• Concussion Classes Now Required of Illinois HS Coaches

    by Mike Riopell Political Editor August 2014

    As football season gets underway, high school sports coaches in Illinois soon will have to take classes on how to best reduce concussions among young athletes under a new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn today.

  • Study: Adolescent Concussion Risk Unrelated to Helmet

    by Andrew Brandt August 2014

    Contrary to suggestions based on past helmet and concussion research, a team of University of Wisconsin researchers has found that, at least for adolescent athletes, neither the age, brand or status of the athlete's football helmet affects concussion risk.

  • Athletic Trainers, Doctors Encourage ACL Prescreenings

    by IATA and MOR August 2014

    Alarmed by the skyrocketing number of young athletes who get anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association and sports medicine physicians at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush are urging coaches and athletic directors to institute ACL injury screenings for all young athletes and prevention programs for those more vulnerable to ACL injuries.

  • Columnist: Depression Among Athletes Rarely Discussed

    by Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist August 2014

    Locker rooms are, in many ways, fortresses. The sports sanctuaries are designed to insulate athletes from autograph-seekers, other fans and, for all but brief designated periods, the media.

  • Player's Death Proves FHSAA Heat Rules Not Foolproof

    by Anthony Chiang Palm Beach Post Staff Writer August 2014

    On Wednesday, a 14-year-old Sebastian River High School football player died after collapsing during a practice at his team's football camp.

  • Did Prep Football Player Hydrate Himself to Death?

    by Eric Stirgus; Staff August 2014

    While the rare phenomenon of student athletes' sudden deaths is not new, the case of 17-year-old Zyrees Oliver has started a new conversation.

  • Report: 'Alarming' Lack of Youth Sports Injury Knowledge

    by Michelle Healy, USA TODAY August 2014

    With the start of a new school year comes a new season of youth sports, and with it, growing concerns about player safety.

  • Helmet Cap Making Safety Headway; Naysayers Persist

    by Doug Roberson; Staff August 2014

    On the first day of fall practice at Georgia State, safety Tarris Batiste ran across the field to try to intercept a pass. As Batiste closed in, the receiver fell down and Batiste's knee slammed into the side of the receiver's helmet. It's not uncommon after such a collision that the player who was kneed in the head would stay down, or shake his head to clear the fog. But this time, the receiver bounced up and walked off unharmed.

  • After Toddler Drowning, City Opts for Shrubs, Not Fence

    by Jose Patino Girona, Tribune staff August 2014

    One year ago, 2-year-old Armani Pierce was found by a Tampa police dive team in about six feet of water off an algae-covered bank on the Hillsborough River at Temple Crest Park. The family was at the park for football practice for his brother and cheerleading practice for his sister. The toddler drowned after slipping from his mother's sight.

  • Football Coaches Differ on New Illinois Contact Rules

    by Tim Froehlig. For Sun-Times Media August 2014

    High school football coaches and players in this corner of the state have varying opinions about the IHSA's new contact rules, which were approved in April and have been used for the first time this summer.