Today’s health and safety news starts with the other type of football:
* At the same event in Zurich, Switzerland that dealt with tackle football concussions, FIFA and the IOC met this week to discuss what they can do to cut down on concussions in soccer, according to FIFA.com.
Professor Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer said: “What we are expecting is to develop very practical, simple, easy to use tools that could be applied for coaches, for the paramedical personnel on the sidelines and in grassroots, where there is little medical attention. So we?re trying to develop simple educational materials for all involved in football and disseminate them through FIFA development programs. With such powerful partners like FIFA, the IIHF, the IRB, the Equestrian Federation and the IOC we can make a big impact.
TheNewMarket.com featured a video interview with some of the leading doctors and officials at the event.
* The Baltimore Sun reported on how researches are doing studies on helmets by banging them together in various simulations.
* The Georgetown Times reported on how the ImPACT test is helping to diagnose concussions for youths in Georgetown County, S.C.
* WBZ-TV in Boston talked to Dr. Robert Cantu, who wants to outlaw tackle football for kids under 14 and modify hockey and soccer.
* OurColoradoNews.com in Highland Ranch wrote about how concussions are hitting a sport not normally associated with head injuries.
* The Hartford Courant reported that University of Connecticut fullback Mike Osiecki has withdrawn from school after suffering too many concussions.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor