• Study: Rio's Waterways Still Contaminated, Risky

    by Jenny Barchfield August 2016

    Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by the Associated Press.

  • Payton: Kickoff Rule Will Bring More Returns, Not Fewer

    by The Buffalo News August 2016

    New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is skeptical of the new touchback rule working the way the NFL intended in an attempt to cut down on injuries during kickoffs.

  • Tips to Keep Young Athletes Healthy

    by AB Staff August 2016

    Every sport poses at least some risks. As a parent, you can work together with coaches and your young athlete to help reduce these risks.

  • HS to Try Graduate Assistant as Athletic Trainer

    by Laura Haight, Staff writer August 2016

    The graduate assistant would have to meet all provisions as required in state code, superintendent John Hudson told the board. He was also confident that the contract would prevent the schools from any legal issues if something were to go wrong.

  • New Contact Rules Take Effect for Florida HS Football

    by Adam Fisher August 2016

    When high school football players hit the practice field for the first time Monday, signaling the start of the 2016 season, they'll do so under a new set of rules. The new regulations might sound drastic to those who picture football as a gladiator sport, area coaches say the rules limiting contact won't affect them much. As the game grows more health conscious, coaches have been cutting back on live tackling for years. This season the Florida High School Athletic Association is instituting new limitations on the amount of contact football players can have during practice. Teams can engage in live contact, defined as tackling players to the ground, no more than 80 minutes per week during the regular season.

  • How Will Rowers Handle Rio's Polluted Water?

    by Rachel Axon August 2016

    Athletes competing in water where debris, contaminants and high levels of bacteria have been found will take safety precautions when training and competing at the upcoming Rio Olympics. Last year, 13 U.S. rowers got sick at the junior world championships in Rio. But games organizers and IOC President Thomas Bach have repeatedly said they will provide a safe environment for athletes. We spoke to rower Esther Lofgren, who retired after winning gold with the women’s eight at the London 2012 Games, about the situation in Rio.

  • NHL's Bettman Denies Link Between Concussions, CTE

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doubled down on his stance that there is not sufficient evidence to prove that concussions are linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease at the center of a class-action lawsuit against the league.

  • Data: USA Football Program Doesn't Reduce Concussions

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    With awareness of concussions at an all-time high, it’s no secret that people involved with football are concerned. Parents, players, coaches and professional organizations such as the NFL are all looking for ways to make the game safer. But a new report from the New York Times reveals that one of the most popular safety programs isn't working as advertised.

  • Study: Concussion Outcomes Vary Based on Competition Level

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    A study that examined data from more than 1,400 football-related concussions found that athletes at the youth, high school and collegiate levels have different outcomes.

    Led by Zachary Y. Kerr, the study looked specifically at the mean number of symptoms, symptom prevalence, and proportion of athletes with long return-to-play times due to concussions.

  • Study: Composition of Turf a Factor in Football Injuries

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    A study presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting showed that the infill weight of synthetic turf surfaces plays a role in the rate of injuries among high school football players.