Thursday's health and safety news from the world of football:
- Former NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a gay rights activist, wrote for Fox Sports that NFL prospect Michael Sam, who admitted Sunday he was gay, will become known as a pioneer like Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson.
Also, Reuters reported that President Barack Obama praised Sam for having the courage to announce he was gay.
- American Forces Press Service announced the Veterans Brain Injury Center released care guidance standards for concussions.
- A Cape Cod Times reporter wrote that he is turning to NFL Flag Football after his 9-year-old son suffered a concussion playing tackle football.
- The Minnesota Daily looked at a study that said overuse of helmets can increase the risk of concussions.
-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor