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Bloomberg Poll Shows Half of Americans Don’t Want Their Sons Playing Football (Bleacher Report)

Football may be king in terms of sporting popularity in the United States currently, but a recent poll suggests that participation could wane in the coming years. According to Annie Linskey of Bloomberg, 50 percent of the 1,001 American adults polled in a survey from Dec. 3-5 said they would not want their sons to […]

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Even without concussion, high school football players exhibit brain changes, study says (Fox News)

High school football players can undergo significant brain changes after only a single season— even if they don’t get a concussion, Wake Forest University researchers have found. Scientists said the ongoing study of 24 students, ages 16 to 18, from a Winston-Salem, N.C. high school, is the largest and most comprehensive research of its kind. […]

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Why are high school football players dying? (USA Today)

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Death certificates have empty spaces to be filled — even if death, like life, never fits easily into bureaucratic boxes. The death certificate of Damon Janes sketches a terrible story. Usual Occupation: Student. Kind of Business or Industry: High School. Immediate Cause of Death: Blunt impact injury of head. Place of Injury: […]

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RESULTS: 2014 Matt Gfeller Memorial Doughnut Run

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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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