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Health Tip: Recognize Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted 8 days ago by

-- Traumatic brain injury, most often a concussion, is caused by a sharp and sudden blow to the head. It may be stem from a car accident, football tackle or an unfortunate fall. If you suspect a TBI, you should seek immediate medical attention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. A doctor may conduct a neurological exam to evaluate thinking, movement, sensory function, coordination and ...

Years of Football Could Harm the Heart

Posted 17 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 – A lifetime spent playing football has been linked to brain damage, but the game also may lead to serious heart problems, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers found that former National Football League players have a five-times greater chance of developing heart rhythm problems, such as atrial fibrillation, than the general public. The other study found ...

First Blood Test to Evaluate Potential Concussions Approved

Posted 15 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – The first blood test designed to help doctors evaluate whether a suspected brain injury is a concussion has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Traditional concussion evaluation includes a CT scan of the head to detect any brain tissue damage. But many people who have such a scan do not have brain lesions that are detectable, the FDA said Wednesday ...

Head Injuries Hit 1 in 14 Kids, CDC Reports

Posted 9 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 – Given the news of the devastating effects of head injuries among professional football players, parents may wonder if their mini athletes are at risk, too. Some very well might be, new research suggests. About 7 percent of children 3 to 17 years old have experienced a head injury, according to U.S. health officials. The findings are part of a report on children's head ...

Do NFL Players Face a Higher Risk of Early Death?

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 – The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots playing in Sunday's Super Bowl may have already taken a hidden hit before setting foot on the field, a new study suggests. The new research says career NFL players have a slightly higher risk of early death than a group of replacement players who stood in for a few games during a short league strike in the 1980s. The ...

Concussions Tied to Rise in Dementia Risk Decades Later

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – A serious head injury may increase the risk for dementia even decades later, a new, large study suggests. A traumatic injury to the brain – such as a concussion from a sports collision or a motor vehicle accident – is already associated with short-term risk of dementia. But the new research finds that, although the risk decreases over time, it still continues for many ...

Former NFL Pros Push for End to Kids' Tackle Football

Posted 19 Jan 2018 by

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 ...

Concussion May Not Be Needed to Bring on CTE Brain Disease

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by

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 ...

High School Coaches, Players Know Little About Concussion

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by

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, ...

Helmets Too Rarely Used in Baseball and Softball

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by

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 ...

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

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by

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 ...

State Laws Help Reduce Concussions in Youth Sports

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by

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 ...

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

Posted 17 Oct 2017 by

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 ...

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

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by

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 ...

Girl Soccer Players Take More Chances After Concussions

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by

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 ...

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