RECENT ARTICLES
  • 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.

  • Study: Full-Contact Practices Increase Head Injury Risk

    by Laura Godlewski August 2015

    A study by researchers at the University of Virginia found football players who sustained unnecessary hits at practices were at a greater risk for concussions and other long-term detrimental conditions. 

  • FHSAA Mandates Athletes Complete Concussion Course

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Beginning this athletic season, Florida will become the first state in the country to require high school athletes to complete courses on concussions before they are allowed to compete in high school sports.

  • Study: Football Helmet Tests May Need a Change

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    It's a well-recognized fact that football helmets cannot prevent concussion, though they do protect the head from blunt-force impacts that can lead to skull fractures and injuries. As growing research suggests that the cause of concussions is not the force of impact but the movement of the head, particularly brain and skull rotation, researchers are also directing their attention to how well helmets are able to protect against these types of injuries.

  • Judge Orders Towson to Allow Player to Return to Team

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    It was a hot summer day in August of 2013 when Towson University offensive lineman Gavin Class collapsed on the field during football practice. His body temperature had risen to 108 degrees, causing his heart to stop and his liver to fail.

  • Study Explores Differences in Brain Injury Recovery Time

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    The question of why some children recover quickly from traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, while others suffer from side effects for much longer may finally have an answer.

  • Best Practices Guide Will Define How to Improve High School Security

    by Dennis Van Milligen July 2015

    The numbers don't lie. More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletics administrator tasked with providing a safe atmosphere for those millions of fans and athletes, the stakes have never been higher.

  • MMA Ban Remains in N.Y., Despite Risks to Amateurs

    by Carla Varriale July 2015

    The sport of Mixed Martial Arts remains controversial. Once the province of bare-knuckled underground fights, MMA has evolved into a lucrative and increasingly mainstream sport.

  • How to Protect Athletes and Fans From Lightning Strikes

    by Dennis Van Milligen July 2015

    It was 1996, but Bob Dugan remembers it like it was yesterday. Soccer referee John Wade, after being alerted by a weather-detection system that a storm was on its way, removed fourth- and fifth-grade kids from the field of play. Once the storm passed, they resumed activity at Northeast Park in Park Ridge, Ill. The belief was that the storm had moved over Lake Michigan approximately 45 miles away. But instead, the storm came back, and a lightning strike killed the 20-year-old referee.

  • Soccer Concussions in Spotlight Once Again

    by Stuart Goldman June 2015

    With soccer on the minds of many as the U.S. women’s national soccer team gets ready to take on Germany on Tuesday in the semifinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the topic of concussions in soccer also is heating up.