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Is Football Nearing a Cultural Crossroads as Concussions Grow? (NBC News)

Football, the game that sacked baseball as the national pastime, may not exist as we know it in 10 years — as evidence mounts that brain damage from big hits has infected the sport from the NFL all the way down to youth leagues, experts assert. The pipeline of future players is shrinking. High school […]

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Even without concussion, high school football players exhibit brain changes, study says (Fox News)

High school football players can undergo significant brain changes after only a single season— even if they don’t get a concussion, Wake Forest University researchers have found. Scientists said the ongoing study of 24 students, ages 16 to 18, from a Winston-Salem, N.C. high school, is the largest and most comprehensive research of its kind. […]

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Why are high school football players dying? (USA Today)

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Death certificates have empty spaces to be filled — even if death, like life, never fits easily into bureaucratic boxes. The death certificate of Damon Janes sketches a terrible story. Usual Occupation: Student. Kind of Business or Industry: High School. Immediate Cause of Death: Blunt impact injury of head. Place of Injury: […]

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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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