Player Safety

NCA&T study links low-energy availability in black athletes

A pilot study led by researchers at North Carolina A&T State University has shown a correlation between hypertension and low-energy availability in black Division I athletes. Among the four sports profiled, basketball and track and... more »

Which is safer: artificial turf or natural grass?

Which playing surface is safer for athletes: natural grass or artificial turf? Scientists continue to study the question, but there are challenges to getting the answer right. There are variables to take into account: the... more »

Dexcom U offers NIL deals to college athletes with diabetes

Dexcose, a glucose monitoring company, is continuing its name, image, and likeness (NIL) program for college athletes with diabetes. The "Dexcom U" program launched in 2022 and features a roster of 20 collegiate student-athletes in... more »

Study suggests no long-term heart risks in elite athletes after COVID-19

Athletes are prone to sports-induced cardiac effects; at the same time, maintaining cardiac integrity is a prerequisite for delivering high-end performance. Since studies have implicated myocarditis in COVID-19 cases among young athletes, examining the long-term... more »

How schools can prepare for sudden cardiac arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating. It can cause death within minutes. Certain conditions can lead to sudden cardiac arrest, but not all the causes are known. When a person's heart... more »

Cardiac arrest cases show importance of on-site athletic trainers

A recent string of on-field cardiac arrests has not only caught the attention of the public but also athletic trainers. A teenage soccer player recently suffered cardiac arrest following a game in Goose Creek, South... more »

Minnesota HS football team to wear Guardian Caps during games

A Minnesota high school football will be the first in the state—and maybe the country—to play a game while wearing Guardian Caps, a protective shell that goes over helmets. The Park Cottage Grove head football... more »

BU study suggests CTE may strike at younger ages

New research from Boston University on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) suggests the degenerative brain disease may strike at younger ages than previously thought. The troubling finding was discovered during the brain autopsies of 152 athletes.... more »

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