Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
NCAA, Athletes Reach Head Injury Lawsuit Settlement
by Andrew Brandt July 2014
The NCAA and current and former college athletes have reached a preliminary settlement in a class action lawsuit involving the NCAA's head-injury policy.
Stopping Hazing in College and High School Athletics
by Hank Nuwer July 2014
When it comes to hazing incidents serious enough to gain national attention, the big question posed again and again recalls the sad refrain from the old ballad, "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" Specifically, when will they ever learn?
Headband Sensors Measure Impacts at Soccer Tourney
by Rich Romine firstname.lastname@example.org July 2014
The past four years have become paradise for the best Cal South Soccer organizations competing at Pleasant Valley Fields. It’s a 55-acre park, featuring 11 full-size fields or 25 smaller fields for youth soccer matches,
Ex-Buckeye Helps Athletes with Catastrophic Injuries
by Bill Wagner, Maryland Gazette July 2014
Positive-Strides-Org is a charitable foundation that provides guidance and assistance to athletes that have suffered catastrophic or life-changing sports-related injury.
Winona State Player's Death Linked to Enlarged Heart
by Dennis Brackin, Staff Writer, Star Tribune July 2014
Shawn Afryl, a former University of Illinois football player attempting to revive his college career at Winona State, died Monday night because of cardiac arrest related to an enlarged heart, according to his former high school football coach.
Death Illustrates 'Horrible Aftereffect' of Football
by Sam Venable, Knoxville News-Sentinel July 2014
The death of Richard Pickens earlier this week is a tragic reminder of the human toll of football. Richard made it to 67, but his mind betrayed him years earlier. He suffered from a variety of neurological disorders, not the least of which was “frontotemporal dementia.” The likely culprit, of course, was repeated concussions. At Richard’s request, his brain was donated to Boston University for further research into the horrible aftereffect of this high-impact sport.
Virigina Tech Testing Hockey Helmets for Concussion Risk
by Andrew Brandt July 2014
Hockey helmets may soon be getting hit with some big changes, but hopefully they'll be able to absorb the impact.
College Football Player Collapses and Dies at Workout
by Michael Gaio July 2014
A college football player at Winona State University collapsed and died Monday night while participating in a voluntary workout at the school's practice field.
With Tommy John Surgery, Prep Pitchers Outnumber Pros
by Laken Litman, @LakenLitman, USA TODAY Sports July 2014
Kellen Sillanpaa remembers the big games. There was a no-hitter in the championship game of a travel tournament when he was 12; the "120-pitch epoch," where nobody came close to hitting it out of the infield; and the high school playoff game in which he struck out the side in relief as a freshman. Sillanpaa was competitive, talented and threw hard. College recruiters were watching. But there was a problem. Sillanpaa kept throwing through elbow pain and eventually needed Tommy John elbow surgery, from which he never fully recovered. The procedure, in which a pitcher's ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow is reconstructed, has become a topic of national conversation with 28 major leaguers having the surgery or expecting to have it this year. But the injury is also shutting down players years before they reach the big leagues, with the number of procedures at the youth level rising at an alarming rate. James Andrews, the famed orthopedic surgeon, has called it an epidemic.
California Prep Coaches Grapple with New Contact Rules
by STEVE FRYER, Staff Writer July 2014
The head coach in Sacramento just sent in a new play. Local high school football teams are trying to figure out how to run it. Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law AB2127, which limits full-contact football practices at the high school and middle school level. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will limit teams to two full-contact practices a week during the season, with such practices restricted to 90 minutes, and prohibits any full-contact practices during the offseason. The restrictions represent the latest and perhaps most aggressive attempt to reduce concussions and other head injuries incurred in youth football. The rules apply to public, private and charter schools.