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The Concussion Crisis Is Deadlier Than Ever — Can Tech Solve It?

The technology surrounding concussions is fundamentally changing.

First, advancements in testing technology allow researchers to more deeply understand an athlete’s recovery process. They’ve discovered an athlete can still suffer from a TBI months after the incident, much longer than previously thought. Often, the athlete isn’t even aware he’s still recovering. He may feel fine, even if his brain is not.

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Educating to reduce concussions in athletics

While a new state law has drawn attention for strengthening efforts to reduce concussions in high school football and other sports, it also requires training, education and adherence to certain protocols for other youth sports organizations.

The law, which became effective on June 30, applies not just to high schools that are members of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), but also to youth sports organizations and schools such as physical education, intramurals and out-of-season summer camps and clinics.

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Poll: Support For High School Football, Despite Concussion Risks

An NPR poll finds that just 7 percent of Americans say concussion risks are too great to continue offering football as a high school sport. But 44 percent of those surveyed said equipment and safety need to be improved.

Making sure that children are active often means getting them interested in sports. But parents have to weigh the health risks of those sports, including hits that can cause concussions.

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Why the NCAA, not the NFL, is key to concussion debate

Today the concussion debate centers around the NFL and the numerous stories of players committing suicide or suffering form dementia and other brain-related illnesses. But the concussion problem is much bigger than the NFL.

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Lions RB suing NFL, helmet maker over concussions

 Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best is suing the NFL and helmet maker Riddell after concussion problems helped cut short his career.

The lawsuit was filed in Wayne County Circuit Court on Tuesday. It alleges the league has been aware of evidence of mild traumatic brain injuries and the risk for its players for years, but ”deliberately ignored and actively concealed” the information. It also accuses Riddell of making defective helmets and failing to inform the players of the long-term effects of concussions.

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NFL pushing legislation to overhaul concussion protocol for youth sports

Legislation for federal funding to help protect student athletes from concussions got the National Football League’s backing Monday in the shadow of the stadium where the Super Bowl will be played this weekend.

NFL Senior Vice President Adolpho Birch joined two New Jersey lawmakers in support of legislation drafted following the 2008 death of a New Jersey high school football player.

The proposal by Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Bill Pascrell involves national concussion guidelines currently under development for schools and youth sport programs by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The legislation would authorize a 5-year grant program to bring those guidelines to school sports programs nationwide.

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Scientists unveil pitch count for head injury prevention

Doctors focused on lowering risk of sports concussions and long-term head injuries introduced Hit Count, a data-driven personal analysis platform backed by Dr. Chris Nowinski of Sports Legacy Institute.

Hit Count was designed to establish guidelines for help parents and coaches regulate the allowance of brain trauma in children.

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Column: Welker, Harvin and the pain of football: Concussions

Wes Welker ditched the orange suit for media day, much as he did comparisons between the two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks he’s had the privilege of catching passes from.

The stuff about concussions wasn’t so easy, especially since the big helmet he now wears to protect his head will stick out in the Super Bowl just as much as the orange suit he had on getting off the plane on arrival here.

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Sports and concussions: should we worry?

“It felt like my brain was floating on a cloud inside my head,” Nic Latham says, a former Denison student athlete who had to be excused from playing due to excessive head trauma from lacrosse.

For the amount of talk that goes into head injuries causing memory loss, the first concussion seems to stick in the brains of the affected like superglue.

Latham, the former midfielder and a face-off specialist who earned all-state honors as a junior in high school, continues, “It was April 30, 2011. I was knocked out for 10-15 seconds or so and then was very dizzy. Once the adrenaline came down from playing, I got a pretty bad headache and whiplash to the point where I couldn’t move my neck for a week.”

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Protective Caps For Pitchers Approved By MLB

Big league pitchers might feel safer on the mound this season.

Major League Baseball has approved a protective cap for pitchers, hoping to reduce the damage from line drives to head that have brought some terrifying and bloody scenes in the last few years.

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