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I-TEAM: How Dangerous is Football for Teens? (ABC 11)

Friday night football brings together families for intense rivalries in cities and towns across the heart of Carolina. But, for one father, the sport is bittersweet. “He loved football,” said Bob Gfeller whose son, Matt, met tragedy under the Friday night lights. “He was a great kid. He had a lot going for him.” Bob […]

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Diagnoses of Concussions Increase by Nearly a Third Over Last Season (New York Times)

The N.F.L. has taken measures in recent years to detect concussions by placing unaffiliated neuro-trauma consultants on the sideline, adding spotters in the press box and permitting medical personnel to call a timeout if the on-field staff misses a possible head injury. Those advances contributed to the most diagnosed concussions the league has seen in four […]

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Illegal Hits Play Big Role in Youth Ice Hockey Concussions: Study (US News)

Concussions in youth ice hockey are as common as in youth football and soccer, and often occur when players break the rules of the game, a new study finds. While the concussion rates in youth ice hockey are no greater than in other contact sports, more than 40 percent are caused by illegal hits, especially […]

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UNC-CH researcher says ‘Concussion’ has good, bad impact (WRAL)

A neuroscientist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who has studied concussions for more than two decades says a new film about brain injuries and professional football is prompting good discussion of the issue but may create unnecessary paranoia over it as well. Kevin Guskiewicz said the film “Concussion” is part truth, […]

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‘It’s Forever Tough’ – Heartbroken Family Whose 15-Year-Old Son Died Playing Football Works to Save Young Athletes from Similar Fate (People Magazine)

Neither Lisa nor Bob Gfeller saw the football play that killed their son. But they each have very clear memories of the rest of that fateful night in August 2008. “It was towards the end of the game and they were losing, but we were excited for Matthew because he got to play,” Lisa, 54, […]

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Being Smart About Your Child’s Brain (NY Times)

PROBABLY no one tracks concussions among young athletes in the United States more closely than Dawn Comstock, and in many ways, she’s encouraged by what she sees. It’s now less common for a player whose head has collided violently with a ball, a wall, the ground or another player to return to competition right away. […]

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Would football stand a chance if invented today? (USA Today)

If we had never heard of football, could we invent it now? Picture that first parents’ meeting in high schools across the country. How exactly would administrators break the news that the sport is based on hitting people? That their children would be involved in dozens of collisions every game, some including their heads? That […]

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Editorial: Concentration on concussions must begin early (Winston-Salem Journal)

Almost daily, from pro-football circles to high-school ones, evidence proving what some players have always known mounts: Head injuries sustained in the sport can cause long-term brain damage and be deadly. The sport is also hard-wired into the national culture. It’s not going away. The jeers of the critics calling for that are drowned out […]

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Phone App to provide athletic trainer at push of button (Winston-Salem Journal)

Youth leagues, the largest segment of the football-playing population, have the most to lose, and in many cases, the fewest resources. Playing on fields from Winston-Salem to rural Wisconsin, the 3.5 million youth football players in America, according to the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma , are often forced to rely on volunteer help. Sometimes […]

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Head injury common among children in sports (Winston-Salem Journal)

By the age of 13, Riley Shore had put together a combination of agility, athleticism and balance to navigate her way around a 4-inch wide beam like it was a wide-open dance floor. But in one moment, it disappeared. For weeks after a fall during gymnastics practice, she showed up at a doctor’s office with […]

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