Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
Proposed Law Sets Cardiac Arrest Prevention Protocols
by Michael Gaio March 2014
More than 2,000 teenagers die from sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. each year, according to the Connecticut Post. And now the state of Connecticut is trying to do its part to limit that number, particularly in high school student-athletes.
High School Athletic Trainers Key in Concussion Management
by Dennis Van Milligen February 2014
Spring Hill (Kan.) High School senior Nathan Stiles had just scored a 65-yard touchdown when he began grasping his helmet and screaming that his head hurt. He collapsed near his team’s sideline and died just days before his 18th birthday. He died of a brain hemorrhage, which doctors determined was caused by a concussion one month earlier. His autopsy revealed Stiles had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease commonly associated with retired football players and boxers.
Study Shows Concussion Risk 'Dependent on Helmet'
by Michael Gaio February 2014
As of today, football season is officially over. But research into protecting the game's players has no offseason. A new study published by the Journal of Neurosurgery says the risk of suffering a concussion after a head injury may be dependent on what type of helmet a player is wearing.
Contact Sports Don't Cause CTE, Study Says
by Michael Gaio January 2014
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), the disease at the center of the NFL's concussion controversy, is a progressive, debilitating neurological disease found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma. CTE can cause memory loss, confusion, depression and eventually dementia in those who suffer from it. It was the main topic in the popular PBS Frontline documentary, League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis.
Play Super Bowl Concussed? Most Players Say 'Yes'
by Nick Daniels January 2014
Most NFL players would do almost anything for a chance at a Super Bowl ring — including play with a serious injury.
ESPN’s NFL Nation reported Monday 85 percent — or 272 of the 320 NFL players polled — said they would play in the Super Bowl, even if they had a concussion.
Guarding Athletic Locker Rooms Against MRSA
by Dawn Shoemaker January 2014
While there have been reports of outbreaks of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in hospitals and medical facilities for decades, those who contracted the disease were often older people or people with significantly weakened immune systems, leaving many athletic facility operators with their own false sense of immunity. However, the affliction of three otherwise healthy players for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past fall, as well as five cases, including two student-athletes, reported in the Northville (Mich.) Public School District have shaken that mindset and have many athletic facility operators reevaluating their cleaning procedures.
CrossFit Community Rallies Around Paralyzed Athlete
by Emily Attwood January 2014
The CrossFit community was shaken earlier this week when one of its members was severely injured in what is being described as a freak accident. During a competition in California, Kevin Ogar, a trainer with CrossFit Unbroken in Englewood, Colo., severed his spine while doing a lift, leaving him permanently paralyzed from the waist down.
Tips for Maintaining and Replacing Weight Room Flooring
by Dennis Van Milligen January 2014
When the University of Oregon formally unveiled its new $68 million football performance center, the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, last summer, it redefined athletic luxury on the collegiate level. Designed by Portland-based ZGF Architects LLP, amenities include a players lounge with Italian leather furniture, rugs hand-woven in Nepal and customized gaming systems; a space-age locker room that requires a biometric thumbprint to enter; and a 25,000-square-foot weight room fortified with Brazilian Ipe wood floors. Environmentally friendly, this type of flooring is mold-, fire-, weather- and pest-resistant, and its strength is comparable to that of steel.
High School Football Player Dies from Head Injury
by Michael Gaio November 2013
Ambulances On-Site at Football Games: Worth the Cost?
by Michael Gaio October 2013
As school districts have cut costs over the years, one of the items often on the chopping block is having ambulances stationed at every football game.