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Boom in Concussion Testing Fueled by Fear of Head Injuries

Amid increased awareness of the long-term damage that head-knocking sports collisions can inflict, many student-athletes are taking computer-based tests to examine their memory, reaction time and attention skills. The exams are used to help determine whether athletes have suffered concussions, and if they have recovered. The Washington Post reports that [...]

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Advanced Trauma Found in Brain of Ex-NFL Player Who Killed Himself

The brain of a former National Football League player who committed suicide in February, Dave Duerson, showed “moderately advanced” signs of a dementia-like disease linked to athletes who have suffered repeated brain trauma. The finding of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, was announced by Dr. Ann McKee, a co-director of [...]

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Athletic Gear Group Promises to Pursue Improved Football Helmets

The organization that monitors the safety of American athletic gear is promising to pursue new football helmet standards to better protect young football players. The New York Times reports that the pledge came at the conclusion of the annual meeting of the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, [...]

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Experts Urge Measures to Protect Pro and Amateur Athletes from Brain Trauma

Just two weeks after the National Football League announced a crackdown on helmet-to-helmet tackles to reduce the risk of head injuries, the American Academy of Neurology has issued recommendations for protecting amateur and professional athletes who may have suffered a concussion. Any athlete with a possible concussion should be removed [...]

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Helmets Leave Young Football Players Vulnerable to Concussions

Football players at all levels seem to get bigger and faster every year. But one thing hasn’t changed for decades: the helmets that young football players wear. The New York Times reports that, despite increasing concussions in youth football and growing awareness of cognitive problems stemming from the injury, the [...]

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NFL Fines Players in Crackdown on Headhunting

The National Football League is signaling that it will get tougher with players for dangerous and flagrant hits on the field, particularly helmet-to-helmet blows to the head. The league says that, beginning with this weekend's games, unnecessarily dangerous hits will be cause for suspension, the Associated Press reports. The NFL [...]

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Concussions Sending More Young Athletes to Emergency Rooms

Young athletes are suffering more and more concussions while playing team sports.  A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics reports that emergency room visits for concussions sustained in organized youth sports more than doubled from 2001 to 2005. And that sharp increase occurred even as participation in team athletics fell. The [...]