Tuesday’s health and safety news surrounding sports:
* USA Football featured the Griffin twin brothers, who competed in the International Bowl in Austin, Texas, earlier this month before gaining scholarships for Central Florida. Their story is unique because one of them has only one functioning hand.
* Deion Sanders told the Pensacola Journal that he wasn’t backing down from his stance that many of the plaintiffs in the concussion lawsuit against the NFL are in it for the money.
* The push to cut back on full-contact practices in high school football has spread to Illinois, where the Chicago Tribune reported one legislator is pushing to limit such practices at one per week.
* The Billings Gazette published an op-ed article backing concussion legislation in Montana.
* Yahoo!Sports reported that Big Ten coaches are not happy that an array of recruiting rules will be changed this spring, including allowing entire staffs – in effect – devoted to recruiting.
* A cheerleading coach told the York, Pa., Dispatch how her group is involved in the sport and how it has evolved.
* The physical abuse scandal in Japan involving taekwondo coaches has spread to other sports, the Japan Times reported.
* The Melbourne Herald-Sun reported that Australian Rules Football coaches are being investigated by WADA for taking performance-enhancing drugs.
* And WWSB-TV in Sarasota, Fla., reported on how former NFL player Chris Hannon talked to middle-school kids about the importance of reading.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor