Safety & Security: Athlete Safety
- Opinion: Tackle Football Should Be Parents' Choice
by Steve Fryer February 2018
Two California legislators say they will propose legislation that would establish a minimum age for kids to play contact football.
- Duke University Tackles Head Trauma in Football
by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan February 2018
You want to believe the story you've been told your whole life. That's why Rebecca Carpenter, daughter of late NFL player and coach Lew Carpenter, resisted accepting that football caused her dad's brain damage — she didn't want to believe it.
- An Inside Look at Iowa State’s Sports Medicine Dept.
by Paul Steinbach February 2018
The average year-round temperature in Ames, Iowa, is just under 50 degrees Fahrenheit, certainly nothing to prepare Iowa State University student-athletes for the cryotherapy chamber the athletic department installed in November. Wearing gloves, slippers and little else, athletes are surrounded from the neck down in air mixed with liquid nitrogen — and temperatures dropping to below minus-180.
- FDA Approves First Blood Test for Brain Injury Diagnosis
by Lindsey Tanner February 2018
The first blood test to help doctors diagnose traumatic brain injuries has won U.S. government approval, meaning Banyan Biomarkers can commercialize its test, giving the company an early lead in the biotech industry's race to find a way to diagnose concussions.
- Athletic Trainers Save Two at High School Games
by Andy Berg February 2018
The importance of having competent athletic trainers at games and practices was highlighted by the life-saving work they performed at two separate events last Friday.
Jesuit College Prep student Christian Lerma collapsed during a soccer game against J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson (Tex.). A trainer from J.J. Pearce did CPR and used a defibrillator on Lerma, which saved his life.
Tara Grubbs, the athletic trainer for J.J. Pearce, told Fox 4 that it was one of the scariest moments of her life. Grubbs was able to call for an AED, which she used on Lerma. Lerma was then taken by ambulance to the hospital. Information on what caused Lerma’s collapse was not available but Fox 4 reports that he will have a pacemaker put in on Tuesday.
In White Plains (NY), another athletic trainer came to the rescue when an unnamed high school freshman basketball player went into cardiac arrest after falling awkwardly and hitting his head.
"He landed, and when he landed on his back, he ended up smacking his head into the ground,” athletic trainer Max Anderson told News12.
- Did IOC Endanger Women Snowboarders?
by Andy Berg February 2018
High winds wreaked havoc with the women's slopestyle Olympic finals, causing some to charge that organizers exhibited a disregard for athlete safety.
- Gymnastics Scandal Reverberates Throughout Sport
by Bennet Goldstein February 2018
When Karen Wiederholt hires an employee at Hazel Green Gymnastics Club, she always performs a background check. She attends classes and supervises her staff with an attentive eye. Wiederholt said gymnastics offers children a chance to have fun. But the recent criminal trial of Larry Nassar has unfortunately cast the sport in a poor light. Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics national team doctor and Michigan State University physician, has been accused by more than 200 people of sexually abusing them under the guise of medical treatment.
- Bobsledder to Donate Brain to Concussion Research
by USA TODAY February 2018
Elana Meyers Taylor, the pilot of USA-1, has pledged her brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation for research on concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
- Researchers Hope Drug Could Help Treat Concussions
by Jim Henry February 2018
The Prevacus story starts in Tallahassee, specifically at Florida High and Florida State University. Where the story ends is uncertain because nobody has all the answers concerning the long-term effects of concussions. However, the potentially groundbreaking drug could help change that. Prevacus is being developed by Jake VanLandingham, a neuroscientist and a former member of the FSU Medical School. "I think you can reduce the development of long-term effects by 80 percent if you can treat a concussion for the first 14 days, said VanLandingham, 44, who played football and basketball at Florida High. "I believe we can get our youth back on the field and in the classroom much quicker by treating their concussion with our drug. The drug will prevent post-concussion syndrome and hopefully reduce the incidents of post-traumatic stress disorder.
- USA Gymnastics Says Athletes Will Be Chaperoned
by Nancy Armour February 2018
Gymnasts will be required to be chaperoned by someone other than their coaches at four upcoming events, according to an email obtained by USA TODAY that was sent this weekend to USA Gymnastics staff members, coaches and parents. Rhonda Faehn, the women's program director, also said in the email that USA Gymnastics has decided not to compete at meets in Canada and Italy that have been staples on the calendar. The changes come as USA Gymnastics continues to deal with the fallout from Larry Nassar, the longtime team physician who sexually abused more than 250 girls and young women under the guise of medical treatment. Olympic champions Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber were among his victims, and Raisman and Maroney said he abused them on international trips.