RECENT ARTICLES
  • Sports Injury Expert Dawn Comstock Talks Concussion Prevention

    by Paul Steinbach March 2013

    There are few better brains to pick on the subject of prep sports injuries than the one residing in Dawn Comstock's head. Eight years ago, the injury epidemiologist joined the faculty at Ohio State University and established as her first major research initiative the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance System - an NFHS-endorsed online tool that hundreds of certified athletic trainers across the country use weekly to report injury exposure and incidents, logging up to 300 distinct variables for each injury in the process.

  • Blog: Is It Time for a Shot Clock at All Levels?

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor March 2013

    The debate over whether high school basketball needs a shot clock has raged for years. But recent "stall ball" incidents at playoff games in Michigan and Utah, initiated by teams holding onto the ball for nearly an entire quarter - they barely even freakin' dribbled! - while crowds let the boos fly, have prompted calls for reassessment.

  • Organizations Renew Call to Increase Physical Activity in Schools

    by Emily Attwood March 2013

    The battle against childhood obesity rages on. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services released a report calling for - no surprise - increasing physical activity among children. A recent survey found that only 29 percent of high school students were meeting the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity specified in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans released in 2008.

  • Group Calls for End to Full-Contact Hits in Football Offseason

    by Emily Attwood February 2013

    The Sports Legacy Institute held a press conference in advance of Sunday's Super Bowl to announce a new initiative calling for all state high school athletic associations to ban full-contact practices and games during the offseason. Current and former NFL players, including Ravens center Matt Birk, Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and Chiefs Eric Winston were also present to show their support for the proposed ban.

  • High School P.E. Drownings Emphasize Need for Supervision

    by Michael Popke January 2013

    Last year in central Connecticut, at high schools located less than 10 miles apart, two students drowned in supervised physical education swimming classes ...

  • Can Cardio Exercise Aid in Concussion Recovery?

    by Michael Popke January 2013

    Long considered a forbidden activity for individuals with concussions, cardiovascular exercise is slowly becoming recognized as a recovery tool.

  • Connecticut Town Settles P.E. Drowning Case for $1.5M

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor January 2013

    The town of East Hartford, Conn., has agreed to pay a $1.5 million settlement to the family of 15-year-old Marcum Asiamah, a physical education student who drowned in the local high school pool last year. According to The Hartford Courant, the town's insurer will pay $1 million and the town will pay a $500,000 deductible (which will reportedly be taken from the board of education's budget).

  • Concussions: Bridging Gap Between Athletic, Academic Departments

    by Michael Popke December 2012

    David Hayward began thinking differently about his job the day the parents of a student-athlete at Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz., expressed frustration to him about their son's lack of academic progress while recovering from a concussion.

  • School Removes P.E. Swim Curriculum After Drowning

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012

    Manchester (Conn.) High School's pool has been shut down and its physical education swimming unit removed indefinitely, following the Nov. 21 drowning of a freshman boy.

  • Demand to Close Gap Between Public, Non-Public Schools Increases

    by Michael Popke November 2012

    High school sports in Tennessee reached a milestone in 2012, marking 15 years of separate postseason tournaments for public and non-public schools.