The news in health and safety around football from this weekend:
* The Associated Press reported on the NCAA’s study of how its concussion rate has remained steady during the past eight years. The organization cited proactive programs and research for keeping the numbers flat.
* The Orlando Sentinel reported that Central Florida youth football leagues are seeing a decrease in the number of concussions. They are using the “Heads Up” tackling program with the help of USA Football. The Sentinel packaged with it a list of Frequently Asked Questions about concussions for parents.
* The documentary film “Head Games,” which focuses on head injuries in sports, debuted Friday and continued to receive critical acclaim from the Toronto Star, the Pacific Standard, Entertainment Weekly, the Daily Beast, ESPN and National Public Radio.
* The Huntington, W.V., Herald-Dispatch wrote about the long-term effects of concussions in its area.
* The Richmond Times-Dispatch took an in-depth look at former NFL player Ray Easterling, who committed suicide last spring. Tests on his brain showed he was suffering from a form of CTE.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor