April 2012 Archives

Schools Consider Punishing Student-Athletes for Racist Tweets

At Gloucester (Mass.) High School, school officials are considering punishing at least three student-athletes and two other students who chimed in with derogatory tweets toward the Washington Capitals' Joel Ward.

NCAA Pushes Back Academic Reform for Limited-Resource Institutions

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors decided Thursday to give limited-resource institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) more time to implement new academic reforms.

Students to Receive Free Concussion Testing in NFL Player's Honor

Student-athletes in Muncie, Ind., will begin receiving free concussion tests next month, thanks to a fund set up in honor of deceased Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson.

Highlights From the #SportsSafety Concussion Twitter Chat

At 12 p.m. ET Wednesday, the STOP Sports Injury Campaign held its second and final #SportsSafety Twitter chat of the month, in recognition of National Youth Sports Safety Month.

Survey: Many Coaches Misinformed About Youth Sports Safety Risks

More than half of youth sports coaches still believe there's an acceptable level of head contact a student-athlete can endure before suffering serious damage.

NFL's Atlanta Falcons Bring Sports Safety Message to Youth Athletics

Members of the Atlanta Falcons met with youth sports parents and coaches last Thursday to stress the importance of staying safe while playing sports.

Youth Obesity 'Substantially Decreases' for Massachusetts Children

The childhood obesity rate in Massachusetts "substantially decreased among both boys and girls" under the age of 6 between 2004 and 2008, according to a study published in Pediatrics.

Professor Blames High School Sports for the Demise of Academics

Steven Conn, a professor of history at Ohio State University, published an opinion piece suggesting that the growing importance of high school sports has distracted some districts and students from focusing on school's main priority: academics.

Ala. High School Athletic Association Adopts Tougher Recruiting Rules

The Alabama High School Athletic Association's legislative council passed two proposals that "now give the AHSAA some of the nation's toughest rules against recruiting," the organization says.

Arne Duncan Sings Jeremy Lin's Praises in Time 100 List

Jeremy Lin was named to Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" list, and none other than Arne Duncan wrote the accompanying blurb.

Studies Examine Best Practices for Scheduling, Overseeing Recess

Two recent studies attempted to determine best practices regarding how schools schedule and oversee recess.

Catastrophic Brain Injuries Hit All-Time High in H.S. Football

Thirteen high school football players were left permanently disabled as a result of a football-related brain injury in 2011, the most ever in one year.

Alabama's Richardson Accompanies Cancer Survivor to Prom

Trent Richardson, the Alabama running back who scored the game-icing touchdown in this year's BCS National Championship game, spent this past Saturday night at a high school prom.

Social Risk Factors Linked to Youth Obesity in Girls, Study Finds

Girls exposed to a number of social risk factors in early childhood are significantly more likely to be obese by age 5, but young boys aren't prone to the same effects.

What Recruits Can Learn From Robert Upshaw's Scholarship Situation

Recruits can use the example of Upshaw when only wanting to sign a financial aid agreement instead of an National Letter of Intent with their future schools.

Dance Instruction on Life Support in U.S. Elementary Schools?

Only 3 percent of public elementary schools offered formalized dance instruction during the 2009-10 school year, compared to 20 percent a decade earlier, according to a federal report on arts instruction.

Phys. Ed. Guidelines Coming Soon to Virginia Schools?

A mandate on physical education hasn't gained any more traction in Virginia, but a bill working its way through the state legislature has lifted the spirits of some phys. ed. advocates.

Texas H.S. Football Players Spend Spare Time as 'Bully Guards'

At the start this school year, three football players at Johnson High School (Texas) were recruited by the school's counselor to help protect a freshman against a wave of constant bullying.

What's Life Like for an Elite High School Basketball Recruit?

It's not all about accumulating Twitter followers and being offered spouses for these top recruits. There's plenty of negativity surrounding the process, too.

'Double Down' Banned in H.S. Cheerleading Due to Concussion Risk

In an effort to reduce the risk of concussions in cheerleading, the National Federation of State High School Associations recently approved a rule change that bans high school cheerleaders from performing a double twist to a cradle.

Idaho Strengthens Youth-Concussion Law by Passing Revision

On Tuesday, Idaho governor C.L. "Butch" Otter signed into law a revision of his state's previous youth-concussion law, one that's much more in line with the youth-concussion legislation already passed by most other states.

UConn's Academic Appeal Denied, Now Ineligible for 2013 Postseason

The Committee on Academic Performance denied an appeal that would have allowed the University of Connecticut's men's basketball team to participate in the 2013 NCAA tournament, despite not meeting new academic standards.

Experts Hold Twitter Chat on Youth Sports Safety

Last night, the STOP Sports Injury Campaign held its first-ever Twitter chat last night to discuss safety in youth sports.

Michelle Obama on Schools' Role in Preventing Childhood Obesity

Since launching the "Let's Move!" campaign two years ago, "we have seen a new conversation about the health and well-being of our kids," the first lady wrote.

Stone Phillips Chats About Youth-Football's Concussion Crisis

Investigative reporter Stone Phillips spent an hour Tuesday chatting on PBS.org about the dangers of concussions in youth football, in honor of PBS airing his report, "Hard Hits, Hard Numbers."

Youth-Concussion Law Update: Wisconsin Makes 36

Wisconsin became the 36th state to enact a youth-concussion law on Monday, as Gov. Scott Walker held a special ceremony at Lambeau Field to commemorate the occasion.

Only Half of Preschoolers Play Outside With Parents Daily, Study Finds

Nearly half of U.S. preschoolers do not engage in parent-supervised playtime on a daily basis, according to a study published online Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Writers Argue Against Homeschooled Students in Public School Sports

As more states consider bills that would allow homeschooled students to participate in public school sports, two writers recently drew lines in the sand on how far these should go.

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