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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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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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What is a Concussion? (Winston-Salem Journal)


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Youth league and high school kids experience 300 to 550 concussion impacts a season (Winston-Salem Journal)

Since football and television began their relationship, fans have been captivated by the big hits. Former players yelled “Jacked up!” over ESPN highlights. Teenagers loop YouTube videos of Sean Taylor of the Washington Redskins flying in from the secondary to deliver a devastating blow to an opponent. Those hits were the most celebrated by fans […]

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Reynolds’ Andrew Ciaccia gave up lacrosse after severe concussion symptoms (Winston-Salem Journal)

Andrew Ciaccia doesn’t remember many details about his second concussion, in February 2014, but he does remember being pulled off the field in Chapel Hill after taking a vicious blindside hit. After being evaluated by a trainer, who forbade him to re-enter the game, Ciaccia headed to the hospital for further treatment. In the next […]

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National concussion study involves UNC (Daily Tar Heel)

Kevin Guskiewicz has firsthand experience with concussions — receiving one from high school football, biking and, most recently, riding a roller coaster with his son. Guskiewicz, an expert in concussion research and senior associate dean for natural sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, attended the first Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit […]

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Bringing Student Athletes Back From Concussions (New York Times)

TORONTO — When the Canadian Paediatric Society updated its position on youth, sports and concussions in March, the recommendations struck a familiar chord for students and staff members at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto. Since 2011, the all-boys’ private school, generally known as St. Mike’s, has been running programs in partnership with the David […]

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Football’s Risks Sink In, Even in Heart of Texas (New York Times)

MARSHALL, Tex. — In many ways, this East Texas town stands as a vibrant example of the state’s storied relationship with football. Not long ago, caravans of cars drove to Houston and Dallas to watch the Marshall Mavericks battle for the high school state football championship, and signs hanging from bridges along the interstate read, […]

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Concussions hurt more than NFL: Column (USA Today)

Two summers ago, as my collegiate soccer career was beginning at Northwestern University, I had the privilege of playing against two of the best goalkeepers in the country, Molly Poletto and Emily Oliver. By any reckoning, we were three of the most fearless and hardworking goalkeepers around, and we all had spent time playing for the U.S. Youth […]

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