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FACT SHEET: President Obama Applauds Commitments to Address Sports-Related Concussions in Young People

Jun 19, 2014

“Sports are one of the best ways to keep our kids active and healthy, but young people make nearly 250,000 emergency room visits each year with sport or recreation-related brain injuries. As a sports fan and a parent with two young daughters, President Obama believes we need to do more to protect the health and safety of our kids.

Mayo Clinic Study Reveals Types and Severity of Youth Ice Hockey Injuries | Newswise

Jun 19, 2014

A new Mayo Clinic study in Pediatrics reviews the types and severity of injuries among youth ice hockey players. The study examined the spectrum of injuries and found fractures and concussions to be most frequent, with many of these injuries requiring hospitalization and surgery.

Arkansas Departments of Education and Health Partner on a Project to Reduce Heat-Related Illness in Student Athletes

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On average, more than 400 people in the US die each year due to health-related illness. In Arkansas, between 1-1-08 and 12-31-13, more than 300 individuals, with an average age of 13, were transported to a hospital because of heat-related illness. According to the Korey Stringer Institute, over 80% of all exertional heat illnesses that occur during sports activity occur within the first week back to activity.

People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves. On average, more than 400 people in the US die each year due to health-related illness. In Arkansas, between 1-1-08 and 12-31-13, more than 300 individuals, with an average age of 13, were transported to a hospital because of heat-related illness. According to the Korey Stringer Institute, over 80% of all exertional heat illnesses that occur during sports activity occur within the first week back to activity.

The State Lystedt Law and Concussion Documentation in the Seattle Public High Schools | Journal of Athletic Training

Jun 12, 2014
Context: The Lystedt law requires high school athletes who have sustained a concussion to be removed from practice and play and not to be allowed to return until cleared by a medical professional.
 
Objective: To determine the effect of the Lystedt law on injury and concussion documentation in the Seattle Public High Schools.
 
Design: Cross-sectional study.
 
Setting: Seattle public high sc

Epidemiologic Comparison of Injured High School Basketball Athletes Reporting to Emergency Departments and the Athletic Training Setting | Journal of Athletic Training

May 08, 2014

Context: Basketball is a popular US high school sport with more than 1 million participants annually.

Objective: To compare patterns of athletes with basketball-related injuries presenting to US emergency departments from 2005 through 2010 and the high school athletic training setting from the 2005–2011 seasons.

Design: Descriptive epidemiology study.

Pediatricians Say Training Can Help Teens Avoid Knee Injuries | NPR

May 01, 2014

If you're a teenage athlete, or the parent of one, you probably live in fear of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, one of the knee's key stabilizing ligaments.

A torn ACL often requires surgical repair. But so-called neuromuscular training programs can cut the risk of a serious ACL injury and should be recommended to at-risk young athletes, especially girls, according to a clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Off-Season May Not Be Enough for Football Players' Brains | Reuters

Apr 24, 2014

The time between football seasons may not be enough for players' brains to recover from hard hits to their heads during games and practices, suggests a new, small study.

Researchers discovered changes in the white matter of 10 college football players' brains after one season, compared to people who didn't play sports. After six months of not playing, the athletes' brains were still different.

Pediatricians' Knowledge of Current Sports Concussion Legislation and Guidelines and Comfort With Sports Concussion Management | Clinical Pediatrics

Apr 02, 2014

Background: Sports-related concussions disproportionately affect young athletes. The primary objective of our study was to determine Illinois pediatricians’ level of familiarity with state concussion legislation and with published consensus guidelines for sports concussion diagnosis and treatment. We also sought to determine pediatricians’ knowledge regarding concussion management and comfort treating sports concussion patients. 

Connecticut: Basketball and the Brain: Concussions Aren't Just a Risk in Football | CBS News

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To help protect their players, the University of New Haven men's basketball team is turning to technology. During practice, players wear Triax head sensors that are small enough to be slipped into a headband. The sensors track the g-force of a hit to the head, which can cause jarring movement of the brain inside the skull.

In 2010, a study in Pediatrics showed that 375,000 youths are sent to the emergency room each year due to basketball-related injuries. Although the total number of injuries declined over a 10-year period, the report highlighted a 70 percent increase in traumatic brain injuries on the court.

For Many College Athletes, the Payoff Is Lifelong Disabilities: Study | Healthfinder.gov

Mar 13, 2014

Many elite college athletes are inactive later in life and it's often due to the lingering effects of injuries they suffered during their brief college sports career, a new study contends.

The Indiana University researchers looked at 232 men and women who were former Division I athletes and 225 men and women who didn't play high-level sports in college. The participants were between 40 and 65 years old at the time of the study.

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