CBS News Logo Student athletes’ deaths prompt new workout guidelines

(AP) The most dangerous time for amateur athletes may not be during the heat of the game or even in rigorous practices. A total of 21 college football players have collapsed and died during conditioning workouts since 2000 - many on the first few days, when even the fittest players are often pushed too hard. There's little regulation of these sessions, and coaches "just run willy-nilly" trying to make men out of boys, said athletic trainer Douglas Casa. "A lot of them are not focused on health and safety issues." Conditioning sessions typically include running sprints, lifting weights, and endurance exercises. Games and practices have more oversight and safeguards. These include heat acclimatization rules limiting equipment worn, intensity and number of sessions for summer practices. Between 2000 and 2011, there were no deaths among top-level college football players in practices or games. Now, health and sports professionals are seeking to make conditioning sessions just as safe. They have collaborated to create the first consensus guidelines on preventing sudden deaths during these workouts. The sessions last about two hours each and most run from January to June or July, depending on the sport, though some teams schedule them throughout the year. The football conditioning deaths "generally occurred with excessive exercise under the direction of a coach, often in extreme conditions, and in some cases with staff inadequately prepared to deal with the emergency in a timely or appropriate fashion," said Dr. Jolie Holschen, a Chicago emergency medicine and sports medicine specialist and co-author of the new guidelines. The same recommendations are good advice for high schools and younger athletes, too, not just to prevent deaths but to keep players safe at every stage in every sport, said Casa, the University of Connecticut's athletic training education director. He helped draft the new guidelines. The most common causes of the 21 NCAA deaths were heat stroke, heart Continue Reading

Speight’s father decries Purdue’s handling of son’s injury

As Wilton Speight lay on the field, sacked and then hit by a second Purdue defender, his parents urgently made their way toward the locker room.Bobby and Martha Speight, worried about their son, could not have anticipated what would transpire over the next few hours, when they thought the Michigan quarterback’s potentially serious injury was not treated with the necessary urgency.Wilton Speight suffered three fractured back vertebrae in that game in West Lafayette, Ind., on Sept. 23. He has not played since.Two days after the game, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh spoke at length about issues that concerned him regarding Purdue: the lack of adequate cooling in the locker room, limited shower space and his disappointment in the medical facilities at Ross-Ade Stadium. Harbaugh described the table in the visitor’s locker room used for injured players as something “from the ’20s” and said he was disappointed that Speight had to be transported from the stadium for an X-ray, and also that a brace was not provided.The University of Michigan raised Harbaugh’s concerns at the Oct. 11 meeting of Big Ten athletic directors, said UM athletic director Warde Manuel. He said other schools responded favorably to continuing the discussion, although Manuel would not describe the specific nature of the talks. The Big Ten did not respond to a request for comment. More:  UM’s Speight has ‘good chance’ to return this season More:  UM internal memo disputes Purdue’s locker room claimsTom Schott, Purdue’s senior associate athletics director for communications, replied to Harbaugh’s complaints by saying the university’s medical facilities were similar to those at other Big Ten schools. Schott reiterated the athletic department’s stance when contacted by The Detroit News for this story, saying: “We stick with our original statement and are looking forward to being engaged in continued Continue Reading

In lawsuit, former TCU wide receiver says coaches harassed him to play through injury

In a lawsuit, former TCU wide receiver Kolby Listenbee says Coach Gary Patterson, above, and other team coaches “continually harassed, humiliated, pressured and threatened” him after he suffered an injury. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Kolby Listenbee played in all but two games for Texas Christian as a senior in 2015 despite suffering a pelvic injury in the Horned Frogs’ third game of the season. But in a lawsuit filed in Dallas County civil court, Listenbee says TCU Coach Gary Patterson and a number of his assistants “continually harassed, humiliated, pressured and threatened” Listenbee after his injury diagnosis in an effort to “force Listenbee to return to play quickly.” As reported by the Star-Telegram, Listenbee is suing Patterson, the school and the Big 12 conference over their handling of his injury, which he claims hurt his chances at a successful NFL career. He is asking for more than $1 million in damages. TCU issued a statement that did not address the lawsuit itself. “TCU takes tremendous pride in its long-standing tradition of excellence in providing a positive experience for its student-athletes, especially in the areas of care, prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries,” it said. Listenbee claims that the injury damaged the cartilage that holds the pelvic bones together and eventually was diagnosed as pelvic instability, which requires “a minimum of six months of rest and rehabilitation,” the lawsuit claims. But instead of resting him, TCU’s coaches forced him to receive numerous injections of pain medication so he could continue playing. Because of the “lack of rest due to harassment and abuse from the coaching staff, and strenuous play of football,” the lawsuit says, a metal plate had to be inserted to fuse his pelvic bones together. Despite the injury, Listenbee was an honorable mention all-Big 12 selection in 2015 after Continue Reading

After Blake Griffin punches Clippers’ staff member, a look at the most bizarre athlete injuries

Professional athletes aren't always graceful. Sometimes they trip, sometimes they burn themselves, sometimes they throw punches — at brick walls, glass casings, and other people. Blake Griffin is the latest to be added to the list of bizarre, self-inflicted injuries. The Clippers star forward fractured his right hand when he punched a member of the team's equipment staff in Toronto Sunday night. FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS SPORTS ON FACEBOOK. "LIKE" US HERE. The violent outburst only further sets back Griffin's already derailed 2016 season. He's been on the sidelines for the last 14 games with a quad injury. Here is a look at some of the most unorthodox professional athlete injuries. Plaxico Burress BLAKE GRIFFIN PUNCHES MEMBER OF CLIPPERS' STAFF The Giants star receiver landed on the disabled list when he inadvertently shot himself in the thigh in a Manhattan nightclub. He was quickly released from the hospital, but he was later charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and served jail time. His concealed weapons permit was registered in Florida and was not recognized in New York. PLAXICO BURRESS PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX EVASION Gus Frerotte Excitement got the best of him. Before there was Zidane, Washington quarterback Gus Frerotte made the head butt famous when he celebrated a touchdown by slamming his helmet into a wall on the field. The ill-advised display of adrenaline left him with a concussion and a neck injury. He was soon released by Washington after five underwhelming years with the team. Kevin Brown It wasn't the wall's fault! Yankees reliever Kevin Brown was frustrated with an injury-ridden 2004 season, but he only made matters worse by trying to punch a hole in the wall of the clubhouse. He broke two bones in his non-pitching hand and Continue Reading

In honor of National Puppy Day, here are some athletes famous for doggin’ it

You can't teach an old dog new tricks. Most professional athletes are in peak physical form, but others are the epitome of laziness. From jogging around the bases to playing matador defense, there are certain players who just don't respect the hustle. In honor of National Puppy Day, here are some athletes who are famous for doggin' it. Reggie Jackson Mr. October thought his magical postseason bat gave him a free pass from chasing after fly balls. During one infamous Yankees-Red Sox game at Fenway Park in 1977, Jim Rice lofted a blooper into short right field and Jackson, who was playing deep, loafed after it. Rice made it to second easily, and New York manager Billy Martin was at his wit's end. He immediately pulled Jackson from the game, sparking one of the most heated player-manager dugout exchanges in baseball history. "You never wanted me on this team in the first place," Jackson said, according to Harvey Araton's book "Driving Mr. Yogi." "I ought to kick your a--," Martin replied. A LOOK AT VICTIMS OF THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED COVER JINX James Harden Don't expect James to go hard on defense. The former sixth man of the year winner with the OKC Thunder often plays a sixth man role for the opposing team by letting players drive right by him without duress. Opponents shoot markedly better against the Rockets when Harden is on the floor, but Houston is forced to deal with his shortcomings because of his scoring capabilities. The bruising point guard still has a plethora of excuses. "Playing those amount of minutes, you're going to have some lapses, some mistakes. I try not to worry about them. I try to give my all on both ends of the floor and I live with the results," Harden told ESPN. Clearly, he needs to try harder. Randy Moss Senators aren't the only ones taking heat for not showing up Continue Reading

Packing punches: Blake Griffin’s blow latest on list of famous athlete slugs

Only one type of professional athlete makes a living throwing punches, but others have been caught doing their best boxing impressions. Clippers' star forward Blake Griffin is the latest athlete to throw hands when he should have been enjoying his dinner in Toronto, and the organization has dropped the hammer. In a joint statement, Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers said Griffin's violent outburst "has no place in our organization" and that "appropriate action would be taken." Here are some of the most famous punches thrown by professional athletes not in a boxing ring. AFTER BLAKE GRIFFIN PUNCH, OTHER BIZARRE ATHLETE INJURIES Todd Bertuzzi punches Steve Moore One of the most infamous hockey hits started with a five-minute major. Moore was unsurprisingly sent to the penalty box, but what happened next was anything but expected. Bertuzzi came onto the ice late in the third period of a lost cause game and sucker punched Moore in the back of the head. He then slammed Moore's head into the ice, knocking him out cold while giving him a concussion and fracturing three vertebrae in his neck. The vicious punch ended Moore's career and though he brought Bertuzzi to court for criminal assault, the two sides eventually settled. FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS SPORTS ON FACEBOOK. "LIKE" US HERE. Kermit Washington socks Rudy Tomjanovich MOST BIZARRE ATHLETE INJURIES Washington was built rock solid in 1977. "At any weight Washington was one of the league's strongest men," John Feinstein wrote in his book "The Punch." All of that strength was coiled behind the punch Washington threw, connecting with Tomjanovich's jaw and sending him to the hardwood. The Rockets' forward required five surgeries and he was sidelined for almost half a year. The doctor who treated Tomjanovich said his injuries from the punch were equivalent to "someone thrown through the windshield of a car traveling 50 miles per hour," according to Continue Reading

The Running Doc offers advice on finding a good sports doctor to diagnose your injuries

Dear Running Doc: I am a 45-year-old runner. I run about 35 miles a week for the last 20 years and do four marathons a year. I stretch regularly, wear motion control running shoes and have never missed a run workout due to injury until two months ago when I developed severe shin splints on my right leg. I followed the advice on the internet and got no better. I saw one doctor who said I just need orthotics and stretching and I could run. I saw a second who said stop running, I could be developing a stress fracture, and when the pain ends I could start up again. A third doctor said he would cast my leg and after four weeks take the cast off and I could do physical therapy and be back to running in eight weeks after the cast came off. I think I like the first doctor's plan. What do you think? Jerry S. Manhattan, NY. Thanks for the question Jerry. It is impossible to tell you which treatment is best because I have not seen you, taken a full history and done a complete physical exam and ordered and reviewed any tests that might be necessary. That said, however, you sound like a typical "doctor shopper" that continues to see and ask questions of other doctors until you hear the treatment plan you want to hear so you don't miss time in your sport. Be careful. Hearing what you want to hear may not result in the most learned opinion. What you need is advice on how to find a doctor you can trust thoroughly and follow their advice completely, regardless of how it will affect your current lifestyle -- so that you can continue your lifestyle long- term! But first let's talk about "shin splints." I have written about "shin splints" before on this site in 2012. If you search "shin splints" you can see my post. Understand that shin splints are a continuum. They can lead to stress fracture and eventually to fracture and time off running. They come from tibial twisting (torsion) in over-pronators with tight calf muscles that attach. Not working Continue Reading

