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Concussions in girls are not child’s play

According to statistics kept by the Centers for Disease Control, in 2007, girls’ soccer players reported 29,167 concussions, second only to football players.And, a study published in the Jan. 2011 edition of theJournal of Athletic Training said female athletes experience more physical long-term symptoms than male athletes. Researchers collected data from 100 high schools and found that two years after a reported concussion, female athletes reported more drowsiness and sensitivity to noise than male athletes.

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The Academy of Pediatrics issues a position statement on “Returning to Learning Following a Concussion”.

Following a concussion, it is common for children and adolescents to experience difficulties in the school setting. Cognitive difficulties, such as learning new tasks or remembering previously learned material, may pose challenges in the classroom.  This report serves to provide a better understanding of possible factors that may contribute to difficulties in a school environment following a concussion and serves as a framework for the medical home, the educational home, and the family home to guide the student to a successful and safe return to learning.

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Soccer star confronts the concussion that killed her career and clouded her life

Briana Scurry couldn’t be sure if it was the painkillers or the fact that surgeons had just plucked pea-size balls of damaged tissue from the back of her head. But when the two-time Olympic goalkeeper and Women’s World Cup champion awoke at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital on Oct. 18,  the headache that had hijacked her life for the past 3-1/2 years was gone.

Since an April 2010 game, when an overeager forward slammed into Scurry, that headache chased her from one defeat to another: forcing her to quietly retire from soccer, tripping her up during a short-lived gig with ESPN and finally pushing her into depression. Her roommate would come home from work and find Scurry listless on the couch, where she’d been all afternoon.

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Young Athletes’ Concussions Often Unreported: Report Helmets provide no protection from these serious head injuries, experts say

A “culture of resistance” pervasive in many youth sports often keeps athletes from reporting concussions and obtaining needed treatment, a new U.S. report finds.

This culture persists despite a growing understanding that all concussions cause some degree of brain injury, according to the report released Wednesday by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

“We know that concussions are frequent and potentially serious,” said IOM committee vice-chair Dr. Frederick Rivara, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

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After years of negligence, concussion awareness is on the rise

From the death of a physically worn down NFL retiree, to that of a straight-A high school football player, America’s favorite sport has increasingly been on the hot seat for risking the life of its dedicated players.

The National Football League itself has most notably been at fault for the bad press. Since 1994, the NFL has failed to recognize that the physical implications given by playing a sport can be life threatening.

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Concussions in girls: Awareness hits home with female athletes

Jill Bertino has trouble with bright lights.

“I didn’t expect to look down at the paragraphs that I was supposed to read and the words would be all over the place,” said the Boyertown Area High School senior. “The Smartboards were too bright for me to look at.”

A stand-out senior soccer player and track star, Bertino suffered a concussion last spring during a club soccer game.

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Concussions and Student Athletes: When is it Time to Get Back in the Academic Game?

Learning their child has sustained a head injury during a school sporting event is among every parent’s worst fears, and with recent reports about the long-term effects of concussions on professional athletes dominating the news, their fears are not unfounded.

While parents and coaches are careful about monitoring a student athlete’s return to sports, Joelle S. Rehberg, DO, an osteopathic family and sports medicine physician, cautions that parents and teachers should allow students ample time to return to their academic pursuits as well. Dr. Rehberg shared her experiences treating student athletes with concussions during the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) OMED 2013, the Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas.