As more is learned about concussion and its effects, high schools and youth leagues across the United States are adopting return-to-play policies to safely get athletes back on the playing field.
But what about the classroom?
Student-athletes who suffer a concussion need care – and patience – from the academic world as well, said Dr. Gerry Gioia, the chief of pediatric neuropsychology at the Children’s National Medical Center and director of its Safe Concussion Outcome Recovery and Education Program.
As the nation reflects on the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting tragedy, a Los Angeles Pop Warner football program held a game to honor Jack Pinto and the rest of the victims.
Jack was 6-year-old boy, who along with 25 others, was shot and killed that day in Newtown, Conn. A New York Giants fan, Jack was honored at the time by Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who wrote “RIP Jack” on his cleats.
Jack was a sweet, loving, active boy who enjoyed playing all kinds of sports but most of all loved having fun and being with other kids.
LaVar Arrington may have retired from football, but he hasn’t left the sport.
A former NFL linebacker with the Washington Redskins and New York Giants, Arringotn continues to live in the D.C. metropolitan area, Arrington remains a part of the game through a radio talk show.
He also is a member of the Heads Up Football Advisory Committee, working with young athletes just starting out in the sport he loves.
As a mentor to the 2.8 million youth football players across the nation, he has some simple advice for the kids who play football: