• Youth Football Concussion Rates Surprise Reseachers

    by Andy Berg December 2018

    New research is suggesting that rates of concussion in younger football players are higher than previously expected.

  • Apple Watch Diagnoses Man’s AFib with ECG App

    by Andy Berg December 2018

    Fitness wearables have been popular for some time, primarily for tracking the stats on a given workout, and now they’re diagnosing potentially life-threatening health conditions.

  • Report Outlines Mistakes in McNair Tragedy

    by Paul Steinbach December 2018

    University of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair visibly struggled to complete an outdoor workout May 29. In fact, teammates had to physically help the 6-foot-4, 341-pound McNair cross the finish line during a series of 10 110-yard sprints in the 83-degree heat that afternoon.

  • HS Players' Suit for Counseling Can Move Forward

    by Ellen Yan December 2018

    The families of three high school football players whose teammate was fatally struck by a 400-pound log during an offseason camp can move forward, a judge has ruled, with plans to sue the Sachem Central School District for allegedly failing to provide adequate mental health services to the teenagers. The families had 90 days after the August 2017 death of Joshua Mileto, 16, to file a notice of claim, the first step in suing a municipality. They instead waited until June, about seven months late, and the district sought to have the case thrown out.

  • Two Dead as Semi Collides with Basketball Team Bus

    by Michelle Ewing December 2018

    Two men were killed when a semi truck driving in the wrong direction hit a bus carrying a high school girls basketball team Wednesday night near Downs, Illinois, authorities said.

  • MSU Applications Down in Wake of Nassar Scandal

    by Paul Steinbach December 2018

    Michigan State University continues to realize the tangible cost of the Larry Nassar scandal, as applications to the university have decreased for the second consecutive year, even as Big Ten Conference peer institutions and other schools across the nation continue to see increases.

    Nassar, the osteopathic physician employed by Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, was convicted earlier this year of sexually abusing multiple girls and women in his care and possessing child pornography. He is currently serving a minimum 100-year prison sentence.

    ESPN reports that undergraduate applications to Michigan State fell 8.3 percent over the past year, a drop of roughly 3,000 applications to 33,129, and an even steeper slide than the 3.6 percent decline realized in Fall 2017 applications.

    The Nassar story broke in 2016, and the headlines keep coming.

    On Tuesday, the university announced that it had completed its financial transfer to a court-created settlement fund, thus fulfilling its agreement with Nassar's sexual assault survivors. According to the Lansing State Journal, the $425 million transferred is earmarked for 332 survivors. That fund will now be frozen, though prior claims will be honored.

    A separate Healing Assistance Fund set up by the university will likewise be frozen. Closing the fund early, interim MSU President John Engler wrote in a memo to trustees, "permits us to use the $8.6 million remaining balance in the Healing Fund to reduce the amount of our borrowing to pay the settlement," the State Journal reported.

    Also on Tuesday, Michigan lawmakers advanced more bills inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case — voting to ease the prosecution of alleged abusers, stiffen child pornography penalties and let more people speak at sentencings under certain circumstances, according to an Associated Press report.


  • Wrestling Coaches Revive Athlete During Practice

    by Andy Berg December 2018

    A group of wrestling coaches in Ohio reacted appropriately and saved the life of a student-athlete who collapsed during a team practice last week.

  • Parents Sue High School Over Dangerous Football Drill

    by Andy Berg December 2018

    The parents of three high school football players in Hawaii are suing over a dangerous drill that the boys were forced to participate in during practice. 

  • One Child Dead After Youth Football Team's Bus Crashes

    by Andy Berg December 2018

    A charter bus carrying a youth football team crashed early Monday in central Arkansas, killing one child and injuring at least 45 other people.

  • Helping Coaches Discuss and Prevent Sexual Violence

    by Brian O'Connor November 2018

    What if we could stop sexual violence before it happens? You may be surprised to know that recent breakthroughs in research have shown that we can. How we do this may be even more of a surprise, as sports are at the center of the solution.