• CTE Study Results Raise Questions for Kids, Parents

    by Matt Stout July 2017

    The “staggering” brain injury threat to football players detailed in an new CTE study could leave school kids and their parents questioning whether their love of the game outweighs the potential health hazards, a former player and local coaches say.

  • HS Freshman Dies After Football Workout

    by Jason Scott July 2017

    High school football teams around the country are beginning offseason workouts, and inevitably some of those workouts take tragic turns.

  • Study: 110 out of 111 NFL Brains Found to Have CTE

    by Rick Maese July 2017

    Researchers studying the link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy found that 99 percent of the brains donated by families of former NFL players showed signs of the neurodegenerative disease, according to a new study published Tuesday. In all, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and the VA Boston Healthcare System examined 202 brains that belonged to men who played football at all levels and later were donated for research. They found CTE in 177 of them -- 87 percent. While they found evidence of the disease across all levels of play, the highest percentage was found among those who competed at the highest level; all but one of the 111 brains belonging to ex-NFL players were diagnosed post-mortem with CTE.

  • Researchers Provide Insights into Youth Football Injuries

    by Richard Craver July 2017

    In March 2016, Wake Forest's and Winston-Salem State's athletes and trainers joined a 30-university study, along with...

  • Rhabdomyolysis More Common as Workouts Intensify

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Rhabdomyolysis, a rare but potentially life-threatening condition that can be a side effect of extreme exercise, is not a new discovery. Hundreds of documented cases appear among those in demanding professions, such as firefighters and the armed forces. Occasionally, college athletes are diagnosed after a grueling workout.

  • States Mandate Face Masks in High School Softball

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    The Missouri State High School Activities Association has updated the softball manual for the 2017 season with a new mandate that all pitchers wear a protective mask during play.

  • Heat Precautions Emphasized After HS Player's Death

    by Adam Regan July 2017

    As football players were shuttled on and off the field at Wednesday's 7-on-7 passing league at South Fort Myers High School, there was no shortage of coaches barking at their players to hydrate. "Take water," a Cape Coral High assistant coach screamed as his players jogged to the water tanker. "Drink it, pour it on your head and down your back." Each summer during conditioning workouts and on into fall training camp, Lee and Collier County coaches remain vigilant in educating their players about the need for hydration and a healthy diet as temperatures reach the high 90s.

  • Heat Stroke Blamed in HS Football Player's Death

    by Adam Regan July 2017

    Riverdale High School junior lineman Zachary Polsenberg was lovingly referred to by his teammates as the "Gentle Giant." But when the 6-foot-5, 320-pound roadblock stepped onto the football field he flipped a switch, transforming into a relentless worker with no quit in him.

  • Montana Governor Signs Youth Concussion Bill

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Montana Governor Steve Bullock on Monday signed into law House Bill 487, which was approved by the state Legislature earlier this year, in an effort to expand the protection of young athletes.

    The Dylan Steigers Protection of Youth Athletes Act has been in effect in Montana since 2013 and requires public schools to educate parents, coaches and staff about brain injuries and the dangers of playing with a concussion.

    House Bill 487 extends those requirements to private schools and other youth athletic organizations and demands that those organizations provide documentation of training programs and educational materials.

    Jill Olson, director of the Dylan Steigers Concussion Project, said the 2013 bill increased the safety of sanctioned sports, but HB 487 covers young athletes playing even unsanctioned sports.

    "Our biggest concern is the plethora of concussions that we see in youth that are unidentified, mismanaged, minimized and marginalized," said Olson. "This law will help provide some boundaries and structure for coaches and parents to now lean into."

    Tom Steigers — father of Dylan Steigers, an Eastern Oregon University football player who died of a head injury in 2010 — told the Missoulian, "We knew all along that you weren't going to take care of the problem or even start to address it by only focusing on the high school realm.”

    "You had to expand it to all areas of sports,” he said, and he feels the expanded law accomplishes that.

    At the signing ceremony, Governor Bullock — the father of a soon-to-be fifth-grader who is excited to play contact football — said, "I know that because of Dylan, because of Tom, because of the work in this community, that my son and every other kid in this state are much safer.”

    The new bill goes into effect on October 1.

  • MSU Doctor Accused of Child Exploitation to Plead Guilty

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar has signed a deal agreeing to plead guilty to three federal charges relating to child pornography.

    Here is a short timeline of events leading up to the deal: