Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
Study: Full-Contact Practices Increase Head Injury Risk
by Laura Godlewski August 2015
A study by researchers at the University of Virginia found football players who sustained unnecessary hits at practices were at a greater risk for concussions and other long-term detrimental conditions.
Parents Irate Man Arrested for Child Porn Had Coached
by Lulu Ramadan, Palm Beach Post (Florida) August 2015
Renee sat her wide-eyed, trusting 6-year-old daughter down Saturday, choking back tears. "Do you know Coach Carl?" Renee asked. "Do you like him?" "Yes," the 6-year-old gymnast responded. "He did bad things with guns, and he did bad things with kids," Renee said. "You can't go back there anymore."
Lawsuit Blames Dirty Wrestling Mat for MRSA Outbreak
by Selim Algar August 2015
Administrators at a Long Island high school are being slammed for not flipping over a sodden wrestling mat for seven sweaty years -- a failure that led to a rash of potentially lethal staph infections, according to a new $12 million lawsuit.
Gym Mat Death Probe Shifts to Witness Tampering
by Ray Glier, @RayGlier, Special for USA TODAY August 2015
Two and a half years ago, Brian Bell, a former football star at Lowndes High School in Valdosta Ga., first was investigated in the death of a classmate. Last month, federal authorities raided several college dorm rooms and homes, including those of Bell and his parents, as the probe took a turn into witness tampering and obstruction. In January 2013, Kendrick Johnson, a 17-year-old black student, was found dead in a rolled-up wrestling mat at Lowndes High. The incident sparked racial strife in the community and gained national attention when Florida State withdrew a football scholarship offer to Bell, who is white.
Prep Football Teams Prepare for 106 Degree Forecast
by Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas) August 2015
This week is set to be the hottest of the year in Wichita Falls with forecasts projecting a high of 106 degrees Thursday.
OHSAA Concussion Protocol Changes Widely Cheered
by Rick McCrabb August 2015
High school coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers and parents are applauding changes made by the state association geared toward reducing the risk in football for concussions and head impact exposure.
Report: Rio's Olympic Waters Contain Raw Sewage
by Tom Mahon, The Philadelphia Daily News July 2015
If you're a swimmer in next year's Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janiero, you might have to put up with a lot of crap.
Online Software to Help MHSAA with Concussion Care
by Daily Record Staff, The Daily Record (Baltimore, MD) July 2015
National Harbor-based XLNTbrain Sport has joined with the Michigan High School Athletic Association to implement an advanced concussion care trial during the 2015-16 school year for 30 schools and approximately 10,000 student athletes.
FHSAA Mandates Athletes Complete Concussion Course
by Laura Godlewski July 2015
Beginning this athletic season, Florida will become the first state in the country to require high school athletes to complete courses on concussions before they are allowed to compete in high school sports.
Editorial: Smoltz Speaks, Hopefully Parents Listen
by Valley News (White River Junction, Vermont) July 2015
When it came to this year's Baseball Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown, the attention of New England was understandably riveted on Pedro Martinez, the most dominant and entertaining pitcher to perform for the Boston Red Sox in many a long year - maybe ever.