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Doctors urge NRL to be consistent on lifting tackles to avoid more injuries like Alex McKinnon’s

Speaking with News Limited, specialist sports physician Dr Rob Reid — a spokesman for Sports Medicine Australia — said a “lack of consistency” on lifting tackles had worried his organisation for some time.

The revelation comes as NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg told media on Wednesday that while his organisation was “analyzing data” on the prevalence of lifting tackles in 2014, they would not be rushed into making changes to how the tackle was policed.

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In Europe, Echoes of America as Concussions Spur Debate

The debate over how to respond to the growing research linking brain trauma to injuries sustained in sports has spread to Europe, with many of the same dynamics seen in recent years as the issue gained momentum in the United States.

Medical experts are calling for change, some leagues and athletes are resisting in the name of tradition and spectator appeal, and lawmakers are inquiring about how officials are handling the possibility that their sports could be tied to long-term cognitive impairment. That script is similar to the one that has played out in American sports, most notably football.

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HBO’s “REAL SPORTS” examines safety in the Professional Bull Riding

When “REAL SPORTS” first visited the PBR in 2009, the debate over requiring riders to wear helmets to help prevent concussions and other traumatic brain injuries was heating up. In January this year, correspondent Jon Frankel visited the 2014 BFTS season opener in New York City, which featured the world’s Top 35 bull riders. “REAL SPORTS” and its cameras captured a progressed PBR in which most of the top riders have traded in their cowboy hats for helmets and new riders are required to wear them.

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Racing’s concussion problem: Lowering risk for head injuries among NASCAR drivers

While concussions are commonly associated with football and contact sports, race car drivers are at risk, too.

“We’re different than a lot of stick and ball sports because we’re not a contact sport, but we do have accidents and crashes at the race track,” John Bobo, NASCAR’s senior director of racing operations, told FoxNews.com. “We average two or three [concussions] a year.”

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Study: MMA brain injury risk higher

About one-third of professional mixed martial arts matches end in knockout or technical knockout, indicating a higher incidence of brain trauma than boxing or other martial arts, according to a new study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

University of Toronto researchers examined records and videos from 844 Ultimate Fighting Championship bouts from 2006 to 2012 for the study published this month. They found that 108 matches or nearly 13 percent ended in knockouts. Another 179 matches, or 21 percent, ended in technical knockouts, usually after a combatant was hit in the head five to 10 times in the last 10 seconds before the fight was stopped.

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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.

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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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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