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Epidemiology of Injuries in High School Football: Does School Size Matter? | AAP Conference

Nov 05, 2014

More than 1 million US high school students play football.  Several studies have examined the epidemiology of high school and college football injuries to determine if they occurred during practice or games, how the injury occurred, injury by position, and symptoms.  However, to our knowledge, no study has yet examined if the rate and type of high school football injuries vary with size of school enrollment.  Therefore, the purpose of this study is to compare the high school football injury profiles by school enrollment size during the 2012-2013 season.

High School Football Players Aren't Well-Educated About Concussion |

Nov 05, 2014

Despite recent efforts to create awareness about concussion among young athletes, a new study found that high school football players still don't know enough about the symptoms and consequences of this type of head injury.

More than 300,000 people are treated in emergency rooms every year for brain injuries related to sports, the researchers reported. And, it's estimated that up to 3.8 million concussions are sustained annually during sporting and recreational events. Half of these injuries involved football, according to the University of Florida researchers.

Counting pitches can save young players' arms but is not always used consistently | Medical News Today

Oct 15, 2014

Youth baseball has morphed into a year-round sport, with some athletes playing on multiple teams in the same season. One result: an increasing number of pitchers sidelined with overuse injuries or needing surgery.

Guidelines on how many pitches young athletes should throw have been developed to stem the tide of injuries, but many coaches are not following the recommendations consistently, according to a study to be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

New Jersey: Glen Ridge youth football practices also include concussion prevention |

Oct 02, 2014

The Glen Ridge Athletic Association’s (GRAA) youth football program structures practices around Heads Up, a concussion-prevention program developed by USA Football in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program is intended to minimize the risk of younger players sustaining a concussion on the field, and to help coaches recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion.

ACL Tear Won't Keep Most College Athletes From Returning to Play: Study | MedicineNet

Oct 02, 2014

It's a debilitating injury, but an ACL tear typically doesn't mean the end of a college athlete's career, a new study finds.

The research suggests that the risk for a re-injury of the knee's anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) actually goes down as athletes mature from high school into their college years.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina report that most of the college players in the study returned to their sport after surgery to repair an ACL tear.

Research Report: Changing the Culture of Youth Sports (August 2014) | Safe Kids Worldwide

Aug 21, 2014

To better understand what young athletes, parents, and coaches are confronted with in youth sports, Safe Kids Worldwide surveyed 1,000 young athletes, 1,005 coaches, and 1,000 parents. Despite greater public awareness about youth sports safety, Safe Kids Worldwide still found an alarming gap in what is being done to keep young athletes safe while playing sports.

A Closer Look at Overuse Injuries in the Pediatric Athlete | Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine

Aug 14, 2014

Objective: To examine male-female differences in pediatric overuse sports injuries.

Study Design: Cross-sectional epidemiological study.

Setting: Tertiary level sports medicine division in a large academic pediatric medical center.

Participants: Five percentage probability sample of patients 5 to 17 years seen from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2009. About 3,813 charts reviewed. Final study cohort included 1614 patients.

Lacrosse Injuries Among High School Boys and Girls in the United States: Academic Years 2008-2009 Through 2011-2012 | American Journal of Sports Medicine

Jul 31, 2014

Background: Lacrosse is a fast growing youth sport in the United States. Although there have been published studies examining injuries associated with lacrosse, significantly less research has been conducted in high school lacrosse players than in older lacrosse players. The objective of this study was to compare high school lacrosse injury rates and patterns by type of athletic activity (ie, competition vs practice) and sex.

Snowboard Injuries While Listening To Music Less Frequent, More Severe | Reuters

Jul 31, 2014

Snowboarders who use personal music players while boarding have fewer injuries but the injuries they do sustain tend to be more severe, reports a new study from Canada.

Typical risk factors for snowboard injuries include being at an intermediate skill level, snowboarding at night and using jump or half-pipe features at a terrain park, the authors of the study note.

Sports Physicals: Convenient Versus Comprehensive? | National Poll on Children’s Health

Jun 19, 2014

High school athletic associations, school districts, and competitive travel leagues often require a recent physical exam for children who participate in sports. Requirements vary related to the content and providers of sports physicals and little is known about parental preferences. In March 2014, the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health asked a national sample of parents about sports physicals.

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