The dangers of getting a concussion while playing sports has dominated the headlines over the past few weeks. First, several former NFL players admitted they had been diagnosed with CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), a progressive neurological disease thought to result from taking chronic hits to the head, including concussions. Days later, ESPN reported that between 2010 to 2012, Pop Warner youth football saw 23,612 kids stop participating, likely due to the mounting concerns that the sport leads to harmful concussions.
Youth Football and Concussions: Worth the Risk? University of Iowa Study Will Compare Injury Rates for Youth Flag and Tackle Football | Newswise
Youth football and the National Football League are light years apart, yet both face a growing public concern: What are the risks of concussions?
People from inside the game itself are among the headline-making voices of caution. More than 2,000 former NFL players are suing the league for not warning them about concussions. Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, an Iowa native, used the term “scary” to describe the idea of his two school-age sons playing football.
Trends in Concussion Return-to-Play Timelines among High School Athletes from 2007 through 2009 | Journal of Athletic Training
Context: Whereas guidelines about return-to-play (RTP) after concussion have been published, actual prognoses remain elusive.
Objective: To develop probability estimates for time until RTP after sport-related concussion.
Design: Descriptive epidemiology study.
Setting: High school.
Sports-Related Concussions in Youth: Improving the Science, Changing the Culture | Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
Despite growing awareness of sports-related concussions and campaigns to educate athletes, coaches, physicians, and parents of young athletes about concussion recognition and management, confusion and controversy persist in many areas.
Children and teens who spend twice as much time playing organized sports -- especially a single sport -- than they do in free play are more likely to be injured, according to new research.
"These injuries are purely from the amount of exposure without sufficient rest periods," said lead study author Dr. Neeru Jayanthi. "They're performing at adult levels in a child's body -- in a young, developing body. The constant use of the same parts of the body puts the same stress on the same part of the body over and over again.
Although many sports equipment manufacturers market their products by claiming they can reduce the risk of sports-related brain injuries, neither the brand nor the age of a helmet is associated with fewer concussions in young athletes, according to new research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition on Monday.
Because of heightened awareness about the hazards of sports-related concussions, many states have implemented standards determining when an injured student may resume playing contact sports.
Nation’s Youth Sports Organizations and Health Leaders Unite to Launch Sports Concussion Partnership: National Sports Concussion Coalition to Identify Shared Approaches to Enhancing Safer Youth Play
A number of the nation’s most prominent youth sports organizations announced today that they will be partnering with concussion specialists, sports medicine professionals and leaders at other levels of sports to create an unprecedented coalition to prevent and manage concussions among young athletes.
BACKGROUND: Emergency department (ED) visits for sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have risen. This study evaluated how the number and severity of admissions have changed as ED visits for sports-related TBIs have increased.
Incidence of Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury and Risk Factors of Severity: A Population-Based Epidemiologic Study | Annals of Epidemiology
Few studies of sport-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) are population-based or rely on directly observed data on cause, demographic characteristics, and severity. This study addresses the epidemiology of sport-related TBI in a large population.