Tuesday's health and safety news from the world of football:
Peterson has helped launch an educational program called Ready2Go for people with severe allergies.
"It breaks down to two things," the 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player said Monday. "First thing is being prepared and knowing your allergic triggers and symptoms. Then, having access to injections and using the epi pens."
That's how Peterson dealt with the reaction called anaphylaxis. He immediately called his athletic trainer, Eric Sugarman â the man who oversaw Peterson's incredibly quick and productive return from torn knee ligaments â and was fortunate that Sugarman was familiar with such symptoms and had the equipment to deal with them.
"Being an athlete played a role in dealing with it," said Peterson, whose allergic reaction was to shellfish in gumbo â something he'd been eating his entire life. "You have to have an action plan."
Outside of the team's Valley Ranch locker room, six workout machines and ballet bars have been added to help players avoid similar issues going forward.
"We've put a big emphasis on addressing, as an organization, some of the injuries that we've had," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said last week. "Just an emphasis on stretching, giving our players the opportunity, whether it's with ballet bars or V-sits or back systems, whatever things we use, we try to help them get into routines that can help them be flexible and avoid some of the injuries we've had. It's always been an emphasis for us. We have to look at ourselves and what we're doing to help our players stay as healthy as possible."
Garrett also acknowledged that the team's pre-practice stretching has changed.
"There's been some things that we've done to address (bullying)," Allen said. "That was one of the first things that we talked about when we got this group together.
Allen said that he has been vigilant about creating a safe and comfortable working environment since he joined the Raiders in 2012.
To that end, Allen said he banned the kind of hazing practices deemed humiliating, especially during training camp.
"We really limited the rookie hazing as part of our culture and the way that we do things," Allen said. "I don't believe in that."
* The Steelers official website reported the team hosted its 17th annual Extra Mile Education Foundation Golf Outing.
* Bleacher Report looked at new helmet technology for football helmets and how it will make the game safer.
* Devon Walker, the former Tulane football player who was paralyzed in a game two seasons ago, will join the College Football Assistance Fund's Advisory Committee, The Times-Picayune reported.
* KPRC-TV in Houston reported on how many of the city's high school football teams are replacing their helmets after the latest Virginia Tech star ratings for helmets.
-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor