Will Ben Roethlisberger get a pass at this Super Bowl?

The National Football League's Super Bowl matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers probably will draw a lot of people to...

Should Student-Athletes Be Paid? Views from Both Sides

A.J. Green of the University of Georgia had to sit out four games at the beginning of the 2010 season because he sold one...

C+ is Not a Passing Grade for Youth Sports Safety

Is a C+ a good grade?  According to the Youth Sports Safety Alliance (YSSA) spearheaded by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), Americans are...

Pro Football and Basketball’s Humble Beginnings

Amid all of the trade talks and multi-billion-dollar contracts in the NBA and NFL, it should be remembered that at one time being a...

NFL Backs State Regulations For Youth Concussions

The NFL is helping craft legislation in states around the country that would protect young athletes from the devastating long-term effects of concussions. Omaha Senator...

Can There Be Sport Without Attorneys?

We often see opinion pieces decrying the prevalence of attorneys in our society.  We certainly live in a litigious era.  In the mythical Old...

When “Waiver” Means more than just Being Released

Almost anyone who has worked in youth sports is familiar with the use of liability waivers. When parents sign their son up for the...

Coaches and Parents Should Take Concussion More Seriously

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Concussed High School Athletes Who Receive Neuropsychological Testing Sidelined Longer

When computerized neuropsychological testing is used, high school athletes suffering from a sports-related concussion are less likely to be returned to play within one...

Kids, Nights, and Weight

Children who don’t get a good night’s sleep might wind up with an overweight body. Researchers saw it in around 1,900 children ranging in ages from birth to 13 years old. The researchers looked at sleep patterns and weight in 1997 and 2002. According to UCLA researcher Frederick Zimmerman, “It was roughly 10 hours of sleep a night. Kids who didn’t get enough sleep by that standard had roughly 80 percent more probability of being obese subsequently.” The researchers say naps during the day don’t offset the effect. They think a lack of nighttime sleep throws off key hormones that affect weight and metabolism. The study in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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