• Brother: Rashaan Salamm Had CTE Symptoms

    by Brent Schrotenboer December 2016

    Jabali Alaji, Rashaan Salaam's brother, said he spoke to his brother about an hour before his death but that Salaam didn't indicate what he was about to do. "It was a very positive conversation," said Alaji, who lives in the Atlanta area. "We made plans for the future."

  • Texas to Launch Largest Study of Youth Brain Injuries

    by Jim Vertuno December 2016

    Currently, Texas requires only one school from each district to report concussions as part of a weekly injury reporting system, though each school in the football playoffs is required to report concussions.

  • Wrestler Sues Over Herpes Contraction

    by Ben Brasch December 2016

    A 20-year-old who claims he contracted herpes and staph during a metro Atlanta high school wrestling tournament is suing several area athletics officials and agencies. Charles Ellis claims coaches and referees didn't properly inspect the wrestlers and let him compete with an infected athlete, said Lee Davis, his Cobb County attorney.

  • San Diego Schools Neglecting Field Safety Tests

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    Data obtained through a survey by the Voice of San Diego shows that very few public schools in San Diego county are conducting regular field tests to monitor the hardness of turf fields. Only a few school districts could report having ever tested their fields, and of those, several conducted one test immediately after installation and then never again.

  • Youth Tackle Football Teams Carry On Despite Concerns

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    Independent youth football clubs are rushing in to fill the void left by the Marshall, Texas, junior high tackle football team after it shut down in 2014. The move to close the seventh-grade team was advocated by Marshall high school football coach Clint Harper, who claimed that poor teaching in youth football made players more susceptible to injury. The Pop Warner and Boys & Girls Club youth football programs have also been discontinued in Marshall, citing as the main reasons safety concerns, liability and a lack of participation.

  • Program Reduces Concussion Numbers in Four Schools

    by Al Lesar December 2016

    It's one thing to talk a good game. It's something completely different to back it up with numbers. Now, when the South Bend Community School Corp., claims its mission is to ensure the welfare of its student-athletes, it has statistics to back it up. Two years into its involvement with Heads Up Football, a player safety program initiated by USA Football, the statistics have shown a considerable decrease in concussions at the corporation's four high schools. They went from 53 reported concussions in 2014, before the program was in place, to 21 this past season.

  • Synthetic Turf Groups Adopt New Safety Standard

    by Jason Scott November 2016

    Recently, concerns about the safety of recycled rubber as a material for synthetic turf infill have raised questions about the future of the industry. Despite the fact that there’s been no evidence to suggest the material can be hazardous to athletes, the concerns remain.

  • High Schools Invest in Football Helmet Sensor Tech

    by Jim Baumbach November 2016

    Long Island high schools are investing in football helmet sensor technology designed to record the force of impacts to the head in an effort to protect its players from the risk of a concussion.

  • Steelers Create Brain Injury Research Foundation

    by Joe Rutter November 2016

    Establishment of the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research will support research and education about brain injuries.

  • Harvard: Outside Doctors Should Care for NFL Players

    by Dayton Daily News November 2016

    Doctors who decide whether an NFL player is healthy enough to go into the game shouldn't be paid by the teams that have a stake in winning and losing - an "undeniable conflict of interest." That's what a report released on Thursday by Harvard University experts in medicine, law and ethics says.