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Report: Athletic trainers would enhance safety of youth football programs (Triad Business Journal)

Youth football organizations can benefit from having a certified athletic trainer present during their practices and games, according to a report by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. During a football practice, an athletic trainer’s role extends beyond just assessing injuries, which can range from minor contusions and sprains to fractures and concussions, the press release […]

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Youth soccer injuries on the rise (CBS News)

Three million American children under 19 play soccer, and with the sport taking off, so are trips to the emergency room. A study published Monday found injuries more than doubled between 1990 and 2013. Read more.

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Sudden Death: the mysterious brain injury that’s killing young athletes (US News)

The play was a standard corner route: Toran Maronic, rising senior and star receiver of the Bear River High School Bruins, launched up the field, cleats throwing grass and dirt as he cut an angle toward the end zone. He’d been getting looks from the nation’s top college football programs, letters from premier lacrosse teams […]

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I-TEAM: How Dangerous is Football for Teens? (ABC 11)

Friday night football brings together families for intense rivalries in cities and towns across the heart of Carolina. But, for one father, the sport is bittersweet. “He loved football,” said Bob Gfeller whose son, Matt, met tragedy under the Friday night lights. “He was a great kid. He had a lot going for him.” Bob […]

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Diagnoses of Concussions Increase by Nearly a Third Over Last Season (New York Times)

The N.F.L. has taken measures in recent years to detect concussions by placing unaffiliated neuro-trauma consultants on the sideline, adding spotters in the press box and permitting medical personnel to call a timeout if the on-field staff misses a possible head injury. Those advances contributed to the most diagnosed concussions the league has seen in four […]

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Illegal Hits Play Big Role in Youth Ice Hockey Concussions: Study (US News)

Concussions in youth ice hockey are as common as in youth football and soccer, and often occur when players break the rules of the game, a new study finds. While the concussion rates in youth ice hockey are no greater than in other contact sports, more than 40 percent are caused by illegal hits, especially […]

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Growing concussion awareness prompts changes for coaches, players (WRAL)

For local coaches, concussion prevention has changed how they approach the game, up to ans including how they speak to their players. “We don’t allow certain terminology,” said Reggie Lucas, head football coach at Wake Forest High School. When teaching tackles, Lucas and his staff say, “Hit with your shoulder pads,” “Lower your hips,” and […]

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UNC-CH researcher says ‘Concussion’ has good, bad impact (WRAL)

A neuroscientist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who has studied concussions for more than two decades says a new film about brain injuries and professional football is prompting good discussion of the issue but may create unnecessary paranoia over it as well. Kevin Guskiewicz said the film “Concussion” is part truth, […]

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‘It’s Forever Tough’ – Heartbroken Family Whose 15-Year-Old Son Died Playing Football Works to Save Young Athletes from Similar Fate (People Magazine)

Neither Lisa nor Bob Gfeller saw the football play that killed their son. But they each have very clear memories of the rest of that fateful night in August 2008. “It was towards the end of the game and they were losing, but we were excited for Matthew because he got to play,” Lisa, 54, […]

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Being Smart About Your Child’s Brain (NY Times)

PROBABLY no one tracks concussions among young athletes in the United States more closely than Dawn Comstock, and in many ways, she’s encouraged by what she sees. It’s now less common for a player whose head has collided violently with a ball, a wall, the ground or another player to return to competition right away. […]

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