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Heads Up Football Safety Program (WXII)

In Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, 12 high schools offer football programs. On Monday, three people from each of those schools – the head football coach, the athletic director and a certified athletic trainer ­– spent the day at Reagan High School participating in a workshop designed to make sure that students are as safe as possible […]

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NFL teams may be using head impact sensors by 2015 (USA Today)

More NFL players are likely to wear sensors that assess head impact in games this season as the league and its players union expand a project proponents hope will help them tackle the concussion issue. Kevin Guskiewicz, a University of North Carolina researcher who’s a member of league and union safety committees, told USA TODAY […]

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Concussion Epidemic in Child Sports Spurs Push on Studies (Bloomberg)

President Barack Obama announced $86 million in projects to improve detection of concussions in children and research their effects, an effort to reassure parents concerned by the rise of brain injuries in youth sports. The initiatives will be largely funded by donations from the National Football League, the National Collegiate Athletics Association and Steve Tisch, the chairman […]

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Obama to host a White House summit on growing concerns over sports head injuries (Washington Post)

Chatting about football in the Blue Room of the White House this week with President Obama, Maria Hanes brought up the Chicago Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl champion quarterback Jim McMahon — only to have Obama finish her sentence. McMahon, he noted, is “suffering from dementia.” The brain-injury reference was not surprising. Hanes’s little brother suffered […]

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Gfeller takes over as executive director at Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma (Winston-Salem Journal)

Robert J. “Bob” Gfeller Jr. started his new job Wednesday as executive director of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma in Winston-Salem. Gfeller is a former nationally recognized customer-experience expert and executive vice president for Lowe’s. He has more than 30 years of branding and retail marketing experience, including management of brands such as Coca-Cola […]

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A new blood test offers swifter and safer diagnosis of brain injuries for athletes (Washington Post)

Swedish researchers say they have devised a blood test that could better diagnose sports-related brain injuries and keep athletes from returning to the field unsafely. In findings from a study of ice hockey players, the researchers said their method can show just an hour after a head injury how severe the concussion is, whether there […]

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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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