Local doctor tackles concussion issue - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Local doctor tackles concussion issue

Let's face it, we love the big hits...in the NFL, and in college. But when it comes to our kids, we stop cheering, and we cringe.

Concussions are the hottest topic in sports.  According to the Center for Disease Control, as many as 3.8 million concussions will occur in youth sports this year.  So, what can we do?

Dr. Richard Figler, a sports health specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, says concussions aren't preventable, but believes better equipment may be able to make a difference.

That's where Dr. Steven Novicky comes in.  After years of treating patients with concussion symptoms, Novicky designed "shock strips" -- rubber strips that adhere to the exterior of football helmets. 

 The shock strips absorb much of the blow, and are now being used by 28 teams in 13 states, Western Reserve Blue Devils down in Berlin Center, Ohio.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association, however, does not endorse the shock strips, because they void the liability of the helmet maker. 

The OHSAA does allow them, though, so for now, it's the individual's choice.

Copyright 2013 WOIO. All rights reserved.

  • SPORTSMore>>

  • Azzip Pizza Strike Zone Player of the Week nominees

    Azzip Pizza Strike Zone Player of the Week nominees

    Monday, April 24 2017 8:55 PM EDT2017-04-25 00:55:24 GMT
    (WFIE)(WFIE)

    The nominees for this week's Azzip Pizza Strike Zone Player of the Week.

    More >>

    The nominees for this week's Azzip Pizza Strike Zone Player of the Week.

    More >>
  • Day 3 dandies: Butt, Perine provide late-round draft value

    Day 3 dandies: Butt, Perine provide late-round draft value

    Saturday, April 29 2017 1:20 PM EDT2017-04-29 17:20:38 GMT
    Saturday, April 29 2017 1:20 PM EDT2017-04-29 17:20:38 GMT

    Four rounds of the NFL draft left and plenty of talented players to go around.

    More >>

    Four rounds of the NFL draft left and plenty of talented players to go around.

    More >>
  • Washington DBs popular in 2nd round, Mixon to Bengals

    Washington DBs popular in 2nd round, Mixon to Bengals

    Saturday, April 29 2017 2:09 AM EDT2017-04-29 06:09:28 GMT
    Saturday, April 29 2017 2:09 AM EDT2017-04-29 06:09:28 GMT
    Kevin King's extra-long stay at the NFL draft turned out to be a short stint.More >>
    Kevin King's extra-long stay at the NFL draft turned out to be a short stint.More >>
Powered by Frankly