Concussion

Gabrielle Giffords' Recovery Called Ideal

When Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head on January 8, 2011, her future looked grim. But she got the best treatment available, and is doing quite well. In fact, according to an article on CronkiteNewsOnline.com: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ attending physician called the Arizona congresswoman’s recovery “ideal” and “typical for those who have the …

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Army Asks Soldiers to Take Concussions Seriously

We have been writing a lot recently about the National Football League (NFL) and the steps they are taking to make sure that players and coaches take concussions seriously. Now, the U.S. Army is waging a similar campaign. According to an article in Army Times, the Army is teaching soldiers that concussion–also known as mild …

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What You Need to Know About Youth Sports Concussion

In an article on Branford.Patch.com, a Connecticut news site, Dr. Stephanie Arlis-Mayor provides information and advice about the best ways to handle sports-related concussions in children. Dr. Arlis-Mayor is a physician at the Center for Orthopaedics, and on staff at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. She has experience working with young athletes, including those in …

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CDC Releases Latest Information About TBI Deaths

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the latest surveillance report about traumatic brain injury (TBI) deaths. The information, collected from 1997 to 2007, is compiled to help provide insights to help doctors, public health officials, and other professionals assess the impact of brain-related injuries. There is some good news in the …

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NC Takes a Step Backward on ATV Safety Regulation

North Carolina lawmakers passed a bill loosening the safety rules for adult riders of all-terrain vehicles, commonly known as ATVs. This means that when the bill goes into effect on October 1, 2011, adults will be exempt from wearing helmets and eye protection while riding on private property. This is just plain goofy. Governor Beverly Purdue …

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Cheerleaders Are Athletes, part 2: Just Chunk It

Last week, in part one of this 3-part blog on Cheer safety, we told you about why it was important for Cheer to be recognized as a sport: namely, safety. Schools are required to provide trained coaches for athletes, and “real” sports are provided with the space and equipment necessary for safe practice. Cheer squads …

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Engineers Develop Portable Test for Concussion

This is not generally available yet, but engineers at Georgia Tech may have developed a simple way to diagnose concussion. If tests are as conclusive as expected, we may soon be seeing these devices on football fields and many other athletic events. The test goes like this:  The person who received a head injury walks …

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