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  Deron Colby Deron Colby in Prevention & Risk Reduction, Identification & Diagnosis, Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts July 9, 2016
  • Deron Colby

    Author: Deron Colby is a practicing lawyer with the Janus Capital Law Group in Irvine, California. A native Southern Californian, Deron has been involved in youth sports his entire life, first as an athlete and later as a coach. In September 2001 his 17-year-old nephew, Matthew Colby, collapsed on a high school football field and later died from Second Impact Syndrome, a rare and often fatal condition resulting from multiple, successive undiagnosed/untreated concussions. Matt’s loss changed the way Deron viewed youth sports. When his research on concussions and Second Impact Syndrome disclosed a dearth of information on the subject designed for sports parents, Deron sent an email to MomsTEAM’s Brooke de Lench to ask for her help in educating parents, coaches, athletes and health care professionals about the danger of sports-related concussions. That email led de Lench to establish the website’s pioneering concussion safety center. As a way to help his sister, Kelli, heal from the loss of her son, Deron also established The Matthew Colby Foundation, which has provided Kelli a platform for speaking to groups of trainers, coaches and others involved in youth sports regarding the dangers of undiagnosed/untreated concussions, and led to Deron’s appearance on a number of television programs to talk about sport-related concussions, including an episode of ESPN’s investigative journalism series, “Outside the Lines.”

  • Deron Colby

Concussion Safety: More Than Crossing One’s Fingers Required

I’m not a doctor. I’m not a medical professional or expert on concussions. Candidly, the sight of blood makes me nauseous. I’m not qualified to explain anything in medical terms.

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Top Stories, Prevention & Risk Reduction, Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts June 28, 2016
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Heading Ban in Youth Soccer: Too Far Or Not Far Enough?

Experts agree research on effectiveness of new rules in reducing concussion risk needed

Lest you thought that the November 2015 announcement by a group of national and state youth soccer organizations of a ban on heading in soccer age 10 and below and

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in What's New, Prevention & Risk Reduction June 20, 2016
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

More States Have Adopted Sports Safety Best Practices, But Gaps Persist

Statistics released by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in March 2016 show improvement in the number of states which have adopted best practices in three major areas of sports safety, but

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Top Stories, Prevention & Risk Reduction May 27, 2016
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Helmetless Tackling and Blocking Drills Lead to Decreased Head Impacts in College Football Players

30% reduction in impacts seen after just one season

Engaging in a 5-minute helmetless tackling drill twice a week during pre-season football and once a week during the season reduced by almost a third the frequency of impacts to

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Prevention & Risk Reduction December 26, 2015
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Helmetless Tackling and Blocking Drills Lead to Decreased Head Impacts in College Football Players

Engaging in a 5-minute helmetless tackling drill twice a week during pre-season football and once a week during the season reduced by almost a third the frequency of impacts to

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Prevention & Risk Reduction November 12, 2015
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

NFHS Recommendation To Limit Full-Contact Practices In High School Football Adopted By Most States

Recommendations by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) that members adopt limits on full-contact practices in high school football have achieved remarkable acceptance, with 46 of 50

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in What's New, Prevention & Risk Reduction October 31, 2015
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Pediatrics Group Declines To Endorse Outright Ban On Tackle Football

On October 18, 2015 the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a much-awaited Policy Statement on Tackling in Youth Football, joining those calling for limits in the number of contact practices,

  Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in Prevention & Risk Reduction, Blogs August 15, 2015
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

Texas Youth Football Program: Ten Ways It Is Walking The Talk On Safety

Participation in youth sports in general, and in youth football in particular, is on the decline in some parts of the nation.  One of the biggest factors driving the decline

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Top Stories, Prevention & Risk Reduction, Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts July 8, 2015
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Heading in Soccer: The Debate Continues

A youth soccer safety campaign urging middle schools and under-14 soccer leagues to eliminate heading in the sport as a way of reducing concussions continues to grab headlines, but is

  Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in Top Stories, Prevention & Risk Reduction, Identification & Diagnosis, Treatment & Management, Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts, Blogs October 2, 2014
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

The Smartest Team: Staking Out The Sensible Middle In The Polarized Debate About Football

It has been an exciting week for those of us who worked so hard over the past two years to produce The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer.   

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