• Iowa Schools Brace for Concussion Lawsuits

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    The state of Iowa expects more lawsuits to be filed after a former high school football player was awarded close to $1 million when a U.S. District Court found that his school district was at fault for complications due to head injuries he sustained while playing football.

  • NBA Finals Opener May Hinge on One Man: A Doctor

    by Sam Amick, @sam_amick, USA TODAY Sports June 2015

    The most important role player in the NBA Finals is a man you likely have never heard of: Jeffrey Kutcher, director of the league's concussion program.

  • Is Girls-Only Football a Step in Dangerous Direction?

    by Brad Rock Deseret News May 2015

    The inaugural season of the Utah Girls Tackle Football League kicked off, literally, last Saturday in West Jordan amid high spirits.

  • 15-Year-Old Player Dies After Being Struck by Baseball

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    A 15-year-old baseball player died after being hit by a ball during a game in Bemidji, Minnesota.

    Zacharie Schaubhut was pitching in the pick-up game played at Bemidji High School and collapsed after being struck by the ball hit by the batter.

  • IHSA Bolsters Concussion-Prevention Initiatives

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    The Illinois High School Association recently introduced several concussion-prevention initiatives after a lawsuit was filed accusing it of doing too little to protect student-athletes from head injuries. 

  • Doctor: Mandate Heart-Screening in HS Sports Physical

    by Dr. John P. Higgins May 2015

    in the past two weeks there have been at least three cases of fatal or near fatal heart-related events involving Texas high school and middle school students. It is time that we not only recognize there is a problem, but do something about it.

  • Family to Sue After Autopsy Finds Montador Had CTE

    by John Vogl; News Sports Reporter May 2015

    Steve Montador's family learned Tuesday he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disorder commonly known as CTE.

  • Understanding the Role of Athletic Trainers in High Schools

    by Larry Cooper May 2015

    Athletes participating in every sport at the collegiate and professional levels have come to rely on an athletic trainer for all of their injuries and ailments. Athletic trainers' specialized scope of practice includes injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

  • Virginia Tech Professor Explains Helmet Research

    by Paul Steinbach May 2015

    In February, the NFL suspended its concussion research program employing helmet sensors, citing player privacy and data-reliability concerns. Stefan Duma disagrees with that decision. After attending a military conference in 2003, the head of Virginia Tech's biomechanical engineering department helped the Hokies football program become the first in the nation to track head impacts.

  • The AB Extra: March 27

    by Laura Godlewski March 2015

    Editor's note: Today we're introducing a new feature to, The AB Extra. Each Friday this space will feature news, notes and interesting articles from around the web in a quick, concise format. We hope you enjoy this first edition of the The AB Extra.