Spotlights Shift to Active Treatment for Concussions

The prevailing notion that concussions should be managed solely or primarily with prescribed cognitive and physical rest is shifting.
Experts in concussion management are increasingly in agreement that concussion is a much more heterogeneous injury than previously
believed, and that “active” approaches targeting specific symptoms and impairments can be initiated early and may improve recovery
for patients who have concussions from sports as well as from falls, motor vehicle accidents, or other accidents.  Read more

Take Steps to Protect Your Child Against Concussions

Whether a child participates in organized sports, likes to ride a bike, or just plays with friends on the playground, parents should know how to recognize the signs of a concussion.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, a concussion “is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works.” While they can be caused by a blow to the head, concussions also result from whiplash, “a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth,” the CDC states on its website.

In fact, an article published in the October 2003 issue of Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, states that 70 percent of youth sports concussions are made more severe by whiplash. Read more

Kids With Concussions Need Vision Check Before Return to School

A new study suggests that children who’ve had a concussion should undergo comprehensive eye exams to see if they’re ready to go back to school. This is especially important, researchers said, for kids who struggle in school.

“Concussed children with vision symptoms, hearing disturbances and difficulty concentrating often have academic difficulty post-concussion,” said study researcher Dr. Mark Swanson. He’s associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.Read more

What Happened Within This Players Skull

When player No. 81 took this blow to his head several years ago, it was just one of many concussions that have occurred throughout college football and the N.F.L. But what made this one different was that this player was wearing a mouth guard with motion sensors. The information from those sensors has given researchers a more detailed and precise window into what was happening within the player’s brain in the milliseconds after the hit. See what happened to his brain here.

Soccer Without Headers? New Research Shows It’s Worth Discussing

Soccer without headers? My team has experienced it for the last two months, and we may not be ahead of the curve for long.

A new study by the University of Stirling in Scotland has found that a single session of heading the ball can significantly affect a player’s brain function and memory for 24 hours. Tens of millions of people have played, and continue to play, the game without health problems. But as hints of evidence of a link between even small, subconcussive impacts and long-term damage begin to accumulate, it is time to at least consider the possibility that the leaders of the world’s most popular sport may eventually determine that heading is too much of a medical and legal risk to allow. Read More

Youth Concussions On The Rise Since 2010

Concussions have been on the rise for American youth since 2010, according to the Health of America Report recently released by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

There was a 71% increase in rough-sports-related concussions reported by Blue Cross Blue Shield medical claims data since 2010 for patients ages 10 to 19. Fall, when football, rugby and soccer are traditionally played, is the peak time for these injuries, the report noted, and boys were twice as likely to be concussed than girls. Read More

Safeguarding Young Athletes From Concussions – What Parents Need To Know

It’s easy to see the danger of concussion – which is caused by a rapid acceleration of the head that causes the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull – in football and soccer, where head impacts have long been part of the game. But any sport, from swimming to cheerleading, can pose some risk. “Being a flyer in cheer is more dangerous than playing football,” says Dr. Robert Cantu, co-founder and medical director of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a Boston-based not-for-profit dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers. There doesn’t even have to be a blow to the head: A youngster can give his brain a severe jolt just by slamming into a goal post with his chest and shoulder. Read More

UMass Lowell Press Release

A new poll issued Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by UMass Lowell  shows a surprising majority of adults no longer think tackle football is appropriate for children prior to high school. Four out of five American adults, including 72 percent of men, do not believe tackle football is appropriate for children under age 14. Read More