Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
Even Prep Water Polo Impacted by 107-Degree Heat
by Dan Albano, The Orange County Register September 2014
Extreme heat and lightning caused several high school athletic competitions to be postponed Tuesday and forced coaches to be creative with practices.
L.A. School District Shuts Down Events Amid Heat Wave
by Jeremy Balan, Staff Writer September 2014
Because of a heat advisory issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles Unified School District canceled all outdoor athletic events and practices for Monday and today.
Company Testing Fibers for Use in Football Helmets
by firstname.lastname@example.org September 2014
In a well-lit testing facility several football fields away from the monumental stadium known as Death Valley, a team of researchers is searching for a material that might one day make football a safer sport
NFL: Nearly 3 in 10 Former Players Suffer Brain Effects
by The Virginian Pilot September 2014
PHILADELPHIA | The NFL estimates that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and at least twice as often as the general population. The disclosure Friday comes in separate actuarial data the league and players' lawyers released as part of their proposed $765 million settlement of thousands of concussion lawsuits. Both the league and lead players' lawyers expect about 6,000 of the 19,400 retired players, or 28 percent, to develop Alzheimer's disease or at least moderate dementia. Dozens more will be diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's or Parkinson's disease during their lives, according to the data.
Lightning Victim's Family Suing Soccer Groups, Facility
by Andrew Brandt September 2014
The parents of a 9-year-old boy struck by lighting last month in Austin, Tex. have filed a lawsuit against three soccer associations and the facility.
The boy, Alex Hermann, was struck on Aug. 26 at the Field of Dreams, part of a sports complex west of Austin. The lawsuit alleges that both the soccer associations and facility failed to meet basic standards for weather safety as well as warn of dangerous weather. Field of Dreams didn't have any lightning detection units in place, which would have been able to track lightning strikes within a predetermined radius of a facility.
Local Austin news station KVUE reports that it wasn't raining at the time of the incident, and that the strike came appeared without warning.
The family looks to claim more than $10 million in medical and emotional damages, as Hermann, according to the family's lawyer, remains in "a semi-vegitative state."
According to the family's attorney, Mark Levin, Hermann will require "around-the-clock care," and will potentially need his bedroom turned into a hospital room.
Lightning strikes causing deaths hit an all-time low in the United States last year, with 23 fatalities. So far in 2014, there have been 23.
Last of OSU Track Women with Rhabdo Leaves Hospital
by Todd Jones, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH September 2014
Six members of the women's track and field team were hospitalized Friday after participating in a workout a day earlier and subsequently showing symptoms and signs of rhabdo such as muscle soreness and fatigue.
In Illinois, Deadline Looms for Coaches' Concussion Test
by Rick Kambic September 2014
High school coaches of all sports have until Sept. 15 to study for and pass a test on concussion awareness, or else they can't work with student athletes until next year. The new rule is part of a bill from state Rep. Carol Sente, which Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law last month. Sente, a Democrat from Vernon Hills, made a strong push last year to mimic NFL guidelines that limited full-contact football practices to one day a week.
NCAA Launches Largest Longitudinal Concussion Study
by Jessica Wehrman, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH September 2014
Those participating in the advanced research component -- initially athletes from UCLA, Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, with the University of Wisconsin participating beginning next year -- will undergo not only a baseline study but also exams six hours, then 48 hours, after every concussive event.
Amendment Takes Virginia into New Concussion Terrain
by Andrew Brandt September 2014
The revisions to Virginia student-athlete concussion law this past spring seemed straightforward enough, but an overlooked amendment included in the law is catching some by surprise.
In Texas, Heat Illness a Concern for Dressed-Down Bands
by John Ingle, Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas) September 2014
Band directors for years have made the decision to protect their band members from the scorching Texas heat by opting out of full uniforms the first couple of weeks of the season.