• NHL Vets Should Have Injuries Taken Seriously

    by Buffalo News June 2016

    Unlike football, whose on-field violence is mainly part of the game structure, and now shown to cause life-threatening injures, hockey has an additional problem: For decades, the league has tolerated - if not tacitly encouraged - on-ice brawling, an extracurricular distraction that has nothing to do with the sport but which, sadly, helps to put fans in the seats.

  • Using Injury Data to Predict NFL Performance

    by Dr. David Geier June 2016

    Using injury data to predict performance is challenging in football. Dr. Matt Matava, a former president of the NFL Physicians Society, explained to me that unlike baseball and basketball, football players come in all different sizes and have many different duties on the field.

  • County's Concussion Law Would Mandate Safety Courses

    by Sandra Tan; News Staff Reporter June 2016

    The Erie County Legislature is poised to approve a new law that would fine youth sports organizations $100 to $200 if they cannot produce records showing that all of their coaches have taken concussion safety courses either in person,

  • Ex-Wrestler Who Suffered Stroke 'Trapped' in Body

    by Grant Pepper June 2016

    One year after Ahmad Doucet suffered a stroke while practicing front headlocks, the mother of the Kettering Fairmont High School wrestling star says he is "trapped inside his own body."

  • Preventing Heat Stroke Important at Practices

    by Jim Sands June 2016

    News of the tragic death of a Page High School student after collapsing during a voluntary summer football workout last week was a sobering reminder of the serious nature of setting parameters on preventing heat stroke for athletes. Karson Cross, a rising freshman at Page High School in Greensboro, collapsed on the practice field about 20 minutes after the workout began on June 13 shortly after 5 p.m. Despite efforts to resuscitate him, Karson died the following day at a local hospital. Page, which is located in our sister county of Guilford, is a regular rival to Rockingham County schools in many sports. It made Monday's tragedy hit a little too close to home for many in the community.

  • Is the NFL Looking to Make Kickoffs Safer?

    by Tom Pelissero June 2016

    The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league's special-teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special-teams coordinators from all 32 teams to discuss the kickoff and ways to make it safer, two people with knowledge of the call told USA TODAY Sports. No rules changes would take effect this fall. But the coaches were told to be ready in the unlikely event that the NFL conducted an experiment during part of the 2016 preseason, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the call.

  • NHL Alum Hopes Suit will Help Others with Concussions

    by John Vogl June 2016

    104 former players are part of a concussion lawsuit filed against the NHL. The men claim the league was negligent in its care and fraudulently concealed the long-term risks of head injuries. They are seeking medical monitoring and compensatory damages.

  • UNE Researchers Collect Lacrosse Concussion Data

    by Steve Craig June 2016

    UNE has joined about two dozen colleges nationwide that are using head-impact sensors to conduct research on the force and frequency of head hits in sports. Many of the studies have been done on soccer and football players. UNE's researchers chose men's lacrosse because no academic studies have been conducted on the sport.

  • Notre Dame WR Quits Football After Concussions

    by Chris Goff June 2016

    Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson, effervescent, cerebral and at times a useful target during his three seasons for the Irish, ended his playing career because of concerns over multiple concussions he had suffered in the past year.

  • Football Coaches Line Up to Learn Tackling Techniques

    by News & Record June 2016

    Guilford and Surry County high school and middle school football coaches are learning new techniques to try to make football safer for student-athletes. Coaches on Tuesday attended USA Football's Heads Up clinic at Grimsley High School, just days before offseason 7-on-7 drills begin.