Wilson County Schools weighs drug-testing athletes, which would join Sumner, Trousdale

Wilson County Schools weighs drug-testing athletes, which would join Sumner, Trousdale

Wilson County Schools will explore joining a limited number of districts that administer random drug tests to high school athletes and other extra-curricular participants, which supporters believe can be a preventive measure. The Wilson County School Board recently approved the go-ahead to setup a test program for illegal drugs that begins with formation of a committee to seek input and work on details of the potential program. Specifics would need to be brought back to the board for approval. “From conversations among administrators, sponsors, and coaches, we want to make…

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In a study of career versus replacement NFL athletes, only the long-term players died of neurological disease

In a study of career versus replacement NFL athletes, only the long-term players died of neurological disease

Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images Career players in the National Football League aren’t significantly more likely to die over a 30-year period than elite-level replacements who played only a few games, according to new research. Still, though people died for many reasons, seven of the deaths were from neurodegenerative diseases — and that only happened in the career players’ brains. The safety of professional football has been under scrutiny for the past few years, especially with reports about how repeated concussions to the head sustained while playing can cause neurological diseases…

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