• HS Football Player Dies After Injury, Fourth This Year

    by Jason Scott October 2015

    A high school football player died in Washington state yesterday after suffering an undisclosed injury during a game.

  • Opinion: HS Coaches Must Set Tone on Concussion Care

    by Portland Press Herald October 2015

    There is a growing stack of brain scans that shows what concussions and collisions can do to the cognitive function of professional football players. But the harmful effects of repeated brain trauma are hardly reserved for the NFL, or even football in general.

  • HS Football Players Reportedly Injured in Postgame Brawl

    by Doug Fernandes October 2015

    For the North Port Bobcats, the final outcome, a 42-7 loss to visiting Braden River on Friday night, was ugly enough. But what transpired afterward was unseemly for both teams. A fight erupted among players on the two squads. It apparently started as Pirate players walked back to their team bus. At The Preserve in North Port, the two locker rooms are separated only by a walkway. Details are sketchy, but one report had as many as 30 to 40 players participating in the brawl. Braden River running back Raymond Thomas was said to have been hit on the side of his face with a helmet, the force knocking out two teeth. Thomas went afterward to a hospital ER, where an exam ruled out a jaw fracture. Police were not called to the incident, and adult supervision was said to be lacking.

  • Study: Former Athletes Earn More Later in Life

    by Brett Graff Miami Herald October 2015

    Lori Wolk, a mother of three, was pleased after colleges came to her community to recruit athletes. Mostly because Vassar College selected her daughter Lindsay - now a freshman - to play lacrosse for the selective liberal arts school. She always figured sports would offer a healthy involvement for kids, and today works to support the hectic schedules of her younger daughter, Abby, who is still in high school and also plays lacrosse, and of her son Jason, who is on his middle school's soccer and wrestling teams. "Sports opened up doors for my daughter, but it's all driven by my kids. If they wanted to stop playing tomorrow, I'd tell them to stop playing tomorrow," says Wolk. "I wouldn't tell my kids they need to play a varsity sport in order to be successful in life."

  • HS Quarterback Recovering After Concussion

    by The Salt Lake Tribune October 2015

    Pine View's Riley Livingston provided quite the scare across the state on Friday night. The quarterback was taken by ambulance after losing consciousness for "20 to 30 seconds" after his head collided with a defender's helmet and powered back into the turf while he tried to recover a mishandled snap in an eventual loss against Desert Hills.

  • Declining Football Participation Raises Safety Concerns

    by Kevin Thomas October 2015

    The beginning of theovarsity football at Camden Hills Regional High came during a Saturday afternoon game on Sept. 19. Head coach Thad Chilton turned around and saw a handful of starting players sitting on the bench, ice packs applied to wrists, knees and one neck. "My linemen were dropping like flies," Chilton said. "The attrition rate was killing us. And I have these young players next to me, standing alongside the girls. I can't get them hurt." The Windjammers began the game with 23 players, 12 of them freshmen. Three players were girls - who played only on the kickoff teams - and others were so inexperienced Chilton used them sparingly.

  • District Bans Drones at Sporting Events

    by Jonathan Scholles October 2015

    In the wake of rules instituted by the Ohio High School Athletic Association this fall, the Board of Education moved to adopt a resolution banning drones at football games and other school functions.

  • Ohio HS Football Player Hospitalized After Stroke

    by Aaron Dorksen October 2015

    The Northwestern football team and community are rallying around Tyler Carlson after the freshman suffered an unimaginable injury. Carlson had a stroke following a collision during his team's game at Smithville on Friday and has been a patient at Akron Children's Hospital since Saturday night. The 5-foot-10, 240-pounder is one of Northwestern's most- heralded incoming freshmen ever, head coach Mike Thut said.

  • Distractions, Injuries Curtail Kids' Football Participation

    by Budd Bailey September 2015

    Why are some high school football programs, such as Kenmore East, struggling to meet minimum roster requirements? Two factors are often cited as to why some students don't play football - one old and one new.

  • Private Schools in Tennessee Mull Move to Division II

    by Chris Thomas, September 2015

    A shift to Division II is at the forefront of the conversation as area Division I private schools weigh options for their athletic futures, and one school is already planning to make the switch. Concord Christian School is close to finalizing its move from Division I to Division II, school headmaster Ruston Pierce said on Tuesday. The move is pending approval from the school’s board of directors, which next meets on Oct. 26.