Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
Big Ten Approves Enhanced Concussion Protocols
by Michael Gaio December 2014
Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by the Big Ten Conference.
ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) held its annual December meeting in Indianapolis on Sunday, December 7, and took another step toward improving student-athlete welfare when it approved a conference recommendation to establish enhanced concussion protocols.
College Diver Severely Injures Face on Three-Meter Board
by David Jablonski December 2014
A Wittenberg diver remains in stable condition in a Lexington, Ky., hospital after hitting his face on the diving board during a competition Saturday, but he's expected to make a full recovery.
Research Offers Hope in Finding Concussion Marker
by Marie McCullough; Inquirer Staff Writer December 2014
University of Pennsylvania scientists have found that a blood protein called SNTF surged and stayed elevated in professional hockey players with persistent concussion symptoms, but not in players who recovered within a few days.
Columbia Coach Accused of Playing Concussed Athletes
by Michael Gaio December 2014
Editor's note: This story has been edited to reflect an update from Columbia University.
Columbia football coach Pete Mangurian, who has since resigned his position, tallied a 3-27 record in three seasons at the school, but that's not the worst of it according to his players.
Coroner to Examine Post-Suicide Brain of OSU Player
by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Rusty Miller December 2014
A neuropathologist will look for signs of traumatic brain injury in an Ohio State athlete who was found dead in a trash bin of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and had a reported history of concussions, a coroner said Monday.
Even Without Concussions, Prep Football Alters Brains
by By Megan Scudellari Bloomberg December 2014
The findings from 24 high-school athletes suggest that a series of small, successive blows to the head can prompt changes in the brains of young people.
Why Are Football Fatalities Most Prevalent Among Preps?
by Erik Brady December 2014
Death certificates have empty spaces to be filled -- even if death, like life, never fits easily into bureaucratic boxes. The death certificate of Damon Janes sketches a terrible story. Usual Occupation: Student. Kind of Business or Industry: High School. Immediate Cause of Death: Blunt impact injury of head. Place of Injury: Football Field. The nexus of high school football and death trespasses too often on the mythic ethos of Friday night lights. Janes was a workhorse junior running back for Westfield/Brocton, a combined team from two small schools in western New York. He died in a Buffalo hospital three days after taking multiple hits to his head in a game Sept. 13, 2013. He was 16. "No one should die playing the game they love," his mother told USA TODAY Sports.
OSU Football Suicide: Player Texted About Concussions
by Worcester Telegram & Gazette Staff December 2014
COLLEGE FOOTBALL Missing Ohio State player found dead An Ohio State football player who disappeared shortly after sending a text message about his concussions was found dead Sunday in a dumpster, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. Police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said police received a call around 2:30 p.m. from someone reporting a body found in the trash bin. Weiner said a woman and her son apparently were looking for items in the dumpster when they found the body.
Physicals for Young Athletes Can Overlook Serious Issues
by Jared Pendak Valley News Staff Writer December 2014
Last winter, Lebanon High School sophomore basketball player Chris Roberge was on the bench during a reserves game in Hopkinton, N.H., when he suddenly went into cardiac arrest.
Four Reasons to Add Impact Sensors Into Concussion Management
by Harry Kerasidis, MD November 2014
Every hit counts. Every hit to the head can be one step closer to a breakdown in the brain. But for many in today’s sports world, we wait until the damage is already done, intervening with a concussion protocol only after the athlete shows obvious concussion symptoms.