Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
- San Diego Schools Neglecting Field Safety Tests
by Courtney Cameron December 2016
Data obtained through a survey by the Voice of San Diego shows that very few public schools in San Diego county are conducting regular field tests to monitor the hardness of turf fields. Only a few school districts could report having ever tested their fields, and of those, several conducted one test immediately after installation and then never again.
- Youth Tackle Football Teams Carry On Despite Concerns
by Courtney Cameron December 2016
Independent youth football clubs are rushing in to fill the void left by the Marshall, Texas, junior high tackle football team after it shut down in 2014. The move to close the seventh-grade team was advocated by Marshall high school football coach Clint Harper, who claimed that poor teaching in youth football made players more susceptible to injury. The Pop Warner and Boys & Girls Club youth football programs have also been discontinued in Marshall, citing as the main reasons safety concerns, liability and a lack of participation.
- Program Reduces Concussion Numbers in Four Schools
by Al Lesar December 2016
It's one thing to talk a good game. It's something completely different to back it up with numbers. Now, when the South Bend Community School Corp., claims its mission is to ensure the welfare of its student-athletes, it has statistics to back it up. Two years into its involvement with Heads Up Football, a player safety program initiated by USA Football, the statistics have shown a considerable decrease in concussions at the corporation's four high schools. They went from 53 reported concussions in 2014, before the program was in place, to 21 this past season.
- Synthetic Turf Groups Adopt New Safety Standard
by Jason Scott November 2016
Recently, concerns about the safety of recycled rubber as a material for synthetic turf infill have raised questions about the future of the industry. Despite the fact that there’s been no evidence to suggest the material can be hazardous to athletes, the concerns remain.
- High Schools Invest in Football Helmet Sensor Tech
by Jim Baumbach November 2016
Long Island high schools are investing in football helmet sensor technology designed to record the force of impacts to the head in an effort to protect its players from the risk of a concussion.
- Steelers Create Brain Injury Research Foundation
by Joe Rutter November 2016
Establishment of the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research will support research and education about brain injuries.
- Harvard: Outside Doctors Should Care for NFL Players
by Dayton Daily News November 2016
Doctors who decide whether an NFL player is healthy enough to go into the game shouldn't be paid by the teams that have a stake in winning and losing - an "undeniable conflict of interest." That's what a report released on Thursday by Harvard University experts in medicine, law and ethics says.
- Ohio House Passes Bill Requiring Cardiac Arrest Training
by Jim Provance November 2016
The Ohio House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill designed to make both coaches and student athletes more likely to recognize the signs of potential cardiac trouble. Senate Bill 252 is sponsored by Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, a former high school football coach. It passed the chamber 86-4 with no debate and must return to the Senate for approval of House changes.
- NHL Goalie Suspicious of League's 'Concussion Spotter'
by Brett Cyrgalis November 2016
The league put the rule in place this summer in hopes of protecting the players from themselves. As has so often been the case, a player with a concussion will convince himself he is fine, and then convince the trainer he is fine. It is difficult for a trainer to pull someone out and possibly affect the outcome of the game dramatically.
- Law Aimed at Reducing Concussions Effective
by The Telegram & Gazette November 2016
A Massachusetts law passed in 2010 with the goal of reducing concussions in student athletes has seen some success, but many school systems still have not complied with reporting requirements and there are scant enforcement options for state health officials to make them comply. Moreover, a study published in The Journal of Pediatrics this month found that the law needs to be reworked to require better training for students, parents and physicians. The law was drafted to help prevent, recognize and manage treatment of head injuries in student athletes. “I think the law is working ... It’s a good start. Physicians support it. But we have to be careful that we’re including training that we know works and not have them train on outdated training mechanisms,” said Dr. Michael R. Flaherty, a pediatric critical care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and one of the authors of the article in the international medical journal.