It’s impossible to watch a nationally televised sporting event played in Arizona without scenic shots of a sunset behind a saguaro or the Grand Canyon in the middle of the day. The shots, ready-made for television, almost become cliché, but every big game has them.
[caption id="attachment_1556" align="alignright" width="800"] A member of the Kinght Saints jumps in the air as he tries to elude members of the Scruggs Raiders after making an interception. Concussions in tackle football have led to more and more parents signing their kids up for flag football leagues, such as PrimeTime Athletics, which oversees teams such as the Raiders and Saints. (Photo by Jeff Vinton)[/caption]Youth participation in flag football, basketball and soccer is on the rise in Mesa and elsewhere.
[caption id="attachment_1513" align="alignright" width="800"] ASU Head Athletic Trainer Dr. Rodger McCoy is working with the Barrow Neurological Institute to develop new equipment that will detect and monitor head injuries. “No helmet, no head device ever can protect you from a concussion completely,” Dr. McCoy said. (Photo by Ben Margiott)[/caption]Accelerometers. Mouthpieces that turn blue. IV dye. PET scores. Phone apps.
Brian Brooks still remembers the first time he watched his son sustain a head injury playing tackle football. The hit left 10-year-old Carson down on the field, injured – and Brian with a parent’s worst nightmare.