A bill requiring all Illinois high school sports coaches to take an online certification course on concussions is another step closer to becoming state law.
Speaking with News Limited, specialist sports physician Dr Rob Reid — a spokesman for Sports Medicine Australia — said a “lack of consistency” on lifting tackles had worried his organisation for some time.
The revelation comes as NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg told media on Wednesday that while his organisation was “analyzing data” on the prevalence of lifting tackles in 2014, they would not be rushed into making changes to how the tackle was policed.
The debate over how to respond to the growing research linking brain trauma to injuries sustained in sports has spread to Europe, with many of the same dynamics seen in recent years as the issue gained momentum in the United States.
Medical experts are calling for change, some leagues and athletes are resisting in the name of tradition and spectator appeal, and lawmakers are inquiring about how officials are handling the possibility that their sports could be tied to long-term cognitive impairment. That script is similar to the one that has played out in American sports, most notably football.
When “REAL SPORTS” first visited the PBR in 2009, the debate over requiring riders to wear helmets to help prevent concussions and other traumatic brain injuries was heating up. In January this year, correspondent Jon Frankel visited the 2014 BFTS season opener in New York City, which featured the world’s Top 35 bull riders. “REAL SPORTS” and its cameras captured a progressed PBR in which most of the top riders have traded in their cowboy hats for helmets and new riders are required to wear them.
While concussions are commonly associated with football and contact sports, race car drivers are at risk, too.
“We’re different than a lot of stick and ball sports because we’re not a contact sport, but we do have accidents and crashes at the race track,” John Bobo, NASCAR’s senior director of racing operations, told FoxNews.com. “We average two or three [concussions] a year.”
About one-third of professional mixed martial arts matches end in knockout or technical knockout, indicating a higher incidence of brain trauma than boxing or other martial arts, according to a new study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
University of Toronto researchers examined records and videos from 844 Ultimate Fighting Championship bouts from 2006 to 2012 for the study published this month. They found that 108 matches or nearly 13 percent ended in knockouts. Another 179 matches, or 21 percent, ended in technical knockouts, usually after a combatant was hit in the head five to 10 times in the last 10 seconds before the fight was stopped.
Ice hockey players with sports-related concussion have elevations in the axonal injury biomarker total tau and the astroglial injury biomarker S-100 calcium-binding protein B, according to a study published online March 13 in JAMA Neurology.
Extreme sports are a significant risk factor for head and neck injuries, according to a study presented at the 2014 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).
One of the greatest fears shared by major-league pitchers — and hitters — was realized at a spring training game in Surprise, Ariz., last Wednesday night: Aroldis Chapman, the fireballing Cincinnati Reds closer, was hit flush in the face by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez.
The circumstances were downright frightening: A fastball from perhaps the hardest-throwing pitcher in the sport was pulverized by a powerful young hitter. The impact to Chapman’s head came a fraction of a second later.
A House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee examined the issue of improving sports safety from brain injuries. Panelists testified on the efforts of youth and professional sports leagues to enhance player safety.