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Former NFL Pros Push for End to Kids' Tackle Football

Posted 8 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 – A group of former National Football League greats – including Hall of Famers Harry Carson of the New York Giants and Nick Buoniconti of the Miami Dolphins – is urging parents not to let their children play tackle football until they're at least 14 years old. The group is instead endorsing a program called "Flag Football Under 14," launched by the Concussion Legacy Foundation. The program aims to educate parents and young players about chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Sometimes called CTE, it is a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head, and has been detected in more than 85 percent of tackle football players studied over the past 10 years, according to the foundation. "This education program for parents is inspired by the last decade of research on CTE, which has revealed that the best way to prevent CTE in football players is to delay ... Read more

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Concussion May Not Be Needed to Bring on CTE Brain Disease

Posted 1 day 3 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 – Head impacts, not just concussions, may lead to the degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to new research. The findings could lead to early detection and improved treatment and prevention of CTE, the researchers suggest. More than 100 National Football League players have been posthumously identified as having CTE. They include former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who died by suicide in 2017 at the age of 27 while serving a life sentence for murder. Medical experts later said his condition was the most severe case of CTE ever discovered in someone his age and would have affected his decision-making, judgment and cognitive abilities. CTE has been found in the brains of teens and adults who sustained repeated head injuries, even in those who were not diagnosed with concussion, the study authors ... Read more

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High School Coaches, Players Know Little About Concussion

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – The link between concussions and brain injury might be a hot topic in the NFL, but at the high school level? Apparently not so much. Overall, only about a third of high school athletes, their coaches and parents know that a concussion is a brain injury, according to a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers. The athletes themselves were the most likely to know that fact, the researchers found. They surveyed 115 athletes, 132 parents and 15 coaches at three high schools in Rochester, Minn. They were involved with a variety of sports – football, soccer, volleyball, hockey, basketball, wrestling, dance, gymnastics, lacrosse, baseball and softball. All of the participants completed a questionnaire designed to assess what they knew about concussions. Most people could identify the possible effects of concussion, the study found. Coaches had the most knowledge about ... Read more

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Helmets Too Rarely Used in Baseball and Softball

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – Despite a significant risk of head injuries in baseball and softball, helmet use in those sports is low, a new review says. "Our review demonstrates that traumatic brain injury in baseball and softball affects players of all levels and all positions," said study lead author Dr. Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "Although the risk for traumatic brain injury is lower in baseball than other, high-contact sports like hockey and football, because the injuries can lead to very serious injuries like skull fractures and bleeding in the brain caused by balls or bats, it should be considered equally as serious and addressed in a way that reflects that," he said in a hospital news release. Cusimano and his colleagues reviewed 29 studies that included nearly 243,000 traumatic brain injuries sustained by baseball and softball players ... Read more

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Hockey Study Suggests Injured Kids Sent Back on the Ice Too Soon

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – After-effects of a concussion continue to wrack the brains of young hockey players long after they appear ready to return to play, new research finds. MRI scans of concussed teen hockey players revealed brain changes persist for at least three months – weeks after other symptoms resolve and skaters are cleared to hit the ice, a Canadian research team found. Scores on thinking and memory tests – two current measures of recovery – returned to normal about 24 days (on average) following a concussion, the study findings showed. These results indicate that current clinical tests used to judge an athlete's recovery could be improved, said senior researcher Ravi Menon. He's a professor and chair of functional and molecular imaging with the University of Western Ontario's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. "Clearly those tests are not very sensitive," ... Read more

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State Laws Help Reduce Concussions in Youth Sports

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – State laws aimed at curbing an alarming rise in concussions among student athletes appear to be working. Since 2014, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to protect young athletes against traumatic brain injury (TBI). Washington state was the first in 2009. Most of the laws require athletes with suspected concussions to stop playing until a doctor clears them to return. Coaches, players and parents must also receive yearly education about concussion. "This movement to get these laws passed has made a huge difference," said Kenneth Podell, director of the Houston Methodist Concussion Center, who reviewed a new study assessing the laws. Led by Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, researchers examined concussion reports to a nationwide sports injury tracking program before and after the laws were passed. The data covered nine ... Read more

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Who's Most at Risk of Head Injury in Youth Football?

Posted 17 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – Young football players are more likely to experience a brain-jarring hit to the head if they're part of a team's running and passing game or a fast-moving defender, a small study found. High-magnitude head impacts most often involve positions such as quarterback, running back and linebacker as those players sprint across an open field, Virginia Tech researchers concluded after watching a season of youth football in Blacksburg, Va. These players experienced nearly twice the number of severe head hits as linemen did, the study reported. "Players who are able to get up to speed prior to impact, players who are off the line of scrimmage, those players are more likely to experience a high-magnitude head impact," said lead researcher Eamon Campolettano. He is a graduate research assistant at the university's department of biomedical engineering and mechanics. ... Read more

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Girls' Sports-Related Concussions May Last Twice As Long

