As the 2015 NFL season marches on, each of the league’s 32 teams are anxious about protecting their quarterbacks, protecting their home field advantage, and safeguarding their athletes with the best protective equipment.
Four cutting-edge NFL teams are protecting the air their athletes breathe more effectively than any team keeps its quarterbacks from a blitz. Infections like staph and MRSA are increasing dramatically, along with fears about asthma, and allergies in the workplace and the locker room. To combat those growing problems, AtmosAir’s purification system scrubs and disinfects the air in four NFL team practice facilities and locker rooms: the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, and the New England Patriots, with several other teams looking to implement the technology.
Concern about infections in the NFL is high. Earlier this year, former NFL kicker Lawrence Tynes sued the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for $20 million, claiming unsanitary team facilities led to him contracting MRSA, ending his nine-year pro football career prematurely. Three Tampa Bay players, including Tynes, contracted MRSA in 2013.
Seven years before that, the Dallas Cowboys were the first NFL team to install AtmosAir, which sits within a ventilation system, delivering better-quality environment through “bipolar ionization.” The benefits include reduction of odors, particulates, allergens, bacteria, mold, viruses, and germs. Cowboys Head Trainer Jim Maurer initially tested the system in his home, before having it installed throughout the Cowboys Valley Ranch offices and training facility.
Dallas Cowboys new world headquarters in Frisco, TX. The facility is set to open in 2016. “The air quality was just transformed,’’ said Maurer, a Cowboys trainer for 26 years. “Being in Dallas, there’s always been a problem with musty pads and smelly clothes and it’s helped there also.
’’ The Cowboys will put the system it their $300 million Frisco, Texas training center, scheduled to open next year.
“We’re all into green and health protection, this not a gimmick, it’s for real,’’ Maurer added. ‘We’re all trying to make our training environments more conducive to healthier players.’’
The Jacksonville Jaguars were the next NFL team to install the system in their locker room; and in 2009, the Kansas City Chiefs put AtmosAir in their 100,000 square-foot training facility. “You can’t put a price on peace of mind, when it comes to things like MRSA and other infections,’’ said Chiefs Head Trainer David Price, a 20-year NFL veteran. “We’ve never had those [infection] problems. I’d classify AtmosAir as one of those things you do, and then you forget about it, because it works – and that allows you to worry about the things you are supposed to. If you’re taking care of the best athletes in the world, why not do everything in your power to take care of them?”
The New England Patriots added the system, also used in airports, hotels, universities and casinos, in Gillette Stadium last year. The Chicago Cubs are using it in their Mesa, Az. spring training stadium, and this March, the Pittsburgh Pirates became the first MLB team to install AtmosAir in their locker room, with the Atlanta Braves set to follow suit in their new SunTrust Park, due to open in 2017. Large college installations include USC’s 111,000 square-foot John McKay Training Center and UCLA’s John Wooden Center. NBA/NHL arenas using the system include the Staples Center and Boston’s TD Garden.
Across America, workplace air-quality concerns are heightened. Poor indoor air quality has been linked to growing employee absenteeism, and causing symptoms including headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.
“Even though football is an outdoor sport, we’re inside much more than we’re outside,” said Maurer, the longtime Cowboys head trainer. “We’re all trying to make our training environments more conducive to healthier players. We also have less clean up and lower electric bills, so I can tell you that other teams call me about this every week.’’
With American business looking to be greener, AtmosAir can also address those concerns.
“There’s a huge focus now on sustainability and our system can achieve significant cost savings for any building operator, ’’ said AtmosAir President/CEO Steven Levine. “Really, the focus of our technology is health and productivity. For elite athletes, or really for anyone, that’s where it should be.’’