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Survey of NCAA Division 1 Football Officials Regarding the Helmet-Contact Penalties. Jon Heck. Unpublished Data. 12/04

Coaches Can Reduce the Risk of Neck Injuries. Jon Heck. The Extra Point: Football Forum. AFCA. September/October:13&17;2004
National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Statement: Head-Down Contact and Spearing in Tackle Football. Jon Heck, Casey Clarke, Tom Peterson, Joe Torg, Mike Weis. Journal of Athletic Training. 39(1): 101-111;2004.
The Team Behind the Player: Knowledge and communication are key to an athlete's recovery. Jon Heck. Sports Medicine Update. 15(3): 19-21;2001.
Evaluating Mild Head Injuries: Incorporating the standardized assessment of concussion. Jon Heck & Rob Rosa. Sports Medicine Update. 15(2):46-52;2001.
A Classification System for the Assessment of Lumbar Pain in Athletes. Jon Heck & Jeana Sparano. Journal of Athletic Training. 35:204-211;2000.
Exercise-Induced Asthma: Recognizing and managing the problem. Jon Heck & Kaley Abato. Sports Medicine Update.14(3): 4-8;1999.
Re-Examing Spearing: The incidence of cervical spine injury hides the risks. Jon Heck. American Football Coach. 5(8):52-54;1999.
Preventing Catastrophic Head and Neck Injuries in Football. Jon Heck. From the Gym to the Jury. 10(1): 7;1998.
The State of Spearing in Football: Incidence of Cervical Spine Injuries Doesn't Indicate the Risks. Jon Heck. Sports Medicine Update. 13(2): 4-7;1998.
Shoulder Instability: Accurately Evaluating Shoulder Injuries on the Field and on the Sideline. Jon Heck & Jeana Sparano. Sports Medicine Update. 12(2): 4-7;1997.
The Incidence of Spearing During a High School's 1975 and 1990 Football Seasons. Jon Heck. Journal of Athletic Training. 31: 31-37; 1996.
A Survey of New Jersey High School Football Officials Regarding Spearing Rules. Jon Heck. Journal of Athletic Training. 30:63-68; 1995.
The Incidence of Spearing by Ball-Carriers and Their Tacklers During a High School Football Season. Jon Heck. In Head and Neck Injuries in Sports (book). ASTM; Philadelphia, PA; 239-248; 1994.
Minimizing Liability Risks of Head and Neck Injuries in Football. Jon Heck, Mike Weis, Jim Gartland, & C. Weis. Journal of Athletic Training. 29: 128-139; 1994. *This article has been reprinted in the Yearbook of SportsMedicine, Athletic Training: Sports Health Care Perspectives, and Sports Medicine Update.
Drug Testing. Jon Heck (Letter to the Editor). Journal of Athletic Training. 28: 197-198; 1993.
An Analysis of Football's Spearing Rules. Jon Heck. The Sideliner: Journal of the ATSNJ. 9: 8-9,15; 1993.
The Incidence of Spearing by High School Football Ball-Carriers and Their Tacklers. Jon Heck. Journal of Athletic Training. 27: 120-124;1992.