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Safety campaigners want to BAN children from heading footballs until their teens

Children should be ‘banned’ from heading footballs, according to a leading sports safety campaigner.

Former professional wrestler Chris Nowinski suffered from concussion due to numerous blows to the head when playing American football at college.

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CHILD SAFETY UPDATE: Protect Your Child From Concussions In Sports

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.6 to 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, occur each year. Most concussions go undiagnosed and untreated, which increases the risk of serious long-term effects in athletes. In light of the media’s recent attention on the NFL and NHL players’ lawsuits, parents might understandably be concerned for the safety of their children. Parents can protect their children by recognizing the signs of a concussion and following a few helpful tips.

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New Guidelines Rule Out Same-Day Return to Play for Athletes with Concussion Updated Consensus Statement Includes New Concussion Recognition Tool, Reports Neurosurgery

Any athlete with concussion symptoms should not be allowed to return to play on the same day, according to the latest consensus statement on sports-related concussion. The updated guidelines are summarized in Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

The fourth consensus report from the Concussion in Sport Group (CISG 4) represents the latest recommendations from an expert panel, sponsored by five international sports governing bodies.

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‘Blood clot’ found on brain of Marist football player after coming back from concussion

One of Hudson County’s most talented high school football players landed in a Philadelphia hospital with a potentially life-threatening head injury last weekend after he collapsed on the sideline during a playoff game in South Jersey.

Three weeks after sustaining a concussion during a regular season game, Marist running back D’Ondre Robinson was pulled from his team’s 55-6 loss to St. Joseph of Hammonton last Saturday when he began suffering from a headache, he told The Jersey Journal during a phone interview Tuesday night.

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Bill cosponsors hope to get a handle on concussions

Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Jefferson Township, and Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., are cosponsors of a bill that threatens to withhold federal funding from colleges and universities that do not work to protect their student-athletes. Yesterday, they invited lawmakers and Capitol Hill staff to an hourlong briefing on the issue of concussions in sports.

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Head Injuries in Mind, RMU Survey Shows Strong Support for Ban on Youth Contact Football

More than 40 percent of Americans support a ban on youth playing contact football up until entering high school, according to a survey of 1,003 adults by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute Powered by Trib Total Media.

Given studies showing “adult-sized impacts” that youth as young as seven years old are receiving, a significant percent of Americans, 40.5 percent, support a ban on youth playing contact football. Another 48.4 percent were opposed to such a ban and 11.1 percent were unsure. Among only those with an opinion – support for a ban prior to entering high school was 45.5 percent compared to 54.5 percent opposed.

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Women may have harder concussion recovery than men

After a concussion, women tend to have worse symptoms than men. That’s the case even when athletes were injured playing the same sport, according to a new study of young soccer players. Some recent studies have found gender differences in
memory and other symptoms after concussions, with women generally doing worse.

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Experts Taking Note of Concussions in Girls Sports

With attention on concussions largely focused on professional football and men’s sports, these brain injuries may get overlooked in women’s sports.

Concussion experts agree that while football still sees the most concussions, every sport involving contact needs be aware of the issue. As Dr. Stacy Suskauer of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore put it: “there really isn’t a sport that is concussion-proof.”

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Missouri: 2013 high school football season deadliest in 27 years

Missouri High School Officials are worried about the increasing number of head injuries to football players.

Authorities attribute seven deaths this year to playing high school football, making 2013 the deadliest year since 1986.

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NCAA and the Concussion Issue

Attorneys for four former college athletes and the NCAA are in the midst of a mediation process that could settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that the governing body for college sports ignored a burgeoning concussion problem for decades.

Some experts believe the NCAA could have a harder time defending itself than the National Football League, which recently agreed to dole out $765 million to pay for injury settlements and medical monitoring and care for former players who suffered concussions and other brain injuries.

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