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  • Iowa Schools Brace for Concussion Lawsuits

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    The state of Iowa expects more lawsuits to be filed after a former high school football player was awarded close to $1 million when a U.S. District Court found that his school district was at fault for complications due to head injuries he sustained while playing football.

  • Muslim Soccer Team Refuses to Play Team with Girls

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    A boys' soccer team from a private Muslim high school in Branotibm Ont., would not finish a game during a tournament after it discovered the opposing team had two girls on it.

  • Athletes Must Pass Phys. Ed. Under School’s New Standards

    by Emily Attwood May 2015

    The Wareham, Mass., School District approved a proposal earlier this week to change the high school policy addendum to include stricter academic standards for athletes. Student-athletes must now pass at least seven major subjects per quarter to remain eligible for varsity sports.

  • IHSA Bolsters Concussion-Prevention Initiatives

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    The Illinois High School Association recently introduced several concussion-prevention initiatives after a lawsuit was filed accusing it of doing too little to protect student-athletes from head injuries. 

  • Understanding the Role of Athletic Trainers in High Schools

    by Larry Cooper May 2015

    Athletes participating in every sport at the collegiate and professional levels have come to rely on an athletic trainer for all of their injuries and ailments. Athletic trainers' specialized scope of practice includes injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

  • The AB Extra: May 8

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    This edition of The AB Extra includes the story of an 80-year-old who finally atoned for missing a high school gym class, a proposed underwater tennis court in Dubai and the bizarre story of a man getting stuck in a park basketball hoop. Enjoy.

  • Alleged Hazer to Sue Sayreville High School, Police

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    One of the seven Sayreville football players arrested after alleged hazing and sexual assault incidents will file a civil rights suit for damages resulting from his arrest and suspension. 

  • The AB Extra: May 1

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    Our weekly recap of news and notes from around the athletic, fitness and recreation industries. This week features news on a selfie-stick ban at Wimbledon, a stationary bike that will let you wash your clothes as your ride, and an 89 year-old Kansas University alumni and former football player who scored a touchdown in their spring football game. 

  • High School's Zero-Period Class Under Investigation

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    A California high school’s athletic department is under scrutiny for a number of violations, the latest being a zero-period football class that some speculate was made to get in additional practice time or to boost the GPAs of football players. 

  • Bill Banning 'Redskins' Moniker Advances in California

    by Emily Attwood April 2015

    The state of California is poised to quell any further debate over whether “Redskins” is an inappropriate athletic team name once and for all. The California Racial Mascots Act, advanced to a state Assembly panel on Tuesday, would prohibit the use of the name by any public school beginning January 1, 2016. 

    “There is obviously a lack of respect when we allow teams to brand themselves with racial slurs,” said assemblyman Luis Alejo, the bill’s author. “The R-word was once used to describe Native American scalps sold for bounty, and in today's society it has become widely recognized as a racial slur.”

    There are currently four public schools in the state that use the name Redskins for their athletic programs. The affected schools would not be required to cease all use of the name. Items such as yearbooks and newspapers would not longer be able to utilize the name, but to prevent financial hardship, schools would be allowed to keep uniforms and other materials bearing the name, provided they have selected a new name. Under the legislation, schools would be able to purchase up to 20 percent of uniforms with the old name until 2019.

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    “Tulare Union Redskins are part of a long and proud tradition dating back to 1890,” Sarah Koligian, superintendent of Tulare Join Union High School District, one of the four holdout schools, told  SFGate. “Our school has worked closely with our local Indian tribes to include them in the discussion regarding how the Tulare Union Redskin depicts both pride and respect.”

    The bill, approved last month by the Assembly Education Committee, was approved by the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media but must go through another committee before advancing to the Assembly floor.

    “It’s a small thing we can do in California that is part of a national movement to phase out the use of racial slurs as mascots,” Alejo said.

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