Blocking, Tackling, Or Charging Device Patents (Class 473/441)
  • Patent number: 9950207
    Abstract: An exercise device includes a frame having a width and a length and defining a first opening extending in a direction perpendicular to the width and the length. The first opening is sized to retain at least a portion of a weighted object therein such that the width and the length of the frame extends along at least a portion of a width and a length of the weighted object, respectively, and externally thereto when the frame is connected to the weighted object. A handle member is connected to the frame to be gripped by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: CageUp, LLC
    Inventors: Philip Haddad, Joseph Haddad
  • Patent number: 9776061
    Abstract: The disclosed technology is a training device particularly well suited for training fighters as well as people simply interested in personal fitness. The device comprises a body portion defining an elongated flexible shape configure to be associated with a cover portion such as a modified focus mitt. The focus mitt defines a planar region further defining a target zone to be hit by the trainee. The body portion provides a flex region configured to absorb at least part of the inertia associated with a strike on the target zone to reduce the load on the trainer and trainee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Matthew T Nussbaum
  • Patent number: 9744396
    Abstract: A training sled configurable for adding weights in some embodiments to increase friction and provide for weight-training by lifting portions of the sled. Sled components are slidably or pivotably connected to permit lifting a shoulder member of the sled to different heights and to achieve an optimal training angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: DEMON SLED LLC
    Inventors: Chad Amos Leath, Jaylon B. Plunkett, Yancy Lawrence Culp, Benjamin Paul Robinson
  • Patent number: 9186565
    Abstract: Physical training systems that may promote effective technique and strength training for various sports, as well as general strength and fitness training. Apparatus may require a user to push and lift in a coordinated manner to effectively overcome inertia and rolling resistance. The training apparatus may include a cylindrical core portion and compliant outer portion located on an outer surface of the core portion. In use, the training apparatus may rotate around a center axis of the core portion when a sufficient force, exceeding a resistance level, is received by the training apparatus (e.g., as a result of a user exercising proper technique in applying force to the training apparatus). The resistance level may be a result of a configurable amount of ballast contained within the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Doug English
  • Patent number: 8986172
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for an exercise sled including an upper portion detachably coupled to a lower portion through telescoping leg assemblies located at the corners of the sled. The upper portion includes a flat jumping surface to facilitate jumping or step-up type exercises, and the lower portion includes a sled rail portion to facilitate sliding across a surface, and a weight platform for the addition of plate weights. A number of attachment hooks facilitate the use of cords or handles to perform resistance exercises using the sled as an exercise platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Bachar Corporation
    Inventor: Tyrone Poole
  • Patent number: 8905901
    Abstract: A device allows an individual the ability to easily adjust the resistance to perform pushing and pulling exercises in multiple directions. The device allows the individual the ability to exercise at variable levels of intensity with a simple adjustment. The amount of ballast weight may be adjusted to offer additional levels of rolling resistance. The device may be set to operate either in a straight line, or in multiple directions. The device may use pneumatic tires, in a three-wheel design, which permit the device to be used on multiple surfaces and allows for ease of maneuverability during use. Unlike current systems, which do not allow for pushing or pulling at varied heights, the device has a handle bar that may change its height with a simple adjustable locking mechanism that incorporates a counterbalance system to allow for ease of movement of a force arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Stewart, Paul Lando
  • Patent number: 8814729
    Abstract: Tackle practice apparatus (1) comprises an inflatable dummy element (3) in the shape of a person, and is releasably coupled to an inflatable ground engaging sled (4) from which a rope (5) extends to a harness (6) which is releasably coupleable to a person for pulling the tackle practice apparatus across a playing pitch for tackle practice by a player. The dummy element (3) comprises a base element (9) and an inflatable central bladder (7) extending upwardly from the base element (9). Two inflatable lower peripheral bladders (10) and two inflatable upper peripheral bladders (13) extend around the central bladder (7). The lower peripheral bladders (10) are located below a waist high position (14). The base element (9) comprises an inflatable first base bladder (15) which is inflatable with water to provide ballast to the dummy element (3), and an inflatable second base bladder (16) above the first base bladder (15) from which the central bladder (7) extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: John Paul Hartigan
  • Patent number: 8617007
    Abstract: A training sled including a pair of nonlinear runners of tubular construction arranged in parallel relative to a center axis and a plane. A head crossbar of tubular construction may extend between first ends of the runners and may be joined thereto so as to form a continuous tubular U-shaped member with the runners. A weight bearing member may be affixed to and extend between the pair of nonlinear runners near mid-sections thereof. A rear crossbar of tubular construction may extend between and may be disposed above the plane of the runners proximate second ends thereof and may be joined thereto opposite the head crossbar, so as to present a rearward facing surface against which force may be applied. The training sled may include a removable handlebar in a variety of configurations. A ski accessory may be configured to removably attach to the training sled. The ski accessory may include a pair of nonlinear skis arranged in parallel relative to a center axis and a plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Marty Gilman, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil F. Gilman
  • Patent number: 8460130
    Abstract: The football snap aid simulates a snap of a football by a center to a quarterback located behind. The football snap aid includes an apparatus that supports a padded release lever from below, and which when engaged in an upward movement shall release a spring-loaded arm that supports a football on a cradle. The spring-loaded arm translates from a lowered position to a hiked position so as to simulate actual movement of the football during a snap. The football snap aid includes an upper handle and locking tab that can rotate to reset the spring-loaded arm between uses. The apparatus includes adjustable legs that can accommodate differently sized end user. The spring-loaded arm includes adjustment means to accommodate differently sized end users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: James Earle
  • Patent number: 8328664
    Abstract: A motion tackler for simulating an opponent during tackle training. The motion tackler has an elongated frame with a first side and a second side. A dummy module is attached to the first side of the elongated frame. A handle frame is attached to the second side of the elongated frame. A plurality of wheels are attached to the elongated frame. The motion tackler further has a resistance bar capable of engaging with the ground upon the dummy module being lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Rae Crowther Company
    Inventor: Harry W. Krause
  • Publication number: 20120283047
    Abstract: A football tackling dummy apparatus includes a tackling dummy, a support structure for suspending the tackling dummy therefrom, and a release mechanism. The release mechanism is mounted on the support structure and situated between the support structure and the tackling dummy. The tackling dummy is releasably attached to the release mechanism and is released thereby when a predetermined force is applied to the tackling dummy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony D. DeTroia
  • Patent number: 8241188
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus is implemented with a frame with a horizontal and vertical component and a rotatable endless belt mounted on the horizontal frame component, the belt having a surface for supporting a user. Vertical frame component has an upper body engaging element connected thereto and adapted to engage the shoulders of a user during a portion of an exercise cycle. An actuator is disposed between the upper body engaging element and the vertical frame component, wherein an increase in actuator length raises the height of the upper body engaging element relative to the belt. The upper body engaging element is positioned at a start position of low height to engage the user in a low-level position at a beginning of the exercise cycle, and the upper body engaging element increases in height as the user accelerates and rises to a fully upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: 9185-7714 Quebec Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Robinson
  • Patent number: 8226503
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is provided a sports training apparatus for accurately simulating the football maneuver known as the ‘cut-block.’ The present invention comprises a track, a rolling cart fitted to the track, an upright blocking pillar connected to the cart, and a triggering system for lowering and raising the blocking pillar at specified intervals in order to simulate the cut-block maneuver. The present invention additionally includes a stopping mechanism for stopping the movement of the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Northern Illinois University
    Inventors: Craig Arthur Rusch, Britt Corso Mork, Chris Newquist
  • Patent number: 8167743
    Abstract: A football training system which allows for the quick and easy movement of the target unit, i.e., a blocking dummy. The training system comprises one or more combinations of a base, a flexible support member mountable at one of three locations on the base, and a padded target mounted on the flexible support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: DanKa, LLC
    Inventors: Elston Howard Kangas, Lloyd Earl Danzeisen
  • Patent number: 8052582
    Abstract: The present invention provides for exercise apparatus which can comprise general fitness or self-defense training apparatus having a base member; means arranged to define a first elongate member and a second elongate member extending upwardly therefrom; the first elongate member and the second elongate member being joined at, or by way of a target portion; wherein the base member is weighted relative to the elongate members and the target portion so as to seek to keep the elongate members in a substantially upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: ENANEF Limited
    Inventor: Neil Summers
  • Patent number: 8012047
    Abstract: The football pass receiving trainer includes a cord extending between a first support and a second support and includes a pad selectively positionable along the length of the cord, wherein the pad is sized so a receiver must catch a football around the pad with the hands and extended arms and elbows. The cord stretches upon contact with the foam pad and is selectively tensioned between the first support and the second support. The football pass receiving trainer is usable as a stand-alone unit via a free-standing base and plurality of slidingly engageable feet or through use of a hook and stabilizing cord that cooperate to selectively secure the support to the chain link fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: BORG Unlimited Inc.
