November 2011 Archives

Nine high school football players from Wayne Hills (N.J.) High School are suing their district over suspensions stemming from their alleged involvement in an off-campus fight.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul cancelled their "Homecoming Tour," but will still fulfill some of the related charitable work.

Athletes who often "head" soccer balls were found to have brain abnormalities similar to those found in patients with traumatic brain injuries, according to a new study.

The Maryland state board of education is currently considering whether all high school student-athletes should be expected to hold a minimum GPA of 2.0, in response to a state law passed earlier this year.

In Lincoln (Neb.) Public Schools, students who pass the district's physical fitness test were significantly more likely to pass state reading and math tests.

Gov. Chris Christie said that math and science teachers were more valuable than gym teachers in today's society, and thus, deserved more pay, in an interview with Facebook on Monday.

These suggestions stem from nearly a year's worth of writing about youth football, student-athlete safety, and concussions in youths.

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center found that brain scans of high school hockey and football players sometimes showed subtle hints of injury, even if the players didn't suffer concussions.

Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett signed a statewide youth-concussion law on Monday, making Pennsylvania the 35th state (along with the District of Columbia) to have one.

Before the New England Patriots took on the New York Jets this past Sunday night, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hosted roughly 200 youth football players, parents, and coaches to a forum devoted to player safety.

Fewer than 6 percent of doctors follow national sudden cardiac death screening guidelines to their fullest extent when examining high school athletes, according to a survey.

All children ages 9 to 11 should have their cholesterol levels screened at least once, according to guidelines published online Friday in the journal Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The researchers are aiming to determine if any positions are more susceptible to concussions, along with what types of collisions between players cause concussions.

State Rep. Kevin Boyle announced a plan Wednesday to introduce legislation that would toughen the state's abuse reporting law, requiring that school officials take the information to police.

Any homeschooled students interested in playing public school sports will need to prove to their local board of education that they meet the same eligibility standards as a typical public school student-athlete—age, residency, and academics.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is none too pleased with the accusations of sexual misconduct that emerged against a former Penn State University defensive assistant coach coach this past weekend.

More boys than ever are playing youth football, and more girls than ever are attending college. Are the two somehow interrelated?

Nearly 100 high schools in Idaho have been cleared of potential Title IX violations by the Department of Education's office for civil rights, but the Meridian School District remains under investigation.

LeBron James recently recorded a robocall that encouraged 30,000 voters in his hometown of Akron to pass a $5.5 million property tax that would support Akron Public Schools.

The St. Philip's School and Community Center in Dallas received a $5,000 "Victory Grant" from sporting good distributor BSN Sports on Thursday for equipment to bolster their athletic programs.

A recent South Park examined whether it's fair to have one underachieving student's physical fitness scores bring down his entire class' average.

The NFL is now requiring referees to be on the lookout for concussions in players, a change that should start seeping down to youth football before long.

Students with disabilities are 38 percent more likely to be overweight or obese than their peers, according to a new report released Wednesday.

Obese youths often report wanting to lose weight, but they're also more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as cigarette smoking, daily soda consumption, and a lack of physical activity.


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