December 2011 Archives

Court Upholds Limit on Merit-Based Scholarships for Ky. Athletes

A federal appeals court upheld a Kentucky rule last week that prevents private school student-athletes from receiving merit-based scholarships that cover more than 25 percent of the cost of their tuition, dismissing claims about the rule's unconstitutionality.


Phys. Ed. & Concussions Dominate the Top K-12 Sports Stories of 2011

Recapping a year's worth of Schooled in Sports posts, with a heavy focus on the concussion epidemic in youth sports and the resurgence of physical education in schools.


Multiyear Scholarships in Jeopardy for NCAA Athletes

More than 75 colleges and universities have signed onto a request asking the NCAA to override a recently approved proposal that would allow schools to offer multiyear scholarships to student-athletes, putting the fate of the new rule at risk.


Will NFL's Latest Concussion Move Prompt More K-12 Athletic Trainers?

The NFL will now require an athletic trainer watching for concussions at every game, a move which should pay dividends for K-12 sports teams, according to National Athletic Trainers Association president Marjorie Albohm.


Pediatrics Academy Stresses Low-Income Students' Need for Playtime

To allow low-income children to reach their full potential, parents and teachers must provide them with ample opportunities to play, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises in a new report.


Hawaii to Launch After-School Sports Program for At-Risk Students

Beginning next school year, Hawaiian middle schoolers in low-performing schools will have the opportunity to extend their school day by participating in an after-school sports program sponsored by the state Department of Education.


Should Hockey Allow Fighting? Canadian Doctors Don't Think So

Earlier this week, the Canadian Medical Association Journal ran an editorial titled, "Stop the fighting and play hockey."


Minnesota High School Charging Fees for Golf, Hockey Tryouts

At Edina (Minn.) High School, boys and girls trying out for hockey and golf are being charged a $50 nonrefundable tryout fee, in what may be a first for the state.


NCES: More Young Adults Struggling With Weight; Exercise Rates Flat

Over the past 10 years, the percentage of young adults considered either overweight or obese has continued to rise, but teens aren't dramatically shifting their exercise habits in response, according to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics.


Colt McCoy Proves Difficulty of Regulating Student-Athlete Head Safety

No matter how many rules are put in place to protect athletes (at all levels) against concussions, athletes can still try and hide their symptoms.


'Tebowing' in the Hallway Gets Two H.S. Students Suspended

Four student-athletes at Riverhead (N.Y.) High School earned one-day suspensions last week for "Tebowing" (named after Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow) in the middle of their school's hallway.


NCAA Tables Extra Scholarship Money for Athletes Until January

125 schools signed a petition to override the new rule, which would have allowed schools to offer student-athletes up to $2,000 in extra scholarship money annually.


Federal Physical Education Funding Spared in New Budget Bill

Funding for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program was spared in the FY2012 budget bill issued by the U.S. House this week.


Want to Steer Youths Toward Water? Explain Calories in Sugary Drinks

Students are more inclined to drink water over sugar-sweetened drinks if provided with clear, easy-to-understand information about the caloric content in those sugary drinks, according to a new study.


Extra Scholarship Money for NCAA Athletes? Not So Fast...

Ninety-seven schools have signed a petition asking the NCAA to override a measure approved earlier this year, which allowed conferences to offer $2,000 of extra scholarship money to student-athletes.


Michelle Obama Sets Jumping Jacks World Record, With Some Help

As part of her Let's Move! campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation, Michelle Obama recruited 300,000+ people to do jumping jacks within a 24-hour period.


Amateur Athletic Union Ex-CEO Accused of Sex Abuse Against Children

Memphis police opened an investigation last week into Robert "Bobby" Dodd, the now-former president and chief executive officer of the Amateur Athletic Union, on the heels of an ESPN report that he sexually abused two of his former players in the 1980s.


Lawmaker Aims to Abolish Middle School Phys. Ed. Requirement

A bill progressing through the Florida legislature would stop the state's requirement that middle school students take a daily physical education class.


H.S. Football Team Loses State Title Due to Touchdown Celebration

A quarterback raised his arm as he strode toward a game-winning touchdown, which drew an unsportsmanlike penalty and negated the score.


Youth-Obesity Interventions Found to Be Effective, Do No Harm

School-based programs that promote physical fitness and healthy eating were found to have a positive impact in the fight against childhood obesity, according to a new review published Tuesday in The Cochrane Library.


Maryland Board to Recommend Minimum Student-Athlete GPA

The Maryland state board of education voted Tuesday to recommend that student-athletes maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 to remain involved in school athletics, but no schools in the state will be required to adopt this standard.


Athletic Trainers Suggest How to Prevent Sudden Death in Youth Sports

The National Athletic Trainers' Association released a first-of-its-kind position statement today on sudden death in youth sports, combining 10 older position statements from the organization into one document.


Study: Teens, Girls More Likely to Suffer Headaches After Head Trauma

With over 500,000 children suffering TBIs each year, according to the study authors, teachers and coaches alike must keep in mind that a TBI can be a long-term, multi-month injury, despite no visible damage.


Study: Phys. Ed., Recess Mandates Boost School Physical-Activity Time

Schools were more likely to offer students 150 minutes of physical education per week if located in a state or district that mandated that level of P.E., according to a study published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.


Suspensions Upheld for N.J. Youth Football Players

After a state judge ruled Thursday to uphold the suspensions, state education commissioner Christopher Cerf finalized the players' suspensions on Friday.


Phillies' Ryan Howard to Donate $1.2M to Philadelphia Schools

Howard announced Thursday that his Ryan Howard Family Foundation would be donating athletic sportswear valued at $1.15 million to the school district of Philadelphia.


Only 31 Percent of Calif. Students Deemed Physically Fit

Only 31 percent of students were able to pass all six components of the state's 2011 Physical Fitness Test, but those findings may not be much of a surprise.


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