Concussion

Concussions in High School Athletes Alarmingly Frequent

A report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the number of injuries are often under-counted. In addition, the severity of symptoms is underestimated. For example, some states only require that injured athletes be removed from play for the rest of the day… and yet, a study by the Children’s National Medical Center in …

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Preventing Injuries in Young Athletes

Young athletes are suffering more and more sports injuries, everything from brain injury to broken feet.  Of most concern is the increase in mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), what used to be known as concussion. According to an article from the University of California, San Diego Health System: Sports concussions are especially problematic in those …

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Is It Concussion? Simple Test Can Tell.

University of Michigan researchers have reported that a simple test that measures reaction time can help detect and diagnose concussion in athletes. In the study, athletes were tested once at the beginning of their sport season—they had to catch a weighted cylinder dropped by their coach. Their reaction time was measured. Then, if one of …

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Concussion Should Sideline Kids from Sports for 3 Months

One of the world’s leading brain injury researchers recommends that children under age 18 should sit out of sports participation for three months after suffering a concussion. This statement was made by Dr. Bennet Omalu, co-founder of the Brain Injury Research Institute at West Virginia University, on February 1, 2010, while testifying at a House …

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Young Brains Need Mental Rest to Recover from Concussion

A recent international conference concluded that younger brains need restrictions on mental activity as well as physical activity to recover from concussion.  The fact that teen brains are not fully developed may affect how quickly they recover.  New protocols for concussion recovery stress “cognitive rest” that includes limits on schoolwork video games, and other mental …

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