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

Posted 6 days ago 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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Health Tip: Help Prevent Sports Injuries

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- There's no surefire way to prevent sports injuries. But there are things you can do to reduce the risk, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Many sports-related injuries are related to overuse of certain joints and muscles, the academy says. It offers this advice: Allow at least one day a week of rest to allow the body to recover. Wear the appropriate protective gear for each sport. Always stretch before and after sports to help increase flexibility. Do not play while you are in pain. Drink fluids (preferably water) before, during and after exercise. 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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State Laws Curb Kids' Injuries Tied to Off-Road Vehicles

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – A strict new law on the use of off-road vehicles by children in Massachusetts is likely behind a drop in related ER visits by kids, a new study says. One type of off-road vehicle, the all-terrain vehicle (ATV), has been involved in more than 3,000 child deaths in the United States over the past three decades, with 12- to 15-year-olds accounting for more than half of those deaths, researchers noted. ATVs "have a high center of gravity and they are not meant for small children to maneuver them," explained Dr. Michael Flaherty, one of the study's authors. "Children have a tendency to lose control when they are driving them, and they can also tip over, causing crush injuries and death in children," he said. Flaherty is a pediatric critical care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 2010, Massachusetts enacted "Sean's Law" to honor the death of ... Read more

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Football Fans Still Loyal Despite Concerns About Players' Brains

Posted 10 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Sept. 10, 2017 – Football remains America's favorite professional sport, even though a majority of fans admit they're concerned about brain injuries to players, according to a new survey. Among 1,000 Americans questioned, 77 percent of those who follow pro football believe head injuries for players pose a major problem for the sport. Fifteen percent said it is a minor problem, while 6 percent don't consider it a problem. In addition, the University of Massachusetts Lowell-Washington Post poll revealed that more than 80 percent believe there is either certainly or probably settled science that playing football causes brain injuries. Only one in 10 said that is either probably false or certainly false. Long-term damage caused by repeated blows to the head has garnered much attention in recent years. A study published in July in the Journal of the American Medical Association said ... 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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More Evidence Contact Sports Can Affect the Brain

Posted 22 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 – Playing contact sports like football or ice hockey can alter the structure and function of the brain, Canadian researchers report. Brain scans showed that these changes were particularly pronounced in sports that have the greatest risk of body contact. "There is growing concern about the risk of collisions in sport. However, most of the research has focused on retired professional athletes with decades of exposure to head impacts," said lead researcher Nathan Churchill. He's a post-doctoral fellow in the neuroscience research program at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "Far less is known about the consequences of repeated body-to-body contact for young, active athletes," he said. In a group of college athletes, researchers found differences in the brains of both men and women for a variety of contact and collision sports, compared with those in non-contact ... Read more

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For Drivers, Hands-free Can Still Be a Handful

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 – With many states having laws about not using handheld cellphones while driving, it's no wonder that 75 percent of drivers think that hands-free technology is safe to use. But according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the complex voice-activated systems found in more and more new cars can distract you even more than talking on your cell. Done in conjunction with the University of Utah, the researchers looked at systems built into cars from six different automakers, with functions ranging from changing radio stations to posting messages on social media. Results showed that the more advanced the command – such as sending texts or posting to Facebook – the higher and potentially more dangerous the level of distraction. You might not think of texting as mentally challenging, but it can be, especially if you look down at your phone to see if the text was ... 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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Teen Drivers Take More Chances as Senior Year Begins

Posted 6 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 – Older teens are more likely to do risky things while driving and have a higher rate of crashes and near misses than their younger classmates, a new survey finds. Researchers surveyed 2,800 high school students across the United States. While 3 out of 4 seniors considered themselves safe drivers, they were more likely than younger teens to engage in dangerous or distracted driving – especially using cellphones while behind the wheel, the survey found. "Older teens are still inexperienced drivers – even if they feel otherwise – as they only have one to two years of real-world practice under their belts," said Mike Sample, lead driving safety expert and technical consultant at Liberty Mutual Insurance, a study sponsor. "That's why it is important to continue to emphasize the effects and potential consequences of phone use while driving to this age group," he ... Read more

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