November 2015
HS Coaches Get Belichick Kudos

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is a difficult man to please, but high school football coaches are among those that impress him most.  At a Thanksgiving press conference, Belichick praised the work done by our nation's high school football coaches.

“When I talk to players at the [scouting] combine in the spring and so forth usually the two most influential people for kids are their parents or in some cases one parent and then the high school football coach or maybe a junior high school football coach.”

Read more here



November 2015
Students Develop Spirit App

Three seniors at Menomonee High School (Wis.) have created an app designed to support school spirit, which could be beneficial to athletic directors trying to track attendance at games.

Connor Schmidt, Jonathan Grey and Matt Milos spent 10 months creating the iOS and Android app, named “Fanorak,” according to an article from Menomonee Falls NOW. Athletic Director Ryan Anderson challenged the trio to create the product, hoping it would help boost attendance to some school events.

November 2015
NFHS Responds to Deaths

The latest information from NFHS member state associations indicates that eight high school students have died this fall directly or indirectly from their involvement in football. As these deaths have occurred, numerous national media outlets, including the CBS Evening News, have questioned the safety of high school football.

Certainly, the death of any high school student, whether the individual plays football, runs cross country or plays in the band, is a tragic event. Though the odds are challenging with nearly 12 million participants in high school sports and performing arts combined, the goal of the NFHS and its member associations each year is that no fatalities would occur.

November 2015
New Protocol for ACL Injuries

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has released guidelines for ACL injury prevention programs and treatment, as well as providing rehab and function checklists for return to play.

The AAOS's “Appropriate Use Guideline for the Treatment of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries” provides updated and specific guidance for orthopedic surgeons while recommending rehab steps and return-to-play protocols and procedures to ensure optimal recovery.  The new Return to Play and Postoperative Rehabilitation checklists are designed to provide evidence-based guides that are "constructed in a way that realistically sets expectations for what needs to be accomplished.”

Read more on the protocol changes here.


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