September 1, 1994 |
The School District of Philadelphia recognizes its responsibility for the safety of student-athletes. Accordingly, the following steps are taken: Before practice, student-athletes must submit a properly executed parent permission form, be examined by a physician and submit physician certification and insurance forms. Students are encouraged to buy School District accident insurance. Prior to each season, each coach must attend a meeting regarding the most up-to-date findings in safety, supplies and equipment, and attend a meeting conducted by a certified athletic trainer regarding sport-specific techniques for care and prevention of injuries.
June 1, 2012 |
Had he lived, Simon Sudman would have been a first grader this year. But his death at 3 months from an undetected heart defect in 2005 spurred his parents, Darren and Phyllis, to press for state laws that would help prevent sadness like theirs from darkening the lives of other families. On Wednesday, the Plymouth Meeting couple's efforts bore fruit: Gov. Corbett signed into law House Bill 1610, making Pennsylvania the first state to set standards for preventing sudden cardiac arrest and death in student athletes and children.
May 14, 1992 |
The Kennett Consolidated School District will begin offering special attention to student athletes who need more than two aspirins and an ice pack. At a school board meeting Monday, Jerome Cammarata, the district's director of secondary education, said an agreement had been made with Chester County Orthopedic Associates, which specializes in sports medicine and athletic injuries. Under the agreement, the orthopedic firm would take school athletic trainer Greg Houtz's referrals of students with injuries, then consult with him while that athlete is on the mend and, it is hoped, back on the playing field.
October 6, 2011 |
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed a bill designed to protect student athletes with undetected heart ailments from sudden death while playing sports. House Bill 1610 passed unanimously on Monday. Known as the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, it was sponsored by Rep. Mike Vereb (R., Montgomery). "I anticipate its moving through the Senate in October, and I'd love to have it to the governor by the end of November," Vereb said by phone from Harrisburg. The bill requires a coach, game official, or school-certified athletic trainer or doctor to be vigilant for signs of sudden cardiac arrest among student athletes.
August 4, 2000 |
Villanova University's decision to sever all ties with its longtime alumni sports-booster club has spawned a court fight that seems more suitable to alley cats than "Wildcats. " In June, the university, run by Roman Catholic Augustinian priests who have been calling their student-athletes "Wildcats" for nearly 75 years, sued the booster club in federal court in Philadelphia. The suit contends the club is infringing on the university's rights to certain "service marks, and confusing donors, by continuing to use the words Villanova and 'Wildcats'" when soliciting funds.
June 4, 2012 |
Darren and Phyllis Sudman channeled love and grief for the son they lost into a children's health crusade, but when they reflect on how quickly they raised $1 million and passed the nation's first law to protect youth athletes' hearts, the Plymouth Meeting couple credit business know-how honed during years at corporations like AOL . After the couple's 12-week-old, Simon, died in his sleep in 2005, the Sudmans discovered that both mother and...
August 12, 2011
Less than 24 hours after NCAA president Mark Emmert called for immediate changes in college sports, the group's board of directors approved a measure Thursday that would include postseason bans if teams fall below the new Academic Progress Rate cutline. The new mark for the four-year rolling average will increase from 900 to 930. In October, NCAA leaders will consider when the rules will take effect. The APR measures classroom performances of Division I student-athletes, with each school receiving a point for each student-athlete it retains and each one it graduates.
August 30, 1991 |
Coaches often exhort their players to pay the price. As in: If you want to win, try another wind sprint. Now, some student athletes are hearing that message before they set foot on the field. As in: If you want to join the football team, fork over $25. Dan Yarnall, a taxpayer and parent of a two-way lineman for the Sun Valley Vanguards, can't believe it. How, Yarnall fumed, can the Penn-Delco school board, the same board that raises his taxes every year, tell Tony and his teammates they have to cough up $25 a year to play interscholastic sports?
May 7, 2011 |
Winslow Township coach Keith Regn has helped his baseball team match its 11 wins from last season, but for the Eagles coach, there are more important things. This school year, Regn founded a student-athlete mentoring program at Winslow Township called Student Athletes Volunteering in Nurturing Greatness (SAVING). Using one athlete from each of the school's 24 sports, the program aims to enhance the student-athlete educational experience and provide positive role models for younger students throughout the district.