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Does Your Kid Have a Concussion? Tips for Parents

A concussion is an invisible injury that can not be seen by MRI, CAT scan or X-rays. A concussion can affect the way a person thinks, feels and remembers things. Someone with a concussion can be sensitive to loud and repetitive noises and bright noises. It can make a person sleepy, emotional, distracted, moody and forgetful and it can be caused by a hit to the head or whiplash or anything that causes a sharp jarring to the head.

Because it can’t be diagnosed by X-ray, doctors diagnose it by asking questions and getting patients to do simple physical activities — my son had to touch his nose and then touch the doctor’s hand over and over.

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Lawmakers, Obama butt heads on football

President Obama said he wouldn’t let his son play pro football, but many lawmakers have a different perspective.

An avid pigskin fan, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he understands the risks.

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NCAA concussion defense: Sporting event organizers aren’t liable for obvious injury risks

As ex athletes seek medical help and lawyers jockey for position and money in the lawsuits, the NCAA’s defense is crystalizing. The legal argument emerging is this: The NCAA has no legal duty to protect college athletes.

The NCAA was one of several defendants named in a wrongful death suit brought by the family of Frostburg State football player Derek Sheely, who died in 2011 after suffering a brain injury during preseason practice. The lawsuit in Maryland state court claims Frostburg State coaches kept berating Sheely to continue practicing even though he was bleeding profusely from his forehead after multiple hits to the head over several days of practices.

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What We’ve Learned From Two Years of Tracking NFL Concussions

When FRONTLINE started investigating the NFL’s concussion crisis in 2012, we ran into an early stumbling block. We wanted to know how many head injuries were taking place in the league each season. The trouble was, no major news organization was keeping count. With little to go off besides the NFL’s own numbers, we decided to try it ourselves.

For the past two seasons, FRONTLINE’s Concussion Watch project has been tracking which players have gone down with head injuries, and how long they sit out post-concussion. Over that time, more than 300 players have been added to the league’s official injury report because of a concussion. With Super Bowl XLVIII now over, here are five takeaways from the data:

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Upon further review, many concussions caused by head hitting turf

“People think ‘concussion,’ and they immediately picture in their mind one guy hitting another and his head snapping back,” said Atlanta-area attorney Robert Blackmon, who has been involved either as a lawyer or consultant in four concussion-related cases. “That’s not always the case. You don’t have to hit another person, believe me, to (suffer) a concussion. (Playing) surfaces figure into the equation, too. I don’t know if it’s the ‘dirty little concussion secret’ or not. But it’s true.”

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Study: Concussions Leave Lasting Changes in Brain

A new study of Canadian hockey players shows concussions — even one concussion — can cause significant changes to brain matter.

Researchers from the Hockey Concussion Education Project, an independent collaboration of specialists from Canada and the United States, examined the effects of concussions on 45 male and female Canadian university hockey players through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) analyses done on players before, during and after a single hockey season.

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Concussion specialist may begin new era in Sochi

In another sign of the growing concern about head trauma in sports, the NHL and the U.S. ski team will each have at least one concussion expert at the Sochi Olympics.

Dr. Jeff Kutcher, a Michigan-based neurologist, will be in one of two hockey arenas and the on-hill physician for three events on the slopes in Russia.

U.S. ski team medical director Kyle Wilkens said Kutcher will be the association’s first specialist evaluating and treating concussions during the Winter Olympics.

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Concussions and Cold Weather: Do Plunging Temperatures Make Head Injuries More Likely?

Even with the decline in concussions, there were still 228 sustained in the 2013 preseason and regular season, slightly fewer than one per game. With the Super Bowl kicking off Sunday night, Dr. Andrew Naidech, M.D. of Neurology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, says no evidence has been found to suggest colder weather creates a higher risk for a concussion.

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Concussion research advocate: NFL needs to “evolve” to protect players

One of the leading advocates for concussion research in athletes said he thinks the NFL needs to set new rules to protect players from traumatic brain injuries.

“Football is a constantly evolving game, we’re asking it to evolve again,” Chris Nowinski said in an interview with CBS News.

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Is Football Safe Enough for Kids? 40 Percent Say No

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has discovered a startling statistic on public attitudes toward the number one sport in America.

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