Jumping, Vaulting, Or Hurdling Patents (Class 482/15)
  • Patent number: 9925444
    Abstract: The inventions disclosed herein relate to designs of climbing surfaces, fall safety pads and/or accessories related thereto. According to some embodiments, different impact zones of a fall safety pad can have different cushioning attributes. The different cushioning attributes of the different impact zones of the safety pad can be based on a vertical distance to a directly overlying portion of the climbing surface. The different cushioning attributes of the different impact zones of the safety pad can also consider a predicted or measured frequency of falling from a portion of the climbing surface directly overlying each impact zone of the safety pad. Other intended climber attributes, enjoyment, and safety concerns can be considered in the design of the climbing surface(s), safety pad(s), and accessories disclosed. Further, wear, replicability, customizations of enjoyment, and updates to safety concerns in the climbing sport are further understood in view of this disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Platypus IP, LLC
    Inventor: David Allan Jones
  • Patent number: 9539457
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a pole vault landing system configured for receiving a pole vault box collar. The pole vault landing system may be comprised of a base section and a cutout section positioned adjacent to the base section, where both the base section and the cutout section have top and bottom surface. The bottom surface of the cut out section additionally comprises a recess dimensioned to receive a pole vault box collar such that when the cutout section is placed over a pole vault box and a pole vault box collar, the pole vault box collar is received in the recess and the bottom surface of the cutout section is substantially flush with the ground surrounding the pole vault box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: UCS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Schwartz, Lawrence Howard Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9427677
    Abstract: An adjustable height hurdle has a wall with a plurality of vertically spaced apart bores inside each upright. A vertical actuator inside each upright and gate tube engages the bores. The exteriors of the uprights and gate tubes are solid so that no dirt or water enters the interior of the hurdle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Litania Sports Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Bray, Bryan R. Carrel, Gregory W. Luebbering
  • Patent number: 9017222
    Abstract: A machine for testing and training jumping and reaching ability for use by athlete or by other people for recreation is disclosed having the following attributes: centrally balanced, light weight and portable, usable indoors or outdoors, resets to starting position after each use, signals contact by flashing light or sound, and has means of measuring the height reached by the extended hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Herman Hofeldt, Albert John Hofeldt
  • Publication number: 20150111701
    Abstract: The present invention is a telescoping plyometric exercise device which can be rapidly adjusted for height using a single lifting motion. The apparatus is incrementally height-adjusted and secured in a position capable of withstanding force. The apparatus requires a single lifting motion to securely and incrementally adjust the device, and to balance impact and force through the use of novel, contoured inner components and structural assemblies. These inner components and structural assemblies are engineered to provide the capability for rapid height adjustment of the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Russell Kempka
  • Patent number: 8920289
    Abstract: A form assembly and method is provided for use in making a jump pit having a cover. The form assembly comprises at least one frame member structured to form a ledge for receiving the cover and a removable form member removably secured to the frame member. The method comprises providing a frame member and removably securing a removable form member to the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: ABT, Inc.
