Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
- Solving CTE Is What Matters, Not NFL Controversy
by Nancy Armour June 2016
Something was lost in the furor over who made what phone calls when and why the NFL went back on its word. The day is coming when former players won't have to wait for an autopsy to explain the mood swings, the memory loss, the depression and, in the very worst of cases, the urge to kill themselves. That breakthrough will lead to others. An explanation for why some people exposed to repetitive head trauma get chronic traumatic encephalopathy and others do not and a test to indicate which group someone falls into. Treatments that can slow the progression of the disease that has reduced dozens of former football players -- and soccer players and hockey players and members of the military -- to shadows of themselves.
- Support Voiced for Proposed AED Law
by Managing Editor June 2016
Sterling Selectmen voted to support Senate bill 1191, which would require automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all schools and sporting events, as well as someone trained to use the device.
- CTE Research Continues Without Help from NFL
by Boston Herald June 2016
Researchers are moving ahead with efforts to develop a diagnostic test for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, even without the NFL's help. Some of the nation's top brain scientists gathered yesterday at the Boston University School of Medicine for the start of a seven-year, $16 million research project designed to find a test for CTE and identify its risk factors. For now, the disease increasingly found in former football players can only be diagnosed during an autopsy.
- Opinion: Coaches Scarier than Concussions
by Fred Engh June 2016
As much as I love football − and I was a high school head coach before founding the National Alliance for Youth Sports in 1981 − I wouldn’t risk my kids playing today with all the information out there about the long-term effects of concussions. But the concussion issue and all the talk it has generated is minor compared with the real issue that I have seen damaging young lives for more than 30 years now: the people who are coaching kids. The guy you trust with your child who is out there for a few hours a week, out of your sight, pretending that they know how to coach children.
- Wheelchair Athlete Gains Full Access in Marathon
by Mark Dodds June 2016
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- Ex-NFL Players Closer to Receiving Concussion Benefits
by Bob Glauber June 2016
Former NFL players suffering from concussion-related problems are one step closer to receiving benefits as part of a $1-billion settlement with the NFL. A federal appeals court in Philadelphia on Wednesday rejected a motion for an en banc hearing requested by a small group of former players who had objected that the settlement was insufficient.
- Study: Most Youth Concussions Diagnosed Outside E.R.
by Stuart Goldman June 2016
About 82 percent of children had their first concussion visit at their primary care site such as a physician’s office compared to 12 percent of children who were diagnosed in an emergency room, according to a new study.
- Infographic: Preventing Concussions in Sports
by AB Editors June 2016
When it comes to concussions, there's a lot of information to keep track of, and the folks at Ohio University have compiled the infographic below to make sense of it.
As concerns continue to grow around the issue of concussions in sports at all levels, player safety has moved to the forefront of the conversation among coaches, administrators, athletes and parents alike.
How can we do our part to reduce these injuries? Check out the infographic below for information about concussions, current prevention tools, and developing technology for keeping athletes safe.
- NFL QB Promotes Flag Football in Kansas Hometown
by Stuart Goldman May 2016
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Shaun Hill is concerned about the future of football and the effects of brain injuries on players. Hill is taking those concerns and turning them into action in his Kansas hometown.
- Bill: Require Concussion Training for Youth Coaches
by Sandra Tan May 2016
A new law is likely to be approved next month that would require most youth sports coaches in Erie County to take a course in concussion safety or risk having their sports organizations fined.