• Is the NFL Looking to Make Kickoffs Safer?

    by Tom Pelissero June 2016

    The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league's special-teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special-teams coordinators from all 32 teams to discuss the kickoff and ways to make it safer, two people with knowledge of the call told USA TODAY Sports. No rules changes would take effect this fall. But the coaches were told to be ready in the unlikely event that the NFL conducted an experiment during part of the 2016 preseason, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the call.

  • NHL Alum Hopes Suit will Help Others with Concussions

    by John Vogl June 2016

    104 former players are part of a concussion lawsuit filed against the NHL. The men claim the league was negligent in its care and fraudulently concealed the long-term risks of head injuries. They are seeking medical monitoring and compensatory damages.

  • UNE Researchers Collect Lacrosse Concussion Data

    by Steve Craig June 2016

    UNE has joined about two dozen colleges nationwide that are using head-impact sensors to conduct research on the force and frequency of head hits in sports. Many of the studies have been done on soccer and football players. UNE's researchers chose men's lacrosse because no academic studies have been conducted on the sport.

  • Notre Dame WR Quits Football After Concussions

    by Chris Goff June 2016

    Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson, effervescent, cerebral and at times a useful target during his three seasons for the Irish, ended his playing career because of concerns over multiple concussions he had suffered in the past year.

  • Football Coaches Line Up to Learn Tackling Techniques

    by News & Record June 2016

    Guilford and Surry County high school and middle school football coaches are learning new techniques to try to make football safer for student-athletes. Coaches on Tuesday attended USA Football's Heads Up clinic at Grimsley High School, just days before offseason 7-on-7 drills begin.

  • Teen Dies After High School Football Workout

    by Sarah Newell Williamson and Joe Gamm June 2016

    An incoming freshman at Page High School died Tuesday after he became ill at a football conditioning workout. Karson Cross, 14, attended the workout, which began at 5 p.m. Monday. Within 30 to 45 minutes, he became ill, according to Leigh Hebbard, director of activities, athletics and driver's education for Guilford County Schools.

  • AIG Drops Head Injury Coverage for NFL Players

    by Josh Kosman June 2016

    AIG wants the benefits of football without the risks.The New York insurance giant has stopped insuring NFL players against head injuries as the dangers of concussions became apparent even though it continues to play up its ties to the game, The Post has learned.

  • Trainer: Football is Fine with Proper Precautions

    by Chris Goff June 2016

    Jacob Gilbert rejects the idea that football is unnatural activity for the human body. Gilbert, a master trainer with USA Football who ran a player safety clinic Wednesday, said the sport is fine so long as precautions are taken and good practices used. "I really (believe that)," he said. "And then I know there are drastic decreases in risky behaviors in teens, whether that be drugs, alcohol, missing school, if they are involved.

  • NMAA Won't Seek to Overturn Concussion Ruling After Law Change

    by James Yodice June 2016

    Although the NMAA had said that it would seek to challenge and overturn a judge's temporary restraining order — one that allowed Cleveland High running back Shawn Nieto to be cleared to participate in last December's Class 6A state championship game — the organization is no longer going to pursue the matter.

  • Why More Youth Baseball Pitchers Are Getting Surgery

    by Jason Scott June 2016

    A larger group of young baseball players are going under the knife, and some surgeons and coaches are working to combat the issue.