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College Students May Take Longer To Recover From Concussions

  College can be a tough time for many. Between the pressures of being independent for the first time and the challenges of higher education, the period can put a lot of stress on the brain. Maybe that is why new research suggests that college students typically take significantly longer to recover from concussions compared […]

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A Concussion Can Have Lasting Effects On Your Driving Ability

The symptoms that follow a concussion are typically seen as a measure of the severity of an injury and how close to recovery a person is. Once the symptoms are gone, common knowledge would suggest a person is healed. However, researchers say that may not be entirely accurate. A growing body of research indicates a […]

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Pediatric Eye Exam After Concussion

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

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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A Brain Protein May Predict How Long a Concussion Will Take To Recover

The tau protein has been at the center of the hunt for a biomarker for concussions and traumatic brain injury, but a new study suggests it may be useful for more than just identifying a brain injury. According to a report published in the journal Neurology, elevated levels of tau brain proteins six hours after […]

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Physical Activity May Help Children Recover From a Concussion

The most common recommendation you will hear after a concussion is “get some rest,” but a growing body of evidence suggests rest may not be best after all. A new study from the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada Concussion Team suggests that concussed children who completely remove themselves from activity actually experience worse symptoms that last […]

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Cleared To Race Following Lengthy Concussion Recovery

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Cleared To Race Following Lengthy Concussion Recovery

After missing 18 races because of long-lasting concussion symptoms, NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. has officially been cleared to race in the 2017 season. Earnhardt completed a test drive at Darlington Raceway with no symptoms, clearing him to compete again. “I feel great, and I’m excited to officially be back,” Earnhardt said in a Thursday […]

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Return-to-Learn after Concussion

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

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

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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Double Your Trouble By Playing with a Concussion

Double Your Trouble By Playing with a Concussion

Athletes who get back into the game after experiencing a concussion take twice as long to recover as athletes who are removed from the game and wait to be evaluated and cleared before returning. In a study of 69 athletes with head trauma who were seen at the Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program […]

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Staying In The Game After a Concussion Doubles Recovery Time

Taking a concussed athlete out of the game doesn’t just protect them from a more dangerous secondary brain injury. A new study says it can also reduce an athlete’s recovery time. The findings published in the journal Pediatrics show that high school athletes who immediately stop playing after a brain injury recover almost twice as […]

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