Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
- Study: Concussion Outcomes Vary Based on Competition Level
by Jason Scott July 2016
A study that examined data from more than 1,400 football-related concussions found that athletes at the youth, high school and collegiate levels have different outcomes.
Led by Zachary Y. Kerr, the study looked specifically at the mean number of symptoms, symptom prevalence, and proportion of athletes with long return-to-play times due to concussions.
- Former Pro Wrestlers Sue WWE Over Concussions
by Pittsburgh Tribune Review July 2016
More than 50 former professional wrestlers sued World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., saying in a Connecticut lawsuit the company is responsible for repeated head trauma including concussions they suffered in the ring that led to long-term neurological damage.
- Schutt Nearing Deal for Padded Youth Football Helmets
by Josh Kosman July 2016
Amid declining long-term participation in both youth and high school football, the country's biggest football helmet maker is nearing a deal that could bring widespread distribution to padded safety helmet coverings by 2017, sources close to the deal said last week.
- Earnhardt Describes Coping with Concussion Symptoms
by Jeff Gluck July 2016
Dale Earnhardt Jr. detailed the concussion-like symptoms that kept him out of a race car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend, telling listeners on his podcast network's "The Dale Jr. Download" on Monday that he has been battling balance issues and nausea.
- Ex-NFL Players Sue Helmet Manufacturer
by Mark Kaboly July 2016
Former Steelers wide receiver Yancey Thigpen, along with 13 former football players, on Thursday filed a lawsuit in an Illinois court against one of the leading helmet manufacturers in the country.
- Study: Composition of Turf a Factor in Football Injuries
by Jason Scott July 2016
A study presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting showed that the infill weight of synthetic turf surfaces plays a role in the rate of injuries among high school football players.
- Former BYU Football Player Sues School, WAC, NCAA
by Jeff Call July 2016
A former BYU football player is suing BYU, the Western Athletic Conference and the NCAA for $5 million in damages for "their reckless disregard for the health and safety of generations of BYU student-athletes."
- Filters, Chlorination Failed Against Brain-Eating Amoeba
by Emery P. Dalesio and Tom Foreman Jr. July 2016
The rushing water channels at the U.S. National Whitewater Center had become so murky with debris that the chlorine and ultraviolet light that might have killed the a rare, brain-attacking amoeba didn't work, Dr. Michael Beach said Friday.
- Concussion Risk Has New Game: Water Polo
by By Courtney Perkes, Staff Writer July 2016
Water polo players, particularly goalies, might one day trade their caps for helmets now that a UC Irvine survey found that more than one-third of players reported suffering a concussion.
- Ex-Softball Player Sues Over Alleged Hazing
by Scott O'Connell June 2016
A former member of Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s women’s softball team claims in a new lawsuit against the school she was permanently injured in a hazing ritual during spring training last year. Caroline Roch, who has since transferred to another school, also alleges the team’s head coach attempted to cover up the incident. In a civil complaint filed in Worcester Superior Court last week, the New Jersey resident is asking a jury to award her damages for negligence, saying she has spent $118,019 on medical expenses and other costs stemming from her injury, which has left her no longer able to play softball.