• Helmet Cap Making Safety Headway; Naysayers Persist

    by Doug Roberson; Staff August 2014

    On the first day of fall practice at Georgia State, safety Tarris Batiste ran across the field to try to intercept a pass. As Batiste closed in, the receiver fell down and Batiste's knee slammed into the side of the receiver's helmet. It's not uncommon after such a collision that the player who was kneed in the head would stay down, or shake his head to clear the fog. But this time, the receiver bounced up and walked off unharmed.

  • After Toddler Drowning, City Opts for Shrubs, Not Fence

    by Jose Patino Girona, Tribune staff August 2014

    One year ago, 2-year-old Armani Pierce was found by a Tampa police dive team in about six feet of water off an algae-covered bank on the Hillsborough River at Temple Crest Park. The family was at the park for football practice for his brother and cheerleading practice for his sister. The toddler drowned after slipping from his mother's sight.

  • Football Coaches Differ on New Illinois Contact Rules

    by Tim Froehlig. For Sun-Times Media August 2014

    High school football coaches and players in this corner of the state have varying opinions about the IHSA's new contact rules, which were approved in April and have been used for the first time this summer.

  • Miami-Dade Schools to Introduce Steroid Testing Pilot

    by Rexford Sheild August 2014

    After Tony Bosch and a slew of his associates were arrested in connection with providing steroids to MLB players as well as high school athletes on Tuesday, the Miami-Dade School Board introduced a steroid testing pilot program that is slated to begin during the 2014-15 school year. 

  • Staph Outbreak Cancels Prep Football Team's Practice

    by August 2014

    Wando High School canceled football practice Wednesday after some players came down with staph infections, according to principal Lucy Beckham.

  • Youth League Official: Football 'Has Never Been Safer'

    by Jamie Sotonoff August 2014

    As football season gets underway, suburban leagues report enrollment in their tackle football programs is flat or slightly lower, but many attribute any decrease to a variety of factors and not just concussion fears.

  • Study: 56 Percent of UNM Athletes Have Brain Damage


    UNM's Brain Safe Project, a program started last fall, studies the long-term effects of brain concussions on student-athletes.

  • Suing NFL Not Easy Decision for Head Injury Sufferers

    by Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    The injured brain of Merril Hoge keeps giving him problems. So why didn't Hoge join thousands of other former players who are suing the league with similar complaints?

  • Opinion: High School Football Will Never Be Totally Safe

    by Jay Evensen, Deseret News August 2014

    Last month, California lawmakers passed a bill limiting full-contact football practices for middle- and high-school players to two 90-minute workouts per week. Not long after, the Utah High School Activities Association implemented a new rule requiring all athletes to have yearly physical exams, rather than only one during their high school careers.

  • New AIA Rules Expected to Make Prep Football Safer

    by Chuck Constantino, Arizona Daily Star August 2014

    Football is evolving. New research on concussions and brain injuries has guided the Arizona Interscholastic Association to make some safety-related changes to the game over the offseason. About 25 coaches attended Southern Arizona's inaugural AIA football coaches meeting at Cienega High School on Saturday afternoon to learn, discuss and get clarification on the new rules.