• Minnesota Statute Offers New Protection for Coaches Under Fire from Parents

    by Michael Popke June 2013

    The day after Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill in late May adding a new layer of protection for high school coaches besieged by upset parents, John Erickson had three simple words: "We got it."

  • Time to Implement a Shot Clock in High School Basketball?

    by Michael Popke May 2013

    The madness of March basketball might have faded until 2014, but a series of stall-ball incidents during high school hoops tournaments earlier this year provoked a different kind of madness.

  • HS Football Players: Concussions Won't Sideline Us

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2013

    If the results of a study presented Monday are any indication, there's still a long way to go in efforts to educate high school football players about the dangers of concussions. In fact, many of the 120 players from the Cincinnati area who participated in the study claim it's okay to play with a concussion - even though they know they are at increased risk of serious injury.

  • Boys Playing on Girls' Teams Under Fire in Pennsylvania

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2013

    A nearly 40-year-old court ruling that allowed boys to play on girls' high school sports teams in the '70s is at the center of a new legal battle in Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that concerns about girls potentially losing athletic opportunities and being subject to increased risk of injury has prompted the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association to ask for the law to be changed.

  • Indiana Allows Homeschoolers to Play High School Sports

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2013

    Beginning this fall, homeschoolers will be allowed to participate on high school sports teams in Indiana - provided they enroll in at least one class at a given school and meet other academic criteria. The Indiana High School Athletic Association made that determination Monday, two years after the issue was taken up and then dropped by the state's General Assembly. The new rule, effective with the 2013-14 school year, also applies to students at non-accredited private schools.

  • 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 ...