Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
- Does NCAA's Targeting Rule Actually Protect Players?
by Post & Courier April 2016
In February, the NCAA took steps to address concerns about targeting penalties. After a four-day meeting in Orlando, Fla., the NCAA Football Rules Committee decided to allow the instant replay official to review every aspect of a targeting penalty. The replay official could also stop the game if he witnesses an obvious violation missed by officials on the field.
- Reports: Harvin Retiring from NFL at 27
by The Virginian-Pilot April 2016
Percy Harvin, the explosive wide receiver who went from high school stardom in Virginia Beach to greatness at the University of Florida and a Super Bowl championship with Seattle, is ending his NFL career at the age of 27, according to multiple media reports. Citing sources that were not named, Pro Football Talk reported Thursday afternoon that the oft-injured Harvin told the Buffalo Bills – the team he played with in 2015 – that he is retiring.
- Maine Legalizes Roller Derby
by From staff reports April 2016
Roller derby is no longer an outlawed sport in Maine. The sport - in which two teams roller skate around a rink while blocking, bumping and slamming members of the opposing team - has been growing in popularity for years.
- NFL Players: League Knew About Flawed Helmets in '70s
by Josh Kosman April 2016
Former NFL players suing helmet maker Riddell say they have unearthed documents showing the NFL knew decades ago that football helmets were flawed and ignored the findings.
- Club, District Partner for Flag Football Program
by Bangor Daily News April 2016
Aroostook Huskies Football and SAD 1 have announced that they've partnered to start a flag football program for youth in grades 1-6 in central Aroostook County.
- Turf Industry Bolsters Defense of Crumb Rubber Safety
by Paul Steinbach April 2016
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- Former Football Star Begins Work at Concussion Clinic
by John Hollenhorst April 2016
A former BYU football star whose NFL career was cut short partly by concussions has now decided to devote himself to helping others with similar injuries. Late last month, Austin Collie informed his team in the Canadian Football League that he's ending his football career to work for an innovative concussion clinic in Provo. The small clinic is a lot quieter than a football stadium, but it's Collie's new arena. Instead of handling a football, he's learning to juggle balls and other small objects as mental therapy for concussion victims. On a recent morning, he repeatedly tossed a roll of tape to a colleague who tried to identify symbols on it as it flew through the air.
- Doctor Supports Pitch Limits in HS Baseball
by Ernie Clark April 2016
All moves toward establishing pitch limits at the high school level are good news to Dr. William M. Heinz, a Portland-based orthopedist and chair of the sports medicine advisory committee for the National Federation of State High School Associations.
- Second-Year NFL Player Retires, Cites Concussions
by Jay Skurski April 2016
Second-year linebacker AJ Tarpley announced his retirement because of concussions via a post on his Instagram page. In his post, Tarpley said he suffered the third and fourth concussions of his career last season.
- MLB Reportedly Approves Wearable Technology
by Stuart Goldman April 2016
Major League Baseball has approved two wearable technology devices for in-game use this season, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.