Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
- High Heat Not Necessary for Heat Stroke
by Des Bieler August 2016
Summer may be entering its final stages, but that hardly means that those exercising outdoors are mere weeks away from not worrying about taking the proper precautions to avoid heatstroke. Doug Wetzel, 32 and in terrific shape at the time, was running in temperatures in the mid-70s last year for a triathlon when he veered off course and collapsed on a nearby house's front lawn, the victim of heatstroke. Actually, he was the victim of several catastrophic ailments, including compartment syndrome in his right leg, which led to rhabdomyolysis, which he thinks led to his heatstroke ("This weird, perfect storm," as he put it). From this "perfect storm," he would end up lying comatose at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, in desperate need of a new liver.
- HS Coach Fired After Player Hospitalized by Boxing
by Jason Scott August 2016
A Montana high school football coach was fired after reports that one of his players was hospitalized following a boxing match that took place at a leadership camp.
- Opinion: Safety Guidelines Needed to Prevent HS Deaths
by Dr. David Geier August 2016
Over a recent 20-year period, 243 deaths occurred during high school and college football practices and games. That's about 12 per season. The most common causes were heart failure, brain injury and heat illness.
- HS Football Coaches Take Steps Toward Zika Prevention
by Jodie Wagner August 2016
It's been nearly two decades since mosquitoes altered the high school football landscape in Palm Beach County. During the 1997 season, dozens of games were moved to the daytime after the county's Health Department issued an alert about the risk of mosquito-borne encephalitis. With evening activities banned for four weeks throughout the county, many schools lost significant amounts of money on gate receipts and concession sales.
- When Weight Training, Form and Safety Paramount
by Kimberly Garrison August 2016
We all agree that exercise is good for you, and we should also agree that whether you are a novice or veteran exerciser, much like the medical profession, your motto should be "first do no harm." While it's great that more people are working out, many unfortunately ignore proper exercise technique and safety, which can lead to unintended consequences.
- U.S. Swimmers Pulled Off Planes, Robbery Story Questioned
by Christine Brennan, USA TODAY Sports August 2016
In a new and dramatic twist to the story about four U.S. swimmers allegedly being robbed at gunpoint, Olympians Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight late Wednesday as they tried to leave Brazil, according to U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky. Sandusky said more information was being gathered, but it is clear this story is not as simple as it sounded Sunday.
- Concussion Protocol Failure Can Bring Negligence Claim
by John Wolohan and Emily Campeas August 2016
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- Disease Outbreak Within HS Football Team Raises Alarm
by Lewis Bagley August 2016
After the discovery of an outbreak of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease among members of the LaPorte High School football team, school officials and personnel say they are responding accordingly.
- Building a Safer Baseball Bat
by Jon Saraceno August 2016
For decades, the thwack of a ball smacking the sweet spot on a wooden bat left Kent "Hawk" Williamson with a satisfying feeling. Although the benefits were countless during his seasons playing Little League, college and semipro baseball, the bats sometimes produced grave, unintended consequences. When he was a 4-year-old batboy for his brother's Little League team, Williamson had 10 teeth knocked out when a player warming up in the on-deck circle swung his bat and cracked the boy's tiny mouth. At 15, a player lost the grip on his bat and accidentally smashed it into Williamson's face. That time he lost three front teeth. "There is not a day that goes by that I don't get up, take out the partial plate (in his mouth) and don't remember that day. You could say I have a personal vendetta against baseball bats," Williamson said from his home near Erie, Pa., where he scored the first run in program history in 1973 at Mercyhurst College (now Mercyhurst University). Revenge will be sweet, if the fledgling Williamson Baseball Bat Co. in northwestern Pennsylvania can begin manufacturing on a large scale a recently patented invention designed to help thwart potential injuries from exploding wooden bats.
- Programs Adopt Rugby-Style Tackling to Protect Players
by Eric Olson August 2016
Nebraska safety Nate Gerry was ejected from back-to-back games last season because officials ruled he targeted receivers above the shoulders when tackling them. This year, Gerry and his teammates are transitioning to a tackling method whose objectives are to eliminate dangerous helmet-to-helmet contact while making defenders dominant tacklers. Nebraska is the latest program to adopt rugby-style tackling. As in rugby, where players wear no helmets, the tackle is made by driving a shoulder into or near the ball-carrier's hip, wrapping him up and taking him to the ground. Though the hip is the ideal target, it could be anywhere between the knees and armpit. All the while the defender's head remains to the side of the ball-carrier's body, away from the tackle contact zone.