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Subcommittee Examines Efforts to Improve Sports Safety

The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), today held a hearing on “Improving Sports Safety: A Multifaceted Approach.” The subcommittee examined ongoing efforts to prevent and mitigate the occurrence of concussions in sports, including game rule changes, coaching and player education, guidelines, as well as developing brain injury research […]

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Combating concussions in WNC athletes

ASHEVILLE — A week and a half after sustaining a mild concussion while snowboarding, UNC Asheville soccer player Kaitlyn Eckert felt better. She passed her concussion test and thought she was ready to return to the field. But during a game, Eckert suffered what’s known as a “second impact” concussion and she spent the next three […]

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A permit for youth football safety? (ESPN)

Football has a problem that only seems to grow by the day. In November, the latest annual sport participation survey showed that football participation across the United States had dropped for the fifth straight year, a loss of more than half a million players since 2007. Then an academic study linked concussions in all forms to premature death. That […]

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Concussion Conference at MAHEC – Feb/March 2014

Observe Brain Injury Awareness Month in March 2014 at this interprofessional conference and learn how to manage short and long-term effects of concussion in the middle and high school-aged athlete. Concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can have long-term consequences in cognition, emotion and activities of daily living. This can be especially challenging in […]

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Would changing the ‘culture of resistance’ in sports reduce youth concussions? (PBS)

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More study urged on concussions in young athletes (AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is peewee football too early to wonder about concussions? Maybe not: A major report says far too little is known about the risks in youth sports, especially for athletes who suit up before high school. And it’s not just a question for football. The Institute of Medicine found no one knows how […]

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Younger Players Face Bigger Concussion Risk, Report Says (New York Times)

High school football players are nearly twice as likely to get concussions as college football players and high school athletes in other sports, and as many as 20 percent of athletes who get a concussion have symptoms that linger more than two weeks, according to the Institute of Medicine. The institute’s comprehensive report on peer-reviewed scientific […]

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Guskiewicz, MacArthur “genius” grant winner, to deliver December Commencement address (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Kevin Guskiewicz, a world renowned concussion expert and MacArthur “genius” grant winner, will speak at December Commencement ceremony at UNC-Chapel Hill. Chancellor Carol Folt will preside at the Dec. 15 ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Dean E. Smith Center. She selected Guskiewicz, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport Science and senior associate dean […]

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Youth-Sports Organizations Join Together in New Concussion Coalition (Education Week)

A number of the nation’s largest youth-sports organizations announced today the formation of a new coalition that aims to protect young athletes against concussions. The new National Sports Concussion Coalition pairs major sports organizations with medical experts in an attempt to share best practices regarding concussion management and prevention. The founding members of the coalition are the […]

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There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Concussion-Proof’ Helmet (CT Patch)

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Attorney General George Jepsen issued a joint statement on Monday warning of the perils of concussions and sports-related head injuries, as well as the state law that comes into effect after an injury. Connecticut law requires students who suffer a blow to the head or receive a concussion diagnosis […]

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