• Young Players Resume Football Earlier After Concussion

    by Telegram & Gazette May 2016

    Younger football players are more likely to return to the field less than a day after suffering concussions than those in high school and college, according to a new study. Only 10 percent of young players with concussions resumed football that soon, but the results are concerning and suggest a need for more sidelines medical supervision and better recognition of concussion symptoms in children, said sports injury researcher Zachary Kerr, the lead author. He directs an injury surveillance program at Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention, Inc., an independent group in Indianapolis. “Younger kids may struggle to describe” their symptoms, and health effects from concussions may not show up right away, Kerr said, citing possible explanations for the study findings.

  • Zika May Force Relocation of Puerto Rico MLB Games

    by Tom D'Angelo May 2016

    The Marlins expect a decision from Major League Baseball by the end of the week about whether their two-game series against the Pirates in Puerto Rico will be moved to Marlins Park because of concerns over the Zika virus.

  • Opinion: Despite Risks, NFL Will Always Have Players

    by Mike Imrem May 2016

    Football players are so thrilled to be drafted into the NFL that the sport's risks don't seem to matter. The message is clear: Don't worry, fans, there always will be enough football players eager to play football.

  • HS Coaches Support Pitch-Count Rule

    by Len Hayward May 2016

    Players ages 17-19 would be limited to 110 pitches in a game and require at least four days' rest, while players 14-16 would have a maximum of 95 pitches. There is a graduated scale for those maximums on pitches and amount of rest.

  • Board Candidate Wants to Ban Tackling in HS Football

    by Josh Barnett April 2016

    Russell Davis says he's a huge football fan and hopes the Oakland Raiders come to his hometown of Las Vegas. But he adds that NFL players are adults making decisions about how to balance the risks and rewards of the game and that's not the case with tackle football for kids, even in high school. Davis, who is running for the Clark County (Nev.)

  • Athletic Trainers Seek Changes to Protect HS Athletes

    by Jane Brody April 2016

    With all the attention on national rules to prevent and properly treat injuries to professional and college athletes, it may surprise you to learn that there are no nationwide guidelines to protect high school athletes from crippling or fatal injuries. Instead, it is up to individual states and the schools within them to adopt policies and practices that help to assure the safety of children who play organized school or league sports. But most states and schools have yet to enact needed safety measures, according to data from the National Athletic Trainers Association.

  • Opinion: NFL Got Off Easy with Concussion Settlement

    by Bucky Gleason April 2016

    Years from now, people will look back on the NFL concussion settlement, upheld this week on appeal, the same way kids see prices from previous generations. Remember when gasoline was 50 cents per gallon, candy bars were 15 cents and postage stamps were a dime?

  • U. of Washington Embraces Rugby-Style Tackling

    by Daniel Uthman April 2016

    In the middle of a football practice at the University of Washington last spring, two assistant coaches suddenly charged each other, collided and ended up rolling around on the ground. This was not a fight, nor was it even roughhousing. It actually happened in the name of safety. When co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake sunk his shoulder into graduate assistant Terrence Brown's midsection, he wasn't doing it to teach the young coach a lesson, but to teach Huskies players a lesson: That there was a more effective and safer way to tackle -- so safe, it could be done without wearing a helmet.

  • Debate Over Tackling in Practice Continues

    by Paul Myerberg, @paulmyerberg, USA TODAY Sports April 2016

    Every little advantage helps, even if most of Stanford's practices this spring involved far less hitting than one might expect -- minus a single daily session in particular: a set time devoted to full-contact drills, with tackling and blocking occurring at full speed. Stanford coach David Shaw will preface these sessions with a message. Block high and tackle high, he'll tell his team, and stay face to face and chest to chest. "The game is still blocking and tackling, and avoiding blocks and avoiding being tackled," Shaw said. "And the only way to get good at that is by doing it."

  • Billion Dollar NFL Concussion Settlement Upheld

    by Jeremy Roebuck April 2016

    A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the NFL's landmark class-action settlement aimed at compensating its former players for the long-term health effects of repeated concussions. The ruling by the Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit served as an endorsement of a deal worth potentially as much as $1 billion and fashioned to end one of the most protracted and publicly debated fights in the history of the football league. If no further appeals are filed, league retirees could begin receiving benefits within four months, lawyers for the plaintiffs said.