of wrestling? 

    A1: “The wrestling coach needed a heavyweight so he recruited my oldest son.  I was against it at first, but when we got all 4 of our sons into the sport, I started noticing what it did for them.  Their young bodies really began developing strength and muscle tone that helped them in all sports.  I was sold then!”

     

    Q2: Tulsa Nationals is one of the longest running tournaments in the country.  When did you start it and why?

    A2: “I was president of Tulsa Junior Wrestling Association when a lot of the local clubs decided to do away with the association.  They had run the Tulsa Nationals for years, and that would have ended 24 years of tradition.  Our local club helped finance the deal, and we took it over.  The following year, my wife and I paid the club back and have ran the Tulsa Nationals for 40 years since then.  The first year we ran it, we had approximately 680 entries, and now it has grown to 2,800 entries from 45 states.”

     

    Q3: Who are some of the most prominent wrestlers to compete in a World of Wrestling tournament?

    A3: “John Smith, Kenny Monday, Spencer Lee, David Taylor, J'den Cox, Tony Ramos, B Jordan, Isaiah Martinez, Bo Nickal. Zahid Valencia, Aaron Pico, Logan Stieber, Daton Fix, Kendal Cross, Johnny Hendricks, & Brandon Slay to name a few...”

     

    Q4: After so many years of running great tournaments, what keeps you coming back for more? 

    A4: “The smiles on the parents, grandparents and wrestler's faces when they receive the greatest awards in our sport.  We spent over $73,000 on awards and ceremonies last year - That was only 3 events and 1 dual tournament.  Our main goal is to make each child think they’ve just wrestled in the Olympics.”

     

    Q5: Why did World of Wrestling decide to partner with Dollamur for their events? 

    A5: “We feel that success breeds success, and for years Dollamur has been a leader in the mat industry.  They were the very first mats we ever purchased and they’ve lasted forever.  If we marry in with a company, they must treat the customers fair with integrity and credibility.  We are proud to call Dollamur our official mat company!”

     

  • 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!

     

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