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Subcommittee Examines Efforts to Improve Sports Safety

The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), today held a hearing on “Improving Sports Safety: A Multifaceted Approach.” The subcommittee examined ongoing efforts to prevent and mitigate the occurrence of concussions in sports, including game rule changes, coaching and player education, guidelines, as well as developing brain injury research […]

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A permit for youth football safety? (ESPN)

Football has a problem that only seems to grow by the day. In November, the latest annual sport participation survey showed that football participation across the United States had dropped for the fifth straight year, a loss of more than half a million players since 2007. Then an academic study linked concussions in all forms to premature death. That […]

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NFL reaches concussion settlement (USA Today)

The NFL and more than 4,500 former players want to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research, a federal judge said Thursday. The plaintiffs include at least 10 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett. […]

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Lasting legacy: Gfeller’s spirit lives on through research into sports-related injuries (Winston-Salem Journal)

Laws have been written, countless charity miles have been run and thousands of dollars have been donated in the name of Matthew Gfeller. The Winston-Salem teen suffered a traumatic brain injury during a tragic football accident in 2008, but thanks to the tireless commitment of his parents, Bob and Lisa Gfeller, his death was not […]

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Roger Goodell Applauds North Carolina’s Commitment to Concussion Research (Rant Sports)

No one is more terrified of the physical evolution of the game of football more than NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. And you can’t blame him with the amount of money the NFL stands to gain or lose in its approach to player safety in the wake of recent events in relation to on field concussions. From the […]

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Moms Push For Sports Safety (NBC)

New Youth Sports Safety Alliance calls for improved safety in school sports. As the National Football League confronts a pending lawsuit and implements new safety precautions in response to growing concerns about the long term impact of concussions, parents are visiting lawmakers on Capitol Hill. They’re pushing for better protection of the nation’s youngest athletes […]

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Parents converge on Capitol Hill to make youth sports safer (ABC)

Parents are tackling Capitol Hill with the goal of making youth sports safer.   More than one hundred parents from across the nation converged on D.C., hoping to reverse some sobering numbers. High school athletes suffer two million injuries every year. Last year, there were 33 deaths from youth sports. At the “Youth Sports Safety […]

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NFL Endorses Udall-Rockefeller Youth Sports Safety Effort

WASHINGTON – Ahead of this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, welcomed theNFL’s endorsement of their forthcoming legislation aimed at protecting youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. The Youth Sports Concussion Act will ensure that safety standards for […]

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Lisa Gfeller to speak at 3rd Youth Sports Safety Summit in Washington (Fox Sports)

One collision turned Lisa Gfeller into a crusader. Playing in his first varsity game at his North Carolina high school in August 2008, Matthew Gfeller was killed after a helmet-to-helmet hit. Lisa and Bob Gfeller faced the same reality that the parents of 40 other youth athletes have so far this year: the death of […]

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N.C. high school athletes should be safer (News & Observer)

Most N.C. High School Athletic Association football players won’t notice a difference in play this season as a result of the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Act, which was signed into North Carolina law this summer, but the football players and other middle school and high school athletes should be a little safer. NCHSAA regulations already covered many […]

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