ALS victim Steve Gleason pleased by wave of Ice Bucket Challenge

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 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.
  • Consumer Affairs reported that the Federal Trade Commission has warned retailers about the claims that mouth guards can prevent concussions.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor

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