RECENT ARTICLES
  • 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.

  • Injured Ex-Lineman Sues U. of Illinois for Negligence

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    On Friday, former offensive lineman for the University of Illinois Anthony Durkin filed a lawsuit against the university, the former athletic director, and two former coaches for breach of contract and negligence resulting in lifelong injury. The suit claims that former head coach Tim Beckman and former tight ends coach Alex Golesh forced Durkin to continue play against doctor’s orders after he suffered a shoulder injury in 2013. Their mistreatment allegedly exacerbated the injury, resulting in the loss of Durkin’s scholarship. According to Yahoo! Sports, Durkin has filed for $250,000 in damages, as well as compensation for his accumulated medical expenses and the loss of past and future wages.

  • Youth Interest in MMA On the Rise, But Is it Safe?

    by Doree Lewak November 2016

    Ethan Andreula is a cherub-cheeked 6-year-old, but don't let his adorable exterior fool you: This trained mixed martial artist makes mincemeat of competitors more than twice his age. Ethan, a Baldwin, LI-based first-grader who stands just 4 feet tall and weighs 57 pounds, dominated the North American Grappling Association tourney in the spring. After just one year of training, Ethan - or "Hulk," as he's known to other kids - is outclassing his age group and going head-to-head with teenagers. "I line him up, and he beats everyone in the 14-year-old class," says coach Tengo Seppy, owner of Mutant MMA in Oceanside, LI.