• Prep Teams Try to Cope with Poor Washington Air

    by Steve Christilaw August 2015

    It's hard to believe how a song written 82 years ago could possibly be relevant to the start of the 2015 high school football season. But it is. Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach penned "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" for their 1933 musical "Roberta," and the song was a No. 1 hit for The Platters in 1958.

  • Rising Injury Toll Has Many Questioning NFL Preseason

    by Herbie Teope August 2015

    The annual national discussion rages entering the third week of preseason action with high-profile injuries taking a toll around the NFL.

  • Study: Concussion Sensors May Not Work for All Hits

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    As concern about concussions in athletics increases, some athletes have begun wearing electronic sensors to measure head impacts.

  • In Vermont, Schools Now Mandated to Monitor Heat

    by Greg Fennell August 2015

    What was once a suggestion for avoiding heat-related health issues is now a requirement with the Vermont high school sports season on the horizon. Where the Vermont Principals Association recommended its schools keep an eye on the effects of heat on athletes, the governing body for high school athletics in the Green Mountain state is now mandating it. VPA associate executive director Bob Johnson outlined the issue for visiting media members on Monday at the association's annual media day gathering in Montpelier. In a phone interview following the Monday morning meeting, Johnson said the VPA is putting a big focus on providing training to coaches on a variety of medical issues. That includes heat awareness, a topic that gained some traction during the heat and humidity that hit the state last week.

  • In Northwest, Prep Teams Deal with Air Quality Concerns

    by Greg Lee,(509) 844-8168 August 2015

    With smoky air socking in the Inland Northwest, fall sports teams throughout the area canceled outdoor practices Monday and have braced for more cancelations.

  • Weekend Incidents Put Spotlight on Team Travel Safety

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Accidents in Wisconsin and California involving vehicles carrying student-athletes put the spotlight on team travel safety over the weekend.

  • USA Today: Baylor, Coach Ignored Ukwuachu Red Flags

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    On Thursday, Baylor football transfer Sam Ukwuachu was found guilty in district court of sexually assaulting a former Baylor women’s soccer player.

    USA Today columnist Dan Wolken argues that if Baylor or football coach Art Briles had paid attention to Ukwuachu’s background during his recruitment, he might never have been on campus in the first place.

    According to Wolken, a basic investigation into the details of Ukwuachu’s dismissal and exit from Boise State in May 2013 would have turned up red flags. At that time, Ukwuachu was dismissed from the team for attacking his girlfriend.

    A second chance didn’t change Ukwuachu’s violent tendencies, and only months after his exit from Boise State, he was in trouble at Baylor.

    Ukwuachu’s behavior cost him the entire 2014 season, and he never played a down of football for the Bears. But the way the university bumbled its way through the proceedings is indicative of a larger problem, Wolken suggests.

    Because he could help the pass rush, Briles and Baylor officials exposed their campus community to the risk of violence, and one victim suffered the consequences of that decision. Wolken argues that it’s time for coaches and officials to be held accountable for recruiting decisions that put other students at risk.

    A statement released by the university following Thursday’s verdict reads: “Acts of sexual violence contradict every value Baylor University upholds as a Christian community. In recent years we have joined university efforts nationally to prevent campus violence against women and sexual assault, to actively support survivors of sexual assault with compassion and care, and to take action against perpetrators. We have established a fully staffed Title IX office that employs a Title IX Coordinator and two full-time investigators. Maintaining a safe and caring community is central to Baylor’s mission and at the heart of our commitment to our students, faculty and staff.”

    Ukwuachu is expected to be sentenced Friday. 

  • Pitcher Line-Drive Injury Rekindles Protection Debate

    by Post & Courier August 2015

    A scary event Monday night at Yankee Stadium will undoubtedly renew calls for baseball to find better ways to protect pitchers.

  • NFL Alums Appeal Terms of Concussion Settlement

    by The Bismarck Tribune August 2015

    Former NFL players who object to terms of the potential $1 billion concussion settlement have filed appeals that are likely to delay payouts to thousands of retirees until next year.

  • Color-Changing Film Could Help Detect Concussions

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    In an effort to better understand and protect against concussions, a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has developed a new material that changes color based on how hard it is hit.