June 9, 2011 |
Grant Rohach, the standout quarterback at Moorpark High, just got back after spending five days in Iowa on his grandfather's farm, helping feed cows and goats. "It's very quiet," he said. "There's not a lot of people. " It was one of the few breaks Rohach will get this summer, because high school athletes simply don't have time to stop training. "You wake up in the morning. It's not, 'I'm going to the beach today.' I have football," Rohach said. "It's just a continuous thing.
April 13, 2011 |
The 53rd annual Mt. SAC Relays begin Thursday and run through Saturday, with hundreds of high school, college and elite-level track and field athletes participating at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. Thursday's "distance carnival" includes divisions of the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 10,000-meter races. Friday's schedule includes college events, which continue Saturday along with the meet's top international participants. Also on Saturday, high school competitors take center stage, with several individuals and relay teams coming in fresh off impressive performances at last weekend's Arcadia Invitational.
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.
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.