Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
- Hockey Player's Son to Lead Study on Brain Injuries
by Marlene Harris-Taylor May 2016
Hockey legend Gordie Howe is honored to have his name attached to new research on the use of stem cells to treat traumatic brain injuries, said his son, Dr. Murray Howe.
- Pop Warner Football Organization Bans Kickoffs
by Colorado Springs Gazette May 2016
Pop Warner on Thursday became the first national football organization to eliminate kickoffs in an effort to make the game safer for its 250,000 kids.
- Study: NFL Alums Less Likely to Commit Suicide
by Knoxville News-Sentinel May 2016
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health examined 3,439 former NFL players with at least five years of experience between 1979 and 2013. It found only 12 who committed suicide, when 25 suicides should have been expected for men of comparable age.
- Football Programs Dropped Due to Declining Numbers
by Rick O'Brien May 2016
Calvary Christian Academy has sacked its varsity and middle school football teams because of declining participation and safety concerns. "The decision is one that is painful yet necessary as we evaluate our program not only in the short term but in the long term," second-year athletic director Shawn Bramble said in a release. Bramble said Friday that the Northeast Philadelphia school, which began playing varsity football in 1999, had about 28 players on last year's varsity squad.
- Bowling Green Settles Concussion Suit for $712K
by Jason Scott May 2016
Bowling Green University will pay a former football player $712,000 to settle a lawsuit that claimed coaches and medical staff didn’t properly address his concussions.
- Young Players Resume Football Earlier After Concussion
by Telegram & Gazette May 2016
Younger football players are more likely to return to the field less than a day after suffering concussions than those in high school and college, according to a new study. Only 10 percent of young players with concussions resumed football that soon, but the results are concerning and suggest a need for more sidelines medical supervision and better recognition of concussion symptoms in children, said sports injury researcher Zachary Kerr, the lead author. He directs an injury surveillance program at Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention, Inc., an independent group in Indianapolis. “Younger kids may struggle to describe” their symptoms, and health effects from concussions may not show up right away, Kerr said, citing possible explanations for the study findings.
- Zika May Force Relocation of Puerto Rico MLB Games
by Tom D'Angelo May 2016
The Marlins expect a decision from Major League Baseball by the end of the week about whether their two-game series against the Pirates in Puerto Rico will be moved to Marlins Park because of concerns over the Zika virus.
- Opinion: Despite Risks, NFL Will Always Have Players
by Mike Imrem May 2016
Football players are so thrilled to be drafted into the NFL that the sport's risks don't seem to matter. The message is clear: Don't worry, fans, there always will be enough football players eager to play football.
- HS Coaches Support Pitch-Count Rule
by Len Hayward May 2016
Players ages 17-19 would be limited to 110 pitches in a game and require at least four days' rest, while players 14-16 would have a maximum of 95 pitches. There is a graduated scale for those maximums on pitches and amount of rest.
- Board Candidate Wants to Ban Tackling in HS Football
by Josh Barnett April 2016
Russell Davis says he's a huge football fan and hopes the Oakland Raiders come to his hometown of Las Vegas. But he adds that NFL players are adults making decisions about how to balance the risks and rewards of the game and that's not the case with tackle football for kids, even in high school. Davis, who is running for the Clark County (Nev.)