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Concussion concerns and decreasing youth participation spell trouble for football

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You don’t have to look far to find people proclaiming the end of football right now. Vocal critics like Malcolm Gladwell and respected medical experts such as Bennett Omalu are quick to say they believe the NFL should be disbanded in light of the risks for repeated head trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. But, you’d […]

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Male athletes hide concussions to avoid looking “weak”

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Young men and women in high school athletics are becoming increasingly aware of the signs and risks of concussion, but a new study shows the male athletes are significantly less likely to tell anyone when one happens. The report shows that male athletes still share a “show-no-weakness” mentality that could be putting them at higher […]

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Female Athletes See Higher Concussion Risk, Despite Focus on Male Athletes

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While the headlines tend to focus on male-dominated sports like football, more and more research is showing female athletes aren’t safe from the risk of concussions. In fact, women appear to be notably more likely to experience concussions during their athletics career compared to new men – according to a new study presented at the […]

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Is Soccer Really Safer Than Football? Concussion Experts Aren’t So Sure

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With the high risk of brain injuries in football, many young athletes and their parents are looking for safer athletic alternatives. Unfortunately, many of them are choosing soccer. Soccer is a great sport with a long history, but it also carries a similarly high-risk for concussions and long-term brain injury that often gets overlooked. In […]

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Do Higher Altitudes Reduce Concussion Risk? This Study Says No

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While recent research has shed a great deal of light onto the mechanisms underlying concussions, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding the common brain injuries. A new study set out to dispel one such misleading claim that playing sports at higher altitudes reduces athletes’ risk of concussions. As the findings published this month […]

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Staying In The Game After a Concussion Doubles Recovery Time

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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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NASCAR Star Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sidelined Due To Concussion

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NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. is bowing out of a major upcoming race this weekend due to a possible concussion. Earnhardt’s team Hendrick Motorsports released a statement today saying the racer was not cleared by doctors for the upcoming Sprint Cup Series Event this weekend in New Hampshire due to “concussion-like symptoms.” “I wasn’t feeling […]

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Playing Water Polo May Put You At High Risk For Concussions

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Water polo isn’t typically thought of when people think of contact sports with high risk of injury, but those who participate in the sport will be quick to tell you just how rough the sport can be. Goalies, in particular, know they risk hits to the head that could trigger a concussion any time they […]

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Equestrian Sports Are The Leading Cause of Sports-Related TBI

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When we talk about brain injuries in sports, most people think about football, or possibly hockey. Maybe if you are more of a traditionalist you think of boxing, where chronic traumatic encephalopathy first started being recognized. These sports stay at the heart of the conversation of how to protect athlete’s brains. Despite this, a new […]

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Improperly Fitting Helmets May Lead To Worse Concussions

Improperly Fitting Helmets May Lead To Worse Concussions

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  Millions of dollars are being devoted to developing and testing helmets that could potentially prevent concussions, but new research suggests solving a much simpler helmet issue could reduce the chance of severe brain injuries significantly. According to a study presented at the 2016 Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), high school […]

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