Thursday’s health and safety news surrounding sports:
* In a twist that is normally reserved for the city’s hockey coaches, officials with the CFL Montreal Alouettes told CBC.ca that they may seek a bilingual coach to replace Marc Trestman, who left to become coach of the Chicago Bears.
Team owner Bob Wetenhall said in a statement that the criteria for the new coach were to strive for a winning team, to be involved in the community and to work at “institutionalizing the franchise in Montreal.
“In this process we are paying special attention to reviewing possible candidates from Quebec as well as other candidates from Canada, especially those who are bilingual,” he added. “In the end, I will select the candidate whom I believe is best qualified to continue with our mission.”
* The Chicago Tribune reported that Chicago Public Schools have suspended two coaches for their part in a melee after a basketball game.
* Orthopaedic surgeon Mark Adickes, who played six seasons in the NFL, is hosting a free forum for parents and trainers next month on concussions at the Neuroscience Research Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
* New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain tweeted that he sold his trampoline, the one on which he dislocated his ankle. He missed most of last season because of Tommy John surgery and that injury.
* The University of Tennessee’s head physician was honored as the UT Sports Medicine Person of the Year, according to WBIR.com.
* WTXF-TV in Philadelphia reported that Philadelphia Flyers winger Scott Hartnell is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
* TeamSnap.com offered parents six ways to prevent head injuries.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor