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'Heads Up' Football Program Tackles Concussion Danger in Kids

Posted 4 hours 32 minutes ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – A concussion prevention program that teaches young football players safer ways to block and tackle was tied to about a one-third lower risk of head injury, according to a new study. And, in those players who did sustain a concussion, recovery was 27 percent faster for those involved in the program, the researchers found. "It is difficult to say which aspect of the program did this," said one of the study's authors, Dr. John Tokish. He's a professor of orthopaedics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville. Tokish, a former football player and youth coach who's also the father of two football players himself, said the findings are encouraging. "I think the results are promising," he said. "However, they spur more questions that we are anxious to go after. It is certainly possible that further research would demonstrate different ... Read more

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Injury Risk May Rise When Kids Play Just One Sport

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 – Focusing too much on playing one favorite sport probably isn't a good idea for kids under 12, researchers report. That's because specializing in a single sport seems to increase a child's risk of injury, researchers say. "Young athletes should participate in one competitive sport per season, and take at least three months off (non-consecutive) from competition per year," said the study's leader, Dr. Neeru Jayanthi. He's a physician with Emory Sports Medicine and an associate professor of orthopaedics and family medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. For the study, Jayanthi's team assessed the risk of sports-related injuries among nearly 1,200 young athletes. After tracking their training schedules over the course of three years, the investigators found that nearly 40 percent of the athletes suffered an injury during the study period. The findings also showed ... Read more

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Which High School Sport Has the Most Concussions?

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Female soccer players suffer the highest rate of concussions among all high school athletes in the United States, a new study finds. "While American football has been both scientifically and colloquially associated with the highest concussion rates, our study found that girls, and especially those who play soccer, may face a higher risk," said study author Dr. Wellington Hsu. He is a professor of orthopaedics at Northwestern University in Chicago. "The new knowledge presented in this study can lead to policy and prevention measures to potentially halt these trends," Hsu said in a news release from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. For the study, the researchers analyzed data on nearly 41,000 injuries suffered by high school athletes in nine sports between 2005 and 2015. The injuries included nearly 6,400 concussions. The sports studied included ... Read more

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Concussions More Likely in Female Athletes

Posted 28 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 – Female athletes appear to be more likely than men to suffer concussions during their careers on the field, a new study suggests. The findings add to the existing evidence that female athletes may be more susceptible to concussions, even as attention has tended to focus on the risk to male football players. "The more we look at concussion, the more we realize that women are at high risk," said study co-author Dr. James Noble. He's an assistant professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Once a concussion occurs, however, the gender gap dwindles, the researchers found. "For the most part, men and women experience concussion in about the same way," Noble said, "although men were more likely to report forgetfulness and women more likely to report sleep problems." Concussions, especially among football players from high school to ... Read more

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Repeat Head Hits May Not Put NFL Players at Risk of Motor Problems

Posted 20 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Feb. 19, 2017 – Repeated hits to the head may not doom NFL players to suffer movement disorders after they retire, new research suggests. "We found that while the motor functions of former NFL players were not as good as other men their age, they were still within normal range and not related to repeated head injury," said study author Dr. Samuel Frank, of Harvard Medical School in Boston. Repeated head injuries have been linked to a devastating brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the researchers noted in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology. Numerous NFL players have been diagnosed with CTE after their deaths. Performing an autopsy is the only way to definitively diagnose the condition. In January, a $1 billion concussion lawsuit settlement for former NFL players was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, despite legal challenges from ... Read more

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Small Study Uncovers Brain Disease in Former Soccer Players

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – For the first time, researchers have confirmed evidence of the devastating brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in retired soccer players. Investigators in the United Kingdom examined the brains of six former soccer players with dementia who had died. All six had signs of Alzheimer's disease and four also had signs of CTE, the degenerative brain condition that has been linked to repetitive head trauma. "This is the first time CTE has been confirmed in a group of retired" soccer players, said study lead author Dr. Helen Ling, a neurologist at University College London. The rate of CTE among the former soccer players was higher than the 12 percent found in the general population, the researchers reported. Other studies have found evidence of CTE in the brains of athletes who compete in such contact sports as boxing and American football. While ... Read more

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Driving Skills May Suffer Even After Concussion Symptoms Subside

Posted 10 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 – Even after their symptoms disappear, concussion patients may still have difficulty driving, a small study suggests. The study included 14 college-age participants who were tested on a driving simulator within 48 hours after they no longer felt the effects of their concussions. Despite feeling like they had recovered from their head injuries, the patients were still likely to drive erratically. At times, their skill levels were similar to driving after drinking, the University of Georgia researchers said. "They had less vehicle control while they were doing the driving simulation, and they swerved more within the lane," said study author Julianne Schmidt. "This is a pretty large indicator of motor vehicle accident risk, and this is at a time point when they are considered recovered," Schmidt, an associate professor in the kinesiology department, said in a ... Read more

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College Students Seem to Take Longer to Recover From Concussion

Posted 10 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 – College students seem to take longer to recover from concussion than the average in the United States, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed the medical charts of 128 students who suffered a concussion during the 2014-2015 academic year at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Their average age was 20. Forty-four students were varsity athletes and 33 played club sports. Another 34 played recreational sports, while 17 did not report any regular physical activity. Overall, the students took much longer to recover from a concussion than the national average of 7 to 14 days. But there were significant differences between the groups of students. Average recovery times were 11.5 days for varsity athletes and nearly 19 days for club athletes. Recreational athletes took nearly 23 days to recover from a concussion. These differences could be due to the amount ... Read more

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30 Former NFL Players Pledge Their Brains for Research

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – Thirty former NFL players have joined the growing number of retired players who have pledged to donate their brains to research on a devastating brain disease that has been linked to the repetitive head trauma. Scientists believe that multiple concussions, or even less severe blows to the head, may trigger chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain condition, according to the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Numerous NFL players have been diagnosed with CTE after their deaths. Performing an autopsy is the only way to definitively diagnose the condition, the Boston-based foundation explained in a news release. Last month, a $1 billion concussion lawsuit settlement for former NFL players was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court despite legal challenges from some retired players. The ruling means that payouts can begin to former players who develop ... Read more

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'Heading' Soccer Ball Not Smart for the Brain

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – A common soccer move – bouncing the ball off of the head – may not be as harmless to the brain as has been thought, new research suggests. A study of more than 200 adult amateur soccer players of both genders found that regularly "heading" the ball, as well as suffering accidental hits to the head, significantly boosted a player's risk of concussion. "The prevailing wisdom is that routine heading in soccer is innocuous and we need only worry about players when they have unintentional head collisions," study leader Dr. Michael Lipton, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, said in a college news release. "But our study suggests that you don't need an overt collision to warrant this type of concern," said Lipton. He is professor of radiology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Einstein. Another concussion expert who reviewed the ... Read more

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Tamer Version of Youth Football Looks to Address Safety Concerns

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – In a bid to stem declining participation in youth tackle football leagues, USA Football said it plans to introduce a much tamer version of the game for young players. In a pilot program in a small number of leagues across the country, the organization will institute several rule changes that will be implemented nationally if they are deemed effective, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The changes include: cutting the number of players on the field for each team from 11 to between six and nine; creating smaller fields; eliminating kickoffs and punts; and banning the three-point stance for those playing on the line (players would crouch instead), USA Football told the Times. The intent of the changes is to fashion youth tackle football to be more like flag football, with much less contact and hitting. Participation in tackle football by boys between the ages ... Read more

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Health Highlights: Jan. 27, 2017

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Cancelled CDC Climate Change Meeting Revived, With Help From Al Gore A conference on climate change and health that was abruptly canceled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been revived, with the help of former vice-president Al Gore. The one-day meeting will take place Feb. 16 and organizers hope to attract as many as 200 attendees from across the nation to discuss human health threats from climate change, the Washington Post reported. The sponsors include nongovernmental groups such as the Harvard Global Health Institute, the Turner Foundation and the Climate Reality Project, an education and advocacy group founded by former vice president Al Gore. "He called me and we talked about it and we said, 'There's still a void and still a need.' We said, 'Let's make ... Read more

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Pediatricians Offer Heads-Up for Preventing Soccer Injuries

Posted 15 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Jan. 14, 2017 – As children's soccer has become more popular in the United States, soccer-related injuries have also become more common, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. People can get hurt playing soccer if they collide with other players, the ground or a goalpost. Injuries can also occur while running, twisting, shooting and landing, the AAP explained. Children who are injured while playing soccer most often sustain sprains and strains. Bruises are also common. These soccer-related injuries are usually minor and can be treated with basic first aid and up to a week of rest, the AAP advised. The group cautioned, however, that more serious injuries may occur, including: Ankle and knee injuries: Boys sustain more ankle injuries, while knee injuries – particularly anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears – are more common among girls. These injuries can result ... Read more

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Link Seen Between Concussions and Alzheimer's

Posted 13 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Could concussions speed up the mental decline of people already at risk for Alzheimer's disease? In a new study, researchers examined 160 U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The investigators found that concussions seem to accelerate Alzheimer's disease-related brain deterioration and mental decline in people who are at genetic risk for the disease. However, the study did not prove that concussions cause Alzheimer's risk to rise. "We found that having a concussion was associated with lower cortical thickness in brain regions that are the first to be affected in Alzheimer's disease," said study corresponding author Jasmeet Hayes. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. "Our results suggest that when combined with genetic factors, concussions may be associated with accelerated cortical thickness and memory ... Read more

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Kids With Concussion Need Vision Check Before Return to School

Posted 5 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 – A new study suggests that children who've had a concussion should undergo comprehensive eye exams to see if they're ready to go back to school. This is especially important, researchers said, for kids who struggle in school. "Concussed children with vision symptoms, hearing disturbances and difficulty concentrating often have academic difficulty post-concussion," said study researcher Dr. Mark Swanson. He's associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. "As we continue to try to improve concussion protocols, specifically when it comes to children, it is important that we understand the effects of a concussion on a child's ability to learn," Swanson said in a university news release. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the rate of traumatic brain injuries in children more than doubled from 2001 ... Read more

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