    Inventor: Ricardo Gamboa
  • Publication number: 20110177891
    Abstract: A hip thrust sled may include a pair of spaced apart runners configured in generally parallel relation to each other. A first cross member extends between and is connected to the spaced apart runners proximate to a distal end of the hip thrust sled. A second cross member extends between and is connected to the spaced apart runners near a proximal end of the hip thrust sled to receive removable weights. A pendulum arm is rotatably attached at its distal end to the first cross member and is configured at a proximal end to move vertically relative to the spaced apart runners. The pendulum arm extends towards the proximal end of the hip thrust sled at an upward angle. An adjustable stop may limit the vertical movement of the pendulum arm. A handlebar may be attached to the proximal end of the pendulum arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: Marty Gilman, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil F. Gilman
  • Publication number: 20110165972
    Abstract: A blocking sled includes a first main blocking pad reciprocable on a frame between extended and retracted positions. When a lineman hits the main blocking pad, it is moved to the position of retraction and when the lineman releases the pad, it extends back to its original un-retracted position. In association with each main blocking pad, an auxiliary pad is provided that in one position closely overlies and extends forward of the main blocking pad in its extended position. The auxiliary blocking pad is pivotably mounted to the frame and is latched in the position closely overlying and extending forward of the main blocking pad. An actuator facilitates release of a latching mechanism for the auxiliary pad and moves along with a support rod for the main blocking pad. When the rod is reciprocated, eventually it engages the latch of the auxiliary pad and releases that latch causing a biasing means to pivot the auxiliary pad up and forward with respect to its position when latched.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: Charles P. Forrest, SR.
  • Patent number: 7972224
    Abstract: A weight sled apparatus useful for strength training and simulating the resistance of an opponent during a blocking event has a tubular construction forming a U-shaped member having a pair of parallel legs which serve as runners. A weight bearing member affixed to and extending between the pair of runners allows mounting of removable mount weights on a horn projecting therefrom. A crossbar extending between the runner ends presents a rearward facing surface at least 8 inches above the plane of the runners against which force may be applied. An optional handlebar attachment presents a rearward facing surface against which force may applied in a range from 8 inches to 40 inches above the plane of the runners and normal thereto. The weight sled affords a trainee multiple force application surfaces near the center of gravity of the sled and at differing vertical heights, enabling a more realistic simulation of the resistance presented during a blocking event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Marty Gilman, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil F. Gilman
  • Patent number: 7794337
    Abstract: The tackling dummy includes a slide having a ground-engaging skid and an upward extending frame configured to receive a channel formed in an anthropomorphic body having a front side and a relatively narrower profile side. The channel extends upwardly into the anthropomorphic body from a lower side thereof and engages the upwardly extending frame for positioning the anthropomorphic body in one of two primary configurations relative to the slide. These configurations are rotationally spaced about the longitudinal axis of the channel approximately 90° from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: BORG Unlimited Inc.
