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Youth soccer injuries on the rise (CBS News)

Three million American children under 19 play soccer, and with the sport taking off, so are trips to the emergency room. A study published Monday found injuries more than doubled between 1990 and 2013. Read more.

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Sudden Death: the mysterious brain injury that’s killing young athletes (US News)

The play was a standard corner route: Toran Maronic, rising senior and star receiver of the Bear River High School Bruins, launched up the field, cleats throwing grass and dirt as he cut an angle toward the end zone. He’d been getting looks from the nation’s top college football programs, letters from premier lacrosse teams […]

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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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