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Brandon McCarthy: MLB pitchers could wear protective headgear as early as next season

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy joined “The Buzz” podcast Wednesday and said there’s a chance that MLB pitchers could have the option of wearing special protective headgear as early as the 2014 season.

He said the headgear would look like a hat but would be able to protect a pitcher from serious injury.

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NIH and NFL team up to take on Concussion Research

The U.S. National Institutes of Health is teaming up with the National Football League on research into the long-term effects of repeated head injuries and improving concussion diagnosis.

The projects will be supported largely through a $30 million donation made last year to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health by the NFL, which is wrestling with the issue of concussions and their impact on current and former players.

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Concussion Identification, Evaluation and Management: A Step-By-Step Process

Management of sport-related concussion involves a step-by-step process say three recently issued concussion guidelines:

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Research: Sport’s concussion has long term impact on the brain

In an Australian first, Deakin University research has found that sports concussions do have a long term, negative, impact on the brain.

Dr Alan Pearce, a neuroscientist with Deakin University’s School of Psychology, has investigated the long-term impact sports concussion had on the brain function of 40 retired Australian rules football players. The results showed the former players experienced a reduction in fine motor control and abnormal changes in brain function when compared with healthy people of the same age who had never played contact sport.

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NFL players still hiding, playing with concussions

Detroit Lions tight end Dorin Dickerson is the latest NFL player to stay in a game with a concussion.

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Rugby coming round to concussion dangers

Five months after Rory Lamont, the former Scotland full-back, lifted the lid in an exclusive Scotsman interview on a culture within sport that treated concussion as a temporary, minor injury, rugby unions, leading sports medics, government officials and other sporting bodies have begun to accept that some of their practices in managing head injuries were inadequate.

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The concussion doctor’s connections

Learn more about Dr. Robert C. Cantu’s relationships and connections.

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Football concussion lawsuits reach high school: Mississippi suit goes after NCAA and NFHS

Football concussion lawsuits have reached the high school game on a national scale.

A Mississippi father of a high school football player filed a class-action lawsuit this week against the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations. The suit seeks to represent a class of all current high school football players in the United States as of December 2013.

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The concussion doctor’s tangled interests

He is America’s concussion doctor, a pioneer in the fight against sports-related brain damage. Dr. Robert C. Cantu is on call amid football’s concussion crisis: congressional hearings, courthouses, NFL meetings, helmet safety panels, operating rooms, research labs, television studios, film documentaries.

In the 45 years since he became a neurosurgeon in Boston, Cantu has become a fixture on the front lines of a public health campaign that is reshaping the way football in America is played.

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Player welfare demands the IRB reassesses its policy on concussion

The current medical protocols put in place by the International Rugby Board (IRB) generally, and at individual tournaments such as the Six Nations, have received trenchant criticism from experts such as Dr Barry O’Driscoll. Dr O’Driscoll, who once sat on the IRB’s medical committee, claims that current IRB concussion protocols are inadequate and endangering player welfare. Why, he argues, is the sport permitting players “with brain damage to be put back on the rugby field?”

At the first ever brain injury and European sport conference held in Dublin on 13 December last, the treatment of Dr O’Driscoll’s nephew, Brian, during the November international against the All-Blacks, was used as an example of the inadequacies of current IRB policy. O’Driscoll was taken from the field with suspected concussion but apparently passed the requisite concussion protocol.

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