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W.Va. board approves sports concussions policy

The state Board of Education on Wednesday approved new rules on how high schools handle sports concussions, including requiring that a licensed health care professional clear athletes to return to action.

Last year, legislators passed a law requiring the Secondary School Activities Commission to draft regulations aimed at preventing youth concussions. Among other things, they require schools to increase awareness and warn players of the risks of continuing to play after they suffer a concussion.

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A Hockey Safety Checklist for Your Kids

As a Responsible Sport Parent or Coach, what’s more important than teaching your kids the rules of hockey and lessons for life? Insuring their safety on the ice.

That’s why Responsible Sports and the experts at Positive Coaching Alliance have teamed up to create quick safety checklists for both youth sports parents and coaches.  Everything from weather, concussions, and ride homes are covered.

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Heads Up is now employed by 2,700 youth leagues

The Katy Youth Football league plays its annual championship games in a 10,000-seat stadium. Based outside of Houston, the league boasts 58 teams and more than 1,600 players, including 6-year-olds who wobble comically under 3-pound helmets before crashing into each other and falling down.

The league also could be considered a human laboratory for the National Football League. Led by commissioner Roger Goodell, the NFL has spent $1.5 million to persuade parents in leagues like Katy that it is making football safer by teaching tackling techniques that will reduce concussions.

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Power Down to Speed Concussion Recovery: Study

Young people who suffer a concussion often want to return to school and begin using electronics right away, but resuming everyday life too quickly might delay recovery, researchers say.

 Kids who give their brains a few days’ rest and gradually return to normal mental activity heal faster than those who rush back to their books, computers and TVs, a new study suggests.

Limiting impacts in training key to cutting concussions – Dr. Michael O’Brien

IF YOU PLAY sport, you know that training can be just as painful as it is fun, especially when you play contact sports such as rugby or American football.

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Football Concussions Crisis Sparks Debate Over Helmet Ban

Football isn’t about to go away, of course. But some experts say football helmets should. They say helmets offer little protection and argue for a helmet-free version of the game. Other experts say helmets save lives, plain and simple.

What do you think? Should football helmets stay in the game—or be tossed out? Before tackling that question yourself, read what two leading experts have to say.

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NIH and NFL team up to take on Concussion Research

The U.S. National Institutes of Health is teaming up with the National Football League on research into the long-term effects of repeated head injuries and improving concussion diagnosis.

The projects will be supported largely through a $30 million donation made last year to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health by the NFL, which is wrestling with the issue of concussions and their impact on current and former players.

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Concussion Identification, Evaluation and Management: A Step-By-Step Process

Management of sport-related concussion involves a step-by-step process say three recently issued concussion guidelines:

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Research: Sport’s concussion has long term impact on the brain

In an Australian first, Deakin University research has found that sports concussions do have a long term, negative, impact on the brain.

Dr Alan Pearce, a neuroscientist with Deakin University’s School of Psychology, has investigated the long-term impact sports concussion had on the brain function of 40 retired Australian rules football players. The results showed the former players experienced a reduction in fine motor control and abnormal changes in brain function when compared with healthy people of the same age who had never played contact sport.

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The Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society endorses USA Football’s Heads Up Football Program

The Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society has partnered with USA Football to advance youth and high school football player safety by endorsing USA Football’s Heads Up football program.

About 2,800 youth football leagues representing approximately 600,000 players in 50 states and Washington, D.C., registered for Heads Up Football in 2013 in a commitment to their young athletes’ health and safety. The program is being piloted on the high school level this fall in 35 schools spanning 10 states.

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