RECENT ARTICLES
  • Dutch Study Eases Fears Over Shredded Tire Infill

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    On Tuesday, the National Institute for Public Health and Environment, a government-run public health organization based in the Netherlands, released the findings of a study conducted on potential health threats posed by playing on artificial turf fields made from recycled rubber crumbs.

  • San Diego Schools Neglecting Field Safety Tests

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    Data obtained through a survey by the Voice of San Diego shows that very few public schools in San Diego county are conducting regular field tests to monitor the hardness of turf fields. Only a few school districts could report having ever tested their fields, and of those, several conducted one test immediately after installation and then never again.

  • Youth Tackle Football Teams Carry On Despite Concerns

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    Independent youth football clubs are rushing in to fill the void left by the Marshall, Texas, junior high tackle football team after it shut down in 2014. The move to close the seventh-grade team was advocated by Marshall high school football coach Clint Harper, who claimed that poor teaching in youth football made players more susceptible to injury. The Pop Warner and Boys & Girls Club youth football programs have also been discontinued in Marshall, citing as the main reasons safety concerns, liability and a lack of participation.

  • 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.