    Inventors: William Kress Query, Jr., Christopher Charles Cucchiara
  • Patent number: 8834324
    Abstract: An exercise bicycle including a frame supporting a wheel such as a flywheel. A brake assembly (or resistance assembly) including a brake arm is pivotally coupled with the frame. The brake arm assembly includes a brake pad engaging the flywheel to alter the power needed to rotate the flywheel during exercise. A brake adjustment assembly is operably coupled with the brake arm. The adjustment assembly includes a shaft rotatably supported on the frame and mounted to be translated toward the flywheel while being restricted from translating away from the flywheel. A spring is positioned between the threaded shaft and the brake arm whereby rotation of the shaft increases or decreases compression of the spring thereby increasing or decreasing a frictional force between the brake pad and the flywheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Foundation Fitness, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew P. Lull
  • Publication number: 20140087919
    Abstract: A form assembly and method is provided for use in making a jump pit having a cover. The form assembly comprises at least one frame member structured to form a ledge for receiving the cover and a removable form member removably secured to the frame member. The method comprises providing a frame member and removably securing a removable form member to the frame member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: William Kress Query, JR., Christopher Charles Cucchiara
  • Patent number: 8636623
    Abstract: Folding hurdles are disclosed. Some example folding hurdles may include a generally horizontal bar. A first leg may be pivotably coupled to a first end of the generally horizontal bar. The first leg may include a generally horizontally extending first foot and/or may be pivotable between an erected position in which the first foot is oriented generally perpendicular to the generally horizontal bar and a folded position in which the first foot is substantially coplanar with the generally horizontal bar. A second leg may be pivotably coupled to a second end of the generally horizontal bar. The second leg may include a generally horizontally extending second foot and/or the second leg may be pivotable between an erected position in which the second foot is oriented generally perpendicular to the generally horizontal bar and a folded position in which the second foot is substantially coplanar with the generally horizontal bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Exemplar Design, LLC
    Inventors: Adam L. Ross, Benjamin P. Boyer
  • Patent number: 8579768
    Abstract: A training ladder formed of a plurality of substantially rigid polygon-shaped segments detachably secured together with segment connectors extending therebetween. The sides of each segment are substantially the same to allow the segment connector to join any sides between two adjacent segments. Accordingly, the path through the ladder can be varied. In one disclosed embodiment, the segments are octagon shaped and pivotally secured to the segment connectors, thereby allowing the ladder to collapse into a stack when not in use and allowing some of the segments to extend substantially vertically, thereby defining a hurdle or other possible vertical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Prstojevich
  • Patent number: 8517898
    Abstract: A portable hurdle for use primarily athletes has a base portion operably secured to a bow portion that holds the hurdle to a predefined height when the bow portion is placed in tension by a securing structure. The hurdle lays substantially flat when the bow portion is returned to its neutral position. In one disclosed embodiment, the securing structure is a trap that forms the top of the hurdle. In other disclosed embodiments, the base portion defines the top of the hurdle. An adjustment structure allows for adjustment of the hurdle's height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: William Dieter, Joshua Hoyt
  • Patent number: 8444531
    Abstract: A safety collar for a vault box reduces the risk of catastrophic injury if the pole vaulter lands directly onto the vault box, but does not make it more difficult for the pole vaulter to plant the pole into the vault box. The safety collar overlies the vault box and an area to the rear and the sides of the vault box. The collar has a front, a rear, a left side, a right side, and an opening extending from the front to the rear that overlies the recess of the vault box. The collar also has a left wing extending downwardly against the left wall of the vault box part way to the bottom surface and part way to the rear wall and a right wing extending downwardly against the right wall of the vault box part way to the bottom surface and part way to the rear wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Litania Sports Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan E. Johnson, Ashley M. Whittaker
  • Patent number: 8337318
    Abstract: A take-off board system for a triple or long jump generally includes an elongated frame, an elongated take-off board, and a track material member. The frame includes inwardly-extending flanges defining a chamber therein. The take-off board includes a first portion slidably receivable in the chamber of the frame, and a second portion defining an outer take-off surface. The track material member is disposed on an outer surface of the frame. The take-off board system is disposable in a first position in a cavity in the ground with the outer take-off surface of the take-off board disposed even with a track surface, and the take-off board assembly is disposable in a second position in the cavity in the ground with an outer surface of the track material member disposed even with the track surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne P. Oliver
  • Patent number: 8313417
    Abstract: A portable hurdle for use primarily athletes has a base portion operably secured to a bow portion that holds the hurdle to a predefined height when the bow portion is placed in tension by a securing structure. The hurdle lays substantially flat when the bow portion is returned to its neutral position. In one disclosed embodiment, the securing structure is a trap that forms the top of the hurdle. In other disclosed embodiments, the base portion defines the top of the hurdle. An adjustment structure allows for adjustment of the hurdle's height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: William Dieter, Joshua Hoyt
  • Patent number: 8240431
    Abstract: A roofing worker safety device is provided that delivers a resistive force in response to a worker falling from an elevated work surface such as a roof via a safety cable connecting the worker to the safety device, the cable transmitting the force of the falling worker to the device to activate an arrestor arm that is forced into the surface on which the safety device is placed thereby stopping the fall of a worker from the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Brent Smith
  • Publication number: 20120184411
    Abstract: A form assembly and method is provided for use in making a jump pit having a cover. The form assembly comprises at least one frame member structured to form a ledge for receiving the cover and a removable form member removably secured to the frame member. The method comprises providing a frame member and removably securing a removable form member to the frame member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: William Kress Query, JR., Christopher Charles Cucchiara
  • Publication number: 20120178587
    Abstract: A machine for testing and training jumping and reaching ability for use by athlete or by other people for recreation is disclosed having the following attributes: centrally balanced, light weight and portable, usable indoors or outdoors, resets to starting position after each use, signals contact by flashing light or sound, and has means of measuring the height reached by the extended hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Herman Hofeldt, Albert John Hofeldt
  • Patent number: 8147389
    Abstract: An adjustable weight-loaded dip-chin machine. Dip bars and chin bars with means for vertical adjustment are mounted on columns, which in turn are mounted on a base. An arm is pivotally attached to the base, and weights can be added to an arm spindle attached to the arm. A belt is attached to the arm, and the weighted arm spindle resist upward exerciser motion when performing dips or chins. A pivot hook releasably engages the arm spindle in an elevated position for convenience and safety when commencing and ending a squat exercise series. Means are disclosed for adjusting the height of the pivot hook on a column, and for automatically disengaging the pivot hook from the arm spindle when exercise commences. A squat platform is sized to fit between foot platforms, which together form a stable standing area for the exerciser. Squat handles are height-adjustably mounted to the columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Richard J. Hoole
  • Patent number: 8057361
    Abstract: A portable workout apparatus comprising a bar, a frame, and a padded structured secured to the frame. The bar is held at an adjustable bar height. The frame supports the bar at the adjustable bar height. The padded structure is secured to the frame, and has a first portion and a second portion. The first and second portions have a deployed position forming a substantially horizontal surface that forms an opening with the bar and the frame that is adapted to accommodate a user. The first portion is further capable of pivoting, relative to the second portion, to a substantially vertical position for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Stamina Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. McBride, Robert McDonial
  • Patent number: 8029412
    Abstract: A portable hurdle for use primarily athletes has a base portion operably secured to a bow portion that holds the hurdle to a predefined height when the bow portion is placed in tension by a securing structure. The hurdle lays substantially flat when the bow portion is returned to its neutral position. In one disclosed embodiment, the securing structure is a trap that forms the top of the hurdle. In other disclosed embodiments, the base portion defines the top of the hurdle. An adjustment structure allows for adjustment of the hurdle's height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: William Dieter, Joshua Hoyt
  • Patent number: 7955222
    Abstract: A jump training apparatus including a sleeve, a pipe, and an arm. Floor standing embodiments may also include a base that may be operably connected to a weight holder. Wall mounted embodiments may include a mounting bracket, mounting plate, or mounting clamps, for example. At least a portion of the pipe may be slideably inserted into the sleeve. The pipe may be operably connected to the arm. The vertical height of the arm may be adjusted through the movement of the pipe relative to the sleeve. According to certain embodiments, when the arm is positioned at the desired vertical height, the position of the pipe may be secured by operably engaging a fastening element. At least a portion of the arm may be covered by a cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Rick S. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 7798920
    Abstract: A sporting activity system comprising a plurality of stakes and a plurality of pods. The plurality of stakes each have a length and a cross-sectional configuration. Each pod includes a body and a member for interfacing with a stake. The body includes a lower edge, a side and a top surface. The interfacing member includes an opening disposed on one of the top and the sides configured to receive a stake, and, two channels disposed on the body spaced apart from the opening. Each of the at least two channels and the opening can accept a stake of the plurality of stakes simultaneously. Connectors may be provided releasably coupling two stakes of the plurality of stakes to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: Dagoberto S. Cortes
  • Patent number: 7785233
