• Opinion: Utah Principals Worsen Specialization Problem

    by Doug Robinson May 2016

    Everyone seems to agree that the era of specialization in high school athletics is unhealthy, but nothing changes — except to get worse.

  • Court: School Ignored Signs Before Player's Death

    by Kip Hill, (509) 459-5429 May 2016

    Andrew Swank died Sept. 27, 2009, two days after vomiting and collapsing near the end of the second quarter in a game Valley Christian School played against Washtucna.

  • Concussion Suits vs. NCAA Seek Class-Action Status

    by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports May 2016

    Lawyers representing former college football players who say they are suffering from the effects of concussions filed six separate lawsuits in federal courts around the country Tuesday against the NCAA and various schools and conferences.

  • Awareness Is Key to Concussion Prevention

    by Eric-Paul Johnson May 2016

    The quest for fewer head injuries in football has gone from the gridiron to the lab. Scientists scour data, equipment-makers test new products, and coaches, administrators and trainers keep watch in hopes of making concussions as outdated as the leather helmet. But technology isn't the only way to combat head injuries. Jim Clover, the coordinator of sports medicine at the Riverside Medical Clinic, said people beyond players, coaches and trainers need to be aware of potential head injuries and have the ability to recognize them.

  • Paralyzed at 13, Ex-Pop Warner Football Player Dies

    by Stuart Goldman May 2016

    Donnovan Hill, who was paralyzed during a Pop Warner football game in 2011 at the age of 13, died Wednesday after complications from surgery.

  • Hockey Player's Son to Lead Study on Brain Injuries

    by Marlene Harris-Taylor May 2016

    Hockey legend Gordie Howe is honored to have his name attached to new research on the use of stem cells to treat traumatic brain injuries, said his son, Dr. Murray Howe.

  • Pop Warner Football Organization Bans Kickoffs

    by Colorado Springs Gazette May 2016

    Pop Warner on Thursday became the first national football organization to eliminate kickoffs in an effort to make the game safer for its 250,000 kids.

  • Study: NFL Alums Less Likely to Commit Suicide

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel May 2016

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health examined 3,439 former NFL players with at least five years of experience between 1979 and 2013. It found only 12 who committed suicide, when 25 suicides should have been expected for men of comparable age.

  • Football Programs Dropped Due to Declining Numbers

    by Rick O'Brien May 2016

    Calvary Christian Academy has sacked its varsity and middle school football teams because of declining participation and safety concerns. "The decision is one that is painful yet necessary as we evaluate our program not only in the short term but in the long term," second-year athletic director Shawn Bramble said in a release. Bramble said Friday that the Northeast Philadelphia school, which began playing varsity football in 1999, had about 28 players on last year's varsity squad.

  • Bowling Green Settles Concussion Suit for $712K

    by Jason Scott May 2016

    Bowling Green University will pay a former football player $712,000 to settle a lawsuit that claimed coaches and medical staff didn’t properly address his concussions.