• Dutch Study Eases Fears Over Shredded Tire Infill

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    On Tuesday, the National Institute for Public Health and Environment, a government-run public health organization based in the Netherlands, released the findings of a study conducted on potential health threats posed by playing on artificial turf fields made from recycled rubber crumbs.

  • Experts: HS Soccer Slow to Recognize Concussion Risks

    by Jim Baumbach with Mike Gavin December 2016

    High school girls soccer, which has surged in popularity over the last 25 years, trailed only football for the highest number of suspected concussions on Long Island for the 2015-16 school year.

  • Wake QB's Dad: Did Leaks Put My Son in Danger?

    by Josh Peter December 2016

    "It's just insane," Robert Wolford told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. "It did put John potentially in danger of getting hurt. He's not a big quarterback, and there's no question he's been battered all three years there."

  • Families Face Consequences of HS Football Injuries

    by Rachel Axon, Josh Barnett, Erik Brady and Cam Smith December 2016

    This week, the governing body for public high school sports in Texas partnered with the UT Southwestern Medical Center to launch the nation's largest study of sports-related concussions.

  • Soccer Club, Health System Partner, Target Concussions

    by Katie Demeria December 2016

    FC Richmond and health system Sheltering Arms have implemented a new baseline concussion test that all FC Richmond travel athletes must complete.

  • Brother: Rashaan Salamm Had CTE Symptoms

    by Brent Schrotenboer December 2016

    Jabali Alaji, Rashaan Salaam's brother, said he spoke to his brother about an hour before his death but that Salaam didn't indicate what he was about to do. "It was a very positive conversation," said Alaji, who lives in the Atlanta area. "We made plans for the future."

  • Texas to Launch Largest Study of Youth Brain Injuries

    by Jim Vertuno December 2016

    Currently, Texas requires only one school from each district to report concussions as part of a weekly injury reporting system, though each school in the football playoffs is required to report concussions.

  • Wrestler Sues Over Herpes Contraction

    by Ben Brasch December 2016

    A 20-year-old who claims he contracted herpes and staph during a metro Atlanta high school wrestling tournament is suing several area athletics officials and agencies. Charles Ellis claims coaches and referees didn't properly inspect the wrestlers and let him compete with an infected athlete, said Lee Davis, his Cobb County attorney.

  • San Diego Schools Neglecting Field Safety Tests

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    Data obtained through a survey by the Voice of San Diego shows that very few public schools in San Diego county are conducting regular field tests to monitor the hardness of turf fields. Only a few school districts could report having ever tested their fields, and of those, several conducted one test immediately after installation and then never again.

  • Youth Tackle Football Teams Carry On Despite Concerns

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    Independent youth football clubs are rushing in to fill the void left by the Marshall, Texas, junior high tackle football team after it shut down in 2014. The move to close the seventh-grade team was advocated by Marshall high school football coach Clint Harper, who claimed that poor teaching in youth football made players more susceptible to injury. The Pop Warner and Boys & Girls Club youth football programs have also been discontinued in Marshall, citing as the main reasons safety concerns, liability and a lack of participation.