Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
NATA Releases Guidelines to Prevent Deaths in HS Sports
by Michael Gaio June 2013
Every summer, it seems we hear sad and unfortunate stories of athletes suffering heat-related deaths on the practice field. In fact, in one particularly troubling week in August 2011, three high school athletes died on the practice field, prompting one doctor to call it "the worst week in the last 35 years in terms of athlete deaths."
When Muscle Soreness May Be More Serious Than "No Pain, No Gain"
by John Agoglia June 2013
Doctors: Exercise Caution When Introducing CrossFit
by Christopher Prawdzik June 2013
Despite CrossFit's growing popularity among military fitness facilities - a topic that we covered in a previous article - it has its fair share of opponents.
Study: Repeat Concussions Require Longer Recovery Time
by Emily Attwood June 2013
New research published in the journal recover from a concussion increases with each successive incident, more than doubling if just one prior concussion has been recorded.
Study: Fewer Concussions in Youth Practice Than Games
by Emily Attwood June 2013
A new study out of the University of Pittsburgh is offering the first evidence that youth football players are at lower risk of getting a concussion during practice than games and experience an overall incidence of concussions similar to that of high school and college players.
Recent Team Bus Crashes Focus Attention on Seatbelts
by Paul Steinbach May 2013
For many observers, the 2007 bus crash that killed five members of the Bluffton University baseball team and two others had become a tragic but distant mile marker in the mind's rearview mirror. But here it is again, lending context to a motorcoach safety movement gaining momentum in the wake of three separate team bus accidents — one fatal — within the span of 18 days this year.
HS Football Players: Concussions Won't Sideline Us
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2013
If the results of a study presented Monday are any indication, there's still a long way to go in efforts to educate high school football players about the dangers of concussions. In fact, many of the 120 players from the Cincinnati area who participated in the study claim it's okay to play with a concussion - even though they know they are at increased risk of serious injury.
Technology, Education Keys to Keeping Athletes Safe from Lightning
by Michael Popke April 2013
Within a four-week span last fall, a 71-year-old soccer spectator in Demarest, N.J., and an 11-year-old middle school football player in Fort Myers, Fla., were struck and killed by lightning.
Football Camp Video Shows Coach Knocking Out Player
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2013
Police in two states have been investigating reports of a football coach from Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau, Alaska, knocking unconscious a then-incoming freshman player while boxing at a team camp last July. The incident, which was captured on video, occurred in Gold Beach, Ore., where the team attends a camp every summer. Law enforcement officials in that city recently took over the case.
Major League Lacrosse Pilots New Concussion Strategies
by Emily Attwood April 2013
As lacrosse has increased in popularity among both male and female participants in recent years, so have the number of brain injuries attributable to the sport. Lacrosse ranks third in diagnosed concussions among high school female athletes, according to the Florida Hospital Sports Concussion Program, and only hockey and football have higher concussion rates than men's lacrosse. To address the issue, Major League Lacrosse has teamed up with Boston-based brain trauma research organization Sports Legacy Group to develop and implement a comprehensive concussion plan for the 2013 season.