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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
A coach’s job, especially in high school, can be a difficult one when it comes to player safety.
Sometimes when a game is on the line, the temptation to push that player is always there. Even when a coach senses that his or her player is hurt, when the player says he or she can go, that coach is faced with the tough decision of rather to send the player back out there or whether he or she needs to sit the player out.
A new state law in California will hold private and charter schools to the same sports safety standards as public schools.
Assembly Bill 588 was signed into law in September 2013 and went into effect Jan. 1. The bill stipulates that if a student in a school athletic activity is suspected of suffering a head injury during practice or a game, that student may not play for the rest of the day.
Girls who play soccer in middle school are vulnerable to concussions, new research shows.
And despite medical advice to the contrary, many play through their injury, increasing the risk of a second concussion, the study found.
Although awareness has increased about sports concussions, little research has been done on middle school athletes, especially girls, noted study co-author Dr. Melissa Schiff, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle.