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A permit for youth football safety?

Robb Rehberg, Executive Director of Sport Safety International supports the idea of New York City using its civic authority to help fill those gaps.

“Youth football needs to establish a medical standard of care, and while it would be most desirable for such a standard to be established through culture change and ‘buy-in’ from all stakeholders, sometimes a legislative remedy is necessary to effect change,” Rehberg said. “Perhaps the power of the permit can serve as the catalyst for that culture change.”

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NFL pushing legislation to overhaul concussion protocol for youth sports

Legislation for federal funding to help protect student athletes from concussions got the National Football League’s backing Monday in the shadow of the stadium where the Super Bowl will be played this weekend.

NFL Senior Vice President Adolpho Birch joined two New Jersey lawmakers in support of legislation drafted following the 2008 death of a New Jersey high school football player.

The proposal by Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Bill Pascrell involves national concussion guidelines currently under development for schools and youth sport programs by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The legislation would authorize a 5-year grant program to bring those guidelines to school sports programs nationwide.

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Concussion Identification, Evaluation and Management: A Step-By-Step Process

Management of sport-related concussion involves a step-by-step process say three recently issued concussion guidelines:

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Four States Enact New Youth Concussion Laws In 2014

In at least four states, the turn of the calendar to 2014 means new laws to better protect young athletes from the dangers of concussions and sport-related brain injuries. That means 49 states now have youth concussion laws in effect, with Mississippi the only holdout.

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‘Blood clot’ found on brain of Marist football player after coming back from concussion

One of Hudson County’s most talented high school football players landed in a Philadelphia hospital with a potentially life-threatening head injury last weekend after he collapsed on the sideline during a playoff game in South Jersey.

Three weeks after sustaining a concussion during a regular season game, Marist running back D’Ondre Robinson was pulled from his team’s 55-6 loss to St. Joseph of Hammonton last Saturday when he began suffering from a headache, he told The Jersey Journal during a phone interview Tuesday night.

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Missouri: 2013 high school football season deadliest in 27 years

Missouri High School Officials are worried about the increasing number of head injuries to football players.

Authorities attribute seven deaths this year to playing high school football, making 2013 the deadliest year since 1986.

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The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) Completes 3 Year Fall Sports Concussion Survey

The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) has recently completed a 3 year (2010-2012) online Fall concussion survey involving secondary school Athletic Trainers (ATs). The goal of this study was to examine the incidence of concussions in fall athletics at secondary schools in the state of New Jersey. The 3 year study involved 86 High School Athletic Trainers participating each year; 80/86 schools reporting had football as a Fall sport. Throughout the course of the study there were 3,161 concussions reported (avg. 1053.67 reported concussions per year). According to the study, football had the highest reported incidence of concussions at 57% followed by girls soccer at 18% and boys soccer at 14%, Cheering 6%, Field Hockey 4% and Gymnastics 1%.

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Montclair High School trainer faced tough questions in football player’s 2008 death

Two weeks ago, the Montclair Board of Education agreed to pay Ryne’s family $2.8 million to settle a 2009 negligence lawsuit alleging the school’s decision to let their son back on the field led to the 16-year-old’s death.

Chemidlin’s (Montclair High School’s athletic trainer)conduct would be singled out for stinging criticism by Robb Rehberg, past president of the Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey, an expert hired by the family’s lawyers.

“Chemidlin’s laissez-faire attitude toward Ryne’s return to participation in football flies in the face of sound professional judgment one would expect from a reasonable athletic trainer and ultimately allowed Ryne to participate in the game that led to his death,” Rehberg wrote in an October 2011 report.

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National Athletic Trainers’ Association Reiterates Dangers of Football Helmet-to-Helmet Contact

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association released a statement Wednesday to reiterate the dangers of helmet-to-helmet contact in football and called for crown of the helmet violations to be called consistently at all levels of the game.

Now is a good time to review the NATA recommendations, especially after the death Friday night of a 16 year old football player in western New York after what was described in local reports as “a helmet-to-helmet hit” during a high school football game. The player lost consciousness after the play and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The NFL, NCAA and National Federation of State High School Associations have each studied head and neck injuries and generated rules to try to cut down on top-of-the-head contact in football. Resulting injuries have come under increased scrutiny with the recent focus on limiting concussions, but any contact to the head and neck area can result in catastrophic injuries.

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What’s A Life Worth To You? The Absolute Importance Of Athletic Trainers In High School Sports

More than 50% of high school students in the United States do not have the luxury of having an athletic trainer on the sidelines of their games and practices.  Yet athletic trainers are standard in collegiate and professional sports.  This reality is highly questionable considering that the underdeveloped, youth brain is at the greatest risk of injury.  In addition, studies have shown that young athletes take longer to heal from brain injuries, compared to the brains of more physically mature athletes.


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