• Fighting Down in US Junior Hockey Leagues

    by Kevin Allen April 2016

    Fighting in the NHL continues to decrease, but U.S junior hockey is where radical changes are being seen. "Fighting is not part of the fabric in junior hockey in the United States anymore," said Marc Boxer, USA Hockey's director of junior hockey. "It's not what kids are doing. ... No kid wants to take himself out of a game because the viewing he may get from NHL scouts and college scouts." The USA Hockey Player Safety Initiative was adopted in 2012 with a mandate to reduce unnecessary violence with tougher standards, harsher punishments and increased league scrutiny. Since then, fighting and reckless hits have been down and the quality of play has been on the rise.

  • Opinion: Today's Pitchers Softer Than Predecessors

    by Normand Chad April 2016

    The pitcher's mound has been 60 feet, 6 inches away from home plate since 1893. Athletes today are bigger, stronger and faster than in generations past, due to human evolution, improved nutrition and superior training methods. So how come 50 years ago pitchers could start every fourth day and throw 250 innings a year and now they start every fifth day and seldom reach 200 innings?

  • Omalu Reiterates Stance on Youth Football Dangers

    by Deseret Morning News March 2016

    Speaking of youth football, Omalu cited a 1957 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics that said children under the age of 13 should not play "body contact" sports.

  • Abdullah: NFL Has Made Strides on Concussion Safety

    by Tom Pelissero March 2016

    Husain Abdullah has had a front-row seat to scientific advances and the NFL's efforts to get a handle on head trauma in recent years. The 30-year-old safety's retirement Monday was borne not out of distrust or fear but an acceptance his own medical history - including five concussions over seven seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs - puts him in a high-risk category at a time when family and goals are at the front of his mind.

  • Researchers Moving Toward Blood Test for Concussion

    by Worcester Telegram & Gazette March 2016

    New research bolsters evidence that a simple blood test may someday be used to detect concussions. It suggests that a protein linked with head trauma may be present in blood up to a week after injury, which could help diagnose patients who delay seeking treatment. The study involved patients at one hospital in Florida and the results are preliminary — a concussion blood test based on the two proteins studied or on other so-called biomarkers under review is likely at least a few years away from routine use.

  • NHL Discussed Link Between Fights, Concussions

    by Jason Scott March 2016

    In recently unsealed emails, top NHL officials discussed possible links between fights, concussions and the deaths of three former players who died either due to suicide or drug overdose.

  • North Carolina Schools Join National Concussion Study

    by Richard Craver March 2016

    The local focus on concussions expands to a national stage with all of Wake Forest’s and Winston-Salem State’s athletes and trainers joining a 30-university study, along with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers.

  • Former Raiders to Donate Brains to CTE Research

    by Elliott Almond March 2016

    A trio of Raiders who did battle during football’s wild days of brutal hits and colorful characters came forward Friday to sound the alarm on the game that brought them fame. George Atkinson, George Buehler and Art Thoms — members of the renegade group led by the likes of Ken Stabler, Jack Tatum and John Matuszak — told this news organization they have pledged their brains to the Boston-based Concussion Legacy Foundation. That group’s mission it to elevate the understanding of the causes of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the disease being linked to repeated blows to the head.

  • NFL Piloting Youth Development Program

    by Andrew Sodergren March 2016

    With football coming under fire due to safety concerns involving head injuries, the NFL is trying to allay concerns about the sport. The NFL, in partnership with the Greater Naples YMCA, has launched a youth development program that will be offered to Collier County kids ages 10 to 14. The NFL chose Naples as the spot of the pilot program, and hopes to expand it to other areas of the country.

  • Why Are Many College Athletes Depressed?

    by Sandy Bauers March 2016

    Exercise has long been touted as a way to alleviate depression. So shouldn't some of our ultimate exercisers - college athletes - be among society's least depressed? Perhaps not. Research now suggests that nearly a quarter of college athletes experience depressive symptoms, a rate thought to be similar to that of their nonathlete peers. The researchers, led by Drexel University's Eugene Hong, a sports-medicine physician and associate dean of primary-care and community health in the College of Medicine, recently completed one of the largest studies yet of depression symptoms in undergraduate athletes. The results were published in the February issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.