RECENT ARTICLES
  • Update: NFL Passes Controversial Rule on Helmet Hits

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor March 2013

    The biggest news to come out of the National Football League's annual owners' meetings this week in Phoenix was the decision to ban ball carriers and defenders from delivering forcible blows with the crown of their helmets in the open field - a significant step toward making the game safer.

  • Sports Injury Expert Dawn Comstock Talks Concussion Prevention

    by Paul Steinbach March 2013

    There are few better brains to pick on the subject of prep sports injuries than the one residing in Dawn Comstock's head. Eight years ago, the injury epidemiologist joined the faculty at Ohio State University and established as her first major research initiative the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance System - an NFHS-endorsed online tool that hundreds of certified athletic trainers across the country use weekly to report injury exposure and incidents, logging up to 300 distinct variables for each injury in the process.

  • Md. Bill Sparks Conversation About Lacrosse Safety

    by Emily Attwood March 2013

    While a Maryland bill requiring girls' lacrosse players to wear headgear was met with an outcry of opposition from the lacrosse community and quickly withdrawn, its authors say it has served its purpose. As participation in girls' lacrosse has increased, so have concerns about player safety, most notably, the risk of concussion. (Currently, helmets and facemasks are mandated in men's lacrosse, while helmets are banned in women's lacrosse for all but goalkeepers.) Delegates Dana Stein and Jon Cardin say that the proposed bill "accomplished an important goal of pushing the conversation to include vital safety concerns and is a win-win for parents and youth athletes."

  • National Action Plan Unveiled to Protect Student-Athletes

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor February 2013

    The Youth Sports Safety Alliance, composed of more than 100 organizations committed to raising awareness, advancing legislation and improving medical care for young athletes, launched the first-ever "National Action Plan for Sports Safety" on Wednesday.

  • Group Calls for End to Full-Contact Hits in Football Offseason

    by Emily Attwood February 2013

    The Sports Legacy Institute held a press conference in advance of Sunday's Super Bowl to announce a new initiative calling for all state high school athletic associations to ban full-contact practices and games during the offseason. Current and former NFL players, including Ravens center Matt Birk, Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and Chiefs Eric Winston were also present to show their support for the proposed ban.

  • Virginia Tech Concussion Study Expands Beyond Football

    by Emily Attwood January 2013

    Since 2003, researchers at the Virginia Tech - Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences have been compiling impact data from college football players using sensor-embedded helmets, resulting in a rating system for commercially developed football helmets. In 2011, the study was expanded to include helmets, with the intent of establishing safety ratings by 2016, as well as updating the existing ratings for football helmets.

  • H.S. Wrestler Fine After Being Hit by Falling Light

    by Emily Attwood January 2013

    The annual "Madison Square Garden" wrestling tournament hosted by Madison High School in South Dakota was cut short this weekend after a lighting fixture fell from the rafters and directly onto one of the competitors.

  • Can Cardio Exercise Aid in Concussion Recovery?

    by Michael Popke January 2013

    Long considered a forbidden activity for individuals with concussions, cardiovascular exercise is slowly becoming recognized as a recovery tool.

  • High School Student Dies While Trapped in Wrestling Mat

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor January 2013

    News out of southern Georgia this week suggests there is at least one more safety precaution to consider in high school gymnasiums: the storage of wrestling mats.

  • Concussions: Bridging Gap Between Athletic, Academic Departments

    by Michael Popke December 2012

    David Hayward began thinking differently about his job the day the parents of a student-athlete at Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz., expressed frustration to him about their son's lack of academic progress while recovering from a concussion.