    Abstract: A hurdle has a crossbar and a pair of vertical legs. The hurdle is designed to give way or collapse when the crossbar is struck by a user to minimize the risk of injury and thereby decrease the user's fear of injury. This is done either by splitting the crossbar into separate left and right sections, or by splitting each of the legs into separate top and bottom sections. This permits the separate sections to break apart from an aligned, end-to-end orientation which they possess in an operative position of the hurdle into a nonaligned orientation after the hurdle has given way or collapsed. An elastic member connects the separate sections and urges the sections back into their aligned, end-to-end orientation when a user picks the sections of the hurdle up and resets the hurdle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas M. Moore
  • Patent number: 7736274
    Abstract: A pole vaulting device and method. The device includes a mat having a top side and an underside, a plurality of support poles positioned about the mat, with the plurality of support poles having a first end having a curved portion oriented in the direction of the mat, and a net having an outer periphery, and wherein the net's outer periphery is attached to the curved portion of the plurality of support poles. The pole vaulting device may further include a plurality of straps having a distal end attached to the underside of the mat and a proximal end attached to the net so that the net forms a bowl section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Gene Thibodeaux, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20100075809
    Abstract: A portable hurdle for use primarily athletes has a base portion operably secured to a bow portion that holds the hurdle to a predefined height when the bow portion is placed in tension by a securing structure. The hurdle lays substantially flat when the bow portion is returned to its neutral position. In one disclosed embodiment, the securing structure is a trap that forms the top of the hurdle. In other disclosed embodiments, the base portion defines the top of the hurdle. An adjustment structure allows for adjustment of the hurdle's height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: William Dieter, Joshua Hoyt
  • Patent number: 7651417
    Abstract: One embodiment of an adjustable pitching target includes a base which secures a central target stand which contains a plurality of target holders and flexible targets that create a frontal, visual, strike zone at which the pitcher throws the ball and which yields a physical, visual, reaction as the pitched ball encounters and passes through the visual strike zone's targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Inventor: Christopher Thomas Sims
  • Patent number: 7641593
    Abstract: A is provided for constructing a jump pit with a sand area. The form is constructed in sections. Each section has an inside wall and an outside wall. A support member is located between the outside wall and the inside wall. The sections are secured together onsite. Caps are mounted on the support members. The caps include an inclined surface which slops upwardly and away from the sand area forming the inclined surface. A cover over the sand area is supported by the inclined surface. Optionally, a chamber is located adjacent the outside wall. A grate covers the chamber and the grate is supported by a brace. A mat covers the grate. Openings in the grate and in the mat permit sand through them, thrown from the sand area to drop into the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Burt Goulet
  • Patent number: 7635319
    Abstract: A portable hurdle for use primarily by athletes has a base portion operably secured to a bow portion that holds the hurdle to a predefined height when the bow portion is placed in tension by a securing structure. The hurdle lays substantially flat when the bow portion is returned to its neutral position. In one disclosed embodiment, the securing structure is a trap that forms the top of the hurdle. In other disclosed embodiments, the base portion defines the top of the hurdle. An adjustment structure allows for adjustment of the hurdle's height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: William Dieter, Joshua Hoyt
  • Patent number: 7611442
    Abstract: A hurdle which may be readily converted between an erect/in-use state and a collapsed/readily storable state includes a crossbar having adjustable height, and the ability to be converted between a supporting state where one or more support legs maintain the hurdle in an erect position, and a folded state wherein the support legs are folded within the plane of the hurdle so that it will not readily stand erect. Thus, the crossbar may be collapsed to a lowest-height position and the hurdle may be put in its folded state for easy transport and storage, or the support leg(s) may be unfolded to its supporting state and the crossbar may be raised to a desired height so that the hurdle is ready for use. A handle may also be provided for allowing easy collection and transport of multiple hurdles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Rainbow Group, LLC
    Inventor: James W. Myrland
  • Patent number: 7585253
    Abstract: A pole vault training apparatus may include a housing, a pole receiver pivotably positioned on the housing, a lift assembly positioned in the housing and a reinforced vaulting pole. In operation, the vaulting pole may be placed in the pole receiver. The lift assembly then drives the pole receiver (with the pole) such that the pole (and a user that may be holding the pole) is raised or lowered through a predetermined arc of travel. In use, the apparatus permits a user to perform a vault maneuver starting from standing position near the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Kirk Richards
  • Publication number: 20090163324
    Abstract: A pole vaulting device and method. The device includes a mat having a top side and an underside, a plurality of support poles positioned about the mat, with the plurality of support poles having a first end having a curved portion oriented in the direction of the mat, and a net having an outer periphery, and wherein the net's outer periphery is attached to the curved portion of the plurality of support poles. The pole vaulting device may further include a plurality of straps having a distal end attached to the underside of the mat and a proximal end attached to the net so that the net forms a bowl section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: Gene Thibodeaux, SR.
