Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
Opinion: High School Football Will Never Be Totally Safe
by Jay Evensen, Deseret News August 2014
Last month, California lawmakers passed a bill limiting full-contact football practices for middle- and high-school players to two 90-minute workouts per week. Not long after, the Utah High School Activities Association implemented a new rule requiring all athletes to have yearly physical exams, rather than only one during their high school careers.
New AIA Rules Expected to Make Prep Football Safer
by Chuck Constantino, Arizona Daily Star August 2014
Football is evolving. New research on concussions and brain injuries has guided the Arizona Interscholastic Association to make some safety-related changes to the game over the offseason. About 25 coaches attended Southern Arizona's inaugural AIA football coaches meeting at Cienega High School on Saturday afternoon to learn, discuss and get clarification on the new rules.
Study: Neck Injuries Can Mimic Symptoms of Concussion
by Staff Reports August 2014
Some patients diagnosed with concussions actually suffer from neck injuries that cause similar symptoms, highlighting the importance of distinguishing between the two problems, a University at Buffalo study shows.
Lightning Prediction Systems Keep Florida Schools Safe
by Adam Fisher, Naples Daily News (Florida) August 2014
A recent deadly lightning strike in Fort Myers Beach has brought renewed attention to outdoor safety this time of year, when afternoon storms rage almost daily in Southwest Florida. As football coaches prepare to return to practice fields Monday, they’re reviewing more than playbooks and defensive schemes. With players spending as many as three hours a day outside over the next two weeks, coaches also are going over their lightning response protocols.
Youth Coaches Learn Ways to Reduce Concussions
by Thomas Clouse, firstname.lastname@example.org, (509) 459-5495 August 2014
Area youth coaches taught how to address concussions NFL-sponsored USA Football leads seminar By Thomas Clouse email@example.com, (509) 459-5495 Youth football coaches sat around a room Saturday at the Spokane YMCA and had safety regarding concussions drilled into their heads. Head-injury awareness has been heightened in what many view as a violent sport. Concussions have been further thrust into the spotlight through litigation by former players who claim the National Football League overlooked head injuries that have caused debilitating effects.
Experts: Solo Sports Physicals Better Than Group Clinics
by By Hannah Poturalski August 2014
Sports physicians and medical academies are discouraging schools from holding large-scale medical screenings for young athletes to obtain their state-required annual sports physicals. Sports-related injuries in student athletes exceed 2 million a year, and in Ohio all school athletes are required to get annual physicals.
Athlete Advocates Scrutinize Concussion Settlement
by Rachel Axon, USA TODAY Sports July 2014
Even as a plaintiffs' attorney called it historic and the NCAA touted its commitment to athlete safety, a proposed settlement in class action concussion litigation drew questions that indicate resolving the 3-year-old case won't happen without dissent.
Parents Sue High School for Death Involving Gym Mat
by Christian Boone, Staff July 2014
From the time of his death more than 19 months ago, the parents of a teen whose lifeless body was found inside an upright gym mat have insisted their son's death was no accident.
NCAA, Athletes Reach Head Injury Lawsuit Settlement
by Andrew Brandt July 2014
The NCAA and current and former college athletes have reached a preliminary settlement in a class action lawsuit involving the NCAA's head-injury policy.
Stopping Hazing in College and High School Athletics
by Hank Nuwer July 2014
When it comes to hazing incidents serious enough to gain national attention, the big question posed again and again recalls the sad refrain from the old ballad, "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" Specifically, when will they ever learn?