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Growing concussion awareness prompts changes for coaches, players (WRAL)

For local coaches, concussion prevention has changed how they approach the game, up to ans including how they speak to their players. “We don’t allow certain terminology,” said Reggie Lucas, head football coach at Wake Forest High School. When teaching tackles, Lucas and his staff say, “Hit with your shoulder pads,” “Lower your hips,” and […]

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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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What is a Concussion? (Winston-Salem Journal)


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Youth league and high school kids experience 300 to 550 concussion impacts a season (Winston-Salem Journal)

Since football and television began their relationship, fans have been captivated by the big hits. Former players yelled “Jacked up!” over ESPN highlights. Teenagers loop YouTube videos of Sean Taylor of the Washington Redskins flying in from the secondary to deliver a devastating blow to an opponent. Those hits were the most celebrated by fans […]

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Reynolds’ Andrew Ciaccia gave up lacrosse after severe concussion symptoms (Winston-Salem Journal)

Andrew Ciaccia doesn’t remember many details about his second concussion, in February 2014, but he does remember being pulled off the field in Chapel Hill after taking a vicious blindside hit. After being evaluated by a trainer, who forbade him to re-enter the game, Ciaccia headed to the hospital for further treatment. In the next […]

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Impact has a price for men in lacrosse (Daily Tar Heel)

Impact. It’s part of why contact sports like football are so popular. We engage in them to feel a sense of achievement, not just physically, but emotionally. But impact has a price. In recent years, concussions have become a source of controversy for sports like football and hockey. A growing body of research shows the […]

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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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