Posted 2 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 – Sports concussion symptoms linger twice as long in teen girls as in boys, a new study finds. "These findings confirm what many in sports medicine have believed for some time," said lead researcher Dr. John Neidecker, a sports concussion specialist in Raleigh, N.C. Previous research has suggested that concussions may exacerbate underlying conditions that are more prevalent in girls – migraine headaches, depression, anxiety and stress. This may explain the extended recovery period, Neidecker and his colleagues said. The study findings were published Oct. 2 in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The results highlight "the need to take a whole person approach to managing concussions, looking beyond the injury to understand the mental and emotional impacts on recovery when symptoms persist," Neidecker said. Doctors should get a full patient history ... Read more

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20 Percent of U.S. Teens May Have Had a Concussion

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 – As many as one in five U.S. teens may have suffered a concussion, and contact sports might often be the cause. That's the conclusion of new research that included more than 13,000 teens. It also found that nearly 6 percent of teens reported having more than one concussion. These findings show that the number of middle school and high school students who will suffer a concussion in their lifetime is greater than thought, said lead researcher Phil Veliz. "The prevalence of concussions may be much higher than what is reported from emergency room data," said Veliz, a research assistant professor at the University of Michigan. "Participation in contact sports shows a strong association with reporting a diagnosed concussion," he added. These findings suggest a greater need for prevention efforts in schools and communities, "particularly with respect to ... Read more

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Girl Soccer Players Take More Chances After Concussions

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Girls who play soccer try to tough it out after a concussion more often than their male peers do, researchers warn. In fact, they were five times more likely than boys to return to the field on the same day, putting them at increased risk for injury, the small study found. The researchers looked at 87 soccer players from Texas, average age 14, who sustained a concussion during play and were treated at a pediatric sports medicine clinic. Two-thirds of the injured players were girls. Nearly 52 percent of girls returned to playing in a game or practice on the same day as their concussion, compared with just 17 percent of boys. The study was presented this weekend at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) annual meeting, in Chicago. Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. "The girl soccer players were ... Read more

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Youth Football Ups Odds of Brain Problems in Adulthood

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Kids who start playing tackle football before age 12 have a higher risk of mental and behavioral problems in adulthood than their counterparts who began playing at older ages, a new study suggests. Researchers say playing tackle football at a younger age boosted the odds of later problems with behavioral control, apathy, thinking and decision-making by twofold compared to other players. They also said the risk of clinical depression rose by threefold in these players compared to their counterparts who started playing at older ages. "These findings were independent of the total number of seasons the participants played football or at what level they played, such as high school, college or professional," said study lead author Michael Alosco, a post-graduate fellow at Boston University's Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center. However, these findings ... Read more

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Health Tip: Identify Symptoms of a Concussion

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A concussion is a brain injury resulting from an abrupt hit to the head. It causes the head and brain to move back and forth quickly, resulting in a chemical change in the brain. It may be difficult to determine if someone has suffered a concussion. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says key symptoms of concussion include: Convulsions or seizures Drowsiness or inability to wake up A headache that gets worse and does not go away Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination Repeated vomiting or nausea Confusion Slurred speech Loss of consciousness Read more

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Bicyclist Deaths Rise in U.S., Men Are Likely Victims

Posted 24 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 – Bicyclist deaths on U.S. roadways are up significantly, and men – not kids – are commonly the victims, a new report finds. Biking deaths rose 12 percent in 2015, the latest year for which figures are available, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. This jump was the largest among any group that uses roadways. Historically, most fatal bicycle crashes involved children and teens. Now, 85 percent of bicyclists killed on the road are men, the report said. And of the 818 bicyclists killed in 2015, the average age was 45. "We need to ensure that bicyclists and motorists can share roads safely," said Chris Mullen, director of technology research at State Farm, which funded the report. "Unfortunately, bicyclists are vulnerable and much more susceptible to serious injury or death when on the roads with vehicles," Mullen said in an association news ... Read more

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Confederate Submarine Crew Killed by Blast From Their Own Torpedo

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – For more than 150 years, how eight crew members of a Confederate submarine dubbed the H.L. Hunley died during an attack on a Union warship has remained a mystery. Until now. Using a six-foot replica of the submarine to analyze the effect of underwater explosions, researchers report in a new study that the men fell victim to a shockwave from the torpedo the Hunley sent into the warship's hull. In 1864, performing what would be its first and last mission, the Hunley sunk outside the Charleston harbor in South Carolina after first sinking the USS Housatonic. Five crew members of the Housatonic perished, with the rest able to escape via lifeboats. After raising the Hunley from the water's depths in 2000, scientists discovered the skeletons of eight crew members. What they couldn't determine was exactly what killed them. None of the crew suffered broken bones, and ... Read more

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Study Tests Sound Waves to Monitor Pressure Inside the Skull

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – A noninvasive method of monitoring pressure inside the skull – using sound waves – shows promise, researchers report. Brain disease or a head injury can cause brain tissue to swell, as well as an increase in the volume of fluid that surrounds and protects the brain. This can cause pressure within the skull to rise, and serious complications and even death can result. Continuous monitoring lets doctors know if and when they must take steps to lower the pressure. Currently, to monitor intracranial pressure, a hole is drilled into the skull and sensor-equipped catheters are inserted. This procedure carries risks such as bleeding, infection and damage to brain tissue, but no noninvasive ways to monitor pressure are available, the study authors said. German researchers tested an experimental noninvasive method on 14 patients and got encouraging results, according ... Read more

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