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Head, neck injury risk associated with extreme sports

Extreme sports are a significant risk factor for head and neck injuries, according to a study presented at the 2014 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).

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In era of safety, pitchers remain dangerously exposed

One of the greatest fears shared by major-league pitchers — and hitters — was realized at a spring training game in Surprise, Ariz., last Wednesday night: Aroldis Chapman, the fireballing Cincinnati Reds closer, was hit flush in the face by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez.

The circumstances were downright frightening: A fastball from perhaps the hardest-throwing pitcher in the sport was pulverized by a powerful young hitter. The impact to Chapman’s head came a fraction of a second later.

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Sports Safety and Brain Injuries: Subcommittee Examines Efforts to Improve Sports Safety

A House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee examined the issue of improving sports safety from brain injuries. Panelists testified on the efforts of youth and professional sports leagues to enhance player safety.

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ConcussionWise Salutes Athletic Trainers

As National Athletic Training Month Draws to a close ConcussionWise and Sport Safety International would like to salute all athletic trainers for their devotion toward promoting safe sports participation.

Athletic Trainers are unique health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. National Athletic Training Month, which is sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, salutes the medical and community work of Athletic trainers nationwide.

Happy #NATM2014!  Athletes and parents – if you appreciate your athletic trainer, a quick “thank you” to them in any creative way you choose might just make their day.  Also, if you are an athlete (or parent of) with any of the following teams where , we invite you to share a “thank you” to your athletic trainer via our facebook pages and/or twitter pages by [email protected] and #NATM2014.

NFL gives $45M grant to Heads Up Football program that teaches safe tackling techniques to kids

The NFL Foundation is giving USA Football a five-year, $45 million grant to expand the already burgeoning Heads Up Football program that teaches safe tackling to youngsters.

Foundation Chair Charlotte Jones Anderson announced the grant Monday at the league’s owners meetings after the NFL saw the early success of the program. Heads Up Football had nearly 2,800 youth football organizations teaching it during its first year, more than five times early projections.

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Study finds no link between years of football play and cognitive function in adolescent athletes

A new study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found no link between neurocognitive function and years of football play in adolescent athletes.

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High school athletes often playing with concussions

More than half of high school athletes with concussions play despite their symptoms, and often their coaches aren’t aware of the injury, according to a new study.

Most U.S. states have passed laws intended to prevent high school athletes from having a concussion go unrecognized and risking further danger by continuing to play, but legislation may not be enough, the researchers say.

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Newcastle researchers undertake long term study into concussion

A Newcastle neurologist says the first study into the long term effects of concussion in rugby league, may lead to a screening test that will determine if a person is unsuitable for contacts sports.

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Indiana: Player safety and concussion training bill passes General Assembly

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana could soon become the first state to require high school football coaches to take part in a player safety and concussion-training course.

Senate Bill 222 – authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R–Markle – now moves to Gov. Mike Pence for approval after passing the General Assembly Wednesday.

“In high-contact sports like football, students are more vulnerable to serious injuries that can have long-term effects,” Holdman said. “But this shouldn’t keep them from playing a sport they enjoy. The training and procedures outlined in this bill will give coaches the resources and knowledge they need to keep their athletes safe.”

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Sports Leagues, Athletes Talk Concussions with DC Lawmakers

The NFL joined representatives from the NHL and medical doctors to let Congress know how head injuries are impacting American athletes from junior programs to the pros, saying they are devising safer helmets to guard against the chances of players suffering concussions.

Jeffery Miller, Senior Vice President for Player Health and Safety Policy at the National Football League, testified in Washington that while “football has earned a vital place in the  rhythm of American life,” helmets for players have not caught up to what is necessary to protect players.

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