  • Publication number: 20090156365
    Abstract: A training ladder formed of a plurality of substantially rigid polygon-shaped segments detachably secured together with segment connectors extending therebetween. The sides of each segment are substantially the same to allow the segment connector to join any sides between two adjacent segments. Accordingly, the path through the ladder can be varied. In one disclosed embodiment, the segments are octagon shaped and pivotally secured to the segment connectors, thereby allowing the ladder to collapse into a stack when not in use and allowing some of the segments to extend substantially vertically, thereby defining a hurdle or other possible vertical structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Prstojevich
  • Patent number: 7530925
    Abstract: A portable jump training apparatus designed for portability that permits an athlete to safely measure their vertical leap in any number of venues where a jump training apparatus might be utilized is provided. The portable jump training apparatus may include a jump measurement device, a height adjustment post, and an external surface mount. The height adjustment post may be joined to the jump measurement device such that they are positionally fixed with respect to one another. The external surface mount may include at least one adjustable gripping device to releasably secure the external surface mount to an external mounting surface. Also, the external surface mount may include a translation guide configured for translational cooperation with the height adjustment post such that the position of the jump measurement device may be adjusted with respect to the stationary external surface mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Sports Imports, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradford J. Underwood
  • Patent number: 7513852
    Abstract: An exercise device having position verification feedback capabilities. In one embodiment, the exercise device generally includes a base unit defining a support surface, at least two position sensors arranged along a sensing plane relative to the support surface for detecting the presence of the user along the sensing plane, and a controller in communication with the position sensors to determine the user's position relative to the sensing plane. In another embodiment, the exercise device is configured to simulate the activity of jumping rope. In a further embodiment, an exercise device is provided that is capable of measuring one or more parameters associated with a user's vertical jumping ability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Scott & Wilkins Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Larry C. Wilkins, Vaughan Scott
  • Publication number: 20090023557
    Abstract: A portable jump training apparatus designed for portability that permits an athlete to safely measure their vertical leap in any number of venues where a jump training apparatus might be utilized is provided. The portable jump training apparatus may include a jump measurement device, a height adjustment post, and an external surface mount. The height adjustment post may be joined to the jump measurement device such that they are positionally fixed with respect to one another. The external surface mount may include at least one adjustable gripping device to releasably secure the external surface mount to an external mounting surface. Also, the external surface mount may include a translation guide configured for translational cooperation with the height adjustment post such that the position of the jump measurement device may be adjusted with respect to the stationary external surface mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventor: Bradford J. Underwood
  • Publication number: 20080085816
    Abstract: An exercise hurdle including a base extending substantially horizontally outwardly from adjacent a periphery of a bottom end of a substantially wedge-shaped upwardly extending tower that angles inwardly from its bottom end to define an elongate crest line. The tower is composed of a soft, resilient polymeric material to prevent injury during use of the exercise hurdle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Inventors: Bruno Pauletto, James M. Orsulak
  • Patent number: 7244216
    Abstract: A method for preventing serious injuries to a person participating in a physical activity, such as pole-vaulting, which occurs at least partially over a hard surface. The method includes: detecting predetermined criteria indicative of a condition which requires deployment of the material into the deployed position; and moving a material from a retracted position to a deployed position upon detection of the predetermined criteria, wherein the material substantially does not impede the physical activity while in the retracted position and cushions the person from falling onto the hard surface while in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventor: Jahangir S. Rastegar
  • Patent number: 7097589
