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  • 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.

  • High School Girls at Greater Risk for Overuse Injuries

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    A study completed by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that high school girls are at a much higher risk for overuse injuries in sports than their male counterparts.

  • Six Synthetic Turf Fields to Be Tested for Safety Risks

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    Amid concerns over the safety of the crumb rubber used in synthetic playing fields and calls for further scientific study, one organization appears to be taking the lead in getting answers. The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation will have a lab test the crumb-rubber fill that is on multiple synthetic turf playing fields funded by the foundation to determine whether there is a possible link between crumb rubber and cancer.

  • Ex-Athlete Sues U. of Illinois over Concussion Protocol

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    A former soccer player at the University of Illinois filed a lawsuit against the Illinois athletic department, the school’s athletic director Mike Thomas, head coach Janet Rayfield and assistant athletic trainer Brittany Scott over how team officials handled a concussion she received.

  • Iowa Schools Brace for Concussion Lawsuits

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    The state of Iowa expects more lawsuits to be filed after a former high school football player was awarded close to $1 million when a U.S. District Court found that his school district was at fault for complications due to head injuries he sustained while playing football.

  • 15-Year-Old Player Dies After Being Struck by Baseball

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    A 15-year-old baseball player died after being hit by a ball during a game in Bemidji, Minnesota.

    Zacharie Schaubhut was pitching in the pick-up game played at Bemidji High School and collapsed after being struck by the ball hit by the batter.

  • IHSA Bolsters Concussion-Prevention Initiatives

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    The Illinois High School Association recently introduced several concussion-prevention initiatives after a lawsuit was filed accusing it of doing too little to protect student-athletes from head injuries. 

  • Understanding the Role of Athletic Trainers in High Schools

    by Larry Cooper May 2015

    Athletes participating in every sport at the collegiate and professional levels have come to rely on an athletic trainer for all of their injuries and ailments. Athletic trainers' specialized scope of practice includes injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

  • Virginia Tech Professor Explains Helmet Research

    by Paul Steinbach May 2015

    In February, the NFL suspended its concussion research program employing helmet sensors, citing player privacy and data-reliability concerns. Stefan Duma disagrees with that decision. After attending a military conference in 2003, the head of Virginia Tech's biomechanical engineering department helped the Hokies football program become the first in the nation to track head impacts.