• 'Real Football' Starts When Players Don the Pads

    by Mark Wiedmer August 2017

    Tennessee football coach Butch Jones is well known for his practice philosophy: "Putting pads on doesn't mean you can just throw your body around."

  • Pac-12 Supports Head Trauma Research

    by Aaron Falk July 2017

    Thanks to an initiative and funding by the Pac-12, University of Utah researcher Deborah Yurgelun-Todd hopes to further...

  • Opinion: Can Football Players Ever Be Truly Safe?

    by The Baltimore Sun July 2017

    An updated study from the Journal of the American Medical Association found the degenerative brain disease CTE in the brains ...

  • Australia Mulls National Sports Injury Registry

    by Andy Berg July 2017

    Australians are looking for ways to better detect, report and prevent injuries in athletes.

    According to a post in the The New Daily, the Australian Centre for Research into Injury and Sport and Its Prevention is taking seriously a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association that found evidence of pervasive CTE in the brains of football players.

    ACRISP is now pushing for a national log of sporting injuries that would help inform and evaluate current safety measures in the country. 

    ACRISP's Dr. Lauren Fortington commended the United States for the safety precautions its athletics programs have already put into place. “The USA has a proven system for their sport setting, and they’ve demonstrated a reduction in fatal and serious injuries in American-based sports, such as American football, cheerleading, pole vault and baseball,” Fortington said.

    Fortington is lobbying for a uniquely Australian system, noting that Australians “actually have to develop a system for Australia, because we do our sports differently here than the way they play.”

    The study ACRISP is reacting to was conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine and the VA Boston Healthcare System, which examined 202 brains that belonged to men who played football at all levels and later were donated for research. The study found CTE in 177, or 87 percent of those brains involved in the study. Instances of CTE in the brains of NFL players were much higher. The study found evidence of CTE in 110 out of 111 brains donated by ex-NFL players. 

  • CTE Study Results Raise Questions for Kids, Parents

    by Matt Stout July 2017

    The “staggering” brain injury threat to football players detailed in an new CTE study could leave school kids and their parents questioning whether their love of the game outweighs the potential health hazards, a former player and local coaches say.

  • HS Freshman Dies After Football Workout

    by Jason Scott July 2017

    High school football teams around the country are beginning offseason workouts, and inevitably some of those workouts take tragic turns.

  • Rhabdomyolysis More Common as Workouts Intensify

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Rhabdomyolysis, a rare but potentially life-threatening condition that can be a side effect of extreme exercise, is not a new discovery. Hundreds of documented cases appear among those in demanding professions, such as firefighters and the armed forces. Occasionally, college athletes are diagnosed after a grueling workout.

  • States Mandate Face Masks in High School Softball

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    The Missouri State High School Activities Association has updated the softball manual for the 2017 season with a new mandate that all pitchers wear a protective mask during play.

  • Montana Governor Signs Youth Concussion Bill

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Montana Governor Steve Bullock on Monday signed into law House Bill 487, which was approved by the state Legislature earlier this year, in an effort to expand the protection of young athletes.

  • MSU Doctor Accused of Child Exploitation to Plead Guilty

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar has signed a deal agreeing to plead guilty to three federal charges relating to child pornography.

    Here is a short timeline of events leading up to the deal: