• Concussions In Youth Sports: What You Should Know

    by The Charleston Post and Courier November 2015

    At last, sports-related concussions are getting the attention they deserve. From new National Football League rules to nationwide laws for young athletes, more is being done to shield players from the too-often-hidden ravages of brain injury. But don t let the new safeguards you see on Monday Night Football fool you: Athletes in the U.S. suffer up to 3.8 million head injuries each year. And kids, teens and young adults with still-developing brains are among the most frequently and severely injured.

  • Suffering from CTE, Former NFL Players Turn to Stem Cells

    by Brent Schrotenboer, @schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports November 2015

    Shortly after receiving stem cell treatments in Mexico last year, Jackie Sherrill noticed something strange happening to his body.

  • Two More Deaths in Youth Football

    by Jason Scott November 2015

    Two youth football players -- one a high school student from Kansas and the other in Ohio who was just 9 years old -- died this week during football activities.

  • Injuries Show Need for NFL to Examine PED Use

    by Doug Robinson November 2015

    Injuries are the topic de jour again in the NFL. Everybody is talking about the carnage of last Sunday. Too bad nobody is talking about the potential source of the problem. On Sunday NFL fields were littered with broken bodies of big-name players - Le'Veon Bell (knee), Matt Forte (knee), Steve Smith (Achilles tendon), Ricardo Lockette (concussion, neck), Calvin Johnson (ankle), Larry Donnell (neck). The NFL has tried to curb injuries by tweaking the rules on the field, which has mostly served to confuse (and even endanger) defensive players. Meanwhile, the league tends to ignore something more insidious that could be the source of many injuries: PEDs - performance-enhancing drugs.

  • Long-Term Effects of Concussions Remain Foggy

    by Lindsay Kalter November 2015

    NFL stars' tragic head injuries put sports concussions in the spotlight, but doctors and advocates say the long-term effects when kids get hurt are largely unknown, and frightened parents are scrambling for answers.

  • Injury Prevention Through 'Helmetless Tackling Training'

    by Lindsay Kalter November 2015

    Several high school football teams in New Hampshire are tossing their pads and practicing bareheaded to test an offbeat approach to head-injury prevention - an NFL-sponsored initiative that researchers say could revolutionize America's favorite sport.

  • Concussion Concerns Cut into Football Participation

    by Lindsay Kalter November 2015

    Bay State high school football teams have seen their numbers plummet as athletes avoid the violent sport amid rising concerns over head injuries. That's led to forfeited games and forced coaches to fill slots with players who aren't always cut out for the task - raising those players' own risk of injury. 'Everybody is very concerned about their kids getting hurt,' said Mike Fracalossi, head coach at Carver High School for 26 years, who says he is about 10 players short on his varsity squad - about one-third understrength. 'Younger people are getting turned off, and parents are pushing kids to other sports not as prone to head injuries.'

  • District Takes Steps to Reduce Risk of Head Injuries

    by Stephen Wall October 2015

    Though Inland schools have bolstered safety measures to protect football players and other athletes from catastrophic injuries, the efforts aren't always successful, local education officials say. Riverside Poly High School football safety Josh Nava suffered an apparent head injury during a game Friday and remained in an induced coma three days later. The injury occurred even though the teen was wearing a helmet fitted with a sensor, which monitors the force and frequency of head impact during a football game. Initial reports indicated the device didn't signal a dangerous impact when he was hit, said Justin Grayson, a spokesman for the Riverside Unified School District.

  • Opinion: Football Deaths Show Need for Athletic Trainers

    by Christine Brennan October 2015

    If we had never heard of football, could we invent it now? Picture that first parents meeting in high schools across the country. How exactly would administrators break the news that the sport is based on hitting people? That their children would be involved in dozens of collisions every game, some involving their heads? That one of the major goals of the sport is to run into someone, tackle him and slam him to the ground? That there certainly would be injuries, serious injuries, injuries that would prevent some kids from ever playing a sport again, or even living a normal life? Also, that there could be deaths.

  • Pediatricians Group Weighs In on Youth Football Safety

    by The Charleston Post and Courier October 2015

    Parents of young athletes are more concerned than ever about long-term risks of playing football. In response, many health experts have proposed radical changes aimed to make football safer.