Friday's health and safety news from the world of football:
- CBS Sports featured a University of Alabama-Birmingham researcher who is trying to create a safer football helmet after revolutionizing auto racing helmets.
- KBTX-TV in College Station, Texas, reported that the Texas A&M University football team will be the latest school to use the Vector Mouth Guard, which will have sensors built in to detect dangerous hits. South Carolina, LSU and Kansas previously announced their football teams will use these mouth guards this year.
- USA Today Sports looked at the first NFL Veterans Combine, which will debut later this month in suburban Phoenix.
- The Associated Press reported that a New Mexico Senate panel will debate a bill setting strict guidelines when a middle or high school student athlete could return after suffering a concussion.
- Medical Xpress reported that a Penn State researcher is testing the effects of cooling helmets on concussions.
-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor