• Bill Would Mandate Concussion Training for Coaches

    by Zach Osowski March 2016

    A bill adding protections for almost every high school athlete in Indiana is getting close to becoming law. Senate Bill 234, authored by Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, will mandate that every interscholastic high school or middle school coach in Indiana take a concussion training program prior to the 2017-18 school year. It will also grant civil immunity to coaches who have already taken the course and make a “good faith effort” in protecting a student athlete from a potential concussion or brain injury.

  • Pop Warner Settles Concussion Lawsuit

    by Josh Kosman March 2016

    Pop Warner, the nation's largest youth football program, has settled its first and only concussion-related lawsuit - brought by a mother who claimed her son committed suicide because of brain injuries he received from playing football in the league, The Post has learned.

  • Opinion: Race May Play a Role in Protecting Football Players

    by John M. Crisp March 2016

    The National Football League has gradually paid more attention to player safety and well-being. But professional football is a deeply beloved, $10-billion-per-year institution that depends on body-shaking violence for its appeal.

  • US Olympic Committee Says Athletes Not Concerned with Zika

    by Nancy Armour March 2016

    If American athletes have fears about competing in Rio de Janeiro because of the Zika virus, they're not telling U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun. Given the fears and furor over the virus, which has been linked to birth defects, you'd expect Blackmun's phone to be buzzing 24/7 with athletes and sports federation officials frantically seeking answers and guidance about what they should do. But that hasn't been the case. Quite the contrary.

  • HS Wrestler Claims Competing Gave Him Herpes

    by Jason Scott March 2016

    A California high school wrestler who says he contracted a strain of herpes while competing in a wrestling match made a passionate call for the state wrestling championships to be canceled.

  • World Cup Icon Chastain to Donate Brain to Research

    by Christine Brennan March 2016

    Brandi Chastain, whose iconic celebration at the 1999 Women's World Cup became a lasting symbol of power and success in women's sports, announced Thursday that she has decided to donate her brain after death to the Concussion Legacy Foundation to be studied by the renowned Boston University CTE program. "I'm not going to be needing it at the end of my life, No.1," Chastain said in a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports, "and hopefully, what can be learned is, can doctors and scientists and neuroscientists look at the brain of someone like me, who has been playing soccer a majority of my life, and really dissect the brain and say, 'Here's where we see it beginning.' Could we then use that information to help say that before the age of 14, it's not a good idea to head the ball?"

  • Bill Would Give Refs Concussion Overrule Power

    by Jason Scott March 2016

    In the name of player safety, lawmakers in Kentucky are considering adopting a law that would give high school sports officials power to decide whether a player can return to a game following a head injury.

  • UB Athlete Dies One Week After Conditioning Workout

    by Mark Gaughan March 2016

    UB football players remembered Solomon Jackson on Tuesday as one of their most enthusiastic, hardworking and unselfish teammates.

  • Gym Mat Death Lawsuits Withdrawn, But Probe Continues

    by Christian Boone March 2016

    The parents of Kendrick Johnson have, for now, withdrawn a wrongful death lawsuit against Brian Bell, an FBI agent's son whom they believe was involved in their son's death.

  • 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.