Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
- New Device Uses Blink Rate for Concussion Detection
by Andrew Miller September 2017
In the very near future, just a few puffs of air could determine if an athlete has a concussion or not.
- Smoke, Poor Air Quality Put Washington Games in Limbo
by Jim Allen September 2017
From Pullman to the Canadian border, from colleges to high schools, smoky skies played havoc with local sports teams on Tuesday.
- Columnist: Football Harder to Enjoy as Risks Revealed
by George F. Will September 2017
Autumn, which is bearing down upon us like a menacing linebacker, is, as John Keats said, a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Actually, Keats, a romantic, did not mention that last part. He died before the birth of the subject of a waning American romance, football. This sport will never die but it will never again be, as it was until recently, the subject of uncomplicated national enthusiasm. CTE is a degenerative brain disease confirmable only after death, and often caused by repeated blows to the head that knock the brain against the skull. The cumulative impacts of hundreds of supposedly minor blows can have the cumulative effect of many concussions. The New York Times recently reported Stanford researchers’ data showing “that one college offensive lineman sustained 62 of these hits in a single game. Each one came with an average force on the player’s head equivalent to what you would see if he had driven his car into a brick wall at 30 mph.”
- Opinion: Football Should Be Hailed for Positive Changes
by Thayne Munce September 2017
Yes, some football organizations fall short, but we should never use the worst example as the example. There is always room for improvement; however, we are headed in the right direction.
- NFL Aims to Fund Neuroscience Research
by Barry Wilner August 2017
A year after the NFL pledged $100 million in support of independent medical research and engineering advancements, a huge chunk of that soon will be awarded to such research, primarily dedicated to neuroscience. A Scientific Advisory Board assembled by the NFL is set to launch its program to solicit and evaluate research proposals for funding. The board, comprised of independent experts, doctors, scientists and clinicians, and chaired by retired U.S. Army General Peter Chiarelli, will provide direction for the $40 million allocated under the league's initiative. "Prevention should always be a focus," Chiarelli says. "Nevertheless, the development of biologically based diagnostics is critical for return-to-play decisions for the NFL, and return to combat/training for the armed forces. Imagine if you had a handheld analyzer that with a single drop could determine whether a player or a soldier had a concussion - and determine the severity of that injury."
- Arkansas UREC Opens Free Campus Sports Injury Clinic
by Courtney Cameron August 2017
The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville today announced the expansion of its student health services through the addition of a UREC Sports Injury Clinic inside the campus’ Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) building.
- Cheer Coach Fired from Past Job Over Forced Splits
by Jason Scott August 2017
Ozell Williams, the cheerleading coach at Denver-area East High School is facing intense scrutiny after videos of him forcing girls into the splits despite their agonized cries came to light.
- Attitudes Toward High School Concussions Evolving
by Timothy Chipp August 2017
For about a decade, the word has been looming over the football world like a vulture waiting for roadkill to expire. National sports talk show hosts have debated whether concussions will kill the sport, parents have debated enrolling their children in youth football activities and medical professionals have taken a close look at the link between football plays - both the explosive kind and the mundane - and long-term brain damage.
- Denver Police Investigate Cheer Coaches at East High
by Courtney Cameron August 2017
Denver Police launched an investigation Wednesday into coaching practices at East High School after an anonymous video was sent in to local news station 9Wants to Know.
- Teen Collapses at Non-Contact Football Practice, Dies
by Lauren Cook, Alison Fox August 2017
A 14-year-old boy died after collapsing during football practice at Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx on Tuesday morning, police said. Dominick Bess was an honors student who aspired for "the American dream," according to his uncle Bertram Meade, 56.