Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
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."
Study Finds Similar Brain Damage in Soldiers, Athletes
by Emily Attwood May 2012
What do athletes and military veterans have in common? Blasts from explosions may put soldiers at risk for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the same degenerative brain disease suffered by athletes after multiple concussions or head impacts. A study conducted by Boston University in conjunction with the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System examined the brain tissue of young veterans, comparing it to those of young athletes exhibiting signs of CTE, and found nearly identical abnormalities.
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.
Another Fatal Plane Crash Stuns Oklahoma State
by Paul Steinbach November 2011
Tragedy has again struck the Oklahoma State University athletic department.
For the second time in 11 years, an airplane carrying OSU basketball officials crashed, leaving no survivors. KOCO in Oklahoma City is reporting that head women's coach Kurt Budke, assistant women's coach Miranda Serna and two other individuals not affiliated with the university, including the pilot, were killed when their small plane went down Thursday night in Perry County, Arkansas. Budke and Serna were on a recruiting trip, according to a university statement.
'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.