This weekend’s news involving health and safety in sports:
* The jobs of assistant football coaches have been highly specialized. There are quality control coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, and now — sports science coordinators?
CBS Sports reported new Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly has hired Shaun Huls as a sports science coordinator among the 22 hires for his staff.
Huls will lead an alternative training program for the team, according to USA Today. The Eagles are believed to be the first NFL team to officially employ a sports science coordinator.
Huls was a coordinator in his prior job, but it was a slightly different kind of coordinator. Before joining Philadelphia’s staff, Huls was the strength, conditioning and “combatives” coordinator for Navy Special Warfare. Huls’ job with the Navy included training Navy SEALs.
* CBS Sports’ Greg Doyel took an informal poll during Super Bowl week and found that the public seems to care more about head injuries than NFL players who were interviewed.
* The University of Maine men’s hockey team is seeing a higher number of concussions this season, according to the Bangor Daily News.
* The Sacramento Press reported that neurologist Catherine Broomand was honored with a community service award for her concussion awareness in youth spots.
* The Associated Press wrote about how a proposed concussion law in Montana would change high school athletics in the state.
* And longtime Fresno State football coach Jim Sweeney died Friday at 83, The Associated Press reported.
– Bill Bradley