    Inventor: Ricardo Gamboa
  • Patent number: 7727089
    Abstract: A weight sled apparatus useful for strength training and simulating the resistance of an opponent during a blocking event has a tubular construction forming a U-shaped member having a pair of parallel legs which serve as runners. A weight bearing member affixed to and extending between the pair of runners allows mounting of removable mount weights on a horn projecting therefrom. A crossbar extending between the runner ends presents a rearward facing surface at least 8 inches above the plane of the runners against which force may applied. An optional handlebar attachment presents a rearward facing surface against which force may applied in a range from 8 inches to 40 inches above the plane of the runners and normal thereto. The weight sled affords a trainee multiple force application surfaces near the center of gravity of the sled and at differing vertical heights, enabling a more realistic simulation of the resistance presented during a blocking event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Marty Gilman, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil F. Gilman
  • Patent number: 7527568
    Abstract: A football training system and method for training a player football technique, strength and endurance. The system provides an engagement member that can be engaged and driven upward and substantially simultaneously rearward. The system includes a life-size simulator, dummy or engagement member for providing a true-to-life training experience. The system is capable of providing increased resistance to the player as the player drives the dummy and also provides a speed and power indication to the player, his or her coach or trainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Shoot-A-Way, Inc.
    Inventor: John G. Joseph
  • Patent number: 7497792
    Abstract: A training device for use by a lacrosse player to practice checking an offensive player includes a main post extending upwardly from a base. An arm is operatively coupled to the main post and rotatable about a fixed point intermediate its proximal and distal ends. The arm includes a wrist near its distal end for holding a lacrosse stick. An activating member is mounted to the main post for separating a user from the arm's distal end. An actuator is coupled to the arm's distal member and to the activating member such that the arm is caused to move when a user attacks the activating member. The actuator may include rack and pinion gears for translating a linear force upon the activating member into a rotational force upon the arm. A spiral spring and cam provide for oscillating movement of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: Kenneth S. Hutton
  • Patent number: 7452294
    Abstract: A method of training a user to swing a battering ram where the user is positioned at the forward end of a training device. The training device comprises a support frame, a piston rod slidably mounted to the support frame, and a striking plate affixed to the piston rod. The striking plate is positioned at a forward end of the training device when the piston rod is in a pre-impact position. The resistance of a secured door is replicated in the training device by biasing the piston rod toward the forward end of the training device. The piston rod slidably moves rearward upon each impact of the battering ram and then returns to its pre-impact position in time to receive the next impact of the battering ram. The user repeatedly swings the battering ram impacting the training device without stopping or pausing between swings to hone proper technique, mechanics and timing of the swings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Inventor: Paul Milone
  • Patent number: 7350786
    Abstract: By providing a playing surface which is dimensioned for enabling a desired game to be played with all competitors positioned thereon, with the playing surface being rotated, a competitive game and/or playing system/environment is created which enables all individuals to compete equally and fairly regardless of their physical capabilities. In the preferred embodiment, the rotation of the playing surface is maintained at a constant rate of speed, although added dimensions and difficulties can be added to the game by altering the rotational speed of the playing surface during the competition. By providing a playing surface upon which any desired game can be played, particularly an action oriented game, with the playing surface being continuously rotated throughout the play of the game, forces previously unknown to each competitor are continuously imposed on each competitor, effectively rendering each competitor to possess equal capabilities, regardless of their strength, agility, proficiency, or size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Georgis
  • Publication number: 20080058128
    Abstract: A football training system and method for training a player football technique, strength and endurance. The system provides an engagement member that can be engaged and driven upward and substantially simultaneously rearward. The system includes a life-size simulator, dummy or engagement member for providing a true-to-life training experience. The system is capable of providing increased resistance to the player as the player drives the dummy and also provides a speed and power indication to the player, his or her coach or trainer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Applicant: SHOOT-A-WAY, INC.
    Inventor: John G. Joseph
  • Patent number: 7322893
    Abstract: A collapsible football tackling block includes a base; a pad support, wherein the pad support is pivotally connected to the base by a hinge; a detachable support between the pad support and the base; a detachable connection between the one end of the detachable support and an intermediate portion of the pad support; and a detachable connection between a second end of the detachable support and an intermediate portion of the base, wherein the pad support is foldable against the base for storage by detaching at least one of the connections of the detachable support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventor: Timothy Bright
  • Patent number: 7147579
    Abstract: A pass rush trainer has a rigid base that is height adjustable. Two coil torsion springs are mounted on the base and extend upwardly therefrom. At their upper extents, the springs are coupled to a frame including two outwardly extending arms which support the arms of a dummy or pad that is mounted on it. The distance between the arms is easily adjustable so that a pass rusher can practice against differing degrees of “wing span” of an offensive lineman. The pad itself includes a torso that is draped over the base and springs of the inventive device, has a portion simulating the shoulders and head of a pass blocker, and includes two padded arms mounted over the arms of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Charles P. Forrest
  • Patent number: 7131917
    Abstract: A football blocking and tackling dummy adapted with an electrically actuated rotatable torso that provides resistance during blocking drills thereby improving the effectiveness of the drills is disclosed. The football blocking dummy includes a base, and a blocking dummy pivotally connected to the base. The blocking dummy has an upper torso portion rotatably connected to a lower body portion connected to the base. The upper torso portion includes left and right pressure pad sensors that function, upon application of a force, to actuate rotation of the upper torso in a direction opposing the applied force. As a result, the football blocking dummy provides resistance to a force applied thereto, thus simulating the forces and reactions experienced when one football player applies force to an opposing player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Jimmy Spencer
  • Patent number: 7070521
    Abstract: A device which is utilized during practice or other informal situation to teach a football player such as a quarterback or kicker to deliver a football around or over one or preferably a group of linemen. In one embodiment, the device includes a mechanism capable of moving at least one figure, simulative of a human athlete, from an inactive position to an active position which is adapted to mimic predetermined characteristics of a defensive line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventor: Ronald L. Bayduke
  • Patent number: 7063647
    Abstract: The present invention is a system for automatically controlling and assessing a user athlete's physical training prowess at certain athletic skills. An apparatus of the present invention can be a treadmill sled having a frame, a rotatable continuous belt mounted on the frame, the belt presenting an upward directed support surface for supporting a user athlete, a training apparatus, and a performance measuring system. The training apparatus can include a blocking dummy and support frame, or a tether frame support system. Further, the performance measuring system can include programmable and automated control of the timing, duration, and scope/level of the physical training, and present quantitative assessment feedback to better maximize the applicable training regime, and to simplify the training sessions for supervisory personnel as well as the participating athlete(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: P.A. Interactive, LLC
    Inventors: Randy Harney, Ryan Fuchs
  • Patent number: 7056238
    Abstract: A hand-held offensive lineman training pad formed of a resilient inner pad and a close fitting outer cover has a generally T-shaped tapered configuration with flat front and back sides and a generally rectangular cross section. The generally T-shaped pad has a relatively wide upper portion and an elongate lower portion having opposed lateral sides that taper downward and angularly inward and terminate at a flat bottom end to simulate the framework of the upper torso of a defensive lineman with the wider upper portion simulating the shoulder pads of the defensive lineman. A pair of shallow generally rectangular recessed pockets on each of the elongate lateral sides of the pad receive the fingertips of the offensive lineman and approximate the proper hand placement for an offensive lineman to engage a defensive lineman. The pad is effective in training an offensive lineman in proper hand placement and executing various blocking maneuvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventor: John L. Brown
  • Patent number: 6988965
    Abstract: A football practice device having pads in the shape of a player with feet on the ground and leaning forward with bend knees. The device is preferably a sled having S-shaped pads with a resilient synthetic core in which an S-shaped steel support is centrally embedded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Rae Crowther Company
    Inventor: Harry W. Krause
  • Patent number: 6942585
    Abstract: A football training sled for improving players blocking skills has an elongated main frame in the shape of a pan with a flat bottom and a tipped up rear end. A dummy module is secured to the front end of the main frame and a single wheel is mounted rearwardly of the front end and midway between the laterally opposite sides of the main frame. When a player strikes and raises the dummy of the dummy module, the front end of the sled is raised so as to be supported on its wheel as the player drives the sled rearwardly. Wings may be provided on the main frame to prevent the sled from being tipped over sideways. In a second embodiment of the invention two dummy modules are supported on the front of the main frame of the sled and a football position device is used to simulate the snap of a football.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Rae Crowther Company
    Inventor: Harry W. Krause
  • Patent number: 6929479
    Abstract: An athlete training device includes a first sensor pad for signaling when a first object has been removed from the first pad and a second sensor pad for signaling when an athlete's hand has been removed from the second pad. A third sensor signals when the athlete has made contact with a second object. A control device receives the signals from the pads and third sensor and determines a first elapsed time from when the first object is removed from the first pad and the athlete's hand is removed from the second pad. The control device also determines a second elapsed time from when the athlete's hand is removed from the second pad and the athlete makes contact with the second object and then outputs a signal for displaying the first and second elapsed times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Eastern Automation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Bellows, Thomas D. Kling, Wayne J. Schultz
  • Patent number: 6761650
    Abstract: A football training apparatus provides for simultaneous strength and technique training to improve player strength as applied functionally to blocking. A frame structure includes left and right movable arms with strike pads mounted on the distal ends thereof The height of the strike pads is adjustable for differently sized players. A variable resistance mechanism provides a quantitative resistance to rearward movement of the arms. The frame structure is mounted on left and right rear wheels. When the left and right strike pads are driven rearward a sufficient distance a brake actuator mechanism is engaged to release independently operable brake mechanisms in the left and right rear wheels, respectively. Handles, with hand brake release mechanisms, may be provided on the rear end of the frame structure to allow the apparatus to be pushed without engaging the strike pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Helgesen Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Dettmann
  • Publication number: 20040132559
    Abstract: An athlete training device includes a first sensor pad for signaling when a first object has been removed from the first pad and a second sensor pad for signaling when an athlete's hand has been removed from the second pad. A third sensor signals when the athlete has made contact with a second object. A control device receives the signals from the pads and third sensor and determines a first elapsed time from when the first object is removed from the first pad and the athlete's hand is removed from the second pad. The control device also determines a second elapsed time from when the athlete's hand is removed from the second pad and the athlete makes contact with the second object and then outputs a signal for displaying the first and second elapsed times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventors: Scott D. Bellows, Thomas D. Kling, Wayne J. Schultz
  • Patent number: 6685581
    Abstract: An athletic practice machine for training offensive and defensive players, such as football players and for training martial arts and kick boxing athletes. Each dummy of the training device may be latched in a spring loaded retracted position and the dummies may be individually released to spring to a forward leaning position simulating opponent movement. The dummy release may be accomplished by movement of a coach's staff. In training units having three laterally spaced dummies, the end dummies are positioned forward of the central dummy and face inwardly to form an arc. Movement of the helmet bearing staff forward releases the central dummy and lateral movement of the helmet bearing staff releases the dummy on the side toward which the staff is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Rae Crowther Company
    Inventors: Harry W. Krause, Jeffrey Lowery
  • Publication number: 20030216194
    Abstract: A pass rush trainer has a rigid base that is height adjustable. Two coil torsion springs are mounted on the base and extend upwardly therefrom. At their upper extents, the springs are coupled to a frame including two outwardly extending arms which support the arms of a dummy or pad that is mounted on it. The distance between the arms is easily adjustable so that a pass rusher can practice against differing degrees of “wing span” of an offensive lineman. The pad itself includes a torso that is draped over the base and springs of the inventive device, has a portion simulating the shoulders and head of a pass blocker, and includes two padded arms mounted over the arms of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventor: Charles P. Forrest
  • Patent number: 6612971
    Abstract: An exercise machine is disclosed. In an embodiment for an exercise machine in accordance with the principles of the present invention, the exercise machine includes a frame having a first axle support and a second axle support. A roller is disposed between the first axle support and the second axle support. An axle extends through the roller and includes a portion extending external to the second axle support. A variable resistance mechanism is coupled to the external portion of the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: Phillip E. Morris
  • Patent number: 6599206
    Abstract: A lineman trainer includes a base on which are mounted three receiving brackets. Pads are mounted over these brackets. Each of the brackets is mounted on a mechanism that allows the brackets to move. An actuator mechanism may be manipulated by a coach or other operator to activate the brackets independently of one another. When the actuator is reciprocated in one direction or another, it releases one or the other of the side brackets so that a spring can pivot the brackets toward the lineman. When the actuator is rotated so that its handle travels downwardly, the central bracket is released and springs push it directly outwardly toward the lineman. When a lineman hits a released bracket, it is moved back to the locked position ready for another movement when actuated by the coach or other operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventors: Charles P. Forrest, Sr., Charles P. Forrest, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6595865
