RECENT ARTICLES
  • 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.

  • Abuse Victim Katherine Starr Launches Safe4Athletes

    by Paul Steinbach April 2012

    She still holds Wisconsin swimming records for 13- and 14-year-old girls 30 years after setting them, but Katherine Starr has surrendered much in her life - innocence, Olympic dreams, even the name she was born with.

  • 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.

  • AG: Eight of 10 Alleged Sandusky Victims Abused at PSU

    by Paul Steinbach March 2012

    Eight of the 10 alleged sexual abuse victims of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky were abused on the Penn State campus. From an athletics administration standpoint, that has to be the most noteworthy revelation to emerge from a court document filed Thursday by the Pennsylvania attorney general's office.

  • 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.

  • Basketball Risky Business for Girls' School With No Gym

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor January 2012

    With no gymnasium at Sacred Heart High, basketball players from the small, 105-year-old Catholic girls' school located in East Los Angeles must walk a mile through a gang-infested neighborhood to the Lincoln Park Recreation Center for practices and games - a fact that initially shocked principal Sister Janice Therese Wellington. "The first time I saw the situation I was like, 'Oh, my gosh. These girls have to do what?' " she told Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke, who recently chronicled the dangerous plight of the 10-member team.

  • AED Advocate Rachel Moyer Keeps Working the Beat

    by Paul Steinbach December 2011

    Greg Moyer's grave is marked by a homemade cross. Rachel Moyer vowed not to purchase a headstone until every school in America had an automated external defibrillator, the emergency heart-rhythm equipment that might have saved her 15-year-old son from sudden cardiac arrest during a basketball game in December 2000 - if only his high school had owned one.

  • 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.