April 2012 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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."

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.

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.

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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