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Football Helmet Rating Research Done in Triad (Time Warner Cable News)

WINSTON-SALEM — Concussions are a hot topic in sports today, and they hit close to home. A Triad high school football player lost his life because of head trauma during a varsity game. Robert Gfeller said it’s tough when football season rolls around. In 2008, a head-to-head collision in a game took the life of […]

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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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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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Concussion Epidemic in Child Sports Spurs Push on Studies (Bloomberg)

President Barack Obama announced $86 million in projects to improve detection of concussions in children and research their effects, an effort to reassure parents concerned by the rise of brain injuries in youth sports. The initiatives will be largely funded by donations from the National Football League, the National Collegiate Athletics Association and Steve Tisch, the chairman […]

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Obama to host a White House summit on growing concerns over sports head injuries (Washington Post)

Chatting about football in the Blue Room of the White House this week with President Obama, Maria Hanes brought up the Chicago Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl champion quarterback Jim McMahon — only to have Obama finish her sentence. McMahon, he noted, is “suffering from dementia.” The brain-injury reference was not surprising. Hanes’s little brother suffered […]

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Gfeller takes over as executive director at Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma (Winston-Salem Journal)

Robert J. “Bob” Gfeller Jr. started his new job Wednesday as executive director of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma in Winston-Salem. Gfeller is a former nationally recognized customer-experience expert and executive vice president for Lowe’s. He has more than 30 years of branding and retail marketing experience, including management of brands such as Coca-Cola […]

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A new blood test offers swifter and safer diagnosis of brain injuries for athletes (Washington Post)

Swedish researchers say they have devised a blood test that could better diagnose sports-related brain injuries and keep athletes from returning to the field unsafely. In findings from a study of ice hockey players, the researchers said their method can show just an hour after a head injury how severe the concussion is, whether there […]

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Subcommittee Examines Efforts to Improve Sports Safety

The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), today held a hearing on “Improving Sports Safety: A Multifaceted Approach.” The subcommittee examined ongoing efforts to prevent and mitigate the occurrence of concussions in sports, including game rule changes, coaching and player education, guidelines, as well as developing brain injury research […]

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Combating concussions in WNC athletes

ASHEVILLE — A week and a half after sustaining a mild concussion while snowboarding, UNC Asheville soccer player Kaitlyn Eckert felt better. She passed her concussion test and thought she was ready to return to the field. But during a game, Eckert suffered what’s known as a “second impact” concussion and she spent the next three […]

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UNC winter grads hear football concussion expert (The Herald-Sun)

Kevin Guskiewicz, a world renowned concussion expert and UNC sport science and exercise professor, served as commencement speaker. He founded the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Center and serves as research director for the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes, as well as leads the NFL’s subcommittee on safety equipment and playing rules. […]

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