Penn State Coach Halts Recruitment of Player After Social-Media Misstep

Penn State offensive line coach Herb Hand tweeted Wednesday morning that he had stopped pursuing one unnamed recruit because of his activity on social media.


NCAA Settles Concussion Lawsuit, Establishes $70M Screening Fund

Current high school athletes who hope to continue their athletic careers once they arrive at college will not be eligible for concussion screenings under the terms of the proposed settlement.


New Calif. Law Restricts Full-Contact Youth-Football Practices

The law prohibits school districts, charter schools, and private schools from holding more than two full-contact football practices per week during the preseason and regular season.


Survey: Teen Use of Synthetic Human Growth Hormone Doubles

In just one year, the number of teens who report using synthetic human growth hormone more than doubled, according the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.


Physicians Have 'Ethical Duty' to Educate Youths About Concussions, Says Academy

Physicians have an ethical duty to educate youth-athletes about the potential short- and long-term risks associated with concussions, the American Academy of Neurology writes in a new position paper.


New NCAA Guidelines Recommend Limiting Live-Contact Football Practices

New guidelines released by the NCAA and the College Athletic Trainers' Society on Monday recommend limiting live-contact football practices to two per week during the regular season, postseason, and bowl season.


Study Examines Injury Rates Among Middle School Athletes

Middle school athletes are less likely to sustain injuries than their high school or collegiate counterparts, though female student-athletes are at significantly higher risk of mild injury during practices than games.


Former U.S. Women's Soccer Stars Seek to Limit Youth-Soccer Headers

The new "Parents and Pros for Safer Soccer" initiative is calling for all middle school soccer teams and under-14 youth-soccer leagues to ban heading in an attempt to reduce the risk of concussions.


Pa. School Board Revises Student Paper's Ban on 'Redskins' Nickname

The Neshaminy (Pa.) school board approved a policy Thursday that allows editors of the district's student newspaper, The Playwickian, to remove the school's "Redskins" nickname in all pieces aside from editorials or letters to the editor.


Athletic Trainers' Association Releases New Heat-Illness Guidelines

In a new position statement, the National Athletic Trainers' Association call for student-athletes to go through a seven- to 14-day heat-acclimatization period during the preseason to reduce the risk of serious heat illnesses.


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