As NASCAR began the 2014 season with the sport’s biggest race, the Daytona 500, one of the questions to ask is how many of these drivers will suffer a concussion during the course of the year, how many of them will have it properly diagnosed and fully recover before they get behind the wheel, and what will be the long-term effects of these brain injuries?
Sports-related brain injuries are a hot topic these days. There are the headline-grabbing reports of professional athletes like Barnaby whose careers were sidelined by concussion. There is the ever-growing list of retired football and hockey players who have been diagnosed post-mortem — often post-suicide — with the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), allegedly brought on by repetitive head trauma. And then there are the parents’-worst-nightmare stories, like that of Damon Janes, the 16-year-old high school running back from Brocton, N.Y., who lost consciousness after an apparent helmet-to-helmet collision during a game this past September and died in the hospital soon afterward.
A lawsuit stemming from the head-injury death of a Frostburg State University football player should be dismissed because his coaches did not know the athlete was bleeding or had suffered a concussion and could not have foreseen that he was endangering his life by participating in practice drills, lawyers say.
USA Football’s release this week of a two-year study on youth football injuries represents the latest attempt to answer two key questions for parents.
Should I let my kid play football? And if I do, at what age should he start?
These questions are being debated across the country with various opinions by different medical experts and researchers. The answers are significant to USA Football and the NFL, which financially supports USA Football and its Heads Up Football program.
Football participation across the United States has dropped five straight years. More than half a million fewer players are participating in football since 2007. USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck even says he thinks more youth players could transition from tackle to flag football.
Players using current football helmets aren’t adequately protected against hits to the side of the head, which can lead to sometimes-lethal concussions and brain swelling, researchers said.
Ten helmets tested by researchers reduced the likelihood of traumatic brain injury by an average of 20 percent compared with no helmet in a simulation using crash test dummies. The most effective helmet reduced the risk by only 30 percent, according to data released today.
The long-term effects of head trauma in the NFL, along with other sports, are just now beginning to be realized. This year, NASCAR has mandated baseline cognitive testing for its drivers — a move applauded by some (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and questioned by others (Brad Keselowski). The question to you: Is NASCAR opening a Pandora’s box? How will the sport enforce sitting a driver not cleared by doctors when championship and future sponsorship considerations are on the line? Can this objectively be accomplished?
They are the first line of defense in a violent sport but just how much protection do football helmets provide?
A new study reveals the ones currently used on the field may do little.
It’s been thought that helmets are better at protecting the skull than the brain.
Especially important for young athletes who’s brains are still developing. But so using new technology, these researchers put some popular helmets to the test, and here’s what they found.
Brain injuries are far too prevalent in sport, with many players ignoring warning signs of danger after a big knock, a new study has found.
Sport accounts for one in five traumatic brain injuries in New Zealand, with nearly half of those likely to have a high risk of complications.
Previous studies held sport accountable for about 15 per cent of head injuries but research published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport this month shows that to have increased to 21 per cent.
Many parents wonder how soon after their child suffers a concussion is it safe to let their child play sports.
Doctors at the University at Buffalo may have discovered a testing process to safely allow athletes back in the game sooner. And along the way, they found some results that might scare some parents.