Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
How To Protect Athletes and Fans From Lightning Strikes
by Dennis Van Milligen July 2015
It was 1996, but Bob Dugan remembers it like it was yesterday. Soccer referee John Wade, after being alerted by a weather-detection system that a storm was on its way, removed fourth- and fifth-grade kids from the field of play. Once the storm passed, they resumed activity at Northeast Park in Park Ridge, Ill. The belief was that the storm had moved over Lake Michigan approximately 45 miles away. But instead, the storm came back, and a lightning strike killed the 20-year-old referee.
Myth of Success Surrounds Tommy John Surgery
by Matt Porter, Palm Beach Post (Florida) June 2015
There is little reason to expect that Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, beginning with his return to the majors Thursday against the San Francisco Giants, won't become the next high-profile Tommy John success story.
Soccer Concussions in Spotlight Once Again
by Stuart Goldman June 2015
With soccer on the minds of many as the U.S. women’s national soccer team gets ready to take on Germany on Tuesday in the semifinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the topic of concussions in soccer also is heating up.
Utah State Athletes Injured in Crash Upgraded to Stable
by Kyle Goon, The Salt Lake Tribune June 2015
It was the hardest call Matt Wells has ever had to make. And he had to make it four different times. When the Utah State football coach called the parents of players who were seriously injured in a car collision on Friday afternoon, he didn't have much more information than they did.
Non-Contact Football Camp Focuses On Technique
by Michael Readling, The Palm Beach Post June 2015
Two of the most important things when it comes to playing football are tackling correctly and staying hydrated. Unfortunately, when it comes to football camps and practices, those are also two of the least exciting parts of the game.
High School Girls at Greater Risk for Overuse Injuries
by Laura Godlewski June 2015
A study completed by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that high school girls are at a much higher risk for overuse injuries in sports than their male counterparts.
Injured Prep Wrestler Suffers Stroke, Placed in Coma
by Malik Perkins, Dayton Daily News June 2015
Doctors placed a Fairmont High School wrestler in a medically induced coma after he reportedly suffered a stroke following an accident in practice.
Wrestler Suffers Life-Threatening Head, Neck Injuries
by John Cummings, Dayton Daily News June 2015
Ahmad Doucet had been preparing to battle at the Junior National Duals team tournament in Tulsa, Okla., this week. Now he is fighting for his life.
City Opts to Stick with Synthetic Turf, Ditch Crumb Rubber
by Eric Bradley June 2015
Long Beach may join other cities and organizations in spurning artificial turf fields cushioned with crumbs of recycled tires because of concerns about the potential health effects they could have on children.
Former Tennis Coach Admits to Sexting Teen Player
by Cat Coyle, The Philadelphia Inquirer June 2015
A former tennis coach at a Main Line girls' school pleaded guilty Wednesday to corruption charges for sending suggestive texts to a 15-year-old player on his team in 2013.