• Youth Football Coaches Blame 'Fear Mongering' for Declining Participation

    by Zach Braziller and Joseph Staszewski October 2016

    Youth football has taken a hit in New York City. The violent nature of the sport, and the widespread awareness of the danger of concussions, is causing more parents to keep their kids on the sidelines. Across the five boroughs, the numbers of kids participating in tackle football is in decline because of the fear of concussions, several coaches and league presidents say. "It's not necessarily concussions as in parents seeing their kids get concussions, but concussion awareness that has scared some people off," said Edmond Wilson, the president of Empire Youth Football, a citywide organization for kids between the ages of 6 and 14. "I have had kids who played before, and their parents don't want them to be tackled. They are afraid of concussions." Courtney Pollins, the commissioner of Big Apple Football, which offers tackle football for kids from ages 6 to 14, said his numbers have dropped dramatically, from 3,500 last year to 2,800 this year. Wilson reported the same percentage of decline, of 300 kids, from 1,500 to 1,200. The Queens Falcons and Brooklyn Renegades, two other notable youth-football programs in the city, have also seen a drop-off this year.

  • Gymnasts Call for Enhanced Protection from Abuse

    by Marisa Kwiatkowski, Tim Evans and Mark Alesia October 2016

    A coalition of former elite gymnasts -- including two Olympians -- is demanding USA Gymnastics take stronger, proactive steps to protect young athletes from sexual abuse. The nine women spoke out after an IndyStar investigation revealed top officials at USA Gymnastics failed to report many allegations of sex abuse to police. The investigation also prompted 28 women to come forward with sexual abuse allegations against longtime team doctor Larry Nassar. "The continued exposure and continued claims just further demonstrate that USA Gymnastics has not made it a priority and is not taking it seriously and is unresponsive," former National Team member Jessica Armstrong said. "And that's really, really disappointing." It's not the first time that Armstrong and other elite gymnasts have called for change.

  • Former Pitt Player Files Suit Against School, NCAA

    by Brian Bowling October 2016

    A former Pitt football player claims in a federal class-action lawsuit filed Thursday that the university, NCAA, former Big East Conference, ACC and American Athletic Conference failed to protect football players from concussions.

  • City Looks to Fill Gaps in State Concussion Training

    by Lindsay Kalter October 2016

    The city of Somerville is launching a series of head injury prevention programs for coaches and student-athletes in an effort to fill gaps in state policy, as Massachusetts diagnoses more concussions among kids than any other state.

  • High School in Cleaning Mode After MRSA Outbreak

    by Kathleen McKiernan October 2016

    MRSA, a dangerous staph bacteria, was found at Westford Academy, leading the high school to clean out lockers, gym mats and equipment.

  • Moving Toward a More-Sustainable Synthetic Turf

    by Thomas P. Shay October 2016

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  • Couple Pushes for EKG Access After Losing Son

    by Kyra Gurney October 2016

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Football season in the Mitchell household used to be a joyous time. The house would buzz with activity and sports-talk from September to February as Chris, Shantell and their son Dwayne each donned a different jersey and bet on whose team was going to win. This year, it’s quiet. Chris and Shantell lost their 19-year-old son Dwayne in March to complications from a heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Dwayne, a healthy, athletic high school senior, suffered sudden cardiac arrest and collapsed at his grandmother’s house in May 2015, going into a coma two weeks before graduation.

  • Column: Sports Specialization Leads to Overuse Injuries

    by Ryan Basen October 2016

    Injuries from specializing in one sport at a young age have long been discussed in medical journals, and it remains an ongoing issue. Meanwhile, studies reject many of specialization's purported benefits, finding that it leads to overuse injuries and emotional burnout among pre- and early adolescents - often without generating the competitive advantage promised over multisport athletes.

  • Concussion Diagnoses Surge in Fall

    by Chicago Daily Herald October 2016

    Concussion diagnoses among young people in Illinois have skyrocketed as media coverage of football-related concussions and legislation aimed at preventing participants of youth sports from "shaking off" signs of head injuries have drawn attention to the dangers of head injuries, according to a new study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).

  • Akron Hospital Studying Concussions in Children

    by Amanda Garrett October 2016

    Dr. Joseph Congeni, director of sports medicine at Akron Children's Hospital, says, "The biggest thing that's exciting now is research. We've only just begun to learn." Woodridge High School lineman Carsen Everly returned to action on Sept. 2 after being cleared to play his first game since suffering his second football-related concussion since August. AKRON - Carsen Everly had suited up to play alongside his Woodridge Bulldogs football teammates for the first time this season.