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Should youth hockey rules change to prevent concussions?

Much of the conversation concerning kids and concussions has so far focused on football. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics says the number of dangerous injuries in youth ice hockey is on the rise, and the group is offering new recommendations that would change the way the sport is played.

According to USA Hockey, the governing body for youth hockey in the United States, more that 350,000 boys and girls lace up the skates in the U.S.  And for boys ages 13 and older, checking is a big part of the game.  

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Medical College of Wisconsin Part of $30 Million Concussion Study

Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin will be part of a major study on sports concussions.

President Obama announced the $30 million study Thursday along with the partnership between the NCAA and Department of Defense.

“We’ve got to have every parent, coach and teacher recognize the signs of concussions,” President Obama said.

Along with the University of Michigan and Indiana University School of Medicine, researches at the Medical College of Wisconsin will track 1,200 Division I NCAA athletes for three years using sensors and cutting-edge technology.

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Rugby Wants to Study Concussions, but Few Want to Participate

Concussions remain one of the biggest issues facing rugby, but the sport is finding it a struggle to find even enough former players to take part in a study into the long-term effects of head trauma.

One study at the Auckland University of Technology hoped to look at 600 former athletes, 35 to 55 years old, from several sports popular in New Zealand: 200 former top-level rugby players, 200 former recreational rugby players and 200 former cricket and field hockey players. The study was begun in August 2012, and researchers had hoped to turn over a final report to the International Rugby Board a year later, in September of 2013.

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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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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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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.

Football helmet company sued over claims of fewer concussions

The Midwestern Midget Football Club is suing the maker of a helmet claiming to reduce the risk of concussions in children who wear it.

Midwestern filed suit in federal court against RBG Holding Company and its subsidiaries, including Riddell Inc. and Easton-Bell, alleging their claims that the Revolution helmet substantially reduces the risk of concussion is misleading. The club is seeking class action status, saying it filed on behalf of all West Virginia residents who purchased a Revolution helmet over the past four years.

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