Recently, researchers from the department of sport science at the University of Innsbruck in Austria stood on the slopes at a local ski resort and trained a radar gun on a group of about 500 skiers and snowboarders, each of whom had completed a lengthy personality questionnaire about whether he or she tended to be cautious or a risk taker.
The N.F.L., faced with increasing concern about the toll of concussions and confronted with litigation involving thousands of former players, is planning to form a partnership with General Electric to jump-start development of imaging technology that would detect concussions and encourage the creation of materials to better protect the brain.
The National Football League Players Association is negotiating a deal with the league to award $100 million to Harvard University over 10 years to study and treat players' injuries and illnesses, according to a proposal obtained by CNN.
In the last few years, the perception of a typical NFL player has undergone a subtle shift: from lithe titans performing formidable feats on the field to men who may end their careers broken down, their brains addled by a mysterious concussion-related brain disease.
Allowing snowboarders to hit the slopes at one U.S. ski resort led to a small rise in the number of overall injuries, a trend in line with findings at ski areas elsewhere, according to a U.S. report.
Injuries rose by 13 percent in the two years after snowboarders were permitted at the Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico, compared to the two years before, according to the report in The American Journal of Sports Medicine.
Researchers at Boston University have found more evidence supporting a link between repeated knocks to the head and chronic brain disease.
The results, just published in the journal Brain, add weight to concerns about the effect of repeated mild head trauma in athletes, whether they're pros or peewees.
"The sheer volume of cases I think is going to just overwhelm anybody that wants to be in denial about the existence of this problem," Dr. Robert C. Cantu, a co-director of Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy told ESPN.
The effects of a concussion on a child's brain can last months after the initial injury, according to a small new study in the Journal of Neuroscience.
Researchers from the University of New Mexico and the Mind Research Network found that even if there are no symptoms months after a concussion, there are alterations in the white matter of the brain. And these changes -- which are seen two weeks after a concussion -- are still observed up to three months later.
Sports concussion among children and adolescents has been recognized as an important public health concern. Research shows that these groups are at increased risk for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)-related issues such as delayed recovery and long-term sequelae. The purpose of this study was to collect and report concussion data from high school athletes enrolled in four public high schools in west-central Florida. There were 24 sports-related concussions reported during the data collection period. The majority of concussions took place during football competitions and practices (87.5%).
Efforts to prevent injuries by educating young hockey players about the dangers of aggression on the ice are less effective than rule changes, which adjust both culture and behavior at once, a new study from the Canadian Medical Association Journal finds.
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The objective of this article was to explore the differences in practice injury rates for select National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sports within and across sport by preseason, in-season, and postseason. This article will explore the relationship of practice injury rates by fall, winter, and spring sports as well as by divisions I, II, and III.
If you ski or snowboard, a new study offers vital safety information: Helmets do reduce the risk of head injuries and save lives. The study also found that the use of helmets does not give skiers and snowboarders a false sense of security that might lead them to take risks that might boost their risk of injury.
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