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ConcussionWise Salutes Athletic Trainers

As National Athletic Training Month Draws to a close ConcussionWise and Sport Safety International would like to salute all athletic trainers for their devotion toward promoting safe sports participation.

Athletic Trainers are unique health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. National Athletic Training Month, which is sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, salutes the medical and community work of Athletic trainers nationwide.

Happy #NATM2014!  Athletes and parents – if you appreciate your athletic trainer, a quick “thank you” to them in any creative way you choose might just make their day.  Also, if you are an athlete (or parent of) with any of the following teams where , we invite you to share a “thank you” to your athletic trainer via our facebook pages and/or twitter pages by [email protected] and #NATM2014.

NFL gives $45M grant to Heads Up Football program that teaches safe tackling techniques to kids

The NFL Foundation is giving USA Football a five-year, $45 million grant to expand the already burgeoning Heads Up Football program that teaches safe tackling to youngsters.

Foundation Chair Charlotte Jones Anderson announced the grant Monday at the league’s owners meetings after the NFL saw the early success of the program. Heads Up Football had nearly 2,800 youth football organizations teaching it during its first year, more than five times early projections.

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Study finds no link between years of football play and cognitive function in adolescent athletes

A new study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found no link between neurocognitive function and years of football play in adolescent athletes.

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High school athletes often playing with concussions

More than half of high school athletes with concussions play despite their symptoms, and often their coaches aren’t aware of the injury, according to a new study.

Most U.S. states have passed laws intended to prevent high school athletes from having a concussion go unrecognized and risking further danger by continuing to play, but legislation may not be enough, the researchers say.

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Indiana: Player safety and concussion training bill passes General Assembly

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana could soon become the first state to require high school football coaches to take part in a player safety and concussion-training course.

Senate Bill 222 – authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R–Markle – now moves to Gov. Mike Pence for approval after passing the General Assembly Wednesday.

“In high-contact sports like football, students are more vulnerable to serious injuries that can have long-term effects,” Holdman said. “But this shouldn’t keep them from playing a sport they enjoy. The training and procedures outlined in this bill will give coaches the resources and knowledge they need to keep their athletes safe.”

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Sports Leagues, Athletes Talk Concussions with DC Lawmakers

The NFL joined representatives from the NHL and medical doctors to let Congress know how head injuries are impacting American athletes from junior programs to the pros, saying they are devising safer helmets to guard against the chances of players suffering concussions.

Jeffery Miller, Senior Vice President for Player Health and Safety Policy at the National Football League, testified in Washington that while “football has earned a vital place in the  rhythm of American life,” helmets for players have not caught up to what is necessary to protect players.

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Study Showing Helmet Design Can Reduce Concussion Risk Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

The design of football helmets can effect concussion risk, finds a new study by some of the nation’s top concussion researchers.

The study provides what the authors say is good clinical evidence that helmet design can lower the risk of concussion, not in a laboratory, but in games and practices, by showing that a helmet model introduced in 2000 provides better protection against concussion than an older helmet employing 20-year-old design technology. 

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“Targeting” Defined in High School Football in Effort to Reduce Risk of Injury

In an effort to reduce contact above the shoulders and lessen the risk of injury in high school football, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee developed a definition for “targeting,” which will be penalized as illegal personal contact.

The definition of targeting and its related penalty were two of 10 rules changes approved by the rules committee at its January 24-26 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

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Do dangers of concussion among youth outweigh benefits of sports?

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.

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USA Football wants to change youth football. Does Heads Up Football work?

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.

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