• Group Calls for End to Full-Contact Hits in Football Offseason

    by Emily Attwood February 2013

    The Sports Legacy Institute held a press conference in advance of Sunday's Super Bowl to announce a new initiative calling for all state high school athletic associations to ban full-contact practices and games during the offseason. Current and former NFL players, including Ravens center Matt Birk, Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and Chiefs Eric Winston were also present to show their support for the proposed ban.

  • Virginia Tech Concussion Study Expands Beyond Football

    by Emily Attwood January 2013

    Since 2003, researchers at the Virginia Tech - Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences have been compiling impact data from college football players using sensor-embedded helmets, resulting in a rating system for commercially developed football helmets. In 2011, the study was expanded to include helmets, with the intent of establishing safety ratings by 2016, as well as updating the existing ratings for football helmets.

  • H.S. Wrestler Fine After Being Hit by Falling Light

    by Emily Attwood January 2013

    The annual "Madison Square Garden" wrestling tournament hosted by Madison High School in South Dakota was cut short this weekend after a lighting fixture fell from the rafters and directly onto one of the competitors.

  • Can Cardio Exercise Aid in Concussion Recovery?

    by Michael Popke January 2013

    Long considered a forbidden activity for individuals with concussions, cardiovascular exercise is slowly becoming recognized as a recovery tool.

  • High School Student Dies While Trapped in Wrestling Mat

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor January 2013

    News out of southern Georgia this week suggests there is at least one more safety precaution to consider in high school gymnasiums: the storage of wrestling mats.

  • Concussions: Bridging Gap Between Athletic, Academic Departments

    by Michael Popke December 2012

    David Hayward began thinking differently about his job the day the parents of a student-athlete at Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz., expressed frustration to him about their son's lack of academic progress while recovering from a concussion.

  • Youth Hockey Players: 'Heads Up, Don't Duck'

    by Emily Attwood December 2012

    USA Hockey has teamed up with Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic on a new initiative to reduce spinal injuries in youth hockey players. While many campaigns have taken aim at banning fighting and tougher rules on head-checks, both common causes of head injuries in ice hockey, the new program addresses the fundamentals of the sport. "Heads Up, Don't Duck" teaches players just that - to keep their heads up when colliding with the boards around the rink, which reduces the shock impact on the spine.

  • Balance Test Proving Effective in Concussion Evaluation

    by Emily Attwood December 2012

    The University of Mississippi Medical Center is adding another tool to its concussion testing protocol. The Computerized Dynamic Posturography device has been commonly used to evaluate balance issues, but only recently has been found to be effective in detecting lingering signs of concussion, which can cause impaired balance. The test is especially useful in diagnosis of athletes who exhibit or claim to exhibit no symptoms.

  • U. of Iowa Climbing Wall Closed After Student Falls

    by Emily Attwood November 2012

    The rock climbing wall at the University of Iowa is closed indefinitely after a fall landed one student in the hospital on Nov. 9. Business student Spencer Bean, an experienced climber who is also an employee of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, fell 30 feet, landing upright on his feet. He remained conscious and coherent for a few moments before passing out.

  • Survey: More Parents Paying for High School Protective Gear

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor October 2012

    An estimated half of high school coaches and athletic directors say their budgets for purchasing protective sports equipment have been reduced during the past three years, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Sporting Goods Association. Approximately 400 participants responded to the survey, which covered baseball, football, boys' and girls' ice hockey, boys' and girls' lacrosse, and softball.