By Owain Evans | Thursday, June 6, 2019
TEMPE - Campaigns from both players and supporters are seeking to raise money this June for LGBTQ charities
By Brendan Campbell | Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
WASHINGTON - Legislators in Arizona and across the country are far older than their constituents, and issues important to young people are taking a backseat at state and national levels as a result, according to a report released Tuesday.
By Ricardo Ávila | Friday, Aug. 24, 2018
PHOENIX – A new survey says more Arizona parents aren’t allowing their children to play football due to concussion fears. A former ASU commit shares his story.
By Pat Poblete | Monday, July 30, 2018
WASHINGTON - An appeals court said a Navy widow whose husband died from kidney disease waited too long to sue the Veterans Affairs medical center that delayed his treatment, only to send a letter two weeks after his death urging him to seek immediate care.
By Andrea Estrada | Thursday, April 19, 2018
Immigrant and reproductive rights activist Alejandra Pablos was set to be released through a bond decided by an immigration judge in Eloy.
By Shayla Hyde | Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
PHOENIX — Arizona health professionals have educated 4,000 students on the effects of opioid abuse and plan to expand the program to student-athletes statewide by January.
By Eric Newman | Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
PHOENIX — Even with an initial ruling of “blunt-force trauma,” questions and emotions run deep about the death of a Moon Valley High School football player.
By Brittany Bowyer | Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
PHOENIX -- A cloud loomed over Moon Valley High School Monday as students and staff mourned the loss of one of their own. Carlos Sanchez was a junior at the school and a player on the varsity football team. During Friday’s game, he collapsed on the field after a play that resulted in his head hitting the ground hard.
By Felisa Cardenas | Friday, Aug. 4, 2017
TEMPE--As confetti rained down on Arizona State's eSports “Real Dream Team,” a sold-out CenturyLink Field Event Center crowd in Seattle watched the celebration unfold.
By Bri Wagner | Thursday, July 6, 2017
On the collegiate front, eSports are on the rise.
By Joe Gilmore | Thursday, June 29, 2017
WASHINGTON - The House passed immigration bills Thursday that Republicans promised would take criminal immigrants "off the street," but Democrats said would do little for public safety while having a "chilling effect" on immigrant communities.
By Felisa Cardenas | Wednesday, May 31, 2017
PHOENIX — Gisele Bündchen, wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, recently told a national audience on “CBS This Morning” that her husband had a concussion last year, but “we don’t talk about it.” Soon others players around the NFL acknowledged that they played with what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as a traumatic brain injury. That behavior sends the wrong message to youth, according to a Valley sports psychologist and local football coach, and teaching self-reporting must take priority. “I think coaches now a day have to be super aware,” McClintock High School football coach Corbin Smith said. “Protect themselves and their kids, first and foremost.” A sports psychology consultant who works with coaches to improve player and coach relationships believes the silence has a profound effect. “If a budding footballer is hearing and seeing athletes … withholding concussions, denying concussions, trying to fool the medical doctors about having a concussion, then they will see that as what you have to do to be successful,” said Adam Berry of MindSet Sports Psychology in Scottsdale. An encouraging sign came from the Barrow Neurological Institute’s Concussion and Brain Injury Center, which surveyed Arizona teens for a 2016 concussion study and found Arizona youth are becoming more informed about concussions and the dangers of not being treated. Many NFL athletes aren’t helping the cause. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said on “The Dan Patrick Show” that he has also played through concussions without reporting them. He never shared those moments with his wife because “I wouldn’t want her to worry.” That kind of behavior sets the conversation back, said Chris Nowinski, co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. “When the word gets out that a professional player is not reporting concussions, I think it’s a giant step backwards, but we’re dealing with a very uncomfortable truth,” he said. “There is probably more concussions than players could possibly report and expect us to see.” Smith understands that. He is the founder of the Larry Smith Coaching Academy that aims to teach youth coaches about the fundamentals and techniques of coaching, including an hour-long concussion seminar. “We have to be able to recognize it without the kid saying it but you can only recognize the most severe concussions without the kids saying anything,” Smith said. The Concussion Legacy Foundation’s education program, Team Up Against Concussions, teaches teammates to look out for each other on the field and report concussions. “That’s our best solution for young athletes,” Nowinski said, “because again, at some level, we can’t expect young athletes to self-report. “When they’re younger, they don’t understand the consequence to their health.” The Barrow’s study found that 89 percent of teens surveyed said they would report it if a teammate or friend suffered a concussion playing a school sport. How would they know? Berry thinks education about what a concussion is and what if feels like is key. “Football is leading with the head and … if you collide with people at this size with this speed there is absolutely no way that you are not suffering concussions, or brain injury, daily,” Berry said. All Arizona high school athletes are required to take the Barrow Brainbook concussion education program launched by Barrow in August 2011 before participating in sports. Arizona State University athletes also are required to complete the Barrow Brainbook program before playing, making ASU the first NCAA-affiliated university to introduce the education to its student athletes. “Ballroom dancing is a contact sport. Football is a collision sport,” Berry said. And although collision may be part of the game, safety is still a priority. “The bottom line is we have to be super cautious and take all the precautions that are necessary, for any kind of injury but especially concussions,” Smith said.