Youth Tackle Football Teams Carry On Despite Concerns Independent youth football clubs are rushing in to fill the void left by the Marshall, Texas, junior high tackle football team after it shut down in 2014. The Marshall Longhorns and the Conquering Lions have each filled four teams with boys between the ages of five and twelve, roughly 200 participants in all. read more
Program Reduces Concussion Numbers in Four Schools It's one thing to talk a good game. It's something completely different to back it up with numbers. Now, when the South Bend Community School Corp., claims its mission is to ensure the welfare of its student-athletes, it has statistics to back it up. Two years into its involvement with Heads Up Football, a player safety program initiated by USA Football, the statistics have shown a considerable decrease in concussions at the corporation's four high schools. They went from 53 reported concussions in 2014, before the program was in place, to 21 this past season. read more
Recently, concerns about the safety of recycled rubber as a material for synthetic turf infill have raised questions about the future of the industry. Despite the fact that there’s been no evidence to suggest the material can be hazardous to athletes, the concerns remain.
Harvard: Outside Doctors Should Care for NFL Players Doctors who decide whether an NFL player is healthy enough to go into the game shouldn't be paid by the teams that have a stake in winning and losing - an "undeniable conflict of interest." That's what a report released on Thursday by Harvard University experts in medicine, law and ethics says. read more
Ohio House Passes Bill Requiring Cardiac Arrest Training The Ohio House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill designed to make both coaches and student athletes more likely to recognize the signs of potential cardiac trouble. Senate Bill 252 is sponsored by Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, a former high school football coach. It passed the chamber 86-4 with no debate and must return to the Senate for approval of House changes. read more