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Heads Up Football Safety Program (WXII)

In Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, 12 high schools offer football programs. On Monday, three people from each of those schools – the head football coach, the athletic director and a certified athletic trainer ­– spent the day at Reagan High School participating in a workshop designed to make sure that students are as safe as possible […]

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NFL teams may be using head impact sensors by 2015 (USA Today)

More NFL players are likely to wear sensors that assess head impact in games this season as the league and its players union expand a project proponents hope will help them tackle the concussion issue. Kevin Guskiewicz, a University of North Carolina researcher who’s a member of league and union safety committees, told USA TODAY […]

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A permit for youth football safety? (ESPN)

Football has a problem that only seems to grow by the day. In November, the latest annual sport participation survey showed that football participation across the United States had dropped for the fifth straight year, a loss of more than half a million players since 2007. Then an academic study linked concussions in all forms to premature death. That […]

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Guskiewicz, MacArthur “genius” grant winner, to deliver December Commencement address (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Kevin Guskiewicz, a world renowned concussion expert and MacArthur “genius” grant winner, will speak at December Commencement ceremony at UNC-Chapel Hill. Chancellor Carol Folt will preside at the Dec. 15 ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Dean E. Smith Center. She selected Guskiewicz, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport Science and senior associate dean […]

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There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Concussion-Proof’ Helmet (CT Patch)

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Attorney General George Jepsen issued a joint statement on Monday warning of the perils of concussions and sports-related head injuries, as well as the state law that comes into effect after an injury. Connecticut law requires students who suffer a blow to the head or receive a concussion diagnosis […]

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An Impact on the Game (Carolina Alumni Review)

Kevin Guskiewicz is not a physically imposing figure. In person, he comes off as soft-spoken and goodnatured. But when he stands on the hill overlooking a high school football field in Chapel Hill, watching his son practice, the coaches below can be forgiven if they are a little intimidated. That’s because the father watching them […]

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Making Sports Safer Through Innovative Science: Kevin Guskiewicz at TEDxUNC

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Chapel Hill High football players will be a part of a study on concussions this season (News & Observer)

CHAPEL HILL — Researchers from the University of North Carolina and Duke will try to do something this school year that has defied parents for generations: They will try to get inside the heads of teenagers. Specifically, the research team will be monitoring physical impacts on the heads of high school football players and will compare […]

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Lasting legacy: Gfeller’s spirit lives on through research into sports-related injuries (Winston-Salem Journal)

Laws have been written, countless charity miles have been run and thousands of dollars have been donated in the name of Matthew Gfeller. The Winston-Salem teen suffered a traumatic brain injury during a tragic football accident in 2008, but thanks to the tireless commitment of his parents, Bob and Lisa Gfeller, his death was not […]

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Roger Goodell Applauds North Carolina’s Commitment to Concussion Research (Rant Sports)

No one is more terrified of the physical evolution of the game of football more than NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. And you can’t blame him with the amount of money the NFL stands to gain or lose in its approach to player safety in the wake of recent events in relation to on field concussions. From the […]

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