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Head injuries in one football season cause measurable brain damage

For college athletes who get through their sport’s season concussion-free, new research suggests it may be too early to breathe a sigh of relief.

Following a season of grueling practices and hard-fought games, football and ice hockey players who had no outward sign of head trauma showed worrisome changes in brain structure and cognitive performance that weren’t shared by athletes who competed in varsity sports such as track, crew and cross-country skiing, according to a report published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.

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Protect Your Child From Concussions In Sports

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.6 to 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, occur each year. Most concussions go undiagnosed and untreated, which increases the risk of serious long-term effects in athletes. In light of the media’s recent attention on the NFL and NHL players’ lawsuits, parents might understandably be concerned for the safety of their children. Parents can protect their children by recognizing the signs of a concussion and following a few helpful tips.

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Bethesda company Brain Sentry trying to light up concussion awareness

Younger athletes are also at a higher risk to have a concussion. High school players suffer concussions at a rate of 11.2 concussions per 10,000 athletic exposures — a practice or a game — as opposed to 6.3 for college football players, according to a study released by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.

Brain Sentry, a Bethesda-based startup, donated more than 100 sensors for the Metro and Baltimore All-Star teams to wear over the last two weeks. Greg Merril, the company’s co-founder, used to build concussion-recognition technology for the military, before launching this project two years ago.

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Safety campaigners want to BAN children from heading footballs until their teens

Children should be ‘banned’ from heading footballs, according to a leading sports safety campaigner.

Former professional wrestler Chris Nowinski suffered from concussion due to numerous blows to the head when playing American football at college.

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CHILD SAFETY UPDATE: Protect Your Child From Concussions In Sports

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.6 to 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, occur each year. Most concussions go undiagnosed and untreated, which increases the risk of serious long-term effects in athletes. In light of the media’s recent attention on the NFL and NHL players’ lawsuits, parents might understandably be concerned for the safety of their children. Parents can protect their children by recognizing the signs of a concussion and following a few helpful tips.

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New Guidelines Rule Out Same-Day Return to Play for Athletes with Concussion Updated Consensus Statement Includes New Concussion Recognition Tool, Reports Neurosurgery

Any athlete with concussion symptoms should not be allowed to return to play on the same day, according to the latest consensus statement on sports-related concussion. The updated guidelines are summarized in Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

The fourth consensus report from the Concussion in Sport Group (CISG 4) represents the latest recommendations from an expert panel, sponsored by five international sports governing bodies.

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It’s Not Just Football: Other college athletes are actually more likely to suffer concussions.

But as researchers and policy makers know, concussions aren’t only a danger in football—in fact, football isn’t even the sport in which they present the greatest risk, at least in terms of frequency.

Football may have the highest number of concussions by sport because of the roster size, but many other sports see higher occurrence rates per athletic exposure. According to a National Academy of Sciences report released last month, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, wrestling, ice hockey, and basketball have all proved about as dangerous or more so than football in recent years.

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Do Brand Name Helmets Offer Better Protection Against Concussion?

If you read the marketing material printed on some popular sports helmets, you’d most likely get the impression that scientific research proves these particular helmets will provide your child better protection against sports-related concussions (SRC). Not necessarily so says Dr.Alison Brooks, with the University of Wisconsin.

Brooks and her team reviewed three helmet brands used during the 2012 football season.

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‘Blood clot’ found on brain of Marist football player after coming back from concussion

One of Hudson County’s most talented high school football players landed in a Philadelphia hospital with a potentially life-threatening head injury last weekend after he collapsed on the sideline during a playoff game in South Jersey.

Three weeks after sustaining a concussion during a regular season game, Marist running back D’Ondre Robinson was pulled from his team’s 55-6 loss to St. Joseph of Hammonton last Saturday when he began suffering from a headache, he told The Jersey Journal during a phone interview Tuesday night.

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Football concussion fallout affecting youth program participation

As popular as football is, a recent report stated Pop Warner Youth participation dropped almost 10 percent nationwide between 2010 and 2012.

It seems the NFL’s high profile concussion-related lawsuit not only created daily headlines but also parental fear.

The NFL and USA Football have responded by promoting “Heads Up” Football, a new safety measure that may help bring kids back to the game.

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