• Opinion: Lack of Oversight on Concussions Concerning

    by Gene Sapakoff August 2016

    The NCAA lacks a commitment to long-term brain care for athletes that includes money for treatment. Ridiculous. Sad. Not part of the solution.

  • New Jersey Schools Host First No-Tackle Scrimmage

    by Josh Barnett August 2016

    Blair Academy in New Jersey has long had a policy of no tackling in practice. With a small roster that's hovered at about 35 players on the varsity and junior varsity combined, the school couldn't afford to lose players to injury. That no-tackle philosophy now will be applied to a three-team scrimmage scheduled for Saturday with Kittatinny and Belvidere that is thought to be the first of its kind nationally.

  • Dolphins Taking Proactive Approach to Combating Zika

    by By Joe Schad Palm Beach Post Staff Writer August 2016

    Even though there are 15 miles separating Zika hot zone Miami Beach and Miami Gardens, the Dolphins organization has taken proactive, aggressive steps to treat areas with EPA-approved chemicals designed to limit mosquitoes.

  • Pop Warner League Nixes Season, Blames Flag Football

    by Jason Scott August 2016

    As safety concerns surrounding youth football continue to mount, a growing number of players (and their parents) are opting for non-contact options, leaving tackle football teams and leagues suddenly low on participants.

  • Concussion Awareness Rises Among Players

    by The Commercial Appeal August 2016

    m for football — the NCAA achieved record attendance levels in 2015 — college players are paying close attention, as evident during last month’s 2016 ACC Football Kickoff at Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Study: Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur Every 13 Seconds

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel August 2016

    According to the Brain Injury Association of America, every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. sustains a traumatic brain injury, which is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The most common type of TBI is a concussion.

  • High Heat Not Necessary for Heat Stroke

    by Des Bieler August 2016

    Summer may be entering its final stages, but that hardly means that those exercising outdoors are mere weeks away from not worrying about taking the proper precautions to avoid heatstroke. Doug Wetzel, 32 and in terrific shape at the time, was running in temperatures in the mid-70s last year for a triathlon when he veered off course and collapsed on a nearby house's front lawn, the victim of heatstroke. Actually, he was the victim of several catastrophic ailments, including compartment syndrome in his right leg, which led to rhabdomyolysis, which he thinks led to his heatstroke ("This weird, perfect storm," as he put it). From this "perfect storm," he would end up lying comatose at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, in desperate need of a new liver.

  • HS Coach Fired After Player Hospitalized by Boxing

    by Jason Scott August 2016

    A Montana high school football coach was fired after reports that one of his players was hospitalized following a boxing match that took place at a leadership camp.

  • Opinion: Safety Guidelines Needed to Prevent HS Deaths

    by Dr. David Geier August 2016

    Over a recent 20-year period, 243 deaths occurred during high school and college football practices and games. That's about 12 per season. The most common causes were heart failure, brain injury and heat illness.

  • HS Football Coaches Take Steps Toward Zika Prevention

    by Jodie Wagner August 2016

    It's been nearly two decades since mosquitoes altered the high school football landscape in Palm Beach County. During the 1997 season, dozens of games were moved to the daytime after the county's Health Department issued an alert about the risk of mosquito-borne encephalitis. With evening activities banned for four weeks throughout the county, many schools lost significant amounts of money on gate receipts and concession sales.