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NHSCA introduces the NHSCA eNewsletter to keep high school coaches informed
With new technologies, new procedures and new safety initiatives, the high school coaching community is continually evolving. To that end, the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) has launched the new NHSCA eNewsletter, an e-mail resource providing comprehensive weekly news briefings of the week's top stories.
Each edition of the NHSCA eNewsletter contains articles gathered from an expansive list of sources, including The Associated Press, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and other leading high school sports publications. Professionals from the field will also contribute timely news and information "just in time" for leaders to stay on the cutting edge of high school coaching news. Beginning this Thursday, the NHSCA eNewsletter will be delivered to the inboxes of NHSCA members and non-members alike, keeping coaches and administrators abreast of topics that impact their daily lives.
The NHSCA eNewsletter is a great way to keep informed. The electronic publication can be easily read in your office, home, or via your mobile phone or PDA.
Want to see more? Here are some examples of the articles that would appear in the NHSCA eNewsletter.
Artificial turf doesn't mean more impact injuries
Safety issues were at the top of the list when the Cuero school district chose FieldTurf to replace the football field's natural grass for the upcoming gridiron season. "Research shows that synthetic turf fields provide a more consistent playing surface without holes and divots and is a more reliable surface during inclement weather conditions," said Cuero superintendent Jim Haley.
Study: All football helmets carry same concussion risk
All helmets are equal when it comes to preventing concussions, according to preliminary new research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in Chicago. Researchers found that all brands of helmets protected high school football players from concussion equally, but experts caution that modern helmets are not that effective at reducing concussion risk.
Legislation could fill the bill for athletes' safety
The Tampa Tribune
When Rays pitcher Alex Cobb took a 105 mph line drive to the head on June 15, David Villarreal, the trauma director at Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center in Hudson, Fla., reflected on the seriousness of concussions, especially among today's youth. "When I saw the news about Alex Cobb being hit it reminded me of kids playing different sports ... football, basketball and soccer ... and the minor head injuries they might have and consequences after, like memory (loss) and school performance," he said.
Addressing player safety without affecting competitive balance
By Rey Hernandez
During the University of Auburn's spring football game in April, defensive back Jonathon Mincy was penalized 15 yards for targeting a receiver above the shoulders and was subsequently ejected from the spring game. The incident serves as a precursor of things to come this fall when college officials will have to enforce the 2013 collegiate rule change that makes an ejection part of the penalty for targeting fouls. The problem with this rule is that it places the entire burden of avoiding such contact entirely on the defender. It will also operate to negatively affect the competitive balance of the game.