Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
Opinions Mixed on Expanded Summer Practice in W.Va.
by The Associated Press April 2014
Some high school administrators are opposed to a proposed athletics rule that would expand voluntary summer practices in West Virginia. Media outlets report the Secondary School Activities Commission's Board of Control approved the change this week to include the entire summer, except for the week that includes the July 4th holiday. Previously the practice period was limited to three weeks during the month of June.
Technology, Collaboration Key to Protecting Open-Access Events
by Dennis Van Milligen April 2014
No one anticipated — no one could have anticipated — what happened on that day," recalls Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. An avid runner with more than 40 marathons under his belt, including last year's Boston Marathon, Evans has been preparing harder for this year's Boston Marathon than any other race he's run. But unlike previous years, his morning runs with a member of the Boston Athletic Association aren't meant as training for his participation in the race; they are meant as preparation for his more daunting task of protecting the race.
Bloody Baseball Collision Brings Out Best in Host School
by Ward Gossett April 2014
The injured mouth and dental repair for one player and the staples in the head of another eventually will be forgotten, but Arts & Sciences baseball coaches, players, administrators and fans never will forget the heart-felt hospitality and sympathy extended by host Marion County after two Patriots players collided during a game last week. "I've never seen anything like it," CSAS coach Rik Hermann said.
High school league tackles football issues
by DAVID LA VAQUE; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) April 2014
The calendar said spring and the weather forecast said winter, but the talk was mostly football Thursday at the Minnesota State High School League board meeting. The rejected plan would have revamped the Class 6A section quarterfinals. The league's football advisory committee sought to change the method of seeding teams and create a 32-team tournament bracket.
Bill Calls for Concussion Education, Parental Consent
by Chris Hunn, Chris Hunn email@example.com@Chris_Hunn on Twitter April 2014
The concussion issue may soon be tackled at the state level in Connecticut. A proposed bill to raise concussion education and awareness has been referred to the house and could be voted on during this short session.
NJ High Schools Preparing for New Safety Mandates
by Michael Gaio April 2014
New Jersey high schools will soon have new rules in place aimed at keeping student-athletes safer.
Navy Freshman Dies After Collapse at Football Practice
by Michael Gaio March 2014
Navy freshman football player Will McKamey died while in a coma Tuesday night, three days after he collapsed during a Midshipmen football practice. He was 19.
Local Little League Offers Head Injury Awareness Program
by Libertyville Little League March 2014
The Libertyville Little League, a member of the Illinois District 13 Little League organization, is committed to the safety of all players and coaches. To further improve the league's existing safety program, the league will begin this year's season with an enhanced player safety and head injury awareness program.
MRSA Hospitalizes Phillies' Shortstop Freddy Galvis
by RYAN LAWRENCE; Daily News Staff Writer March 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Eleven days ago, before starting at shortstop in a game in Disney World, where the Atlanta Braves call spring training home, Freddy Galvis rolled up his left pant leg and showed off a nasty cut. It wasn't an uncommon injury for a baseball player, as they slide hard into the ground routinely when trying to get to a base on offense or field a hard-to-reach grounder on defense. Galvis got this particular wound after sliding into third base one day. It was the reason he had briefly ditched his normal high-sock look.
For These Girls, Soccer Concussions an Ongoing Struggle
by Kathy Boccella; Inquirer Staff Writer March 2014
Hannah Thomas, 17, can't pinpoint the day she realized that she would never play soccer again, or when the teenage highs of proms and college acceptances became weighed down by meds, therapy, and running battles with depression, memory loss, and headaches. "I didn't think it was going to be this long, and I sure didn't think it would be this serious," said Thomas, tall and athletic, who got hit in the head with a ball in middle school but finished the season - even though she had daily headaches and nausea. Thomas' struggles echo those of her close circle of friends in Chester County - fierce competitors on top teams - who also suffered multiple concussions playing youth soccer, and became poster children for the growing national furor over head injuries in teen sports. Allison Kasacavage, 17, a junior at Downingtown East High School, copes with headaches - "all the time" - plus nausea, dizziness, and light-sensitivity, despite a heavy regimen of meds and occasional trips to the emergency room.