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Concussion Rates Double Among High School Athletes

The rate of concussions in U.S. high school athletes more than doubled between 2005 and 2012, new research shows.

The trend probably reflects an increased awareness and more legislation governing concussions in student athletes, and not more danger in sports, the study authors noted.

“The bottom line is that rates have gone up,” said lead researcher Dr. Joseph Rosenthal, an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Ohio State University. “We don’t know the exact reason. This was an observational study, so I can’t say for sure, but I believe what is explaining the increase is the increased awareness, not that sports are more dangerous. It’s just that the concussions are being recognized more, which is good news.”

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Concussion Symptoms Continue Long After Injury

Symptoms such as headache, dizziness and blurry vision typically show up right after a child suffers a concussion. In a study from the emergency medicine division at Boston Children’s Hospital, researchers have found that emotional and mental symptoms, such as irritability and frustration may show up much later and hang around longer.

 “Patients and their families should expect the physical symptoms that they experience after a head injury to get better over the next few weeks, but that emotional symptoms may come on later, even as the physical symptoms subside,” said lead researcher Dr. Matthew Eisenberg.

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Bringing Student Athletes Back From Concussions

Since 2011, the all-boys’ private school, generally known as St. Mike’s, has been running programs in partnership with the David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic at the University of Toronto to support the recovery of student athletes who have sustained concussions, known medically as mild traumatic brain injuries.

The progressive programs, Return to Learn and Return to Play, are spearheaded by Barbara Csenge, the director of student enrichment at St. Mike’s, and Dr. Michael Hutchison, the director of the university clinic’s concussion program.

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Obama plans conference on youth sports concussions

President Barack Obama, who has said he would “have to think long and hard” before letting a son play football because of the risk of head injuries, is planning a summit this month on youth sports safety and concussions.

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Study calls for more access to on-site athletic trainers to properly assess injuries

Basketball is a popular high school sport in the United States with 1 million participants annually. A recently published study by researchers in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is the first to compare and describe the occurrence and distribution patterns of basketball-related injuries treated in emergency departments and the high school athletic training setting among adolescents and teens.

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Concussion part of the game, but a concern for players

Connor Vest is a prime example of the effects of concussion.

Vest, one of the most promising rugby union players to come out of the Grafton Redmen in recent times, moved to Sydney in late 2012 for a chance with Shute Shield side Norths.

His 2013 season was one for the ages – he was named best and fairest in both the first-grade colts team and across the whole club, and was named in Norths’ Super Team, which was made up of players from the club’s seven teams.

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Parents, Student Athletes & Concussions

Any youth coach in Tennessee or Georgia who does not make parents sign a concussion form is breaking state law.
That goes for all sports, all ages, public or private, as long as the team collects any sort of fee.

The new law has been in place since January. But Channel 3 has learned some local coaches have been slow to adapt.
Some area schools are also getting involved by requiring all students or parents to sign the form, even if the child does not play a sport.

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High school sports: Concussion bill voted down in Oklahoma House

A bill to reform concussion management and treatment at the high school and youth sports levels was defeated by the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, despite earlier passing through the state Senate with ease and gaining headway in a House committee.

 Senate Bill 1790 was voted down on the House floor by a count of 45-39. It had previously cleared the House’s Common Education Committee by a vote of 16-1.

Off Season May Not Be Long Enough to Recover From Football ‘Hits’

New research shows that the brains of some football players who had the usual head hits associated with the sport, but no concussions, still had signs of mild brain injury six months after the season ended.

“We followed athletes at the beginning of football season, after and for six months later,” said Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, in Rochester, N.Y.

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More former NHL players sue over concussions

Another group of former NHL players has joined the fight for compensation for head injuries they say they incurred while playing, while at the same time targeting the violence of the game that they believe brought about those injuries.

Retired players Dave Christian, Reed Larson and William Bennett filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday alleging that the league has promoted fighting and downplayed the risk of head injuries that come from it.

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