February 7, 2016 |
Can a neurosurgeon who evaluates pro football players for concussion be a fan of the game? Yes, he can, said M. Sean Grady, chair of neurosurgery at Penn Medicine. Grady is one of six Penn neurosurgeons who have worked on the sidelines during Eagles home games as independent experts paid by the NFL. He's done that for three years as part of a program that responded to growing concerns about the long-term cognitive consequences of concussions, including dementia. Grady will be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, and continues to see football as a sport that does more good than bad. Plus, he said, while the NFL gets the lion's share of scrutiny, athletes get plenty of concussions playing other sports.
February 24, 1996 |
Brian White was on his way to try out for the high school baseball team when he heard his buddies from the football squad calling his name. They were running around with sticks in their hands, bashing into each other and generally having a great time. So White never made it to the baseball field. He took a detour into lacrosse, and has never regretted the decision. "Picking up the ball and running with it, hitting people, it's a lot better than standing around at shortstop," he said.
June 26, 1996
There's one possible explanation for the recent, misguided push in Harrisburg to scrap the state's mandatory helmet law and let motorcyclists ride with their hair blowing in the breeze: As once said in jest of a former U.S. president, maybe somebody's been playing too much football without a helmet. Without head protection, contact sports as well as any type of cycling can be harmful to clear thinking. So let's hope Gov. Ridge keeps his head clear (and well-protected) - and vetoes any such screwball legislation sent to him by state lawmakers.
November 10, 2010
The NFL's new ban on helmet-to-helmet hits with the threat of suspensions and steep fines seemed to be working for a week or so. Then came Sunday, with at least two players staggered by hard hits to the head, including one during the Eagles game in which an Indianapolis player was knocked out for 10 minutes. The Eagles hit was ruled incidental to a two-man tackle, but Colts player Austin Collie nonetheless came away with a concussion. Meanwhile, a Green Bay Packers hit resulted in a $50,000 fine.
September 18, 2002 |
Kingsway Regional High School student Melissa Colon was at junior varsity soccer practice last week when a soccer ball slammed into her temple. After the 15-year-old complained of a headache and dizziness, school officials had her whisked to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Delaware County, where it was discovered that she had a subdural hematoma, a potentially fatal bleeding of the brain. Doctors operated immediately, and hospital officials said the Swedesboro girl remained in critical condition yesterday.
September 17, 2003 |
The rest of the Catholic League athletic schedule will be played as planned. It's how the postseason will play out that remains open to debate. Options will be discussed tomorrow, when league athletic directors meet to determine how to handle sports seasons interrupted by a teachers' strike in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Athletic directors determined in a meeting yesterday that sports will resume immediately. The group weighed how much of a risk there would be in contact sports, considering that teams had not competed for two weekends and were banned from practicing with coaches for more than a week.
April 26, 1986
Women have been screaming for equal rights for a long time. They want to do everything that their male counterparts do. They no longer want to be considered the weaker sex. They fought and protested to gain access to the man's world. Well they finally made it. We now have women in the police and fire departments, they are driving trucks and bulldozers, they are in the military, and they are even playing contact sports. I think this is all well and fine. If a woman is qualified to do any of the above, good for her. But remember, equality is a whole lot more than doing the same work and playing the same sports as a man. It means accepting the bad with the good.
March 4, 1988 |
DIET-PILL ORDERS SEIZED. If you've sent away for the "Fat Magnet," don't expect it anytime soon. Pending a hearing, postal inspectors are impounding mail orders for the pill, nationally advertised as the "lazy way" to lose weight. A federal prosecutor says the company may be fraudulently promoting the pill, which it claims absorbs and flushes fat out of the body. The pill doesn't have Federal Drug Administration approval, but the company, which insists the pill is legitimate, says no approval is needed.
October 20, 2010
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson joined the ranks of brain-injured National Football League players on Sunday. The toll is an almost weekly reminder that the league still hasn't taken the necessary steps to make the game safer. But that may change, finally, with league officials announcing Tuesday that they will impose suspensions on players for delivering devastating helmet-to-helmet hits. The pros, whose style of smashmouth play is emulated by younger players, can't move soon enough on player safety concerns.
May 5, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A dispute involving a decades-old law that allows boys to play on girls' high school sports teams appears to be headed to court. Lawyers representing the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association - which says it would like the law changed to make sure girls do not lose athletic opportunities and for safety reasons - and Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office met Friday afternoon in Commonwealth Court. "It looks like we are headed toward an evidentiary hearing of some sort," Pittsburgh lawyer Mary Grenen said after the status conference between the two sides.