Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
- NFL QB Promotes Flag Football in Kansas Hometown
by Stuart Goldman May 2016
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Shaun Hill is concerned about the future of football and the effects of brain injuries on players. Hill is taking those concerns and turning them into action in his Kansas hometown.
- Bill: Require Concussion Training for Youth Coaches
by Sandra Tan May 2016
A new law is likely to be approved next month that would require most youth sports coaches in Erie County to take a course in concussion safety or risk having their sports organizations fined.
- Injury-Preventing Catcher's Mask Catching On in MLB
by Jean Falbo-Sosnovich, May 2016
The Defender boasts the same footprint as a traditional catcher's mask, said Klein, but its patent-pending Shock Suspension System is what sets it apart. The spring-loaded technology is designed to reduce the severity of impact of an oncoming baseball up to 50 percent to a catcher's face and head. Testing done by several third- party accredited laboratories included impacts of 100 mph by baseballs, as well as 70 mph by softballs.
- Bills GM Walks Back Football Safety Comments
by Vic Carucci May 2016
The Buffalo Bills' general manager made the comment during a radio interview Tuesday morning, and has received plenty of backlash locally and nationally since. One obvious concern would be within the hierarchy of the NFL, which has dealt with all sorts of legal wrangling surrounding concussions.
- Study Examines Concussion Treatment Alternatives
by Amy Moritz May 2016
The prevailing philosophy on concussion recovery focuses on rest - no activity until the symptoms resolve. The study, being conducted at the University at Buffalo and in Winnipeg, is examining the idea that low-level exercise, such as walking on a treadmill, helps the brain recover better than simple rest.
- Bills GM: Humans Aren't Meant to Play Football
by Tyler Dunne May 2016
The game of football has been under fire for a while now. But usually the criticism doesn't come from those drafting players to, you know, play the game of football. That changed on Tuesday as Doug Whaley offered the most biting criticism of the sport we've heard from a current general manager or head coach.
- Ex-NFL Player Bubba Smith Had CTE
by Tom Rock May 2016
Bubba Smith, a College Football Hall of Famer and All-Pro defensive end who went on to become an actor, was diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, by the Concussion Legacy Foundation. The announcement was made Tuesday.
- NFL Doc: We Didn't Try to Steer Concussion Grant Money
by Tom Pelissero May 2016
A pediatric neurosurgeon criticized in a congressional report Monday vehemently denied attempting to influence the selection process for a research grant on the NFL's behalf and says no one from Congress contacted him before the report's release. Richard Ellenbogen, co-chairman of the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee, said his two phone calls with the director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Walter Koroshetz, were about Ellenbogen's belief in the need for a longitudinal study on the effects of concussion and that he never told Koroshetz not to give a $16million grant to researchers at Boston University instead.
- Congress Blasts NFL for Handling of Research Donations
by Nancy Armour May 2016
The NFL continues to pay lip service to the idea it cares about its players, past and present, and is committed to finding answers that will help limit the damage football causes. But what Monday's report shows is that protecting its image and interests trumps the NFL's concern and commitment to the truth.
- Opinion: Utah Principals Worsen Specialization Problem
by Doug Robinson May 2016
Everyone seems to agree that the era of specialization in high school athletics is unhealthy, but nothing changes — except to get worse.