Friday's health and safety news from the world of football:
- Former NFL player Steve Gleason, who is suffering from ALS, talked with The Seattle Times about the impact of the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon with his eye-tracking technology. With the help of friends, he took the Ice Bucket Challenge earlier this week.
- The Associated Press reported on the technological changes made for Riddell's new SpeedFlex helmet, focusing on the University of Arkansas and coach Bret Bielema.
- NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino expects the rash of defensive penalties to decrease once the regular season begins.
- The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported how the University of Pittsburgh is taking part in a government-funded concussion study.
- The State in Columbia, S.C., reported that players and leagues are benefitting from the University of South Carolina's concussion studies.
- The Ottawa (Canada) Sun reported that only 10 of 44 provincial and national organizations representing high-risk sports had a concussion protocol, including its major football groups.
- Abbott and the Department of Department are developing a blood test for concussion evaluation, they announced in a press release.
- Consumer Affairs reported that the Federal Trade Commission has warned retailers about the claims that mouth guards can prevent concussions.
-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor