Even lower impact football helmet hits can cause concussion

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A recent study conducted by Kevin M. Guskiewicz, Ph.D. and colleagues at the University of North Carolina, implies that high-impact blows will not necessarily produce concussions, nor will keeping impacts at moderate levels necessarily avoid them. The team recorded 104,714 total impacts: 1,858 of which were over 80 g, and 13 concussions. Of the impacts that exceeded the current theoretical injury threshold of 70 to 75g, less than 0.35% resulted in concussion. Furthermore, seven of the 13 concussions involved impacts of greater than 100 g while the remaining 3 concussions were the result of impacts less than 80g.

In short, according to the researchers, “football concussions can occur from almost any type of head impact, irrespective of magnitude or location, at any level of play, including practice”.

Click here to read the entire article from Medpage Today

The issue of concussions relating to sports continues, for more information:
Click here to read Dr. Gainer’s blog on sports concussion and redux
Click here to read Michael Mason’s blog on a WWE Wrestler TBI advocate
Click here to read Dr. Gainer’s exploration on sports, concussion and depression
Click here to read Michael Mason’s post on Coaches Toolkit for Concussions

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