RECENT ARTICLES
  • Synthetic Turf Groups Adopt New Safety Standard

    by Jason Scott November 2016

    Recently, concerns about the safety of recycled rubber as a material for synthetic turf infill have raised questions about the future of the industry. Despite the fact that there’s been no evidence to suggest the material can be hazardous to athletes, the concerns remain.

  • Injured Ex-Lineman Sues U. of Illinois for Negligence

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    On Friday, former offensive lineman for the University of Illinois Anthony Durkin filed a lawsuit against the university, the former athletic director, and two former coaches for breach of contract and negligence resulting in lifelong injury. The suit claims that former head coach Tim Beckman and former tight ends coach Alex Golesh forced Durkin to continue play against doctor’s orders after he suffered a shoulder injury in 2013. Their mistreatment allegedly exacerbated the injury, resulting in the loss of Durkin’s scholarship. According to Yahoo! Sports, Durkin has filed for $250,000 in damages, as well as compensation for his accumulated medical expenses and the loss of past and future wages.

  • HS Football Player Dies After Hard Fall in Game

    by Jason Scott November 2016

    A Texas high school football player died after he reportedly hit his facemask hard on the ground during a junior varsity game Thursday.

  • Infographic: AEDs and School Athletics

    by AB Editors October 2016

    The majority of the attention on athlete safety has focused on head injuries lately, but there is another silent killer on the rise. The rate of young people dying from cardiac arrest has increased by 10 percent in the last 10 years, from 6,328 in 2005 to 7,000 in 2015. Sadly, 54 percent of these cardiovascular deaths occur in high school students. There are currently 16 states that require portable defibrillators to be present on school grounds, but more than 30 states don't require the life saving devices. So why are states not making AEDs mandatory at schools and sports fields?

  • District Drops Insurance Policy, Students Left with Bill

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    As a consequence of budget cuts finalized in spring of 2016, Paterson (N.J.) Public Schools has dropped accident insurance that previously covered accidental injury to students and student-athletes while on school grounds or attending school functions.

  • Athletic Trainers to Strike While Sporting Events Go On

    by Jason Scott October 2016

    Earlier this week, faculty at 14 universities owned by the State of Pennsylvania went on strike, and the impact of the walkout could extend beyond the classroom to the playing field.

  • Experts Prescribe Active Rehab for Concussion Patients

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    In October 2015, a grant from the NFL Foundation was given to fund a two-day meeting of the nation’s leading experts in the fields of concussion research, treatment and care. Experts gathered at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to discuss new leads in the active treatment of concussion patients and prepared to share with the nation the agreed-upon best practices. The result was a Statement of Agreement publication in which experts pooled their knowledge and experience regarding the best treatments and therapies for concussion patients.

  • Mother Levels Wrongful Death Suit Against Helmet Manufacturer

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    In a lawsuit filed Friday, Jeanine Smith sought financial retribution over the death of her son Andre due to a blunt force head trauma suffered on the football field. Smith was injured in 2015 when he was struck by another player during a kick return play. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he was knocked down but immediately got back up again, and complained of a headache before losing consciousness. Smith never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead the following morning.

  • Moving Toward a More-Sustainable Synthetic Turf

    by Thomas P. Shay October 2016

    This article appeared in the September issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • HS Teams Cite Player Safety in Forfeits to Powerhouse

    by Jason Scott September 2016

    For the second time this season, a high school football team in Washington state will not be playing a scheduled game.