November 23, 2017

Ohio Teens Found Guilty of Rape

Ohio teens found guilty of rape

Two members of the high school football team that is the pride of Steubenville were found guilty Sunday of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl in a case that bitterly divided the Rust Belt city and led to accusations of a cover-up to protect the community’s athletes.   In sentencing the boys, Judge Thomas Lipps urged everyone who… Read more

Why Kids Under 14 Should Not Play Tackle Football

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Parents need not avoid tackle football entirely, but at least until 14. Why? One of the more persuasive reasons in this article…”Kids are not miniature adults. By age 4, the heads of kids are 90% of adult size. However, their necks are much weaker than an adult’s neck. The combination creates a danger.”  Read more

Pop Warner Players Allegedly Offered Money to Injure Opponents

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The president of the Tustin, Calif., Pop Warner football league and the coach of an elite team there have been suspended while the national organization investigates allegations that 10 and 11-year-old  players were offered cash incentives as high as $50 to intentionally injure their opponents. Read more

Varsity Football Player Dies after Friday Night Game

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16-year-old Ridge Barden of New York died after suffering a head injury during the 3rd quarter of a football game, stunning staff and students who say he was conscious after the incident, only to die later at the hospital.  This brings further scrutiny to the sport, and contact sports in general, which have been under fire… Read more

More Football, Anyone?

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Our boys are now 7 and 9 so my husband decided this magic season would be the one when they could each manage their own Fantasy Football team in the extended family league. Since their infancy, my husband has dreamed of the day when they could check their football stats together, eat nachos on the… Read more

College Football Player Dies from Brain Injury

Derek Sheely

  A senior fullback from Frostburg State University in Maryland died over the weekend from severe head trauma after participating in a routine practice. This has cast light once again on head injuries in sports, though “teenagers are even more susceptible to having multiple hits to the head result in brain bleeds and massive swelling, a… Read more