Congress holds hearing on student-athlete concussions
Doctors warned U.S. lawmakers that studentathletes risk altered lives and permanent brain damage if schools don’t protect them from the effects of blows to the head.
House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-Martinez) cited estimates of 300,000 sports-related concussions a year. The actual number, if recreational and playground injuries are included, is far higher, he said, and many go unreported, partly because athletes want to stay on the field and may not know the risks.
Miller has introduced legislation that would require school districts to develop plans for concussion safety and management and increase student and parent awareness of their dangers. Schools would also have to provide support for students recovering from concussions.
Students suspected of sustaining a concussion during a school event would be prohibited from returning to the playing field that day and require evaluation by a healthcare professional.
The NCAA cited Chattanooga for major violations in its athletics program for failing to monitor phone calls and text messages by coaches to recruits. Chattanooga will be publicly reprimanded and censured, and it will be on probation until Sept. 22, 2012, for 137 impermissible texts and 74 phone calls made to 12 recruits or their families mostly in football and men’s basketball, but also women’s basketball and men’s tennis.
Amir Khan will defend his WBA 140-pound title Dec. 11 in the British champion’s debut in Las Vegas. Golden Boy Promotions announced that Khan will meet Argentina’s Marcos Maidana at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Stan Kasten will resign as the Washington Nationals’ president at the end of the season. He did not explain why he has decided to step down.
The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins will star in an HBO series centered on their showdown in the Winter Classic. HBO and the NHL announced that four hourlong episodes of HBO’s “24/7” franchise will air before and after the Jan. 1game at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field.