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'Brain Changes' Seen In Young American Footballers | BBC

Dec 02, 2014

Some teenagers appear to show changes in their brains after one season of playing American football, a small study suggests.

Even though players were not concussed during the season, researchers found abnormalities similar to the effects of mild traumatic brain injury.

Twenty-four players aged between 16 and 18 were studied and devices on their helmets measured head impacts.

The study was presented to the Radiological Society of North America.

Early Symptom Burden Predicts Recovery after Sport-Related Concussion | Official Journal of the American Academy of Neurology

Nov 18, 2014

Researchers conducted a prospective cohort study of patients in a sports concussion clinic. Participants completed questionnaires that included the Post-Concussion Symptom Scale (PCSS). Participants were asked to record the date on which they last experienced symptoms.

Teens Playing Through Pain, Not Taking Sports Injuries Seriously, Says Study |NBC Today

Nov 18, 2014

During a high-school field-hockey game in September 2013, near her Virginia hometown, Brie Boothby was struck in the side of her head with an opponent's stick. Boothby blacked out.

"The only thought in my mind was getting back in the game," she told TODAY's Sheinelle Jones. And despite her injury, the field-hockey player kept playing. "I thought I had to be tough. I thought I had to go back in because we were losing and I needed to support my team."

American Medical Association (AMA) Puts Focus on Concussions and Sports | Psychiatric News

Nov 18, 2014

Delegates approve a resolution to have AMA advocate that cheerleading be officially designated a sport, thereby requiring school and NCAA oversight and protections.

Head injuries and concussions related to youth sports were on the minds of delegates last month at the annual policymaking meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

The Medical Minute: Overuse Injuries Becoming More Common In Young Athletes | News Wise

Nov 12, 2014

From Little League players injuring their elbow ligaments to soccer and basketball players tearing their ACLs, sports injuries related to overuse are becoming more common in younger athletes.

Dr. Matthew Silvis, medical director for primary care sports medicine at Penn State Hershey, says specialization is a big reason why.

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.

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