    Abstract: A golf putting training apparatus for a golfer to develop a pendulum stroke including a rigid, upright support and a shoulder engaging guide rotatably attached to the support. The shoulder guide is connected to a rotatable bearing positioned perpendicular to the ground, whereby the golfer's shoulders may only move in a vertical plane, ensuring that a pendulum stroke is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Inventor: Steven M. Stitz
  • Patent number: 6575879
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assessing a user athlete's prowess at certain athletic skills, the apparatus being treadmill sled having a frame, a rotatable continuous belt mounted on the frame, the belt presenting an upward directed support surface for supporting a user athlete, a blocking dummy supported proximate the continuous belt and being operably coupled to the frame by a dummy support, and a performance measuring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventors: Randy Harney, Ryan Fuchs
  • Publication number: 20030087711
    Abstract: This invention relates to a training apparatus, and in particular to an apparatus usable as a training aid for sports such as football, basketball, hockey etc. According to the invention there is provided a training apparatus comprising a number of substantially rigid targets arranged around a training area. The targets may be separated, and retaining means provided therebetween. The targets may be arranged on a base member, and be movable relative to the base member. The targets may be in the form of mannequins simulating teammates and possibly also opponents of the trainee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventor: Peter Morrison
  • Patent number: 6458051
    Abstract: A stationary blocking/tackling platform for football comprising up to seven parallel blocking/tackling padded dummies movable along a track and returnable to the original position. The sled is suitable for football player training ranging from junior high school to the professional ranks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas S. Moore
  • Patent number: 6398697
    Abstract: The present invention presents a glance blow detecting bag which rotates on a pivotal axis around a circular in shape adjustable bag mounting pole which is supported on a portable free standing stand for exercising and training a punch boxer, kick boxer, or football blocker, to strike the center of a moving target, and the center of a specific body part. The glance blow detecting bag assists in training accurate placement of blows by spinning rapidly upon detecting a glance blow when the center of the bag is missed on impact, and not spinning when the center of bag is hit indicating a good strike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventor: Ernest Nichols, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6280351
    Abstract: A practice device comprising a plurality of striking targets arranged about a frame in an overall configuration which approximates the shape of an opponent. The targets are individually articulated to the frame, so that each individual target reacts independently in response to a strike. The targets are each in communication with a common force sensor, through a load transfer shaft movable relative to the frame and bearing on a force sensor such as a load cell, which provides feedback to the athlete regarding the force of each strike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Inventor: Sean Wong
  • Patent number: 6261195
    Abstract: An elongated support member extends generally vertically upward from a playing surface. An elongated arm extends outward from two opposite sides of the support member in generally perpendicular relationship to the support member. The arm has freedom of rotation about the support member. At least two blocking dummy holders are configured to be suspended from the arm such that at least one each of the blocking dummy holders is positioned on each of the two opposite sides of the support member. Each of the blocking dummy holders has freedom of rotation about the arm, whereby a person on the playing surface who strikes a blocking dummy held by the blocking dummy holder will cause the arm to rotate about the support member and the blocking dummy to rotate about the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Inventor: Todd R. Shingleton
  • Patent number: 6261194
    Abstract: Football practice equipment which can be in the form of a one-man tackling sled or a multiple-man blocking sled equipped with connecting apparatus. By connecting tackling sleds together, a blocking sled can be created upon which is mounted the desired number of dummies for use in training football players in the art of blocking and tackling, individually or in team formations. The tackling sleds are connected together to form multiple dummy blocking sleds by attaching connecting members between as many of the tackling sleds as desired. The connection between the tackling sleds is made via channel members on the tackling sleds with locking handles for securing the connecting members in their associated channel members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Hadar Mfg., Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Hadar, Wayne A. Miner
  • Patent number: 6093119
    Abstract: A football training and evaluation apparatus has a frame, a contacting element, and a force transferring member connected to the frame and the contacting element. A measuring-signaling element is connected to the force transferring member and is adapted to measure the force subjected on the force transferring member in response to an impact force subjected onto the contacting element and deliver a signal "S" responsive to said measurement. A visual signaling apparatus is connected to the frame and adapted to be actuateable and moveable in response to actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Inventor: Steven M. Tipton