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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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“Targeting” Defined in High School Football in Effort to Reduce Risk of Injury

In an effort to reduce contact above the shoulders and lessen the risk of injury in high school football, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee developed a definition for “targeting,” which will be penalized as illegal personal contact.

The definition of targeting and its related penalty were two of 10 rules changes approved by the rules committee at its January 24-26 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

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A permit for youth football safety?

Robb Rehberg, Executive Director of Sport Safety International supports the idea of New York City using its civic authority to help fill those gaps.

“Youth football needs to establish a medical standard of care, and while it would be most desirable for such a standard to be established through culture change and ‘buy-in’ from all stakeholders, sometimes a legislative remedy is necessary to effect change,” Rehberg said. “Perhaps the power of the permit can serve as the catalyst for that culture change.”

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Hits to head still prevalent in NFL

Almost once a game, an NFL player absorbs an illegal blow to the head or neck that could put his career — or worse — at risk.

The NFL has been trying to prevent such blows over the past four years, targeting improper technique and making a point to penalize and fine players for hits that leave them and their opponents vulnerable. Yet an Associated Press review of penalties through the first 11 weeks of the season found those hits are still prevalent.

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What kids should know about spinal injuries in sports

It could be a hard tackle in football, a cross-check in ice hockey or a fall off the top of a cheerleading pyramid.

A new push is under way to raise awareness of a little-understood but dangerous risk to young athletes: injuries to the cervical spine, the highly vulnerable area between the first and seventh vertebrae that protects the spinal cord connecting the brain to the body. Players and teammates may not instantly recognize the severity of the damage, and the wrong move can damage or sever the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis or even death.

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