Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
- Editorial: Football Parents Fret Over Concussion Risk
by Richmond Times Dispatch August 2017
It's football season. What's more American than watching a favorite high school team rule the gridiron on a crisp, fall evening or spending Sundays cheering on NFL teams?
- MSHSL Requires Asthma Training for HS Coaches
by Courtney Cameron August 2017
In a recent study from the Minnesota Department of Health, it was found that 58 percent of middle and high school students in the state are involved in sports.
- Kent State Fires Strength Coach Over Certification Issue
by Paul Steinbach August 2017
Kent State University has fired a member of its football staff after investigations found the individual lacked certification as a strength and conditioning coach required by the NCAA.
Ross Bowsher was in charge of a June 13 workout at which 19-year-old Tyler Heintz collapsed and died. The preliminary cause of death was listed as hyperthermia, a condition that develops when the body cannot properly cool itself. Almost immediately after Heintz's death, both major strength and conditioning certification bodies — the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association — informed CBS Sports that Bowsher was not a member. Combined, the organizations claim 29,000 members.
A CBS Sports investigation found that Bowsher, in his second year with the Golden Flashes after stints with Arkansas Tech and Purdue, was the only Kent State staffer lacking certification, required since 2015 under NCAA Bylaw 11.1.5.
Subsequent to those findings, the university released the following statement:
“The safety and wellbeing of our student-athletes is paramount at Kent State University, and we have continued to assess and review all policies and circumstances relative to the June 13 summer football workout that occurred prior to the death of Tyler Heintz. We continue to mourn the loss of Tyler, and the Kent State family is focused on joining with the Heintz family in honoring his memory in our thoughts and actions.
“The university has concluded its internal review of the matter, and our findings indicate that the workout was conducted in accordance with national protocols for student-athlete health and safety, and the session was supervised appropriately by qualified personnel. Present at the June 13 football workout were five certified personnel who participated in the design, implementation and supervision of the 20 student-athletes.
“During the course of the review, it was discovered that football strength and conditioning coach Ross Bowsher provided false information about his certification, which is required by the university and the NCAA. Mr. Bowsher has been dismissed from the university, and we are self-reporting this decision to the NCAA.”
The case illustrates the importance of a thorough vetting process for coaches. “Today, the way liability is, if you’re not certified by an accredited organization you’re walking on thin ice,” CSCCA executive director Chuck Stiggins told CBS Sports. “Lawsuits could be $20 million to $30 million dollars. I can’t imagine hiring someone without the appropriate credentials.”
Heintz is the 35th college football player across all divisions to die since 2000, with factors relating to overexertion the leading cause of death.
“Football has a problem,” NSCA coaching education manager Scott Caulfield told CBS Sports. “Typically they hire the biggest dude that lifted weights and make him the strength coach. A lot of times they don't care if he is certified or not.”
- Opinion: CTE Issues Raise Dilemma for Football Parents
by Evansville Courier & Press August 2017
CTE is back in the news, thanks to a study led by Ann McKee, director of Boston University's CTE Center. McKee and her team examined the brains of 111 deceased NFL players and found...
- Opinion: Can Americans Quit Love Affair with Football?
by Jay Evensen August 2017
If someone just invented football, would we sanction the game? We seem to have a certain tolerance for risky behavior...
- Safety Guidelines Discussed After HS Player's Death
by Jordan Lauterbach August 2017
The death of a 16-year-old Sachem High School East football player during a training drill Thursday has state and local athletic officials considering a review of football safety guidelines.
- Teen Football Player Killed During Conditioning Drill
by Newsday Staff August 2017
An 11th-grade student at Sachem High School East died Thursday morning after a log fell on his head during a training drill at an offseason football camp on school grounds in Farmingville, officials said. Joshua Mileto, 16, of Farmingville, was participating in a strength and conditioning camp at the school at 177 Granny Rd., police said. Five athletes were performing a drill carrying a log overhead - with Mileto somewhere in the middle - when "the log fell and struck" him, police said.
- Study: HS Athletes Not Being Fully Protected
by The Sun Journal August 2017
A high school sports study conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute shows that many states are not implementing key safety guidelines to protect athletes from life-threatening conditions.
- Concussion Doctor Says Football Akin to Child Abuse
by Brett Cyrgalis August 2017
For Dr. Bennet Omalu, the future of football is not a debate. To science's most outspoken critic of the harmful effects of concussions, and whose life journey inspired the 2015 movie "Concussion" starring Will Smith, the demise of football is inevitable.
- Opinion: Time to Return to Leather Football Helmets
by Bob Campbell August 2017
More and more has been written these days about the increased number of concussions suffered by football players. All sorts of remedies have been suggested...