Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

August 17, 2013

New rules

Schools taking head injuries seriously

We applaud the West Virginia Board of Education’s decision to require high schools to inform parents, coaches and student-athletes of the risk of sports-related head injuries and report those injuries within 30 days.

Concussions involving athletes have for too long been regarded as just a byproduct of playing sports.

The days of telling athletes to just “shake it off” and continue playing with an injury should never be permitted.

The West Virginia school board last week adopted new rules aimed at preventing youth concussions.

Among other things, they require schools to increase awareness and warn players of the risks of continuing to play after suffering a concussion.

The new rules also require schools to have a written procedure for recognizing injuries and then clearing athletes to return to play, including the written permission of a licensed health care professional.

One of West Virginia’s U.S. senators, Jay Rockefeller, also is pushing for more to be done to make head gear safer. He has introduced a bill calling for federal rules for safety standards for helmets.

There have been many news articles written about professional athletes — especially football players — who have life-long ailments because of repeated concussions received throughout their career — starting with youth football.

Making headgear safer and closely watching any athlete who suffers a concussion are two fundamental ways to help prevent serious injury — and maybe even death.

 

1
Text Only
Editorials
  • We concur We concur

    We’re certain that Donald Rumsfeld, who served as Secretary of Defense under Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, echoes what many Americans feel about the complexity of filing income tax returns.
    When he filed his return, Rumsfeld sent the following letter to the Internal Revenue Service:

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • The first step The first step

    If all goes as planned, Frostburg State University will one day offer a doctorate in nursing, a physician’s assistant program and a new health sciences building on campus.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Where to look Where to look

    Drive anywhere in Maryland and it seems there is one highway construction project after another. While it is good to see our roads and bridges being upgraded, it can be nerve-wracking for anyone traveling a long distance.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Library week

    Public libraries remain one of the best uses of taxpayer dollars. They are open to all. Young or old, poor or wealthy, residents can use computers and read current magazines and newspapers. Compact discs featuring a wide variety of music and
    movies on DVD may be checked out in addition to novels and other books.

    April 13, 2014

  • Sunday hunting Sunday hunting

    Legislation that increases hunting oppportunities on Sundays in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties has passed the Maryland General Assembly and reached the governor’s desk.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • One cannot compromise on God’s word

    A recent letter asked, “What is it about compromises that seem so undesirable?” Most of us are familiar with John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The next verse goes on to say, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”

    April 13, 2014

  • Ballpark project a partnership, not a government handout

    To the Editor:
    Regarding Mark Nelson’s recent objection to county government assistance to exploring the placement of a minor league baseball team in the Cumberland region, I would answer that the project should be considered a partnership between private enterprise and government. The private support would come by way of donations collected from local citizens, currently banked through the Dapper Dan Club.

    April 13, 2014

  • Editorial Cartoon Editorial Cartoon

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Decriminalizing marijuana lines pockets of drug cartel

    Has the Maryland government decided they like contributing to the drug cartel? Their new decriminalization of marijuana does nothing but line the pockets of the cartel.

    April 11, 2014

  • Speed cameras Speed cameras

    We’ve never been big fans of speed cameras, primarily for two reasons. First, because the cameras are not always accurate, and secondly because many jurisdictions seem to create revenue by installing cameras and issuing high numbers of speeding tickets.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo