• Lax Reporting Sparks Revisions to Mass. Concussion Law

    by Emily Attwood July 2013

    Less than a third of Massachusetts schools turned in reports last year on sports-related concussions and head injuries as required by state law, but even the small amount of data collected demonstrates that concussions among student-athletes pose a significant health issue.

  • Aerobic Test Could Save Athletes' Lives

    by Michael Gaio July 2013

    Heat-related deaths nationwide have been on the rise since 1975, and athletic programs everywhere are looking at ways to combat that trend. Notre Dame High School in Lawrence Township, N.J., is among the schools leading the charge, as its football players recently underwent a cutting-edge Aerobic Strength Test.

  • Nebraska Researchers Working on 10-Minute Concussion Test

    by Emily Attwood July 2013

    Researchers at the University of Nebraska are developing a tool that could rule out or confirm a concussion within 10 minutes. The device, a functional MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine, would use an electrode net placed on an athlete's head to monitor brain activity in response to various stimuli. Based on subtle changes in blood flow, team medical professionals will be able to determine within minutes whether an athlete is concussed, and if so, how severely.

  • Study Reveals Alarming Safety Trends in Youth Sports

    by Michael Gaio June 2013

    Remember the infamous New Orleans Saints bounty scandal that dominated sports headlines for much of last year? Well apparently the bounty effect has trickled down to youth sports, including kids as young as eight years old. A recent survey conducted by I9 Sports discovered some alarming numbers on bounties and injuries in youth sports.

  • 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.