November 2011 Archives

N.J. Youth-Football Players Sue to Have Suspensions Lifted (UPDATED)

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.


NBA Lockout Ends, But (Some) Charitable Efforts Will Go On

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


Youth Soccer 'Headers' May Lead to Brain Injuries, Study Suggests

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.


Maryland Weighs Minimum GPA Standard for Student-Athletes

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.


Students' Fitness Linked to Higher Test Scores

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.


N.J. Gov. Wants Math, Science Teachers Paid More Than P.E. Teachers

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.


Five Potential Changes to Make High School Football Safer

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


Study: Minor Head Hits May Cause Brain Injury to Young Athletes

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.


Youth-Concussion-Law Watch: Pa. Makes 35

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.


NFL Commissioner Speaks to Youth Football Players About Safety

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.


Few Doctors Following Guidelines for Screening Young Athletes' Hearts

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.


Doctors Recommend Screening All Children Ages 9-11 for Cholesterol

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.


Stanford Football Players Lend Mouths to Concussion Research

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


Penn State Scandal Sparks Bill to Tighten Abuse-Reporting Law

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.


Homeschooled N.J. Students Can Now Play Public High School Sports

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.


Arne Duncan 'Extraordinarily Angry' About Penn State Sex Allegations

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.


Is Youth Football Contributing to the College Gender Gap?

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


Title IX Cases Dropped Against All But One Idaho District

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 Encourages Voters to Pass Ohio School Levy

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.


Texas School Awarded First 'Victory Grant' for Athletics

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.


'South Park' Ties Physical Education to 'Occupy Wall Street'

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


NFL's Concussion Push With Referees Bodes Well for Youths

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.


Report: Students With Disabilities More Likely Overweight

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


Study: Obese Youths Fighting Weight the Wrong Way

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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