• Infographic: AEDs and School Athletics

    by AB Editors October 2016

    The majority of the attention on athlete safety has focused on head injuries lately, but there is another silent killer on the rise. The rate of young people dying from cardiac arrest has increased by 10 percent in the last 10 years, from 6,328 in 2005 to 7,000 in 2015. Sadly, 54 percent of these cardiovascular deaths occur in high school students. There are currently 16 states that require portable defibrillators to be present on schools grounds, but more than 30 states don't require the life saving devices. So why are states not making AEDs mandatory at schools and sports fields?

  • Researchers Link Youth Football to Brain Changes

    by Andrew Blake October 2016

    Researchers are already aware of the ravaging effect repeated concussions can have on the human brain, but a new report suggests less powerful strikes to the skull may pose significant risks as well, especially among children. Scientists studied the brain activity of 25 boys between the ages of 8 and 13 before and after a single season of tackle football, and published their findings in Monday's issue of the academic journal Radiology. While none of the children concurred a concussion during the season, a comparison of their before and after brain scans revealed changes the researchers consider to be statistically significant.

  • Football Player Airlifted to Hospital After Injury

    by David M. Schwartz October 2016

    A seventh grade Northport Middle School football player was airlifted Monday with a head injury from Huntington's Finley Middle School to Stony Brook University Hospital, fire officials said.

  • Head Injuries in Youth Soccer Skyrocket

    by Jerry Carino October 2016

    Interest in soccer is skyrocketing among U.S. youth, and so are their injuries. Especially head injuries. Results of a 25-year study, released last month by Nationwide Children's Hospital, set off alarm bells in pediatric health circles. The salient numbers: The yearly rate of injuries increased 111 percent among players ages 7 to 17.

  • District Drops Insurance Policy, Students Left with Bill

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    As a consequence of budget cuts finalized in spring of 2016, Paterson (N.J.) Public Schools has dropped accident insurance that previously covered accidental injury to students and student-athletes while on school grounds or attending school functions.

  • Athletic Trainers to Strike While Sporting Events Go On

    by Jason Scott October 2016

    Earlier this week, faculty at 14 universities owned by the State of Pennsylvania went on strike, and the impact of the walkout could extend beyond the classroom to the playing field.

  • Experts Prescribe Active Rehab for Concussion Patients

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    In October 2015, a grant from the NFL Foundation was given to fund a two-day meeting of the nation’s leading experts in the fields of concussion research, treatment and care. Experts gathered at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to discuss new leads in the active treatment of concussion patients and prepared to share with the nation the agreed-upon best practices. The result was a Statement of Agreement publication in which experts pooled their knowledge and experience regarding the best treatments and therapies for concussion patients.

  • Head Injuries Occur in Sports Other Than Football

    by Brian Duewel October 2016

    When people think about concussions in sports, football always comes first to mind, but there are others activities that can just as easily cause this traumatic brain injury. Soccer, hockey, lacrosse, baseball, wrestling, boxing and even basketball all have moments that can cause head injuries. Just think about the repeated shock the cranium takes as a soccer player heads a ball throughout the game.

  • Injury-Plagued HS Team Cancels Remaining Games

    by Rick O'Brien October 2016

    Citing safety concerns because of to a shortage of players and injuries, Neumann-Goretti's football team has canceled its two remaining Catholic League Blue Division contests.

  • Mother Levels Wrongful Death Suit Against Helmet Manufacturer

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    In a lawsuit filed Friday, Jeanine Smith sought financial retribution over the death of her son Andre due to a blunt force head trauma suffered on the football field. Smith was injured in 2015 when he was struck by another player during a kick return play. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he was knocked down but immediately got back up again, and complained of a headache before losing consciousness. Smith never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead the following morning.