• Virigina Tech Testing Hockey Helmets for Concussion Risk

    by Andrew Brandt July 2014

    Hockey helmets may soon be getting hit with some big changes, but hopefully they'll be able to absorb the impact.

  • College Football Player Collapses and Dies at Workout

    by Michael Gaio July 2014

    A college football player at Winona State University collapsed and died Monday night while participating in a voluntary workout at the school's practice field.

  • KHSAA Recommends Softball Players Wear Facemasks

    by Rexford Sheild, Athletic Business Intern July 2014

    As safety has become a bigger priority at every level of sports, the state of Kentucky is considering taking things even further for its high school softball players. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) voted to recommend that softball players playing first base, third base and pitcher wear protective face gear during games.

  • How to Manage Concussions in Athletics

    by Harry Kerasidis, M.D. July 2014

    Kudos are in order for the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) for updating its position statement on the management of sports concussions, originally published in 2004. NATA's intent to provide more comprehensive guidance is critical today as athletic programs across the United States contend with the rapid convergence of concussion awareness, legal compliance and the short- and long-term risks associated with brain trauma.

  • Neurologists Stress Better Care for Concussion Patients

    by Andrew Brandt, Athletic Business Intern July 2014

    Just in time for the Sports Concussion Conference, the American Academy of Neurology, known as one of the leaders in managing sports concussions, has released a new position paper on how doctors should care for those who suffer one.

  • Tuesday Takedown: Collegiate Safety Best Practices

    by July 2014

    NCS4 kicked off its annual conference and expo Monday with the formal introduction of its Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Best Practices Guide. The 100-plus page "living" document is the result of collegiate security and safety leaders brainstorming ideas at NCS4's first National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit last January at the University of Southern Mississippi, according to symposium moderator Paul Denton, chief of police at Ohio State University.

  • Parent Behavior, Cyberbullying Hurting High School Sportsmanship

    by June 2014

    It is widely acknowledged that the role of high school athletics is to promote life-skills education through sports, but lately a key life skill in this equation — sportsmanship — has deteriorated on the interscholastic level to the point that one high school athletic association recently considered banning the time-honored post-game handshake.

  • USA Hockey Policy Statement on the Look-Up Line

    by AB Staff June 2014

    Source: USA Hockey

    The USA Hockey Board of Directors approved the Policy below regarding the Look-Up Line at the Saturday June 7th, 2014 Board Meeting.  Installation of the Look-Up Line is not required under USA Hockey rules, and USA Hockey has not taken a position about whether the Look-Up Line should be recommended.  The specific policy passed by the USA Hockey Board of Directors is as follows:

  • NATA to Help Increase Medical Services in Underserved High Schools

    by AB Staff May 2014

    Source: National Athletic Trainers’ Association 

    WASHINGTON, DC, May 29, 2014 –The National Athletic Trainers’ Association, in collaboration with the Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society, will support a national initiative to place athletic trainers (ATs) in underserved high schools in NFL markets during the 2014 football season. The National Football League Foundation and NFL teams will provide $1 million, with the NATA adding another $125,000, to improve the health and welfare of those student athletes. The announcement was made during the White House Healthy Kids and Concussion Summit in Washington, DC, this morning.

  • Seven Sports Safety Questions Every Parent Should Ask

    by AB Staff May 2014

    Editor's Note: In response to the story Athletic Business published on May 19 titled, "School Districts Grapple with Youth Tackle Football Safety," the National Athletic Trainers' Association sent us the following release which we wanted to pass on to our readers.