Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
- NFL Concussion Settlement: Alums Urged to Get Tested
by Dayton Daily News February 2017
A federal judge Wednesday urged NFL retirees to register for a concussion settlement that could cost the league $1 billion over 65 years. About 22,000 retirees are encouraged to get baseline neurological testing. The league expects more than 6,000 to eventually be diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
- Chickenpox Breakout Forces HS Hoops Cancellations
by Travis Williams February 2017
Multiple cases of chicken pox have led to the cancellation of boys basketball games at Auburn High School this week.
- How to Avoid Overtraining in Fitness Routine
by Angie Ferguson February 2017
There is endless discussion these days about overtraining. The term has become so popular that some athletes believe that if they feel even just a little tired or fatigued over the course of a regular training cycle, that they must be overtraining.
- NFLPA Head to Trump: Come See How 'Soft' Game Is
by Ben Wolfgang February 2017
The head of the NFL Players Association on Sunday mocked Donald Trump's claim that the league has gone soft in its effort to protect athletes from concussions.
- NFLPA Officials Talk Concussion Protocol, Other Issues
by Bob Glauber February 2017
NFL Players Association president Eric Winston pressed the league Thursday for a better adherence to a recently revamped concussion protocol system in which the league and players union jointly determine whether proper assessments are made during games.
- Families Win Fight for School AEDs with Legislation
by Charlie Baker February 2017
The bill mandates that automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, be present in all public schools or on school campuses and at least one staff member certified in the proper use of the device. Additionally, an AED and trained personnel must also be readily available at any school-sponsored athletic event.
- Helmet Manufacturer Named in Class-Action Suit
by Jason Scott February 2017
On Monday, football helmet manufacturer Riddell was named as a defendant in a class-action lawsuit claiming they didn’t properly protect football players from head injuries or inform them about the long-term risks.
- Could Shrinking Youth Football Help to Grow the Sport?
by Nancy Armour February 2017
At long last, some common sense when it comes to football. USA Football is running a pilot program this year that will, among other things, shrink the size of the playing field, reduce the number of players on the field, ensure that similar-sized players are matching up against each other and eliminate kickoffs and punts. As radical as this sounds, it's actually the most reasonable idea anyone in football has had in a while. And, frankly, it should have been implemented years ago.
- NBA, Colleges React to Executive Order on Travel
by Courtney Cameron January 2017
An executive order signed into effect on Friday suspending the United States Refugee Program a minimum of 120 days and banning entry to nationals of seven “countries of concern” for a minimum of 90 days has worried many international companies, among them the NBA and a number of American universities who have welcomed international students.
- Can Neck Exercises Help to Reduce Concussions?
by Amy Donaldson January 2017
Ryzen Benson's experience told him that what Stephen Pizza told parents and players at a meeting last winter was true. But the aspiring scientist couldn't help but wonder if there was actually empirical or statistical evidence that proved Pizza's assertion that strengthening neck muscles reduced concussions. "Since I was about 6 years old I wanted to do scientific research," the Westminster junior said. "So what he said about the exercises and how they've helped lower our concussion rates, it was really interesting to me. I wanted to look at the databases we had. Most colleges have these databases where you can cross-link tens of thousands of academic journals."