January 2016
Unruly Fans a Problem?

Americans take their sports seriously, and their passion - or obsessiveness - can spill over the line. Sometimes way over the line.  At the Bengals-Steelers playoff game, six fans were arrested for assaults, including three involving young men attacking women.

But bad fan behavior isn't confined to professional sports.

It extends all the way down to high school and youth leagues, where administrators have had to take extreme measures in some cases to protect players and the public.

 




January 2016
Crumpling Helmet for Safety?

As concerns about concussions continue to grow, especially around football, companies and policy makers have been looking for ways to make the game safer.

One area of focus has been looking at improving the safety of equipment, football helmets in particular. Helmet manufacturers have been honing designs to help reduce impact to the brain, as well as incorporate technology to track hits or measure impacts.

One option being explored appears to take its lead from the auto industry. 

 




January 2016
Pro takes preps to Concussion movie

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown took football players from a Pennsylvania high school last week to see the movie ‘Concussion,’ an act he said was to educate young athletes about the perils of the sport.

USA Today reported that Brown took the entire Clairton High School football team to watch the film. ‘Concussion,’ starring Will Smith, is about Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered the degenerative brain disease CTE and its occurrence in athletes exposed to repeated head trauma.

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