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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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Would changing the ‘culture of resistance’ in sports reduce youth concussions? (PBS)

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More study urged on concussions in young athletes (AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is peewee football too early to wonder about concussions? Maybe not: A major report says far too little is known about the risks in youth sports, especially for athletes who suit up before high school. And it’s not just a question for football. The Institute of Medicine found no one knows how […]

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Younger Players Face Bigger Concussion Risk, Report Says (New York Times)

High school football players are nearly twice as likely to get concussions as college football players and high school athletes in other sports, and as many as 20 percent of athletes who get a concussion have symptoms that linger more than two weeks, according to the Institute of Medicine. The institute’s comprehensive report on peer-reviewed scientific […]

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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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ER visits, hospital admissions for children with concussions skyrocketing (Fox News)

The number of children visiting the emergency room for sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI) has skyrocketed, new research suggests. In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers analyzed data from more than 3,800 children and teenagers who presented at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with sports-related TBIs between 2002 and 2011.  During that period, the number […]

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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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