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Brain Trauma Extends to the Soccer Field (New York Times)

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head, has been found posthumously in a 29-year-old former soccer player, the strongest indication yet that the condition is not limited to athletes who played sports known for violent collisions, like football and boxing. Researchers at Boston University and the VA Boston Healthcare […]

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Concussions hurt more than NFL: Column (USA Today)

Two summers ago, as my collegiate soccer career was beginning at Northwestern University, I had the privilege of playing against two of the best goalkeepers in the country, Molly Poletto and Emily Oliver. By any reckoning, we were three of the most fearless and hardworking goalkeepers around, and we all had spent time playing for the U.S. Youth […]

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

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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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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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Surge reported in sports-related head injuries among kids (CBS News)

Concussions have become a major concern as more research comes out linking head blows to health problems later in life. Now, a new study adds concerning youth head-injury statistics to the mix. Pediatricians are reporting since 2001, the number of children admitted to emergency rooms for sports-related head injuries has skyrocketed by more than 90 […]

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ER visits, hospital admissions for children with concussions skyrocketing (Fox News)

The number of children visiting the emergency room for sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI) has skyrocketed, new research suggests. In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers analyzed data from more than 3,800 children and teenagers who presented at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with sports-related TBIs between 2002 and 2011.  During that period, the number […]

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High schools tackle football concussions (CNN)

(CNN) – Jason Stevens remembers all too well the feeling of not being sure where he was. He suffered a concussion during the third game of his high school football season last year, and had to sit out for the rest of the season. “It felt like the entire helmet was just pressing in your head, […]

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Doughnuts and dollars for research at Gfeller memorial run Nov. 16 (News & Record)

The fifth annual Matthew Gfeller Memorial Doughnut Run is coming up Nov. 16 in Winston-Salem. The 2012 race raised more than $30,000 for traumatic brain injury research. All proceeds were evenly divided between the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (CIPT) and the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center […]

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Flubbing a Baseline Test on Purpose Is Often Futile (New York Times)

In 2011, quarterback Peyton Manning suggested he purposely flubbed a preseason neurocognitive baseline test to make the results of any postconcussion test look better, which might have improved his chances of returning to play sooner. The attempted deception, aimed at getting around safeguards meant to protect athletes, has reached the youth sports level, medical professionals […]

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