NHSCA eNewsletter
Dec. 4, 2014

Former high school QB files class-action suit over head injuries
The Associated Press via Fox News
A former high school quarterback followed in the steps of one-time pro and college players by suing a sports governing body — in this case the Illinois High School Association — saying it didn't do enough to protect him from concussions when he played and still doesn't do enough to protect current players. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Cook on the same day Illinois wrapped up its last high school football championship games, is the first instance in which legal action has been taken for former high school players as a whole against a group responsible for prep sports in a state.More

Texas football playoff game lives on in lore even after 20 years
The Dallas Morning News
VideoBriefThe math alone makes one think that with tens of thousands of options and millions of fans over the years, there would be some type of disagreement over what game would go down in history as the gold standard for Texas high school football. Wrong. It seems that from Port Isabell to Amarillo, Orange to El Paso and every burg and metropolis in between, one game holds solid — the Nov. 26, 1994 5A state semifinal contest between Plano East and Tyler John Tyler. More

Guidelines can help young athletes to reduce injuries
The Wall Street Journal
In addition to acute injuries in young athletes, such as concussions, doctors say they are seeing an increase in serious overuse injuries, such as stress fractures in the back, elbow-ligament injuries and damage to cartilage and underlying bone, known as osteochondral injuries. Such incidents can sideline athletes for one to six months or more.More

Minnesota high school league braces for transgender athlete vote
Star Tribune
A vote on Minnesota's first guidelines for transgender students taking part in high school sports will be preceded by two days of sessions aimed at considering passionate input from differing groups trying to sway the Minnesota State High School League. The transgender policy, which has sparked intense reaction and packed the league's Brooklyn Center headquarters in October, is an action item for an upcoming board meeting agenda.More

It can be a 'dirty' game when shoe firms get involved in high school sports
Crain's Cleveland Business
At many high schools across the country, athletes in prominent programs enjoy such perks as free shoes, workout gear and travel bags. Recently, University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino bemoaned the influence of shoe companies on the recruiting process. The coach, whose program reportedly will receive $39 million from a contract extension with Adidas, acknowledged it's difficult to criticize the process "because our pockets are lined with their money."More

Community colleges help athletes to be smart with college choices
The Missourian
Many high school students get trapped by the promise of large scholarships to private colleges and then get zapped with extra fees and unrecognized costs early in their first semester. Many of those athletes end up back home before ever getting onto an athletic field or court.More

8th-grader, baseball recruit
Sports on Earth
Most 14-year-olds worry about social status or mustering up the courage to ask out their crush. The big decisions, such as where they're going to college, are often put off until they're juniors or seniors. Austin Kelly, a 14-year-old eighth-grader from Greenville, Mississippi, verbally committed this fall to play baseball at Mississippi State.More

Prep football tied to brain changes, even without concussion
HealthDay News
There's been a lot of discussion recently about concussions and contact sports, but new research suggests that even less severe head injuries might lead to brain changes among high school football players. The study found that repeated blows to the head after just one season could cause measurable changes in the brains of young athletes who never had a concussion.More

Most common exercise injuries (and how you can avoid them)
Lifehacker
Injuries are painful, debilitating and have the potential to set you back weeks or months from your workout goals. A few injuries make up most of the exercise mishaps out there, and though nobody is truly immune to injury, there are at least some things you can do to reduce your risk.More

GPS technology giving Notre Dame training and competitive advantage
NCAA
Notre Dame has introduced a comprehensive conditioning program enhanced by GPS technology. The innovation gives Notre Dame a huge edge against competitors by helping the Irish plan, strategize, optimize performance and prevent injuries. Combining cutting-edge technology with an already exceptional program for conditioning, training and nutrition, the Irish have an arsenal of weapons to help them be in shape for a run deep into the NCAA Championship. More