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Illinois panel: Lawsuit could end football in poor communities
WGN-TV
A concussion lawsuit could spell the end of football at select high schools in Illinois. Daniel Bukal, a Notre Dame College Prep player from the early 2000's, claims that the IHSA doesn't do enough to prevent potential damage from concussions. IHSA officials say if Bukal's suit is successful, it could shut down football programs in poor communities that can't afford new mandates like on-call doctors and computer-based concussion screenings.
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School board votes to remove Redskins nickname from Oklahoma school
The Oklahoman
On a night when Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu challenged the district to embrace change, board members acted swiftly to remove the Redskins mascot from Capitol Hill High. The bBoard, after listening to the impassioned pleas from students, teachers and a district official who characterized the 88-year-old nickname as offensive and harmful — particularly to American Indian students — voted 8-0 to make the change.
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Stipends could challenge definition of student-athletes
The Southern
Jody Adams has been at both ends of the recruiting spectrum. A former high school All-American at Bradley Central High School, Adams helped the University of Tennessee women's basketball team to four Southeastern Conference championships between 1990-93. The former associate head coach at Southern Illinois under Dana Eikenberg said the idea of additional stipends for student-athletes made her question exactly what one is.
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Pushy sports parents often end up as the losers
Chicago Tribune via Star Tribune
Youth sports long have been seen as a ticket to a college scholarship, and as college costs go ever higher, many parents are putting more pressure on their children to snag some of that cash. As the stakes grow, parents push harder, sending their kids to sports camps and buying them the newest gear — expenses that up the ante and make the parents even more focused on their youngsters’ success.
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What radar guns can't tell you about the speed of pitches
Nautilus
Even after the huge amount of time and effort spent figuring out how to get batters out, players have been missing a key element of the job, according to one freelance pitching expert. Perry Husband says there's a important factor in throwing off batters' timing, and it comes down to a principle called effective velocity.
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Booster clubs in legal limbo statewide in Texas
The Bandera Bulletin
Lack of legal oversight at local, state and federal levels have allowed booster clubs to fly under the radar, escaping laws that registered non-profits are mandated to follow. According to the Texas Attorney General's Office, booster clubs do not fall within the state's control because they are not considered governmental entities, thus they are neither required to adhere to the Texas Open Meetings Act nor respond to an Open Records Request. UIL assistant athletic director Darryl Beasley, who oversees booster clubs statewide, said ultimately the school superintendent is accountable for all club activities.
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Twins of 1 mind when it comes to leading Florida team
Bradenton Herald
Whenever they get together, Manatee's Booth brothers try talking about something other than football. Every time, however, the conversation spins back to the sport that occupies most of the twins' time.
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How are CTE and behavior linked in former football players?
University at Buffalo via ScienceDaily
Media reports routinely link chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the neurodegenerative brain disease, with behavioral symptoms in former football players. But just how CTE and behavioral changes are related is poorly understood, researchers write.
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Testing, legislation changing how coaches, doctors detect concussions
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Stan Kotara stood in the middle of the room on one leg, holding his smartphone to his chest. The concussion management director at Texas' Lubbock Sports Medicine was demonstrating the future of concussion testing. And for the most part, it seems alarmingly simple — the smart phone does most of the work as it measures a players' balance.
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