• 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.

  • 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.

  • Blog: A Hit Can Be Vicious and Not Criminal

    by John Wolohan March 2011

    When can the conduct of one player toward another player be considered criminal? That's the question as Montreal police conduct their investigation into Tuesday's controversial check by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara that sent the head of Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty into the glass partition between the benches. (The hit left Pacioretty with a severe concussion and cracked vertebra, although from this observer's perspective, it certainly did not seem criminal.)

  • 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."