CTE: Media Continues To Be Ahead Of Science + MORE

CTE: Media Continues To Be Ahead Of Science + MORE

ATHLETIC DIRECTORS: Why are So Many HS AD’s Calling it Quits?

On last Sunday’s radio show, I asked whether the time has finally come to seriously think about walking away from traditional HS varsity sports programs. I asked that question because so many talented and gifted coaches have become tired and worn out by the endless number of sports parents who con.... More »
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Encouraging Words for Kids That Ignite Self-Discovery and Growth + MORE

Have you ever stopped to think how words of encouragement for kids help them thrive in school and life?  Positive words from parents, teachers, and mentors are a rich source of internal motivation and guidance to children and teens. Often, kids recall your words inside themselves for many years. At.... More »

BOOK REVIEW: HEMORRHOIDS AT HALFTIME -An Insider’s View of High School Athletics

Over the course of my doing my radio show over the years, I have assembled a pretty substantial library of books on sports in this country. Many of these works are written by dedicated individuals who share my passion and concern for what’s happening to kids in sports. And the vast majority of the.... More »

TRENDS IN SPORTS: What Parents Need to Know about Youth Hockey + MORE

I really can’t recall the last time I did a WFAN show on the sport of youth and travel team hockey. Which is curious, because for years, ice hockey was the poster child for everything that was wrong about over-the-top and obnoxious sports parents…concerns about a kid’s playing time…t.... More »
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It Takes a TEAM for Success: What Every Athlete Needs to Know About Going to the Next Level

  For any athlete to become a champion, which to means going as far as possible in their sport, it takes a total team effort behind them. Without the appropriate support and guidance of coaches and parents, real success in sports is virtually impossible! The key here is that.... More »
The prevailing media narrative is
that concussions or repetitive subconcussive blows "cause" chronic traumatic
encephalopathy (CTE), that CTE "causes" former athletes to commit suicide, and
such causal links are proven scientific fact.
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Are men who played high school
football in Minnesota in the twenty-five years after World War II at increased
risk of later developing dementia, Parkinson’s or ALS compared with
non-football playing high school males? Not according to two studies by
researchers at the Mayo Clinic.

The first, published in 2012,
compared the incidence of dementia, PD and ALS in 438 high school football
players from Rochester, Minnesota who played the sport from 1946 to
1956 and 140 non-football playing male classmates…

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If your child plays a contact or collision sport, whether at the youth, middle school or high school level, chances are they will suffer a concussion at some point in their athletic career. How quickly they recover may depend on how soon after injury – if at all – their concussion is identified so they can be removed from practice or game action…

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Since its recent publication, a study by researchers at Boston University (1) finding that athletes who were less
than 12 years old at the time of their first exposure to tackle football had
more behavioral and cognitive problems later in life than those whose age of
first exposure (AFE) to the sport was later has, predictably, garnered a great
deal of attention from the mainstream media…

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