• Does Absence of Athletic Trainers Constitute Negligence?

    by Mark Dodds August 2018

    Intercollegiate football is an exciting but violent sport. A school can employ qualified coaches and medical personnel, and use injury waivers to protect itself from liability. However, failure to meet industry standards for student-athlete care will likely bring litigation in the event a player sues over treatment of injuries suffered on the field. This is evident in the ongoing case of Feleccia v. Lackawanna College, 156 A. 3d 1200 – Pa: Superior Court 2017.

  • Maryland Football Installs Cooling Stations

    by Adam Zielonka August 2018

    The University of Maryland football program opened a portion of Wednesday's practice to the media for the first time all summer. Two "cooling tents" were set up on the campus practice fields where there had been none before.

  • Miami Program Seeks to Raise Concussion Awareness

    by Florida Times-Union August 2018

    The University of Miami Health System Concussion Program hosted a workshop on Aug. 1 to educate 120 athletic trainers in Miami-Dade public and private schools about concussion management, prevention, and awareness.

  • Maryland Takes Responsibility for Player's Death

    by A.J. Perez August 2018

    Preliminary findings from an independent investigation of the death of University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair show medical personnel failed to immediately treat McNair for heatstroke when he fell ill during a supervised workout in May.

  • HS Denies Negligence in Football Head Injury Case

    by Paul Steinbach August 2018

    Lawyers representing McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile, Ala., are denying a former football player's claim that negligence by the school was responsible for the brain injury he suffered during practice. Instead, it was Eric Williams' pre-existing medical condition that caused him to lose consciousness during a tackling drill in May 11, 2015.

  • Iowa’s Concussion Insurance Excludes Most Girls

    by Andy Berg August 2018

    This story has been corrected to note that the HeadStrong program was created by brokerage firm Dissinger Reed and was sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau for IHSAA. 

    The Iowa High School Athletic Association's recently announced concussion insurance for high school athletes won't cover the majority of female athletes in the state. 

  • New Athletic Trainer Saves Life at Football Scrimmage

    by Paul Steinbach August 2018

    An athletic trainer in his first month on the job credits the training he received for guiding him through a harrowing rescue of an unresponsive high school football player last Friday.

  • Iowa Covers Concussion Insurance for HS Athletes

    by Andy Berg August 2018

    High school student-athletes in Iowa will have peace of mind as they take the courts and fields of their chosen sports this coming school year. 

  • Study: For Some, CTE Risk 'Not as Great' as Thought

    by Sam Ogozalek August 2018

    After examining 21 retired Bills and Sabres players, including Piccone, the UB team has published a series of academic papers weighing in on CTE — a degenerative brain disease linked to sports such as football.

  • Humidity Concerns Force UMaine to Take Precautions

    by Larry Mahoney August 2018

    Dew points that measure humidity have been soaring. But that didn't stop the University of Maine's football team from wearing full pads for the first time this season, after previously practicing in shoulder pads and shorts.