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NIH, NFL Team Up to Take on Concussion Research |

Dec 19, 2013

The U.S. National Institutes of Health is teaming up with the National Football League on research into the long-term effects of repeated head injuries and improving concussion diagnosis.

The projects will be supported largely through a $30 million donation made last year to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health by the NFL, which is wrestling with the issue of concussions and their impact on current and former players.

Concussion in Youth Sports | Spinal Injuries and Conditions in Young Athletes

Dec 12, 2013

Concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by rotational acceleration of the brain following a direct trauma to the head or a force transmitted to the head after injury to the trunk or spine. Concussion results in disturbance of normal brain function, often causing symptoms such headache, dizziness, nausea, and problems with memory, concentration, balance, and sleep. Physical and cognitive rest are the foundations of concussion management, and for most athletes, symptoms resolve within a few days to weeks.

Higher Altitude May Lower Sports Concussion Risk, Study Suggests |

Dec 12, 2013

Altitude may affect an athlete's risk of concussion, according to a new study believed to be the first to examine this association.

High school athletes who play at higher altitudes suffer fewer concussions than those closer to sea level, researchers found. One possible reason is that being at a higher altitude causes changes that make the brain fit more tightly in the skull, so it can't move around as much when a player suffers a head blow.

Massachusetts Schools Report 4,400 Sports-Related Head Injuries | Boston Globe

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Students across Massachusetts suffered more than 4,400 concussions or other head injuries while playing school sports during the last school year, according to surveys submitted to the state by about 360 public and private schools.

Students across Massachusetts suffered more than 4,400 concussions or other head injuries while playing school sports during the last school year, according to surveys submitted to the state by about 360 public and private schools.

The most head injuries were reported by large schools with robust sports programs. Boston College High School, an all-boys private school in Dorchester for grades 7 through 12, cited 63 head injuries, followed by Needham High with 58 and Andover High with 55.

Teen Athletes Prone To Drink, Less Likely To Use Drugs | Reuters

Dec 05, 2013

Participating in sports may have many benefits, but it also raises the chances adolescents will abuse alcohol, according to a new review of the evidence by Canadian researchers.

They analyzed 17 past studies and also found most showed that kids who participate in sports are less likely to use illicit drugs other than marijuana.

Damage from Concussions Could Last Up To Four Months, Study Finds | Huffington Post

Nov 26, 2013

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

Nov 14, 2013

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

Nov 07, 2013

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

Nov 07, 2013

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.

Overuse Injuries May Rise When Kids Specialize in One Sport |

Nov 07, 2013

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.

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