March 28, 2011 |
The TV networks could be scrambling for programming if the NFL lockout lasts into the fall, which is a good reason someone with a video camera should be showing up to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame scholar-athlete banquets to tape the inspiring stories of teenagers making a difference on and off the field. From Orange County to San Bernardino County, from the San Fernando Valley to the San Gabriel Valley, dozens of high school seniors are having their accomplishments recognized this month.
January 2, 2011 |
It's time to peer into my crystal ball and see what 2011 has in store for Southern California high school athletes, coaches and fans: Huntington Beach Edison pitcher Henry Owens will be chosen in the first 10 picks of baseball's June amateur draft, then celebrate by getting on his surfboard and riding the best waves at 56th Street in Newport Beach. Darnell Taylor from Los Angeles Crenshaw will shatter a glass backboard with a dunk. On football letter-of-intent day, USC will proclaim that it has signed the three best players in Southern California, and the Trojans will be accurate with a class that includes De'Anthony Thomas of Crenshaw, George Farmer of Gardena Serra and Tre Madden of Mission Viejo.
December 7, 2010 |
Male and female high school athletes are vulnerable to concussions, but a study finds that such head injuries may produce different symptoms between the sexes. The findings, to be published in the January 2011 issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, were released Tuesday at the National Athletic Trainers' Assn. Youth Sports Safety Summit in Washington, D.C. Researchers collected data on 812 sports concussions suffered by 610 male and 202 female high school athletes over two years.
October 22, 2010 |
No doctor was waiting on the sideline when JaVion Hartford limped off the field in the second quarter. No trainer came over to examine his painful right knee. No one hurried to bring him ice. The linebacker from tiny Animo Leadership High sat alone on the bench until an assistant coach checked on him, followed a while later by the head coach, who could only guess that Hartford had suffered a hyperextension. "Don't try to be a hero," Coach Jamar Hamilton told him. "I don't want you to play.
October 22, 2010 |
Better medical care for high school athletes is an oft-stated goal, but trying to mandate it through legislation has been a political football in California for years. Nearly a decade ago, Assembly Bill 760 was passed, providing $500,000 to place certified athletic trainers at some schools. Before it could happen, though, the money was swept back into the general fund to help replace budget shortfalls. The California Athletic Trainers' Assn. has spearheaded several legislation drives since then, with the stated goal of "requiring licensure for all athletic trainers" and "for every school in California to employ one. " None of the bills has passed.
August 3, 2010
High school sports are becoming increasingly popular with teens, and with that comes injuries. A new study reveals that fractures are not to be taken lightly. They are they fourth-most-common injury and can cause players to drop out of competition and rack up medical procedures. The study, published recently in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine , looked at fractures that occurred among high school athletes at 100 randomly selected high schools around the country from 2005 to 2009.
April 9, 2010 |
Anthony Curran has been coaching pole vaulters at UCLA for 28 years, and he has never had an incoming high school recruit quite like Michael Woepse of Santa Ana Mater Dei. "He's the toughest, most aggressive kid I've ever seen in high school," Curran said. "He has more passion than anyone in the event." Woepse cleared 17 feet 6 inches last month in a dual meet, and on Saturday he could try for 18 feet when he competes in the Arcadia Invitational, where he went a season-best 16-9 last year.
January 26, 2010 |
The Los Angeles City Section high school sports program is facing $1.4 million in budget cuts for the next school year, Barbara Fiege, commissioner of athletics for the section, said Monday. The reduction in funding for athletics, which represents a 20% cut, is part of a wide-scale contraction required by the Los Angeles Unified School District because of losses in state funding. "The reality is, because of the economy and the budget restraints of the district, we can't avoid it," Fiege said.
July 21, 2008 |
There's good news and bad news about "Tommy John surgery," a technique used to replace a damaged elbow ligament often suffered by athletes, mostly baseball players. The surgery has a high success rate -- 83% -- with most people going back to previous levels of activity, a new study has found. However, more and more young athletes are having the surgery, leaving some experts concerned about the possible ill effects of overtraining. "This is not a case of inadequate care," says Dr. E.