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December 12, 2016

Texas launching extensive study of brain injuries in young athletes

Texas this week is launching a massive study to examine brain injuries in young athletes and whether new initiatives are making a difference. The study is commissioned by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and the O'Donnell Brain Institut...

December 8, 2016

SportsMed: How sleep affects performance

Those in sports often have to consider the time they spend practicing while balancing all the other aspects of their lives. Oftentimes, sleep goes by the wayside. Competitive results and athletic performance are highly reliant on sleep. Sleep is j...

November 30, 2016

Recycled rubber, turf industries adopting new safety standards

Leading members of the recycled rubber and synthetic turf industries today announced that they are jointly cooperating to ensure all synthetic turf and playground infills meet new American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) toy standards for he...

November 29, 2016

Indiana quarterback quitting football: ‘I need my brain’

Indiana's appearance in a college football bowl game later this month will be the last for Hoosiers backup quarterback Zander Diamont. The junior announced over the weekend that he would quit football at the end of the season, citing concussion fe...

November 9, 2016

Study: Athletes who specialize suffer more ankle, knee injuries

A new study has found that athletes who specialize in a single sport are more likely to suffer lower-extremity injuries. [caption id="attachment_18015" align="alignright" width="252"] Photo: Kevin Hoffman[/caption] The study, conducted by resea...

November 1, 2016

Study: Kids’ brains altered after just one season of football

A new study suggests that sub-concussive blows might be enough to alter the brains of young children who play football. The study was conducted with the help of researchers at the Wake Forest School of Medicine and published in the medical journ...

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October 27, 2016

Grant program offers prep football teams access to athletic trainers

The NFL Foundation, in collaboration with Gatorade, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), announced the launch of a pilot program to p...

October 20, 2016

NBA announces first youth basketball guidelines

The NBA and USA Basketball have teamed up to develop the first-ever youth basketball guidelines aimed at improving the way children, parents and coaches experience the game, with a specific emphasis on promoting player health and wellness. These g...

October 10, 2016

SportsMed: The dangers of early sport specialization

Compared to previous generations, children today are becoming more exposed to year-round, recurring-season participation in a single sport. Parents hope that their children can become sports superstars, and the pressure to play a single sport at youn...

September 23, 2016

Limited-contact rules making a difference with concussions

Limiting contact during high school football practices was undoubtedly going to reduce head-impact exposure for athletes, but we were unsure just how much. Now, we finally have an idea. A new study published in the July edition of the Journal ...