Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
- Could Ivy League's Reduced Tackling Help Save Football?
by Nancy Armour March 2016
Leave it to the Ivy Leaguers to figure out a simple way to protect their football players' brains. Maybe even save the game in the process. The agreement by Ivy League coaches to eliminate tackling in practice is a seismic shift in the effort to prevent chronic traumatic encephalopathy and other devastating effects of head trauma that have been linked to football. As scary as those high-speed collisions and vicious hits during games are, it's the thousands of hits that players absorb in practice throughout their careers that do the most damage. Eliminate those hits, and you eliminate the repetitive head trauma that goes with them.
- Professors Win Grant to Develop Concussion Reporting Tool
by John Newsom March 2016
If a college athlete gets a concussion, there’s a good chance it goes unreported. Athletes often hide their headaches and dizziness from their teammates and coaches.
- "Initiation" Results in Broken Nose for High School Player
by Edmundo Carrillo March 2016
The roughhousing that took place on a bus ride after a big Santa Fe High boys basketball team win led to a player getting his nose broken as a group of young members of the team were being "freshmanized," according to a report from the New Mexico State Police. A bus surveillance video also released by the State Police on Monday displays the extent of the horseplay while coaches sat oblivious at the front of the bus. The video shows players being hit, but with what does not appear to be much force or violence.
- Youth Leagues Stress Concussion Safety
by Zach Duncan March 2016
The safety movement in youth sports has never been more prominent as concerns over concussions have grown. Football and soccer are two sports that have received much of the scrutiny, but new guidelines and procedures enforced at the local level are attempting to ease concerns. For the first time, the Boys & Girls Club’s football league had a certified trainer through United Regional at every game last fall to address any injuries that arose.
- MLB Rule Change Bans Certain Second Base Slides
by Knoxville News-Sentinel February 2016
Major League Baseball and the players’ union have banned rolling blocks to break up potential double plays, hoping to prevent a repeat of the takeout by Chase Utley that broke the leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada during last year’s playoffs.
- Rio Olympic Organizers Try to Calm Zika Virus Concerns
by Martin Rogers, @mrogersUSAT, USA TODAY Sports February 2016
Organizers of the 2016 Olympics are facing an uphill task in their bid to convince the international sports community that the Games will be spared the effects of the mysterious Zika virus.
- Bill: Chiropractors May OK Athletes After Concussion
by Jonathan Shorman February 2016
Chiropractors could sign off on student athletes' return to the playing field following a concussion under legislation advanced by the House on Monday. Lawmakers voted 73-51 to pass House Bill 2578, sending the bill to the Senate. The bill would expand the list of medical professionals who can OK athletes for competition to include chiropractors. Currently, chiropractors are among those authorized to pull athletes off the field following an injury, but can't allow them to return.
- District OKs Concussion Oversight Team
by Marie Wilson February 2016
As the school board in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 approved the state-mandated creation of a concussion oversight team, board members focused on the role of coaches and the effects on learning caused by concussions.
- Bosh's Blood Clots Show Recurrence Trend
by A.J. Perez February 2016
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh faces the stark reality known to many who have been treated for blood clots: A recurrence can be common. Bosh was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism -- which occurs when a blood clot becomes dislodged from another part of the body and travels to the lungs -- last February, and he missed the rest of the season. This time the blood clot was detected in his calf, and the 11-time All-Star will have tests this week to determine the course of action, according to multiple published reports.
- Iowa Bill Would Require Athletic Trainers at Prep Events
by Stuart Goldman February 2016
A bill in the Iowa Senate would require Iowa high schools to have a certified athletic trainer on site to identify concussions at all varsity football, wrestling and boys and girls soccer events.