Ex-Green Bay Packers RB Ahman Green helping athletes train
Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday’s news involving health and safety in sports:
* WGBA-TV in Green Bay, Wis., profiled former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green, who co-owns D1 Sports Training.
    Current and former players also attended teaching their training techniques.
    “If they have a shoulder, or ankle or knee injury, they can rehab with the Bellin therapist and come over to D1 when they’re ready to go full tilt and we’ll get them going,” said Green.
* The Calgary Herald wrote about controversial former Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall, who is promoting Safebrain, a concussion-detection device.
    Bruce McNall, former owner of football’s Toronto Argonauts and hockey’s L.A. Kings — jailed for 57 months after pleading guilty in 1994 to defrauding financial institutions out of US$236 million — came out Saturday as the celebrity pitchman for Safebrain.
    The Safebrain is a bottle-cap-sized device that blinks if a bodycheck or crash to the head is hard enough, and collects for doctors data of the impact’s force, duration and angle.
    Safebrain Systems Inc. has been testing its device with minor-league and amateur hockey squads. With sports-related brain injury a leading concern at pro levels and in youth sports, the Calgary-based company has chosen to begin selling individual units at sports stores later this year instead of marketing team kits.
    “I’m here because being in both football and hockey in my life, concussion’s a major, major problem,” McNall said in an interview in the parking lot of the Italian restaurant in Kensington that hosted the media event.
    “And it’s not being addressed properly in my opinion, not to mention with youth … concussions are such a big deal today, and this product these guys developed is solving that problem.
    “It’s to help monitor it in a way that friends of mine like Sidney Crosby are not going to suffer what they went through.”
* The Toronto Globe and Mail featured a former hockey enforcer who is crusading around Canada for concussion awareness — and already has approved the donation of his brain for brain-injury studies in the U.S.
* Former NFL defensive line coach Thurmond Moore held a tackling clinic for more than 40 coaches and hundreds of players at a Milwaukee-area high school last weekend, according to WITI-TV.
* The New Zealand Herald compared the differences in how the NFL and New Zealand’s rugby league handle concussions.
* Stuff.ca.nz wrote about the change in thinking about the effects of prior concussions by Pittsburgh neurologist Dr. Micky Collins, who has helped many of New Zealand’s top rugby players.
* The Military Times questioned the merit of long-distance running for children.
* WXIA-TV in Atlanta reported on a concussion summit this week in the city.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor

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