• High School Athletic Trainers Key in Concussion Management

    by Dennis Van Milligen February 2014

    Spring Hill (Kan.) High School senior Nathan Stiles had just scored a 65-yard touchdown when he began grasping his helmet and screaming that his head hurt. He collapsed near his team’s sideline and died just days before his 18th birthday. He died of a brain hemorrhage, which doctors determined was caused by a concussion one month earlier. His autopsy revealed Stiles had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease commonly associated with retired football players and boxers.

  • Audit: New Football Classification Increased Travel Costs

    by Benjamin Wood Deseret News February 2014

    The creation of a 3AA high school football classification has led to increased costs for Utah schools, including more than $17,500 in projected travel expenses at Payson High School between now and 2015, according to an audit released Tuesday.

  • Youth Participation in Team Sports on the Decline

    by Michael Gaio February 2014

    The Wall Street Journal recently published a lengthy article detailing the drop in participation in the four most-popular U.S. team sports — basketball, soccer, baseball and football. The results are not pretty. The author examined data from youth leagues, school sports groups and industry associations from 2008 to 2012.

  • High School ADs Offer Advice for Dealing with Weather

    by Jeff Young February 2014

    Assistant Sports Editor Ryan Landis fondly remembers the good old days, when snow meant he just might get to stay home from school, and the excitement that possibility often created. Naw, we're not talking about when he was a kid with a backpack full of books. This would be just over a month ago, before Christmas. More specifically, before Landis stopped teaching Hempfield fourth-graders and took on the position of Athletic Director in the Warwick School District.

  • Teen Obesity Under Control, But Status Gap Persists

    by Lane Anderson Deseret News February 2014

    Campaigns to help children set aside junk food and soda appear to be paying off: The obesity rate for American teens has stopped rising, and may even be on the decline. However, a recent study published in the journal PNAS finds that this trend is limited to families with more education and income. In 2002, obesity rates climbed at similar rates for all teens, but since has gone down for teens with a higher socioeconomic status, and gone up for low-income teens. The findings reveal a growing class gap in childhood obesity, and might indicate that parents and teens have gotten the message about diet and exercise, but it's much easier for affluent families to act on it.

  • Should Schools Provide Daily Exercise for Students?


    The state Senate is considering a bill that would require all West Virginia students to participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity at school each day. Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley, introduced the proposal, dubbed the Move to Improve Act. He said Move to Improve is the second piece of Feed to Achieve, an initiative passed by the Legislature last year to make nutritious breakfasts available to all school children regardless of socioeconomic status.

  • Half of Parents with Obese Kids Don't See the Obesity

    by Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY February 2014

    Parents may be in denial when it comes to their kids' weight. About half of parents with overweight or obese children don't think their kids are too heavy, a new study shows. This is true in the USA and around the world, the researchers found.

  • Coaches Draft Counter to No Summer Contact Proposal

    by By Patricia Babcock McGraw February 2014

    Hollywood has done high school football no favors. In the movies, players are sometimes depicted as out-of-control, law-breaking punks. And win-at-all-cost coaches are hard and relentless and overbearing to an extreme. Practice conditions have been shown to be unsafe, and even inhumane. Real-life high school football coaches around Illinois don't appreciate the perceptions, and they might be wondering if current proposals by some IHSA officials and state politicians are based more on the fiction that is often depicted on the big screen rather than the reality that they see every day at their own practices. "There are way too many football movies from the ‘80s and '90, like ‘The Program' where you've got players being launched at each other and everyone's making these big, crazy hits, and no one's focusing on safety and that's just not the way it really is," Antioch coach Brian Glashagel said. "Everyone I know is doing it the right way. I can't think of one coach who's not. You don't even hear rumors about coaches who aren't."

  • Club Sports Pushing Athletes Away From High School

    by Dennis Van Milligen January 2014

    Club sports were once revered nationwide by high schools for helping enhance the young athlete and preparing him or her for the more competitive high school environment. But various factors have played a role in transforming club sports from high school athletics supporter to slayer, forcing one high school athletic director to admit, "I think we might see a time when high school sports don't exist and club sports completely replace it."

  • Blog: Prioritizing The Student-Athlete a Must for ADs

    by Dennis Van Milligen January 2014

    Since I have been a member of the AB team, I have had the fortunate opportunity to chronicle the challenges high school athletic administrators are facing in today's high-pressure, win-at-all-costs environment. We hear about all the steps that are being taken to protect the student-athlete from a physical standpoint, but what about from an emotional and psychological standpoint?