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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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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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Blood test offers swifter, safer diagnosis of sport brain injury

Swedish researchers say they have devised a blood test that could better diagnose sports-related brain injuries and prevent American football, rugby and ice hockey players returning to the field in danger.

In findings from a study of ice hockey players, the researchers said their method can show just an hour after a head injury how severe the concussion is, whether there is a risk of long-term symptoms, and when the player can return to the sport.

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Treatment of concussions in CHL improves, but they’re still part of the game

It was one concussion too many for Andrew Martin.

The fast-skating, high-scoring forward from Brampton, Ontario, signed with the Rapid City Rush in 2010 after playing hockey in the United Kingdom in 2008-2009.

His season got off to a good start with five goals and seven assists in 19 games.

But that season, and ultimately his career, came literally to a crashing halt during a home game on Dec. 3, 2010, against the Quad City Mallards.

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Union, NFL split over research funds

On the eve of the 2013 Super Bowl, Harvard Medical School and the NFL Players Association announced one of the most ambitious sports research projects in history: a $100 million grant from the union to “improve the health and well-being of NFL players.”

But the NFLPA never intended to give $100 million to Harvard, “Outside the Lines” has learned. The announcement was a public relations gambit by the union to pressure the NFL into putting up half of the money for a study that would address fundamental questions about player health, including the long-term impact of concussions.

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