Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
Family Sues District, Coach Over Return-to-Play Incident
by Kathy Boccella; Inquirer Staff Writer August 2014
The suit says the girl, now 16 and identified as M.U., suffered a traumatic brain injury that made her miss most of freshman year and that continues to cause headaches, fatigue, anxiety, and other symptoms two years after the collision on Aug. 20, 2012.
New Mexico AD on Women's Soccer Hazing: 'We Failed'
by Mark Smith, Assistant Sports Editor August 2014
UNM athletic director Paul Krebs said there's "no question" members of the Lobo women's soccer team engaged in hazing, as he described a night of partying, going to several different locations, pressuring players to drink alcohol and forcing freshmen to strip to sports bras and panties in order to change outfits.
TSSAA's Temp Policy Could Pull Plug on ESPN Game
by Tom Kreager, The Tennessean August 2014
Rutherford County Schools officials have begun putting together a plan in place if Sunday’s high school football game featuring Oakland and Blackman on national television gets too hot.
Lineman Proves There's Football Life After Heart Surgery
by Joey Johnston, Tribune staff August 2014
On opening night, when the University of South Florida football team races through the tunnel at Raymond James Stadium on Aug. 30 before facing the Western Carolina Catamounts, emotions will run high for Bulls players. Particularly for USF junior offensive lineman Thor Jozwiak, who missed last season following surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat.
Concussion Classes Now Required of Illinois HS Coaches
by Mike Riopell Political Editor August 2014
As football season gets underway, high school sports coaches in Illinois soon will have to take classes on how to best reduce concussions among young athletes under a new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn today.
Study: Adolescent Concussion Risk Unrelated to Helmet
by Andrew Brandt August 2014
Contrary to suggestions based on past helmet and concussion research, a team of University of Wisconsin researchers has found that, at least for adolescent athletes, neither the age, brand or status of the athlete's football helmet affects concussion risk.
Athletic Trainers, Doctors Encourage ACL Prescreenings
by IATA and MOR August 2014
Alarmed by the skyrocketing number of young athletes who get anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association and sports medicine physicians at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush are urging coaches and athletic directors to institute ACL injury screenings for all young athletes and prevention programs for those more vulnerable to ACL injuries.
Columnist: Depression Among Athletes Rarely Discussed
by Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist August 2014
Locker rooms are, in many ways, fortresses. The sports sanctuaries are designed to insulate athletes from autograph-seekers, other fans and, for all but brief designated periods, the media.
Player's Death Proves FHSAA Heat Rules Not Foolproof
by Anthony Chiang Palm Beach Post Staff Writer August 2014
On Wednesday, a 14-year-old Sebastian River High School football player died after collapsing during a practice at his team's football camp.
Did Prep Football Player Hydrate Himself to Death?
by Eric Stirgus; Staff August 2014
While the rare phenomenon of student athletes' sudden deaths is not new, the case of 17-year-old Zyrees Oliver has started a new conversation.