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player safety

July 28, 2019

Tips for creating a sanitary environment for athletes

Schools would be amazed at what a difference a clean facility can make. They might be more surprised by what can happen if they neglect their duty to create a sanitary, safe atmosphere. Part of the equation is the cleaning products and methods use...


July 28, 2019

MRSA: What you need to know

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections. As with all regular staph infections, recognizing the signs and rec...


July 25, 2018

How heat acclimatization guidelines have made a difference

In 2009, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) spearheaded a task force that developed the Preseason Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines for Secondary School Athletics. David Csillan, a NATA member who...


November 10, 2015

U.S. Soccer recommends ban on headers for youth players

U.S. Soccer announced Monday its recommendation to ban headers for the sport's youth players in an effort to minimize the risks of concussions. [caption id="attachment_14540" align="alignright" width="284"] Photo: Kevin Hoffman[/caption] The a...


June 26, 2015

Oregon to begin requiring Heads Up Football training for coaches

Beginning in 2016, all Oregon high school football coaches will be required to enroll into the Heads Up Football program to help keep student-athletes safe on the field. The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) is the first high school athl...


May 12, 2015

Illinois association launches student-athlete safety campaign

The Illinois High School Association announced today the creation of its "Play Smart. Play Hard." campaign, designed to enhance student-athlete safety across the state. The initiative includes the launching of the Illinois Advisory Council on Play...