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Mom on son’s concussion: “It really affected him mentally”

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

By Katie Culver The risk of getting hurt is part of playing sports. We parents of athletic children understand that. But rising awareness of concussions presents a new avenue of worry. How can we spot a concussion and what can we expect if our child suffers one? I spoke recently with ...

Start of football, soccer = Concussion Season

Friday, August 9th, 2013

By Katie Culver For many, the start of football and soccer season evokes the excitement of uniforms, new teammates, practices, and games. But doctors and parents endure another sort of anticipation: The arrival of Concussion Season. Concussions happen in athletics year round, but with the greatest frequency in football, followed by girl’s ...

Do we have the stomach for football?

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

By Laura Pappano News that NFL veteran Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, suffered from degenerative brain disease was hardly a revelation. We paused, saddened, on Thursday when the National Institutes of Health announced that Seau’s brain revealed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy – the result of absorbing frequent blows to ...

Culinary Institute of America: Yes, they have intercollegiate sports and yes, the basketball team is co-ed (Q&A with Mackenzie Anderson)

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

                  By Ashleigh Sargent In between soufflé and sauce instruction, there's time for athletics. Yes, they do more than cook at the Culinary Institute of America. Since 2004, they've played intercollegiate sports (though no scholarship athletes here). And, unlike most college basketball teams, the CIA Steels are co-ed, thanks to the addition ...

Detroit right tackle Monique Howard: Girls can do what boys can do

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_2698" align="alignleft" width="768" caption="Monique Howard, right tackle for Pershing High"][/caption]   By Laura Pappano Thanksgiving football, of course, involves Detroit. And while the NFL will get plenty of attention today, there has been another Detroit football story out there this season.  Word that Monique Howard, 6-foot senior basketball player and track talent, ...

Vonn concussion race: NFL players aren’t the only athletes who deserve better protection

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

By Laura Pappano It’s February and Lindsey Vonn is in the news. Again. Unlike last year, when we debated whether or not she was exploited by an SI swimsuit spread, this year she has just won the silver medal in the downhill world championships in Garmisch-Paertenkirchen, Germany – while skiing in a ...

Super Bowl edition: Why is football so special?

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

By Laura Pappano More people will watch Super Bowl XLV this Sunday than tuned in for the President’s State of the Union address last week. It’s not even close (42.8 million watched President Barack Obama vs. an expected 110 million). That’s no dis to Obama because George W. Bush was out-viewed, too. The ...

Super Bowl Quiz: What does NFL “family” entertainment tell girls?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

By Katie Culver Here’s a Super Bowl quiz question: Would you send your daughter to a football game in her underwear? I wouldn’t. And yet, funny thing is, there’s women at every NFL football game in a close approximation of panties and bras. They just happen to be ...

5 Reasons many girls don’t play sports at my high school (and it’s not because they don’t want to)

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

By Hannah Ritchie Only one in four girls at Colleyville Heritage High School in Texas, my school, participate in sports while more than half of boys are on sports teams. This is NOT because girls aren’t interested. Last December, 3,374  girls in grades 6-12 participated in a survey to gauge their interest ...

Why Can’t DIII Football Be Co-Ed?

Friday, October 16th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_560" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Lebanon Valley College photo"][/caption] By Laura Pappano The phrase “college football” evokes testosterone-charged pre-U.S. Marine-style intensity and mammoth bodies colliding at ridiculously odd angles and high speeds. That may accurately describe DI teams on Saturday TV or at bowl game time, but how about the 0-6 Amcats at Anna ...