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1 in 14 children have experienced head injuries

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When all the focus is on professional adult athletes, it can be easy to forget that concussions are an issue affecting people of all types. Sports may put you at increased risk for a head injury, but any person can experience a concussion from a wide variety of incidents, including falls, vehicle accidents, and assault. […]

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Young hockey players show signs of brain damage three months after concussion

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The typical concussion is thought to take between one to two weeks to recover from. At least, that is what doctors and patients alike believed until recently. The latest studies suggest that while concussion symptoms can fade away within the weeks after a brain injury, the damage to the brain may last quite a bit […]

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A parent’s guide to talking with your children about concussions

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If your child has ever fallen off their bike or gotten knocked over in a pickup game of football, you know that children don’t tend to hide their injuries. Quite the opposite. They cry and scream and let you know exactly where it hurts. But, some injuries aren’t as easy to understand as a cut […]

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Vision Tests May Help Gauge When Concussed Kids Can Safely Return To School

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Experts say a comprehensive vision assessment should become a standard part of return-to-learn protocols to help assess when children are ready to return to school after a brain injury – especially when the child experiences academic difficulty. The recommendation comes as the conclusion from a study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham published in […]

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Why Do So Few States Have “Return-To-Learn” Laws For Concussed Students

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Every single state in America has established some form of “return-to-play” laws intended to protect young athletes who have experienced a concussion. However, most states have failed to set out any guidelines for when a child should return to the classroom after an injury, according to a new report published in today’s online issue of […]

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Well-Meaning Parents May Be Making Their Child’s Brain Injury Worse

Well-Meaning Parents May Be Making Their Child’s Brain Injury Worse

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Across the country, parents are starting to take concussions seriously. Unlike in the past where “getting your bell rung” was brushed off as a minor injury like a bruise or sore muscle, parents are increasingly having their concussed children assessed by doctors and taking steps to try to aid their child’s recovery. Unfortunately, many of […]

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Even “Mild” Childhood TBI Can Have Long-Term Effects

Even “Mild” Childhood TBI Can Have Long-Term Effects

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Even mild traumatic brain injuries early in a person’s life can have profound long-term effects according to a new study published in the journal PLOS Medicine. The report says children who experience traumatic brain injuries (TBI), including mild TBI, are significantly more likely to develop long-term psychological and social problems. The study, led by Seena […]

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Concussion Rates Shoot Up For Adolescents, But Is It a Bad Thing?

Concussion Rates Shoot Up For Adolescents, But Is It a Bad Thing?

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The number of concussions being diagnosed in America is on the rise, especially among adolescents. Those are the findings of new research from UC San Francisco in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine this week. “Our study evaluated a large cross-section of the U.S. population,” says lead author Alan Zhang, MD, UCSF Health orthopaedic surgeon. […]

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Concussion Symptoms Often Reappear In Children After Resuming School or Work

Concussion Symptoms Often Reappear In Children After Resuming School or Work

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Returning to school or normal everyday activities is a difficult part of the recovery process after a concussion, but the hurdles are a normal experience. A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics confirms it is common for children who recently experienced a concussion to experience a resurgence of symptoms when they begin the process of […]

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Keep Your Child’s Brain Safe From Concussions This Summer

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Summer is in full swing, which means your children are likely spending their days playing outside, going to summer camp, and generally enjoying their time away from school. Summer activities like these can be a great way to make fond memories, keep active, and make friends, but as a parent, it is always important to […]

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