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National concussion study involves UNC (Daily Tar Heel)

Kevin Guskiewicz has firsthand experience with concussions — receiving one from high school football, biking and, most recently, riding a roller coaster with his son. Guskiewicz, an expert in concussion research and senior associate dean for natural sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, attended the first Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit […]

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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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Bringing Student Athletes Back From Concussions (New York Times)

TORONTO — When the Canadian Paediatric Society updated its position on youth, sports and concussions in March, the recommendations struck a familiar chord for students and staff members at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto. Since 2011, the all-boys’ private school, generally known as St. Mike’s, has been running programs in partnership with the David […]

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Football’s Risks Sink In, Even in Heart of Texas (New York Times)

MARSHALL, Tex. — In many ways, this East Texas town stands as a vibrant example of the state’s storied relationship with football. Not long ago, caravans of cars drove to Houston and Dallas to watch the Marshall Mavericks battle for the high school state football championship, and signs hanging from bridges along the interstate read, […]

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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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