RECENT ARTICLES
  • Safety and Security Planning for Afterschool Activities

    by Emily Attwood October 2013

    The tragedy of the Boston Marathon brought to light the unexpected vulnerabilities surrounding athletic events and facilities.

  • Coach: 'We Had Kids with Helmets On in the Bathrooms'

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2013

    When weather reports indicated a tornado heading directly toward Moore, Okla., on Monday afternoon, Southmoore High School football coach Jeff Brickman obviously cancelled spring practice. Instead, players and coaches awaited the storm by reviewing video of the previous day's practice while tucked inside the school.

  • Prep, College Baseball Players Help Save Two Lives

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2013

    Two baseball teams - one from a high school in Northern California and the other from a Division II university in Pennsylvania - underwent life-changing experiences this week that had nothing to do with their performances on the field.

  • HS Football Field Becomes Triage Center After Texas Blast

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2013

    The football field at West (Texas) High School was turned into an emergency triage center Wednesday night after a major explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant. Local residents and medical personnel attended to many of the injured. Later, after a strong odor was detected near the stadium, triage was moved to a softball field.

  • More States Adopt Heat Management, Acclimatization Policies

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor March 2013

    Snow may still be on the ground in some parts of the country, but at least two northern states have adopted heat-management policies for high school student-athletes during the past week.

  • Sandy Impacts High School, College, Pro Sports

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor October 2012

    At least 18 people are dead and millions of homes and businesses are without power after Superstorm Sandy battered the Eastern Seaboard on Monday. At times like these, sports hardly seem to matter. In fact, according to MaxPreps.com, high school events from Massachusetts to Florida were rescheduled or postponed as Sandy approached land, and college and professional sports teams were affected, too.

  • Soccer Player 'Dead' for 78 Minutes After Cardiac Arrest

    by Emily Attwood March 2012

    The soccer player who suffered a cardiac arrest during an English FA Cup match last weekend was essentially dead for 78 minutes before his heart began beating again, his doctors have revealed.

  • Recent Tragedies Put New Focus on Shallow Water Blackout

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor August 2011

    The July deaths of two 21-year-old men in a Staten Island, N.Y., public pool brought increased attention to shallow water blackout - a largely unknown and potentially fatal condition that occurs when an insufficient amount of carbon dioxide is available to activate the body's natural impulse to breathe. Swimmers and free divers who practice prolonged underwater breath-holding are particularly at risk.

  • Second Man Dies in Staten Island Breath-Holding Accident

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor July 2011

    A second man has died following an underwater training accident at a public pool on Staten Island. The New York Daily News reports that 21-year-old off-duty lifeguard Jonathan Proce died Sunday at New York Presbyterian Hospital following an exercise at Lyons Pool last Wednesday in which he and his friend, Bohdan Vitenko, also 21, were practicing underwater breath-holding.

  • Videographer's Death Calls Scissor Lift Safety Into Question

    by Paul Steinbach November 2010

    By all accounts, Declan Sullivan loved his job as a student videographer for the University of Notre Dame football program. But he also recognized the risks. Before going to work Oct. 27, a day that saw extreme high winds whip through South Bend, the 20-year-old tweeted, "I guess I've lived long enough." Once aloft in a 50-foot scissor lift, with wind gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour, genuine panic ensued. "This is terrifying," Sullivan typed.