RECENT ARTICLES
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Woman Falls to Her Death in Climbing Gym Accident

    by Michael Gaio September 2013

    An experienced climber died Sunday when she fell about 30 feet off a climbing wall at a Grapevine, Texas, climbing gym. Police say the death was an unfortunate accident.

  • Middle School Football Player Dies From Ant Attack

    by Michael Gaio September 2013

    Unfortunately, for the second day in a row, we are writing about the death of a youth football player. However, this one wasn't caused by a helmet-to-helmet hit or any other football-related injury.

  • Helmet-to-Helmet Hit Results in Death of Prep Player

    by Michael Gaio September 2013

    Damon Janes, a 16-year-old high school running back from Brocton, N.Y., died Monday after suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit in a game on Friday night.

  • Dr. James Andrews Targets Youth Sports Injuries

    by Paul Steinbach August 2013

    Adrian Peterson, Drew Brees and Robert Griffin III begin the 2013 NFL season this month, thanks in large part to Dr. James Andrews, orthopedic surgeon and injury consultant to a roster of clients that reads like a multisport hall-of-fame ballot.

  • Another Breakthrough in Concussion Research

    by Michael Gaio July 2013

    According to a recent study, researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have developed a new way to measure the cumulative effect of impacts to the head suffered by football players.