• Injury-Plagued HS Team Cancels Remaining Games

    by Rick O'Brien October 2016

    Citing safety concerns because of to a shortage of players and injuries, Neumann-Goretti's football team has canceled its two remaining Catholic League Blue Division contests.

  • Mother Levels Wrongful Death Suit Against Helmet Manufacturer

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    In a lawsuit filed Friday, Jeanine Smith sought financial retribution over the death of her son Andre due to a blunt force head trauma suffered on the football field. Smith was injured in 2015 when he was struck by another player during a kick return play. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he was knocked down but immediately got back up again, and complained of a headache before losing consciousness. Smith never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead the following morning.

  • Even One Concussion Can Have Lasting Consequences

    by Gretchen Reynolds October 2016

    A single concussion experienced by a child or teenager may have lasting repercussions on mental health and intellectual and physical functioning throughout adulthood, and multiple head injuries increase the risks of later problems, according to one of the largest, most elaborate studies to date of the impacts of head trauma on the young. You cannot be an athlete, parent of an athlete, sports fan or reader of this newspaper and not be aware that concussions appear to be both more common and more dangerous than most of us once thought. According to a report released last week by the health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield, based on data from medical claims nationwide, the incidence of diagnosed concussions among people under the age of 20 climbed 71 percent between 2010 and 2015. The rates rose most steeply among girls, with the incidence soaring by 119 percent during that time, although almost twice as many concussions over all were diagnosed in boys.

  • Effort, Innovation Help to Combat Youth Concussion Concerns

    by Joseph Staszewski and and Zach Braziller October 2016

    Local youth football coaches are formulating a playbook to combat the impact of concussions, and ease parents' fears of serious head injuries to their children. Participation numbers are down across New York City at the youth level, as The Post reported on Tuesday, but many of those involved are trying to reverse that decline. An increased effort toward education and innovation is aimed at making the sport safer in the face of concerns over athletes suffering concussions.

  • Opinion: HS Forfeits Illustrate Need for Reform

    by Steve Christilaw October 2016

    In the past two weeks media in Western Washington spent a great deal of time discussing the situation that Class 2A power Archbishop Murphy finds itself in. This week Cedar Park Christian became the fourth opponent to forfeit its game with the Wildcats rather than risk injury on the field. The Wildcats will now have gone without playing a football game for a month. Archbishop Thomas Murphy, known by most as ATM, is a relatively new school in Everett, opening its doors in 1988 as Holy Cross High, and the football program was quickly built into a state power by Hall of Fame coach Terry Ennis, who won a state championship at Everett's Cascade High before tackling the job at the private Catholic school, where he was 75-12 with the Wildcats, winning state championships in 2002 and 2003.

  • NFL Player Harrison Says Sons Will Play Football

    by James Harrison, Jarrett Bell October 2016

    I'm not putting any pressure on my boys to play tackle football. I'm also not telling them that they can't play. I want them to decide what they want to do, so I've tried to expose them to other sports. Right now, their interests are in karate, track and flag football.

  • Youth Football Coaches Blame 'Fear Mongering' for Declining Participation

    by Zach Braziller and Joseph Staszewski October 2016

    Youth football has taken a hit in New York City. The violent nature of the sport, and the widespread awareness of the danger of concussions, is causing more parents to keep their kids on the sidelines. Across the five boroughs, the numbers of kids participating in tackle football is in decline because of the fear of concussions, several coaches and league presidents say. "It's not necessarily concussions as in parents seeing their kids get concussions, but concussion awareness that has scared some people off," said Edmond Wilson, the president of Empire Youth Football, a citywide organization for kids between the ages of 6 and 14. "I have had kids who played before, and their parents don't want them to be tackled. They are afraid of concussions." Courtney Pollins, the commissioner of Big Apple Football, which offers tackle football for kids from ages 6 to 14, said his numbers have dropped dramatically, from 3,500 last year to 2,800 this year. Wilson reported the same percentage of decline, of 300 kids, from 1,500 to 1,200. The Queens Falcons and Brooklyn Renegades, two other notable youth-football programs in the city, have also seen a drop-off this year.

  • Gymnasts Call for Enhanced Protection from Abuse

    by Marisa Kwiatkowski, Tim Evans and Mark Alesia October 2016

    A coalition of former elite gymnasts -- including two Olympians -- is demanding USA Gymnastics take stronger, proactive steps to protect young athletes from sexual abuse. The nine women spoke out after an IndyStar investigation revealed top officials at USA Gymnastics failed to report many allegations of sex abuse to police. The investigation also prompted 28 women to come forward with sexual abuse allegations against longtime team doctor Larry Nassar. "The continued exposure and continued claims just further demonstrate that USA Gymnastics has not made it a priority and is not taking it seriously and is unresponsive," former National Team member Jessica Armstrong said. "And that's really, really disappointing." It's not the first time that Armstrong and other elite gymnasts have called for change.

  • Former Pitt Player Files Suit Against School, NCAA

    by Brian Bowling October 2016

    A former Pitt football player claims in a federal class-action lawsuit filed Thursday that the university, NCAA, former Big East Conference, ACC and American Athletic Conference failed to protect football players from concussions.

  • City Looks to Fill Gaps in State Concussion Training

    by Lindsay Kalter October 2016

    The city of Somerville is launching a series of head injury prevention programs for coaches and student-athletes in an effort to fill gaps in state policy, as Massachusetts diagnoses more concussions among kids than any other state.