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  • High School Football Team Goes Independent for Safety

    by Jim Baumbach September 2016

    Port Washington withdrew its varsity football team from Nassau's interscholastic organization this season because the school says it was concerned about injuries and an ability to compete in a conference with similarly sized high schools. Port Washington has instead elected to play eight exhibition games against four Lower Hudson Valley schools, three Nassau public schools from a lower conference and Long Island Lutheran. The team lost its first game of the season, 21-14, to Pelham of Westchester County on Sept. 10. The Vikings' next scheduled game is at home on Sept. 24 against Long Island Lutheran. The district's decision to opt out of Nassau's organized sports setup comes after years of appealing its varsity football team's placement in Conference I, which includes the county's 14 largest high schools by enrollment, athletic director Stephanie Joannon said.

  • Texas High School Football Player Dies After Game

    by Jason Scott September 2016

    Chase Lightfoot, a junior at Shadow Creek High School in Pearland, Texas, died after suffering health complications during a game on Friday.

  • Flag Football League to Require Protective Headgear

    by Jason Scott September 2016

    A youth football league in New Jersey became the first in the state to mandate the use of protective headgear for its flag football teams.

  • Pop Warner League Nixes Season, Blames Flag Football

    by Jason Scott August 2016

    As safety concerns surrounding youth football continue to mount, a growing number of players (and their parents) are opting for non-contact options, leaving tackle football teams and leagues suddenly low on participants.

  • HS Coach Fired After Player Hospitalized by Boxing

    by Jason Scott August 2016

    A Montana high school football coach was fired after reports that one of his players was hospitalized following a boxing match that took place at a leadership camp.

  • Concussion Protocol Failure Can Bring Negligence Claim

    by John Wolohan and Emily Campeas August 2016

    This article appeared in the July/August issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • NCAA Part of $1.2M Settlement in Wrongful Death Suit

    by Stuart Goldman August 2016

    The NCAA and other defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit will pay $1.2 million in a settlement with the parents of a college football player who died in 2011 from a head injury suffered in practice.

  • Does Your HS Athlete Suffer from "Text Neck?"

    by Jason Scott August 2016

    As the fall sports season gets underway for high schools across the country this month, many may suffer from problems or pain caused by poor posture.

  • 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.

  • 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.