Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
- 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 But we have to be careful that we’re including training that we know works and not have them train on outdated training mechanisms,” said Dr.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.
- HS Football Player Dies After Hard Fall in Game
by Jason Scott November 2016
A Texas high school football player died after he reportedly hit his facemask hard on the ground during a junior varsity game Thursday.
- Infographic: AEDs and School Athletics
by AB Editors October 2016
The majority of the attention on athlete safety has focused on head injuries lately, but there is another silent killer on the rise. The rate of young people dying from cardiac arrest has increased by 10 percent in the last 10 years, from 6,328 in 2005 to 7,000 in 2015. Sadly, 54 percent of these cardiovascular deaths occur in high school students. There are currently 16 states that require portable defibrillators to be present on school grounds, but more than 30 states don't require the life saving devices. So why are states not making AEDs mandatory at schools and sports fields?
- Researchers Link Youth Football to Brain Changes
by Andrew Blake October 2016
Researchers are already aware of the ravaging effect repeated concussions can have on the human brain, but a new report suggests less powerful strikes to the skull may pose significant risks as well, especially among children. Scientists studied the brain activity of 25 boys between the ages of 8 and 13 before and after a single season of tackle football, and published their findings in Monday's issue of the academic journal Radiology. While none of the children concurred a concussion during the season, a comparison of their before and after brain scans revealed changes the researchers consider to be statistically significant.
- Football Player Airlifted to Hospital After Injury
by David M. Schwartz October 2016
A seventh grade Northport Middle School football player was airlifted Monday with a head injury from Huntington's Finley Middle School to Stony Brook University Hospital, fire officials said.
- Head Injuries in Youth Soccer Skyrocket
by Jerry Carino October 2016
Interest in soccer is skyrocketing among U.S. youth, and so are their injuries. Especially head injuries. Results of a 25-year study, released last month by Nationwide Children's Hospital, set off alarm bells in pediatric health circles. The salient numbers: The yearly rate of injuries increased 111 percent among players ages 7 to 17.
- District Drops Insurance Policy, Students Left with Bill
by Courtney Cameron October 2016
As a consequence of budget cuts finalized in spring of 2016, Paterson (N.J.) Public Schools has dropped accident insurance that previously covered accidental injury to students and student-athletes while on school grounds or attending school functions.
- Athletic Trainers to Strike While Sporting Events Go On
by Jason Scott October 2016
Earlier this week, faculty at 14 universities owned by the State of Pennsylvania went on strike, and the impact of the walkout could extend beyond the classroom to the playing field.