Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
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.
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.
Consistent Enforcement of Open-Gym Behavior Breeds Positive Environment
by Michael Popke July 2011
Before the rules changed at Old Settler's Recreation Center, open-gym basketball at the public facility in McKinney, Texas, was fraught with disorganization, disrespect and disruption.
New NATA Guidelines Address Safe Weight Loss Practices for Student-Athletes
by Michael Popke July 2011
Ashleigh Clare-Kearney was not a typical high school gymnast. At 5 feet, 4 inches, and 155 pounds, her physique stood out in a sport often unkind to girls taller than 5-foot-2 and heavier than 115 pounds - a fact not lost on her coaches.
Recreation Department Is First to Require Concussion Testing
by Joe Bush July 2011
Vinny Ciurciu, a linebacker for the NFL's Detroit Lions, suffered two concussions during the 2010 season. He sat out two games after the first one, and then a glancing blow to the head on his return was all it took to trigger renewed symptoms.
Is North Carolina's New Concussion Law Best in the Country?
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor June 2011
The Gfeller-Waller Concussion Act - named after two football players who died after suffering concussions in 2009 - was signed into law by North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue late last week. Every member of the state's House and Senate endorsed the law, which head-injuries expert Kevin Guskiewicz calls the best in the country.