Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
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.
'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.
Fabric Structure Makers Re-Educate Following Cowboys Facility Collapse
by Paul Steinbach September 2011
When a Dallas Cowboys practice facility collapsed under a microburst of 60-mile-per-hour winds in May 2009, it injured a dozen people and proved fatal for the company ultimately responsible for the facility's manufacture.
High Schools Get Aggressive About Concussion Education
by Michael Popke September 2011
Arizona is leading the next phase of concussion education and management.
Doctor: The 'Worst Week' in 35 Years for Athlete Deaths
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor August 2011
Douglas Casa, doctor and author of the book Preventing Sudden Death in Sports and Physical Activity, is calling the past five days "the worst week in the last 35 years in terms of athlete deaths." At least three heat-related deaths on high school football practice fields have been reported, including two players in Georgia and a coach in Texas. Additionally, four high school players in Arkansas were hospitalized for dehydration Wednesday as temperatures soared to a record 114 degrees. And the death of 28-year-old runner Jeremiah Morris in an endurance race called the Warrior Dash on Sunday is being blamed on heatstroke.