Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
- ‘Concussion’ Doctor: Impose Age of Consent on Football
by Jason Scott December 2015
Dr. Bennet Omalu, the real-life doctor at the center of the upcoming Will Smith film ‘Concussion,’ penned an op-ed for The New York Times arguing for a unique approach to football’s concussion problem.
His proposal: impose rules that would require children to reach the age of consent before allowing them to participate in football.
- Study: Youth Contact Sports Increase Risk of CTE
by Stuart Goldman December 2015
One in three men who played a contact sport in their youth had evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CET), according to a recent study by the Mayo Clinic.
- Two More Deaths in Youth Football
by Jason Scott November 2015
Two youth football players -- one a high school student from Kansas and the other in Ohio who was just 9 years old -- died this week during football activities.
- Concussion Lawsuit Examines School Nurse's Duty of Care
by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio and Mark Dodds October 2015
The issue of sport concussions has been the subject of a number of recent high-profile cases — most notably, the NFL's $900 million settlement with former players. The National Hockey League, the NCAA, World Wrestling Entertainment and FIFA have also been dealing with high-profile lawsuits. The matter is not limited to professional and collegiate athletes, however. In the case of Strough v. Bedford Community School District et al, the Southern District of Iowa court awarded a high school football player $1 million in a negligence lawsuit against the local school district and the school's nurse. This award represents the largest payout for a high school athletics head injury case to date.
- School District Sued Over Former Athlete’s Concussions
by Emily Attwood October 2015
The family of a former La Jolla High School football player is suing the San Diego Unified School District for failing to remove their son from a game despite suffering a concussion.
- Bullets Left at Stadium Gate Prompt Season Cancellation
by Paul Steinbach October 2015
Mount Pleasant (Pa.) Area Junior Football League has cancelled the 2015 season — its 50th — following the latest in mounting threats against league officials, coaches and referees, allegedly made by parents. On Tuesday, ammunition shells depicting the names of league officials in permanent marker were found at the gate of Hurst Stadium, a playing field used by the league.
Parents of football players and cheerleaders told Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV a fistfight among parents occurred at a game earlier this season, and another game had to be rescheduled due to an unspecified threat. Shouted comments from the stands included criticism of players’ weights. The league serves children ages six through 14.
“I have no idea where it’s coming from, but it’s got to stop,” parent Stephanie Spallone told reporter Kelly Brennan. “The kids have more sense than the adults here.”
“It’s a feeder league,” added another parent, Robyn Josey. “They will eventually all play for the Mt. Pleasant Vikings together as teammates, as friends, and that’s what is sad about the whole thing.”
A league statement to parents said, "Decisions of this magnitude are not done lightly; rather they are done with the advice of the state police, FBI, school administration and league officials. We hope that as parents you will agree with this decision and try to cooperate with everyone involved to bring forward the person or persons responsible for these actions. The league's future and our children's continued participation in future seasons is what is in jeopardy."
- CTE Discovered in Brain of NFL Player Who Committed Suicide
by Jason Scott October 2015
Adrian Robinson, a former NFL linebacker who committed suicide in May, was found to have the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
- Best Practices Guide Addresses High School Security Concerns
by Dennis Van Milligen October 2015
More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletic administrator tasked with providing a safe environment, the stakes have never been higher.
- 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.
- Deceased NHL Player’s Brain Donated to CTE Research
by Jason Scott September 2015
The family of Todd Ewen, the NHL enforcer who committed suicide earlier this month, has decided to donate his brain to the Canadian Sports Concussion Research Project.