New Jersey Schools Host First No-Tackle Scrimmage Blair Academy in New Jersey has long had a policy of no tackling in practice. With a small roster that's hovered at about 35 players on the varsity and junior varsity combined, the school couldn't afford to lose players to injury. That no-tackle philosophy now will be applied to a three-team scrimmage scheduled for Saturday with Kittatinny and Belvidere that is thought to be the first of its kind nationally. read more
As safety concerns surrounding youth football continue to mount, a growing number of players (and their parents) are opting for non-contact options, leaving tackle football teams and leagues suddenly low on participants.
Concussion Awareness Rises Among Players m for football — the NCAA achieved record attendance levels in 2015 — college players are paying close attention, as evident during last month’s 2016 ACC Football Kickoff at Charlotte, North Carolina. read more
Study: Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur Every 13 Seconds According to the Brain Injury Association of America, every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. sustains a traumatic brain injury, which is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The most common type of TBI is a concussion. read more
High Heat Not Necessary for Heat Stroke Summer may be entering its final stages, but that hardly means that those exercising outdoors are mere weeks away from not worrying about taking the proper precautions to avoid heatstroke. Doug Wetzel, 32 and in terrific shape at the time, was running in temperatures in the mid-70s last year for a triathlon when he veered off course and collapsed on a nearby house's front lawn, the victim of heatstroke. Actually, he was the victim of several catastrophic ailments, including compartment syndrome in his right leg, which led to rhabdomyolysis, which he thinks led to his heatstroke ("This weird, perfect storm," as he put it). From this "perfect storm," he would end up lying comatose at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, in desperate need of a new liver. read more