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Head Blows Without Concussion May Not Damage Brain, Study Claims

Posted 6 days ago by

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 – Young football players who suffer repeated head blows – but not concussions – may not sustain brain damage, a new study suggests. For the study, researchers followed 112 football players, aged 9 to 18, during the 2016 season. "We expected repetitive impacts to correlate with worsening neurocognitive [brain] function, but we found that sub-concussive head impacts ...

Kids' Concussion Symptoms May Persist for a Year

Posted 7 days ago by

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 – A year after a concussion, up to one-third of kids still have symptoms such as headache and irritability that may affect school performance, a new study finds. "Children with all types of injuries may show post-concussion symptoms," said lead researcher Linda Ewing-Cobbs, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School in Houston. ...

One Football Rule Change Might Lower Concussion Risk

Posted 2 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 – The most dangerous play in football can be rendered safer through a simple rule change, a new study out of the Ivy League suggests. Moving the kickoff line forward by just five yards – from the 35- to the 40-yard line – reduced the average annual concussion rate in Ivy League football by more than 68 percent, the study revealed. That change makes players less likely to ...

Expert Advice for a Safe Trip Back to School

Posted 27 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 – Whether your kids walk to school, take the bus or ride in a carpool, teaching them some common-sense practices will make for a safer trip, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Children who take a school bus should be reminded to wait for it to stop before approaching it. Tell them to walk where they can always see the bus driver; that means the driver can see them, ...

When Head Injuries Make Life Too Hard, Suicide Risk May Rise

Posted 14 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 – Traumatic brain injury can trigger a daily struggle with headaches, neck pain, dizziness and thinking problems that may drive some to suicide, researchers report. That risk more than triples in the first six months after a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and it stays significantly higher over the long term, a new Danish study suggests. The finding is based on an exhaustive ...

Health Tip: Heeding Motorcycle Safety

Posted 3 Aug 2018 by

--In 2016, nearly 5,000 motorcycle users died in crashes, and about 88,000 were hurt, the National Safety Council says. The council offers these suggestions for safer riding: Always wear a full-coverage helmet. Choose a bike that fits you. Invest in antilock brakes. New riders should take a motorcycle safety course, and experienced riders should take refresher courses. Be familiar with the rules ...

Scientists Trace Link Between Head Injuries and Parkinson's

Posted 3 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 – Links between brain damage and contact sports continue to emerge, with scientists now tying repetitive head impacts to a condition that can lead to Parkinson's disease. Researchers have already tied repetitive head impacts with the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and dementia. Now, investigators who examined 694 brains after death report ties with Lewy ...

How Severe Brain Injuries Might Trigger Dementia

Posted 2 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – A single traumatic brain injury can raise a person's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. "Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability in young adults," said researcher Elisa Zanier, from the Mario Negri Institute in Milan, Italy. "Moreover, even in milder cases, it represents a risk factor for dementia, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy ...

'Heading' a Soccer Ball More Dangerous for Women: Study

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – Heading soccer balls poses a much greater threat to women's brains than men's, new research suggests. The study included 49 female and 49 male amateur soccer players, aged 18 to 50. They reported a similar number of headings over the previous year (an average of 487 headings for the men and 469 for the women). Brain scans revealed that regions of damaged white matter in ...

Obesity Adds to Burden of Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted 16 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 – Suffering a serious traumatic brain injury can be a permanently disabling experience, but new research shows that obesity compounds the health problems survivors face in the years after their accident. "Achieving and maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in regular physical activity following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are critical goals for recovery," said lead ...

AHA: Soccer Is Called the Beautiful Game, But Injuries Can Make It a Dangerous One

Posted 13 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) – With the final World Cup showdown this Sunday, frenzied fans have seen the best soccer has to offer. They've also seen some of the worst injuries the sport can inflict. While chasing down a ball during a game last month against Iran, Moroccan midfielder Noureddine Amrabat knocked heads with a rival so violently he awoke hours later in a ...

Are Concussions Tougher on Athletes With ADHD?

Posted 12 Jul 2018 by

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 – Young athletes with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be at higher risk of developing depression and anxiety symptoms after a concussion, a preliminary study suggests. The study, of nearly 1,000 college athletes, found those with both ADHD and a history of concussion scored higher on measures of depression and anxiety. That was in comparison to ...

'Heading' Soccer Balls May Be Bad for Balance

Posted 11 Jul 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 – Balance problems may be more common in soccer players who "head" the ball more often than their fellow athletes, a small study found. The study included 20 soccer players, average age 22, who were given a balance test. The players also provided information about how often they headed the ball during games and practices. The number of headers ranged from 16 to 2,100 per ...

Don't Turn Into a July 4 Highway Statistic

Posted 29 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 – The National Safety Council has a sobering forecast for this Fourth of July. It estimates that 18,600 people could be seriously injured on U.S. roads and 164 could be killed – nearly 4 percent more than the number of deaths (157) that occurred in 2012, the last time July 4 fell on Wednesday. "Independence Day should be about spending time with loved ones and watching ...

'Walk & Think' Test Could Be Key to Concussion Care

Posted 28 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 – Can you spell words backwards while you're walking? Successfully performing that simple test of cognition could help decide whether a concussed athlete is safe to return to play, new research shows. If the athlete can't simultaneously walk and think in this way, they may not be fully recovered from a concussion and could be at risk for another injury if they resume ...

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