Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
Senator: Open Sexual Predator Files to Kids Groups
by Amber Sutherland June 2014
Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to allow children's organizations such as the Boy Scouts to access the federal criminal histories of prospective staffers.
Blood Test Could Be Concussion Detection Breakthrough
by Phil Kadner. email@example.com May 2014
A new blood test that reportedly can spot concussions in athletes could be "Nobel Prize-type stuff," according to a neurologist at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Obama: Concussions Concerning in U.S. Sports Culture
by Christine Brennan, firstname.lastname@example.org, USA TODAY Sports May 2014
Speaking as much as the parent of two athletic daughters as he was as president, Obama sent a clear message: It's time to treat concussions as the serious, wide-ranging, male and female health issue they have become.
NATA to Help Increase Medical Services in Underserved High Schools
by Super User May 2014
Source: National Athletic Trainers’ Association
WASHINGTON, DC, May 29, 2014 –The National Athletic Trainers’ Association, in collaboration with the Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society, will support a national initiative to place athletic trainers (ATs) in underserved high schools in NFL markets during the 2014 football season. The National Football League Foundation and NFL teams will provide $1 million, with the NATA adding another $125,000, to improve the health and welfare of those student athletes. The announcement was made during the White House Healthy Kids and Concussion Summit in Washington, DC, this morning.
Minnesota's Strict Hockey Rules Now National Standard
by DAVID LA VAQUE; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) May 2014
Minnesota high school hockey's tougher rules to make the game safer will now be a national standard. The changes, which begin with the 2014-15 season, govern play in 17 states that offer hockey.
Child Psychologist: Screaming at Kid Athletes Is Abuse
by Dr. Gregory Ramey May 2014
It was painful watching the emotional abuse of young athletes by their parents in the HBO special "State of Play: Trophy Kids." The program documents the interactions among parents and four young athletes as they compete in golf, basketball, football and tennis.
Seven Sports Safety Questions Every Parent Should Ask
by AB Staff May 2014
Editor's Note: In response to the story Athletic Business published on May 19 titled, "School Districts Grapple with Youth Tackle Football Safety," the National Athletic Trainers' Association sent us the following release which we wanted to pass on to our readers.
School Disricts Grapple with Youth Tackle Football Safety
by Nicole Shepard Deseret News May 2014
Due to mounting evidence that football injuries are causing long-term brain trauma, U.S. school districts are considering removing tackle-football programs for their younger students.
Who's Verifying the Claims of Anti-Concussion Products?
by Nancy Armour, @nrarmour, USA TODAY Sports May 2014
While government agencies monitor the safety and effectiveness of food, drugs and automobiles, there's no such group keeping an eye on football helmets or the increasing number of add-on products.
Study: Concussions May Lead to Smaller Brain Volume
by May 2014
A new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests college football players with concussion histories may have smaller brain volumes and slower reaction times than players with fewer years of experience.
The study, conducted by the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR), looked at 25 college football players that already had a history of concussions and compared them to 25 college football players who had not suffered concussions and 25 non-football-playing control participants. Researchers then measured brain function using an MRI machine, while the participants took computerized cognitive tests.
According to the research, the 25 college football players with previous concussion history had the smallest hippocampal volume when all three groups were compared.
The hippocampus is the brain region responsible for regulating emotion and storing and processing memory. The results may indicate that this region of the brain is particularly sensitive to mild traumatic brain injuries.
Beyond the impact that traumatic brain injuries can have on the hippocampus, the football players with more football experience also experienced slower reaction times than younger players. While the study itself could not provide any answers to this question, the researchers believe that the physical and psychological stressors that college athletes experience during their careers could be a factor.
Due to the small sample size, the study cannot make any definitive claims, but the researchers hope that it will serve as a starting point for further research into the effects of concussions on young athletes.
“Other studies have evaluated the effects on older athletes, such as retired NFL players, but no one has studied 20-year-olds until now — and the results were remarkable and surprising,” the Director of Cognitive Neuroscience for LIBR, Patrick S.F. Bellgowan, told the University of Tulsa. “Our next step is to assess what caused this difference in hippocampus size.”