• Color-Changing Film Could Help Detect Concussions

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    In an effort to better understand and protect against concussions, a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has developed a new material that changes color based on how hard it is hit.

  • Special Olympians Get Special Medical Attention

    by Anne Marie Walker August 2015

    The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games has just ended its run in Los Angeles, and, with around 6,500 athletes from 177 countries, it took a lot of time, preparation, resources and manpower to care for them.

  • Swim Club Coach Admits to Rape, Banned for Life

    by Melinda Miller, The Buffalo News (New York) August 2015

    The former coach of a town swim club in Eden, who was arrested in February after it was discovered he was exchanging sexually explicit photos and messages with a 16-year-old girl, admitted in State Supreme Court that he also had sexual relations with his victim.

  • Players: Banning Smokeless Tobacco a Waste of Effort

    by Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune August 2015

    Chicago Cubs reliever James Russell sported an amused look on his face when he learned the city of San Francisco will try to ban a traditional habit that he and some of his baseball brethren have shared for years. "It's not going to stop me from dipping," Russell after being informed Mayor Edward M. Lee signed an ordinance in May that will ban smokeless tobacco from all public fields, including AT&T Park, starting Jan. 1.

  • Full-Contact Restrictions a Big Hit with Prep Teams

    by Mark Znidar, The Columbus Dispatch August 2015

    The training wheels came off for Dublin Jerome senior Daniel Lex and his teammates on Friday morning, when high-school football teams were permitted to have their first full-contact practice of training camp.

  • The AB Extra: August 7

    by Laura Godlewski August 2015

    This week's AB Extra features news about angry soccer fans, a re-creation of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium in a fan's front yard and virtual reality recruiting at Michigan. 

  • Study: Academic Stress Increases Athletes' Risk for Injury

    by Laura Godlewski August 2015

    Several years ago, the University of Missouri football team was overwhelmed by a number of injuries. J. Bryan Mann, an assistant director of strength and conditioning at the university, wanted to understand why this was happening

  • Football Player Sustains Third-Degree Burns at Practice

    by Laura Godlewski August 2015

    Parents of football players should be aware of the risks of the game — concussions, broken bones, strains, sprains — but the parents of a 15-year-old football player from Memorial High School in San Antonio were not prepared for the injuries presented by their son when he returned home last week. Laura and Jacob Obregon's son returned home from his high school football practice with what turned out to be third-degree burns on his hands.

  • NBC Exec: Rio Water Safety, Venues Not a Concern

    by Avery Stone, USA TODAY Sports August 2015

    Wednesday, at a reception marking one year until the Summer Games, NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell said he thought the athletes would be fine in regards to the water.

  • Will Football Players Take Medicine to Stem CTE?

    by Post & Courier (Charleston, SC) August 2015

    Finally there might be good news for football in terms of brain injuries. Earlier this week, the MIT Technology Review announced that researchers at the Harvard Medical School found a link between head trauma and the development of the degenerative brain condition chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The findings offer hope that doctors can one day identify players who might develop CTE but also prevent it before cognitive issues arise. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer s Association and the NFL Players Association, identified an abnormal protein that appears in the brains of mice shortly after head trauma. That protein proved to be a precursor to neurofibrillary tangles clumps of tau protein found in the brains of deceased patients with CTE.