Carino: Parents, athletes, coaches should sign this

The high school sports calendar just began, and already we have a horror story: In Texas, two defensive backs attacked a football referee during a game. As a play unfolded, one rammed the official from behind and the other speared him while he was lying on the ground.An assistant coach has been placed on leave after allegations that he ordered the attack as payback for missed calls.This seems like a good time to remind everyone about the most important, and often forgotten, aspect of prep athletics.Sportsmanship.I could fill this column with examples of lost perspective and uncivil behavior spawned by teenagers’ games. Instead, let’s be proactive.If you are a parent, athlete or coach, please take this pledge to behave appropriately in 2015-16. Remember: playing fields are not battlefields. For parents: I will support my child in a positive fashion, encouraging them rather than pressuring them to the point where sports becomes a chore.I will not heckle high school athletes.I will not punch, kick, bite or curse another parent.I will not coach from the stands.I will not try to get a coach fired over playing time.I realize transferring multiple times may stunt my child’s educational and social development.I recognize that most coaches have young peoples’ best interests at heart, and their stipends add up to about $1 per hour.I recognize that 1 percent of high school athletes earn college scholarships for sports, and that someone is more likely to get hit by lightning or win the lottery than become a professional athlete. For athletes: I will respect opponents, both in cyberspace and in person.I will let my coach deal with the officials.I will not haze my teammates. I recognize the difference between good-natured duespaying, like having newcomers carry the Gatorade jug, and hurting people.I recognize that winning and losing graciously are just as important as the result. One can have a burning desire to win and still be classy.I embrace Continue Reading

X-Ray Vision: Twisted tales of lesser known PCL injuries in sports

Even though the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) gets most of the attention in sports, injuries to the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) can also affect athletes. Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones and Indianapolis wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez have both been sidelined with PCL ligament injuries this season. Although less commonly injured than the ACL, the PCL can be strained or torn from direct blows to the shinbone ("tibia") or from a fall on a flexed knee. These injuries are more common in contact sports like football, but can also result from non-athletic injuries like during a car accident. The PCL normally stops the shinbone from being pushed back in relation to the thigh bone (femur), and together with the ACL, it plays an important role in stabilizing the knee.PCL tears can occur by themselves or, more commonly, along with an injury to other stabilizing structures of the knee. Athletes will usually complain of knee swelling and pain after a forceful blow or landing. Sometimes, however, PCL tears can occur after a noncontact, hyperextension injury with a sense of the knee "bending in the wrong direction."On physical exam, the knee will be swollen and can be tender to palpation in the back. The shinbone can be pushed back more than the normal with the knee flexed, and often appears to "sag" with a tear of the PCL. If other ligaments are injured, the knee may also be more unstable with side-to-side or rotational movement as well. Imaging studies help to confirm the diagnosis.Treatment must be individualized, and is dependent upon several factors including the severity of injury, patient expectations and activity level. Some isolated PCL injuries can be treated by strengthening the muscles around the knee - most importantly the quadriceps muscle - that can compensate for the function of the ligament. Even NFL players have recovered from these injuries through rehabilitation and returned to play. High grade tears or combined injuries, Continue Reading

Manny Pacquiao shoulder injury could spark perjury charge – Nevada authorities investigating

Manny Pacquiao's camp has greater worries than the lingering sting of the Filipino welterweight's loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas Saturday, and it could come in the form of prosecution for perjury. By inaccurately completing a pre-fight medical questionnaire — when Pacquiao's camp checked the “No” box for a question about whether he had a shoulder injury — the boxer's inner circle has sparked an investigation by the Nevada authorities, according to sources. “Disclosure is a big thing for us, and honesty," Cisco Aguilar, the Nevada Athletic Commission chairman told the Daily News Monday. “The commission at some point will have to discuss (Pacquiao's medical questionnaire). I've got to run through the process with the (Nevada) Attorney General (Adam Laxalt). But they do sign that document under the penalty of perjury.” In addition to possible perjury charges looming, if a lawyer for Pacquiao signed the medical questionnaire, the lawyer might have a license issue. And there is case law that supports a possible class-action suit, where ticket holders could argue they didn't get what was promised - had Pacquiao been 100% healthy, it could have been a more entertaining fight. To make matters worse, Pacquiao and his promoter, Top Rank, released a statement Monday that said his advisers notified the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency — which oversaw drug testing for the fight — of Pacquiao's right shoulder injury well before the May 2 bout "during training." The statement also said USADA "confirmed in writing that the proposed treatments, if used, were completely allowed." RELATED: PACQUIAO'S FANS FURIOUS WITH 'RUDE' MAX KELLERMAN Sources told The News, however, that Pacquiao's camp never informed USADA of the boxer's shoulder injury, and that the two calls his camp made to USADA prior to the fight were inquiries into whether certain Continue Reading