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High schools adopting Heads Up Football program to battle concussions

Heads Up Football is promotes a style of tackling that puts emphasis on striking a blow with the shoulders and not the head.

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Illinois schools to carry catastrophic insurance for athletes

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law that aims to 'provide comfort to sports families across Illinois' by requiring schools to have insurance to cover serious injuries to student athletes – and avoid lawsuits.

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Illinois governor signs law requiring major-injury insurance for school athletes

The new law requires coverage for young people seriously hurt in school-sponsored sports for at least five years or $3 million in benefits, whichever comes first.

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Princeton (N.J.) schools require headgear for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey

It’s a requirement that school officials hope to introduce in successively higher grades as the years go by, until students in sixth through 12th grades are all wearing headgear during those sports.

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Illinois governor expands gym class exemption to disabled students

Students with disabilities who play organized sports outside of school will be able to skip gym class under a new state law.

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Sports and clubs at Ohio public schools now open to home-schooled and private school students

Ohio students who are home-schooled or who attend a private school will have the right to participate in extracurricular activities – from sports to marching band to the debate club – at their local public schools starting this fall.

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A start-up brings high-tech sports analytics to school teams

Computer engineer Vasu Kulkarni, a lifelong basketball fanatic, had no luck getting his dream job with Nike or the NBA after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. But he knew he wanted to stay "connected to the game of basketball." He found that connection in 2009, when he launched Krossover, a company that brings high-tech sports analytics to high school and college athletics.

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National high school association to launch all-digital network

Representatives of the National Federation of State High School Associations, in Denver for its 94th summer meeting, announced Tuesday it will team with PlayOn! Sports to launch an all-digital national network by the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

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Two-thirds of school recreational facilities are inadequate

A Milwaukee-area community organization has found that two-thirds of the outdoor athletic and recreational facilities at public schools throughout the county are in terrible, poor or fair condition, a recently released report shows.

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Why recess might be the most important part of school

A recent randomized controlled study by Mathematica Policy Research and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University reported that, in schools that employ recess management firm Playworks, there was less bullying, a greater feeling of safety among students, more vigorous physical activity, and less time lost transitioning from recess to classroom learning.

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