• Iowa Bill Would Require Athletic Trainers at Prep Events

    by Stuart Goldman February 2016

    A bill in the Iowa Senate would require Iowa high schools to have a certified athletic trainer on site to identify concussions at all varsity football, wrestling and boys and girls soccer events.

  • Proposed Bill Would Expand Concussion Protocols

    by Amber Sandhu February 2016

    A California assemblyman has proposed legislation to increase safety and protect young athletes from concussions. Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, said current legislation only addresses school sports, and hasn’t been updated since 2011. His bill would put in place the same protocols that protect high school athletes for other youth sports. The current Assembly Bill 25 requires school districts to immediately remove athletes from playing if they’re suspected of suffering a concussion or head injury. The bill requires medical clearance from a health care provider to return to the game.

  • Study: Concussion May Triple Suicide Risk

    by Takara Scott-Johnston February 2016

    The dangers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE),  a degenerative neurological disease have been well known for many years. The disease has been been be linked to brain trauma as well as concussions.

  • Morrall's Tragic CTE-Related Decline

    by Hal Habib February 2016

    No one questioned Earl Morrall's ability as a communicator, but if they had, there were 10 witnesses who could have testified he knew what to say and how to say it. "Come on, let's keep it going," was the concise but necessary lift Morrall gave in the Dolphins' huddle seconds after starting quarterback Bob Griese broke his ankle early in the 1972 season. Few in South Florida need reminding that all that happened next was the most significant accomplishment in the region's sports history: 17-0. So it didn't take a doctor's diagnosis for Earl's son, Matt, to know something was very wrong with his father the past handful of years.

  • Riddell Rolling Out New Helmet Technology

    by Chicago Daily Herald February 2016

    Riddell President Dan Arment holds team meetings with his engineers and designers at the Rosemont headquarters to address the latest plastics, sensors and other materials used to create the next generation football helmet. Head injuries in football have become a hot-button issue in recent years and Riddell, an industry leader in football helmets and protective equipment technology, is creating and testing helmets to better protect players against concussions and other injuries. Their latest helmet, the SpeedFlex, was worn this past season by high profile players in the NFL, including three quarterbacks: Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins. The SpeedFlex, which initially debuted in 2014, touts a "flex panel" built into the crown that works with the face mask and a face mask attachment system to reduce impact to the head. Its ratchet-style chin strap attachment offers easy adjustments that can help secure proper fit for each play. "It's all about research and innovation," said Arment, 55, who played football as an outside linebacker for the former Colgate University. "We're bringing in better technologies to help protect the players."

  • U.S. Athletes Could Skip Olympics Over Zika Virus Fears

    by Stuart Goldman February 2016

    The Summer Olympics in Rio begin in less than six months, but there is growing concern about the health and safety of athletes who will compete there in the wake of the Zika virus outbreak.

  • Awareness Driving Athletic Trainer Student Aide Programs

    by Emily Attwood February 2016

    This article appeared in the January/February issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • Former Athletic Trainer Claims Pressure from Coaches

    by Takara Scott-Johnston January 2016

    Former Texas A&M head athletic trainer Karl Kapchinski claims that he felt pressure from Aggie coaches that influenced his medical decisions.

  • Brain Disease Found in Deceased Ex-NFL Player Sash

    by Stuart Goldman January 2016

    Former New York Giants player Tyler Sash had a level of degenerative brain disease similar to that of former NFL player Junior Seau, according to a report Tuesday in The New York Times.

  • Report: NFL Confronted NIH on Brain Study Researcher

    by Stuart Goldman January 2016

    Last December, the National Football League backed out of a $16 million study on brain disease because it reportedly did not approve of the study’s researcher. The NFL denied that report. Now, that denial has come under question.