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Adrian Peterson says he treats HGH accusations as a compliment


Tuesday's health and safety news from the world of sports:

* Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said accusing him of using HGH is a compliment, according to USA Today.

"Seriously. Especially with the amount of work I put in," Peterson said. "Guys say that to me, or if I hear someone saying that — it makes me feel good.

"When you know you don't do it, and someone's saying you do, you're like, 'Wow. They think I'm on HGH? I'm doing that good? Well, hoo! Thank you, Jesus!' It's a compliment. I don't get mad about it at all."

* The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on how the UNLV training staff is taking concussions more seriously.

Staffs throughout the country, from Pop Warner to the NFL, must have a heightened awareness of concussions.

"I think in terms of head injury, our players are far safer than they've ever been in the history of the game," Bobby Hauck said. "I've coached on a lot of staffs with a lot of guys. It's being taught safely, at least everywhere I've been. The equipment's better than it's ever been."

The coach wouldn't allow players to be interviewed for this story, saying he didn't want players targeted by opponents during the season.

UNLV uses up to five sets of tests to determine if a player has a concussion and, if so, the seriousness of the injury.

The first test is a question-and-answer to determine the extent of how he’s feeling. From there, it moves on other types of exams, such as balance, and the results are compared to tests given before training camp begins because each athlete's results are different.

Each type of head injury is different, too, and can affect players in vastly varied ways.

"As the research improves, they're going to have more tests (so) that it's going to be harder for student-athletes to hide the fact they have a head injury," UNLV head athletic trainer Kyle Wilson said.

* Justin Pugh was excited to be back with the New York Giants after missing a week of training camp because of a concussion, the New York Post reported.

* The New York Times profiled a pro football coach's family and how it has adapted to a nomadic lifestyle.

* The Herald Bulletin reported on how the Indianapolis Colts took a break from training camp to hold a Heads Up Football clinic for kids.

* reported that thousands of kids received shoes recently because of a program helped by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

* KTVK-TV in Phoenix reported on a Casa Grande, Ariz., man who claims his SkullTec helmet insert will reduce impact of football hits to the head by 25 percent.

* The Boulder Crest Retreat for wounded warriors announced that former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rocky Bleier has joined its honorary advisory board.

* USA Today looked at sports injuries and how USA Football's Heads Up Football program is trying to be proactive in cutting them back.

* WTVM-TV in Columbus, Ga., reported on the state's new Return to Play Act for this upcoming school year.

* The Sheboygan (Wis.) Press published an editorial that said football needs to find ways to make the game safer.

* reported that Minnesota Twins outfielder Wilkin Ramirez returned to play after missing 69 games because of a concussion.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor



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