RECENT ARTICLES
  • Playing with Concussion: Evaluation Criteria, 'Tough Guy' Mentality to Blame

    by Emily Attwood October 2012

    Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson took a helmet-to-helmet hit in a game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 30. After undergoing a series of tests per the NFL's concussion protocol, medical personnel cleared him to return to the game.

  • Blog: Running As Punishment Does Nobody Any Good

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor October 2012

    When I played freshman basketball at a Catholic high school in Wisconsin back in the 1980s, one of my teammates earned the nickname "Plop" because of the sound his flat feet made when we ran laps around the gym. I remember running laps around that gym with "Plop" and the rest of my teammates a lot, often as punishment for forgotten indiscretions; in fact, the running is what sticks out most about that season - which was my last playing organized hoops.

  • N.H. School Board Member Proposes Killing Football Program

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor October 2012

    A proposal to ban high school football in Dover, N.H., a small city in the state's southeastern corner, has taken the community - including Dover High School athletic director Peter Wotton - by surprise. "I sure would like to believe [football will survive]," he told Foster's Daily Democrat. "Just the idea of what football is - it's an event. It entails the band, the cheerleaders, the community. That's what makes football so different from the other sports. Good and bad."

  • Helmets at the Center of Battle to Tame Concussions

    by Michael Popke August 2012

    No football season in memory has begun with as much emphasis on helmet safety at nearly all levels of the game as the 2012 campaign. Pop Warner Football has banned head-to-head hits.

  • New Youth Football Concussion Policies Emphasize Prevention, Education

    by Emily Attwood August 2012

    Football safety has progressed by leaps and bounds since the days when the "flying wedge" - the human battering ram linked to multiple deaths in the game each year during the late 19th century - was officially outlawed.

  • States Seek to Ensure Student-Athlete Safety in High Heat

    by Michael Popke June 2012

    July 26 marks the one-year anniversary of what Douglas Casa, a leading expert on exertional heat illness, called "the worst week in the last 35 years in terms of athlete deaths."

  • Fighting in Ice Hockey Faces Unprecedented Scrutiny

    by Paul Steinbach April 2012

    Derek Boogaard's brain is handled with care these days. It resides with dozens of others at Boston University, donated to the Sports Legacy Institute so that it might be studied for signs of long-term damage.

  • Properly Cleaning and Disinfecting Fitness Equipment

    by Emily Attwood February 2012

    A health club's top-of-the-line fitness equipment, complete with interactive workout monitoring and web access, can be a draw for new members.

  • Rival High School Basketball Fans Stand Against Bullying

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor January 2012

    A heated boys' basketball rivalry played out on the floor of the Taconic High School gymnasium in Pittsfield, Mass., on Monday night. But off the court, a group of four Taconic students diligently encouraged fans of both teams to sign a pledge against bullying via the national "Stand Together" campaign, which has ties to the state.

  • 'Leatherheads' Study Reveals Modern Helmet Shortcomings

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2011

    Old-fashioned "leatherhead" football helmets from the early 1900s are often as effective as - and sometimes better than - modern football helmets at protecting against injuries during routine, game-like collisions, according to Cleveland Clinic researchers in Ohio.