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New study shows women’s lacrosse as the No. 2 sport for concussions behind only football (USA Today)

A new survey came out regarding high school and college sports and concussions and while football remains the most likely sport an athlete will sustain a concussion from, the No. 2 sport, women’s lacrosse, was a bit of a surprise. In previous studies, women’s lacrosse had generally been No. 5 on the list behind football, […]

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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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Sports and Recreation-Related Concussion Surveillance: CDC’s Approach (PDF)

CDC TBI Concussion Surveillance Fact Sheet

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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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