• 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.

  • Concussion Awareness Rises Among Players

    by The Commercial Appeal August 2016

    m for football — the NCAA achieved record attendance levels in 2015 — college players are paying close attention, as evident during last month’s 2016 ACC Football Kickoff at Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Study: Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur Every 13 Seconds

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel August 2016

    According to the Brain Injury Association of America, every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. sustains a traumatic brain injury, which is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The most common type of TBI is a concussion.

  • High Heat Not Necessary for Heat Stroke

    by Des Bieler August 2016

    Summer may be entering its final stages, but that hardly means that those exercising outdoors are mere weeks away from not worrying about taking the proper precautions to avoid heatstroke. Doug Wetzel, 32 and in terrific shape at the time, was running in temperatures in the mid-70s last year for a triathlon when he veered off course and collapsed on a nearby house's front lawn, the victim of heatstroke. Actually, he was the victim of several catastrophic ailments, including compartment syndrome in his right leg, which led to rhabdomyolysis, which he thinks led to his heatstroke ("This weird, perfect storm," as he put it). From this "perfect storm," he would end up lying comatose at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, in desperate need of a new liver.

  • 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.

  • Opinion: Safety Guidelines Needed to Prevent HS Deaths

    by Dr. David Geier August 2016

    Over a recent 20-year period, 243 deaths occurred during high school and college football practices and games. That's about 12 per season. The most common causes were heart failure, brain injury and heat illness.

  • HS Football Coaches Take Steps Toward Zika Prevention

    by Jodie Wagner August 2016

    It's been nearly two decades since mosquitoes altered the high school football landscape in Palm Beach County. During the 1997 season, dozens of games were moved to the daytime after the county's Health Department issued an alert about the risk of mosquito-borne encephalitis. With evening activities banned for four weeks throughout the county, many schools lost significant amounts of money on gate receipts and concession sales.

  • When Weight Training, Form and Safety Paramount

    by Kimberly Garrison August 2016

    We all agree that exercise is good for you, and we should also agree that whether you are a novice or veteran exerciser, much like the medical profession, your motto should be "first do no harm." While it's great that more people are working out, many unfortunately ignore proper exercise technique and safety, which can lead to unintended consequences.

  • U.S. Swimmers Pulled Off Planes, Robbery Story Questioned

    by Christine Brennan, USA TODAY Sports August 2016

    In a new and dramatic twist to the story about four U.S. swimmers allegedly being robbed at gunpoint, Olympians Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight late Wednesday as they tried to leave Brazil, according to U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky. Sandusky said more information was being gathered, but it is clear this story is not as simple as it sounded Sunday.

  • Concussion Protocol Failure Can Bring Negligence Claim

    by John Wolohan and Emily Campeas August 2016

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