Intense Workouts Hospitalize Athletes
Intense workouts at the University of Oregon has landed three Duck football players in the hospital and netted their strength and conditioning coach a suspension.
Texas Sized Concussion Study Underway
Texas is tackling the issue of youth concussions head on.
The University Interscholastic League, Texas' governing body for public high school sports, announced that it is immediately beginning a study from which they hope to gauge whether rules or equipment changes are improving player safety and what more can be done to protect athletes.
The Texas program will track about two-dozen sports, from football to girls' soccer, recording what caused an injury, recovery time and other data. The effort is a partnership with the O'Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center for the project.
What's Your Reason Why?
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) annually celebrates National High School Activities Month in October. This year the organization used the platform to launch an entirely new program that showcases the value high school sports and activities offer to students.
#MyReasonWhy provides real life examples of high school students who, while involved in education-based activity programs, demonstrate a higher level of academic performance as well.
Find #MyReasonWhy here.
Scared Parents Killing Youth Football in NY
Youth football has taken a hit in New York City. The violent nature of the sport, and the widespread awareness of the danger of concussions, is causing more parents to keep their kids on the sidelines.
Across the five boroughs, the numbers of kids participating in tackle football is in decline because of the fear of concussions, several coaches and league presidents say.
"It's not necessarily concussions as in parents seeing their kids get concussions, but concussion awareness that has scared some people off," said Edmond Wilson, the president of Empire Youth Football, a citywide organization for kids between the ages of 6 and 14. "I have had kids who played before, and their parents don't want them to be tackled. They are afraid of concussions."
Women + Sports = Money?
This is Women's Sports Week but many people don’t know it. Retailers and those savvy to a fact that women are the fastest growing power in both sports and athletic buying power are very aware.
Girls' participation in high school sports has increased every year for 25 consecutive years and reached more than 3.26 million in the 2013-2014 school year. In terms of buying power, Nike sales of its women's sports apparel grew nearly 30% over the last year!
The evolution is unquestionable.
It’s not just about participation in sports. It’s also about the professional opportunities that sports have helped open up for women.
No Officials, No Games?
Imagine "Friday Night Lights" ... only with fewer lights. That is not a hypothetical. This is happening in New Mexico, even as we speak. Many states are experiencing a shortage of officials in all high school sports.
Changes to the scheduling landscape are already a reality, and the problem will become more expansive if New Mexico can't find a way to replenish its ever-shrinking pool of high school football officials according to a report in the Albuquerque Journal.
"We're in crisis mode," said Dana Pappas, the New Mexico Activities Association's longtime commissioner of officials. "It's kind of a perfect, terrible storm."
To Play or Not to Play
A number of high school sporting events have been forfeited lately, citing safety and religious beliefs as the reasons.
In a span of three days, two schools from the Cascade Conference in Washington chose to forfeit their games against Archbishop Murphy High School, both citing concerns about player safety.
A high school boys soccer team in Arizona forfeited its game last week against a team that includes two girls. Faith Christian School in Mesa, Ariz., forfeited its game on Friday against Scottsdale’s Foothills Academy College Prep, a boys soccer team that includes sisters Alyssa and Colette Hocking, the Arizona Republic reported. Faith Christian cited religious beliefs in its decision.