Friday’s health and safety news surrounding sports:
* The Vermont legislature is considering a concussion bill after head injuries have risen in high school athletics in the past year in that state, according to WVNY.com.
* Speaking of concussion laws, the Virginian-Pilot reported that the Virginia House panel rejected a concussion bill while one is still alive in the state’s Senate committee.
* Also, an Ohio NPR station wrote about the impact the state’s new concussion law will have on youth sports.
* The Sporting News’ David Whitley wrote about the new study that shows CTE can be found in living players through brain scans.
What if you can’t remember your wife’s name or carry on a conversation or feed yourself? More to the point, what if doctors could definitively show you it’s starting, and the only way to stop it is to retire? If anybody is still crazy to keep playing, what would the legal ramifications be for the NFL? Even if he signs a waiver taking full responsibility, how could a team waive its ethical responsibility and let him risk another concussion?
* Time magazine’s sports blog also wrote about the breakthrough.
* The University News of St. Louis University profiled the school’s trainers and how their jobs are more than just taping ankles.
* There appears to be a coaching movement to the pros from colleges, even with assistant coaches. The Cleveland Browns hired former Colorado head coach John Embree as its tight ends coach. And New Mexico State head coach DeWayne Walker, who was still employed by the Aggies, left for the Jacksonville Jaguars as a defensive backs coach, according to Jacksonville.com. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported that Doug Martin will take over the Aggies on an interim basis.