Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
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.
Overly Aggressive Workouts Put Athletes at Risk of Rhabdomyolysis
by Paul Steinbach March 2011
A University of Iowa investigation into the January hospitalization of 13 football players has determined that an intense exercise regimen on the heels of a three-week layoff from supervised workouts was the cause of the players' rhabdomyolysis, a potentially fatal breakdown of muscle fibers into the bloodstream, where excess proteins can clog the kidneys and cause renal failure.
Inventors: We've Developed Safer Hockey Helmets
by Michael Popke March 2011
A Toronto-based forensic engineer has developed what he claims is a better hockey helmet - one that uses "air bag" technology to dissipate sudden jolts of force and reduce the G-force on brains floating inside skulls.
New Helmet Prototype Introduced to Protect Pitchers
by Michael Popke March 2011
Easton-Bell Sports CEO Paul Harrington joined representatives from Little League International and the California Interscholastic Federation on Monday to unveil a new helmet prototype designed to help protect pitchers on the mound. "With our pitching helmet prototype, we have redefined what is possible and launched a new era of protection for baseball pitchers," Harrington said from the manufacturer's new Helmet Technology Center in Scotts Valley, Calif.
Blog: This Drill's Name Won't Help You in Court
by Herb Appenzeller February 2011
During a preseason basketball workout at Guilford College, where I served as AD - this was in 1965 - one of our highly touted basketball players collapsed during a conditioning drill. Later that night, our coach, who had been very concerned about the situation, came to see me and let me know that the player had recovered after the "scare" he gave everyone. I asked him what drill was the one that resulted in the player collapsing. He replied, "The Suicide Drill."
Baseline Testing for Concussions Gains Popularity
by Catherine Liewen January 2011
Nathan Stiles, a senior football player at Spring Hill (Kan.) High School, was playing an epic game against Osawatomie High on a Thursday night last October. He already had 65- and 18-yard touchdown runs when he came out of the game after being tackled near the sideline just before halftime.
Massive Product Recall Rocks Auto-Belay Industry
by Andrew Cohen December 2010
Rock climbers take safety seriously. Out on a rock face, they know that only three things stand between them and a catastrophic fall - their equipment (ropes, harnesses, carabiners, anchors and the like), their own skills and the skills of their belayer.
High School Loses Retaliation Case
by John T. Wolohan December 2010
One of the ugly truths in high school and college athletics is that there is some number of sexual predators working as coaches. Through long hours of practices and competition, these individuals gain their players' trust and use their positions to either sexually harass or abuse the young athletes under their supervision.
Administrators Point Out Potential Dangers of Energy Drinks
by Michael Popke September 2010
As energy drink consumption amps up among student-athletes, administrators are pointing out the potential dangers.
Head Games: Wii Fit Might Help Manage Concussions
by Michael Popke August 2010
Wii console, which allows for physical interaction between player and game, is emerging as a practical (albeit unproven) method of assessing athletes' balance - an important yardstick for determining recovery from concussion.