• Judge: Paralyzed Player’s Case Against Pop Warner Can Proceed

    by Jason Scott December 2015

    A California judge has ruled that a teenage football player who was paralyzed following an on-field hit can take his case against the Pop Warner organization to trial.

  • Study: Helmetless Football Drills Decrease Injury Risk

    by December 2015

    Head injuries in football players have become a national concern due to their link to brain and spinal damage. High school and college football players can each sustain more than 1,000 impacts in a season. Researchers have sought ways to reduce the risk of head-impact injury.

  • HS Wrestler Dies After Collapsing During Tournament

    by Jason Scott December 2015

    A Spencer, Iowa, high school wrestler died after collapsing to the mat at a tournament in his hometown.

    Austin Roberts fell after an injury timeout during the final minute of the 220-pount title match at the Spencer Invitational. Roberts was wrestling an athlete from Sioux Center high school, who had recently accepted a football scholarship to the University of Minnesota.

  • Court Collision Invokes Little-Known Concussion Rule

    by Jason Scott December 2015

    Two Pennsylvania high school basketball teams got schooled during a game Thursday night, but it wasn’t by a wicked crossover or fancy no-look pass.

  • ‘Concussion’ Doctor: Impose Age of Consent on Football

    by Jason Scott December 2015

    Dr. Bennet Omalu, the real-life doctor at the center of the upcoming Will Smith film ‘Concussion,’ penned an op-ed for The New York Times arguing for a unique approach to football’s concussion problem.

    His proposal: impose rules that would require children to reach the age of consent before allowing them to participate in football. 

  • Study: Youth Contact Sports Increase Risk of CTE

    by Stuart Goldman December 2015

    One in three men who played a contact sport in their youth had evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CET), according to a recent study by the Mayo Clinic.

  • Two More Deaths in Youth Football

    by Jason Scott November 2015

    Two youth football players -- one a high school student from Kansas and the other in Ohio who was just 9 years old -- died this week during football activities.

  • Concussion Lawsuit Examines School Nurse's Duty of Care

    by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio and Mark Dodds October 2015

    The issue of sport concussions has been the subject of a number of recent high-profile cases — most notably, the NFL's $900 million settlement with former players. The National Hockey League, the NCAA, World Wrestling Entertainment and FIFA have also been dealing with high-profile lawsuits. The matter is not limited to professional and collegiate athletes, however. In the case of Strough v. Bedford Community School District et al, the Southern District of Iowa court awarded a high school football player $1 million in a negligence lawsuit against the local school district and the school's nurse. This award represents the largest payout for a high school athletics head injury case to date.

  • School District Sued Over Former Athlete’s Concussions

    by Emily Attwood October 2015

    The family of a former La Jolla High School football player is suing the San Diego Unified School District for failing to remove their son from a game despite suffering a concussion.

  • Bullets Left at Stadium Gate Prompt Season Cancellation

    by Paul Steinbach October 2015

    Mount Pleasant (Pa.) Area Junior Football League has cancelled the 2015 season — its 50th — following the latest in mounting threats against league officials, coaches and referees, allegedly made by parents. On Tuesday, ammunition shells depicting the names of league officials in permanent marker were found at the gate of Hurst Stadium, a playing field used by the league.

    Parents of football players and cheerleaders told Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV a fistfight among parents occurred at a game earlier this season, and another game had to be rescheduled due to an unspecified threat. Shouted comments from the stands included criticism of players’ weights. The league serves children ages six through 14.

    “I have no idea where it’s coming from, but it’s got to stop,” parent Stephanie Spallone told reporter Kelly Brennan. “The kids have more sense than the adults here.”

    “It’s a feeder league,” added another parent, Robyn Josey. “They will eventually all play for the Mt. Pleasant Vikings together as teammates, as friends, and that’s what is sad about the whole thing.”

    A league statement to parents said, "Decisions of this magnitude are not done lightly; rather they are done with the advice of the state police, FBI, school administration and league officials. We hope that as parents you will agree with this decision and try to cooperate with everyone involved to bring forward the person or persons responsible for these actions. The league's future and our children's continued participation in future seasons is what is in jeopardy."