Monday’s health and safety news involving sports:
* Utah lineman Star Lotulelei has a heart condition, according to ESPN.com.
Star Lotulelei, one of the elite prospects for the 2013 NFL draft, will not be allowed to work out Monday at the scouting combine after an echocardiogram revealed that the former Utah defensive tackle has a heart condition that requires more testing, according to league sources.
Lotulelei’s agent, Bruce Tollner, confirmed to ESPN’s Joe Schad that the first team All-American had an abnormal test result as part of his physical and will visit a specialist this week.
Lotulelei was discovered to have an abnormally low Ejection Fraction, detecting that the left ventricle of his heart was pumping at only 44 percent efficiency, sources said. The normal range is between 55-70 percent efficiency.
* The Boise State student newspaper wrote that concussions are no longer out of sight, out of mind.
* The Altoona (Pa.) Mirror wrote about what one of its area high schools is doing to cut down on concussions.
* FoxSports reported on the biggest injury of baseball’s spring training: the broken forearm suffered by New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson.
* And The Associated Press reported that Major League Soccer is sending some of its youth academy coaches to France.
Personnel from teams in North America’s top pro league will visit France’s national training center in Clairefontaine as part of a 16-month program designed to raise the talent level throughout MLS.
Coaches from the French soccer federation will teach the same player development skills they use at the club level there. Material from MLS, as well as the U.S. and Canadian national federations, also will be in the curriculum.
”This partnership not only provides the league with a strategic relationship with one of the elite worldwide federations, but it also allows us to expose each of our 19 academies to the current international standard for coaching, managing and player development,” MLS technical director of competition Jeff Agoos said. ”Over the long term, this will help improve the overall quality of our young talent, and eventually advance our on-field product.”
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor