• 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.

  • AB Conference: For Hydration's Sake, Take Scale to Practice

    by Michael Popke December 2010

    While many youth sports organizations remain increasingly aware of the importance of keeping their young athletes hydrated during physical activity, Keith Wheeler says they should be doing more.

  • A Breakthrough in Head-Trauma Research?

    by Michael Popke December 2010

    In a study of ex-pro athletes, researchers have found that a specialized, noninvasive imaging technique called magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) may help diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disorder caused by repeated head trauma that currently can only be definitively diagnosed via an autopsy. Results of the study were presented in Chicago on Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and are being called a preliminary first step toward diagnosis and maybe even treatment.

  • 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.

  • Concussions Linked to New Disease that Mimics ALS?

    by Michael Popke August 2010

    Scientists have found evidence linking traumatic head injuries to motor neuron diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. The findings will be published in the September issue of the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology.

  • NFL Issues Concussion Warning to Players

    by Michael Popke July 2010

    All 32 NFL locker rooms will be outfitted with a new fixture this season: a large poster urging players to report concussions or symptoms, and warning that repeated concussions "can change your life and your family's life forever."

  • 'STOP' the Pain

    by Michael Popke July 2010

    A national effort to prevent, recognize and treat the long-term consequences of sports-overuse and traumatic injuries in young athletes is quickly picking up steam. This month, STOP Sports Injuries (the acronym stands for "Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention") has enlisted several new supporters, including the California Athletic Trainers' Association, Dixie Softball Inc. and the Youth Football Coaches Association.

  • Heavy Metal: NFHS Bans Composite Bats

    by Michael Popke July 2010


  • How to Maintain Surfaces for Safety and Legal Protection

    by Paul Steinbach July 2010

    Facility managers must remain grounded when keeping their sports surfaces safe, or else they may find themselves in a legal quagmire.