• How Will Rowers Handle Rio's Polluted Water?

    by Rachel Axon August 2016

    Athletes competing in water where debris, contaminants and high levels of bacteria have been found will take safety precautions when training and competing at the upcoming Rio Olympics. Last year, 13 U.S. rowers got sick at the junior world championships in Rio. But games organizers and IOC President Thomas Bach have repeatedly said they will provide a safe environment for athletes. We spoke to rower Esther Lofgren, who retired after winning gold with the women’s eight at the London 2012 Games, about the situation in Rio.

  • NHL's Bettman Denies Link Between Concussions, CTE

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doubled down on his stance that there is not sufficient evidence to prove that concussions are linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease at the center of a class-action lawsuit against the league.

  • Indiana HS Coaches Adapting to New Practice Rules

    by Gordon Engelhardt July 2016

    For the first time, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) crafted a rule limiting full contact to twice a week. The intent, according to Mater Dei coach Mike Goebel, was to address overall safety concerns, especially concussions.

  • Data: USA Football Program Doesn't Reduce Concussions

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    With awareness of concussions at an all-time high, it’s no secret that people involved with football are concerned. Parents, players, coaches and professional organizations such as the NFL are all looking for ways to make the game safer. But a new report from the New York Times reveals that one of the most popular safety programs isn't working as advertised.

  • Preventing Heat Stroke in Young Athletes

    by Dayton Children's Hospital July 2016

    Staying hydrated throughout the day is best for teen athletes. Conditioning for fall sports, like football, cross country and even marching band, has started but research shows that heat-related deaths are behind most indirect deaths in high school sports. Parents need to make their athlete take it slow when starting outdoor workouts and be aware of the dangers.

  • College Basketball Player Dies After High-Heat Workout

    by Ken Miller July 2016

    Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger died from an enlarged heart after a 40-minute team workout on the football stadium stairs in hot weather, officials said Friday.

  • Study: Concussion Outcomes Vary Based on Competition Level

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    A study that examined data from more than 1,400 football-related concussions found that athletes at the youth, high school and collegiate levels have different outcomes.

    Led by Zachary Y. Kerr, the study looked specifically at the mean number of symptoms, symptom prevalence, and proportion of athletes with long return-to-play times due to concussions.

  • Former Pro Wrestlers Sue WWE Over Concussions

    by Pittsburgh Tribune Review July 2016

    More than 50 former professional wrestlers sued World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., saying in a Connecticut lawsuit the company is responsible for repeated head trauma including concussions they suffered in the ring that led to long-term neurological damage.

  • Schutt Nearing Deal for Padded Youth Football Helmets

    by Josh Kosman July 2016

    Amid declining long-term participation in both youth and high school football, the country's biggest football helmet maker is nearing a deal that could bring widespread distribution to padded safety helmet coverings by 2017, sources close to the deal said last week.

  • Earnhardt Describes Coping with Concussion Symptoms

    by Jeff Gluck July 2016

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. detailed the concussion-like symptoms that kept him out of a race car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend, telling listeners on his podcast network's "The Dale Jr. Download" on Monday that he has been battling balance issues and nausea.