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 •  February 3

A state senator has introduced a bill that would require an adult trained in recognizing a concussion to be present at youth sporting events in Rhode Island. Currently state law encourages school districts to have an athletic trainer at these events. Democratic Sen. Frank Lombardi wants to change it to specifically require the presence of a...

Charlotte Observer

 •  August 2, 2017

When Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is not on the field popping off passes, there seems to be a noticeable energy drop in the offense. Coach Ron Rivera attributes much of that to the fatigue of training camp setting in after seven days of practice, five of which have been in pads. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton stretches before...

Charlotte Observer

 •  July 25, 2017

Imagine your 14- or 15-year-old son is getting ready to play his first season of high school football. For thousands of North Carolina freshmen and sophomores that is exactly the challenge they are taking on when NCHSAA practices officially kick off July 31. While many of the same players have gotten started in summer workout programs, the crack of...

Charlotte Observer

 •  July 23, 2017

The epiphany hit Phil Wagner about a decade ago when he was stuck in Southern California traffic pouring over reams of data in his car and he realized how he could take information about how athletes jump and land and predict where they are most susceptible to their next injury. Wagner has turned that idea into a leading company in the growing...

Charlotte Observer

 •  July 3, 2017

The Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday announced the team has named Doug Bennett as head athletic trainer and Bill Burniston as head strength and conditioning coach. Brian Maddox, who previously served as head athletic trainer for the team’s AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, joins the Hurricanes as assistant athletic trainer. In addition,...

Charlotte Observer

 •  June 15, 2017

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers will help lead an NFL-funded study on the effectiveness of rehabilitation techniques following concussion injuries. The three-year, $2.6 million study will enroll more than 200 professional and student athletes who’ve suffered concussions while playing football, rugby, soccer, lacrosse, basketball and ice...

Charlotte Observer

 •  March 21, 2017

That shoulder nobody - Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton included - seemed worried about by the end of the 2016 season will now withhold Newton from upcoming OTAs. Newton will have surgery on a torn rotator cuff, suffered in Week 14 against the San Diego Chargers, on March 30 in Charlotte. Team doctor Pat Connor will perform the arthroscopic...

Charlotte Observer

 •  February 28, 2017

A new bill being considered by the N.C. House of Representatives seeks to make high school athletics safer by requiring anyone involved in school athletic activities to complete training regarding concussions, sudden cardiac arrest and other heat-related illness. But one part of House Bill 116 is causing controversy: It would allow parents or legal...

Charlotte Observer

 •  December 1, 2016

The N.C. High School Athletic Association board of directors approved pitch counts for baseball, effective this coming spring. The National Federation of High Schools, which the NCHSAA is a part of, announced in June that it was requiring all of its associations to adopt rules regarding baseball pitch counts. The NCHSAA’s sports advisory committee,...

Charlotte Observer

 •  September 10, 2016

Imagine you’re the spotter in the booth whose job it is to decide whether Cam Newton is showing signs of a concussion from the helmet-to-helmet hit, the fourth of the night, he just received. His long-term health could be at stake. If he continues to play with a concussion and gets hit again, brain damage could be severe. You shouldn’t consider...