From the AP story: The death comes at a time when head injuries in football are attracting attention at all levels of the sport.
Hard-Hitting Football Drills Shelved with Eye On Safety Bruce Hanson remembers what it was like to play high school football 50 years ago and knows what it's like to coach it today. A big difference is in the drills. "We used to hit in practice every day" in the 1960s, Hanson says. "We don't do contact drills anymore. Back then we'd say, 'We've got to get tougher.' Well, tougher graduated. Now we're more concerned with technique and schemes." Hanson was recruited to William & Mary by Marv Levy and played there under Lou Holtz, who named him a captain. Hanson just finished his 46th season of coaching high school football and 33rd as head coach at Yorktown High School. He has won more than 250 games as head coach at two schools and, at 67, is an old school coach with a new age philosophy. "Winning is important," he says. "Safety is more important." Last week, Hanson had his Patriots walk through some of the drills of yesteryear, but with no actual hitting. The idea was to show USA TODAY how it used to be. read more
Attempting to Prevent Head Injuries in HS Football The new movement toward safety is a result of increased awareness and science surrounding concussions and other brain injuries, especially chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE, which researchers believe takes years of repetitive hits to the head to develop, moved squarely to the forefront of the safety discussion after Dr. Ann McKee released unprecedented findings in July. read more
Concussions Striking Female Soccer Players McKenzie Gregoire suffered so many concussions playing soccer, doctors made her quit. She spent her senior season as Shakopee's team manager. Sara Johnson's first soccer concussion came in eighth grade. Four years later, she suffered another one playing for Fridley, forcing her out of the game she loves. Haley Ramberg blacked out from a soccer concussion two years ago for Blaine. She missed one month of school as her head and body healed, recovering as many student-athletes with these brain injuries do: resting in dark rooms and quiet places for weeks. Blaine coach Scott Zachmann said the sight of Ramberg's collision haunts him to this day. His big fear used to be knee-ligament injuries. read more
UT Responds to Allegation that Athlete Played with Concussion Tennessee football coach Butch Jones said he has "absolutely no say" in decisions regarding whether injured athletes are allowed to continue playing. read more