    Abstract: A safety jump training apparatus designed for safely mounting on a wall to permit an athlete to safely measure their vertical leap. The safety jump training apparatus includes a jump measurement device and a rotating support to rotably attach the measurement device to a mounting plate, as well as numerous safety features. The safety features include cooperating locking pin recesses and a locking pin to secure the apparatus in either an operating position or a storage position, a lock to adjustably secure the vertical height of the measurement device, a translation resistor to control the movement of the measurement device when the lock is disengaged, a safety position limiter to ensure that the measurement device is always a predetermined distance above the ground, and a safety cover to safely contain majority of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Sports Imports, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford J Underwood, Cyndie M. Dunlap, legal representative, David K Dunlap, deceased
  • Patent number: 6932744
    Abstract: A pole vault training device includes a pole replicating section having generally cylindrical forward and rearward pipe sections extending generally parallel and generally horizontally offset from each other and a training device mounting and support section including a pivot mount and a pivot shaft having an inner section rotatably mounted on the pivot mount and an outer end, the pivot shaft extending generally horizontally outwards from the pivot mount. An offset mount bar extends downwards and outwards from the outer end of the pivot shaft, and forward and rearward pipe section mount bars each extend upwards and forwards and upwards and rearwards respectively from adjacent the outer end of the offset mount bar to connect to and support the forward and rearward pipe sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventors: Richard W. Ford, Martha E. Ford
  • Publication number: 20040266594
    Abstract: A shaped body (1) of plastic material with rounded outer contours is used for carrying out a method of active motion therapy by filling bulk material (11) of shaped bodies (1) into a container (12). The limbs (13) to be trained are immersed into the bulk material (11) and exercises are carried out. The shaped body (1) is symmetrical relative to a first plane defined by a first substantially oval outer periphery (U1) of the shaped body (1), asymmetrical relative to a second plane substantially perpendicular to the first plane and defined by a second substantially oval outer periphery (U2) of the shaped body (1), and asymmetrical relative to a third plane defined by a third outer periphery (U3) of the shaped body (1), which is substantially perpendicular to both the first and second planes. The shaped body effects a resistance to motion which is nearly independent of the exercising direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Applicant: Trelogo KG
    Inventors: Ludolf Jakobs, Angelika Werner-Jakobs
  • Publication number: 20040214691
    Abstract: A pogo stick includes (a) a handle, (b) a bellows extending from the handle, (c) a helical spring disposed within, and coupled to, the bellows to become constrained when the bellows is constrained, (d) an actuator disposed within the helical turns of the spring, (e) a platform disposed on the actuator for supporting a user standing on the platform and (f) a at the bottom of the actuator. When the bellows and the spring are constrained, the release of the constraint causes the pogo stick to hop on a support surface. Training members made from a resilient material and disposed at opposite ends of the platform are coupled to the platform at intermediate positions along their length. The training members are disposed in the direction that the user is facing when he stands on the platform. The training members extend outwardly and downwardly from the platform to a support surface to provide a support on the support surface at four (4) spaced positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventors: Karen Gottlieb-Myers, Dale Michael Fetterleigh
  • Publication number: 20040198556
    Abstract: A method for preventing serious injuries to a person participating in a physical activity, such as pole-vaulting, which occurs at least partially over a hard surface. The method includes: detecting predetermined criteria indicative of a condition which requires deployment of the material into the deployed position; and moving a material from a retracted position to a deployed position upon detection of the predetermined criteria, wherein the material substantially does not impede the physical activity while in the retracted position and cushions the person from falling onto the hard surface while in the deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventor: Jahangir S. Rastegar
  • Patent number: 6758793
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for allowing a user to repetitively bounce into the air, includes a first and second support, each having a first and second end. A base being coupled to the first and second supports at the second ends. At least one compression resistance system being coupled with the base. The compression resistance system is configured to provide an uncompression force. First and second handles being coupled with the first ends of the first and second supports, respectively. When in use a user stands on the base between the first and second support and provides a first force on the apparatus. The user releases the first force and receives a second force. The user then stops exerting the second force and repeats the steps of providing the first force, releasing the first force and receiving the uncompression force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Inventor: Scott Eldridge
  • Patent number: 6715448
    Abstract: A remotely adjustable equestrian barrier includes motors mounted to the barrier posts and linked to sliding jump cups. The motors are microprocessor controlled. The rail height is adjusted using a remote transmitter which directs the microprocessor to energize the motors and thereby move the rail. Position sensors provide information to the microprocessor to determine when to de-energize the motors. A collapsible barrier may be used with the remotely adjustable equestrian barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: Michael C. McComb
  • Publication number: 20040053747
    Abstract: An aluminum frame carries a landing mat for the pole vault and is mounted on wheels so it can be rolled into position to cover the area adjacent and over the vaulting box after the vaulter has executed the takeoff to cushion the area around the vaulting box. The frame may be mounted on rails secured in place and moved away from the vaulting box against the resilience of a spring mechanism and then released to urge the frame and mat into its protective position over the vaulting box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventor: Roy E. Bollinger
  • Patent number: 6699163
    Abstract: A stretching apparatus for use on a golf course provides a wall with a top ridge, a reclined plane and a curb platform, each capable of supporting all or part of a human body. The top ridge may have at its opposite ends, multiple horizontal levels of differing heights. The wall has an obverse surface against which the reclined plane is disposed, and a reverse surface against which the curb platform is disposed. The stretching center may have stilts that elevate the reclined plane above the ground. The preferred embodiment of the stretching center includes a balancing handhold at a centered portion of the wall midway between it opposite ends, extending higher than the multiple levels of the top ridge, for providing balancing support to persons performing stretching exercises on the wall or the curb platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: James Gallagher
  • Publication number: 20040009845
    Abstract: A Balance and Gait Training Board which adapts well within an existing parallel bar system which includes a board having a right half section and left half section being symmetrical to each other, each half section having a longitudinal inner border and a longitudinal outer border; the longitudinal outer border having an upstanding wall with predetermined transverse spaced slots on its upper surface for securely positioning flippable hurdles; a board is formed when the longitudinal inner borders of the two half sections are aligned and integrally connected; wherein the board has spaced intervals markings patterned for gait assessment on its upper surface with or without printed numeral values for the markings. A plurality of flippable hurdles are positioned and repositioned to adjust the stepping heights and stepping lengths. The two half sections forming the board are reversed and the balance beam is formed when the longitudinal outer borders of the two half sections are aligned and integrally connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Inventor: Reginald A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6589630
    Abstract: The present invention provides performance enhancing shoe components and methods of using those shoe components to increase exercise performance. The shoe components comprise a layer of 1,4-polybutadiene and, optionally, a high energy returning rubber. A second layer of an energy returning rubber and/or a coating is optionally applied to the first layer. The invented shoe components may be formed as shoe inserts, insoles, midsoles, soles, or portions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventor: William R. Crow
  • Patent number: 6561954
    Abstract: An apparatus for improving jumping skill including an adjustable height platform and a pad with a clock enabling an athlete to stand on the platform and jump onto the timing pad then immediately jump off the board. The contact time of the athlete on the board is recorded by the timing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: Robert S. Smith
  • Patent number: 6533706
    Abstract: A system of monitoring impact stress, or acceleration forces on a user while exercising is disclosed. An exercise machine is equipped with sensing apparatus that measures the downward force exerted on the supporting surface by the lower extremities of the user. In this way, the corresponding impact forces are determined as a function of the user's body weight and communicated via a display monitor as “G-forces” or “Earth Gravity Units.” This allows the user to keep exercise impact within limits desired by the user, a physical therapist, or other qualified professional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Tomorrow's Exerprizes
    Inventor: George S. Morrow