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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 |

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.

Why Kids Leave The E.R. With Concussions | NPR

Mar 13, 2014

Emergency rooms could do a lot more to treat children with concussions, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. Dr. Shireen Atabaki, one of the study's lead authors, explains on NPR. Read the transcript or listen to the eight minute story.

Helmets a Must When Skiing, Snowboarding | AAP News

Mar 06, 2014

Heading for the hills for some skiing or snowboarding? Insist that your child wears a helmet. Protective headgear is one of the most important things children (and adults) can wear to prevent serious injuries in fast-paced snow sports like downhill skiing or snowboarding.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises all children and adolescents to wear helmets in snow sports. Some states have laws requiring people under age 18 to wear helmets for snow sports. Yours might be one of them, and for good reason.

Soccer Injuries in Children Requiring Trauma Center Admission | Journal of Emergency Medicine

Feb 20, 2014

Soccer continues to gain popularity among youth athletes, and increased numbers of children playing soccer can be expected to result in increased injuries.

We reviewed children with soccer injuries severe enough to require trauma activation at our Level I trauma center to determine injury patterns and outcome. Our goal is to raise awareness of the potential for injury in youth soccer.

Poll: Support For High School Football, Despite Concussion Risks | NPR

Feb 13, 2014

Making sure that children are active often means getting them interested in sports. But parents have to weigh the health risks of those sports, including hits that can cause concussions.

Concussions are brain injuries. Most people, including kids, recover from a concussion. But concussions, particularly repeated ones, can lead to serious, lasting health problems.

Concussion Among Female Middle-School Soccer Players | JAMA Pediatrics

Feb 06, 2014

Importance: Despite recent increased awareness about sports concussions, little research has evaluated concussions among middle-school athletes.

Objectives: To evaluate the frequency and duration of concussions in female youth soccer players and to determine if concussions result in stopping play and seeking medical care.

Young Athletes Risk Back Injury By Playing Too Much | NPR

Feb 06, 2014

Low back injuries can keep young athletes laid up for months, according to Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Loyola Medicine in Maywood, Ill.

Jayanthi studied more than 1,200 young athletes, and found that lower back injuries were the third most common injury in athletes younger than 18, after knees and ankles. He presented the data last year at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference.

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