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Only Three Types Of Mouth Guards, Right? Think Again!

Used to be that there were only three types of mouth guards: off-the-shelf (stock), boil and bite, and custom. Now, says Sassa Akervall, Chief Executive Officer of Akervall Technologies, there is a fourth, one which provides more protection, is lighter, allows a player to breath, and fits so snugly to a player's teeth that it doesn't need a tether.

Immediate Concussion Reporting Shortens Recovery Time By Five Days

The findings of a new study showing that delayed reporting of concussion is linked to a much longer recovery could be used to convince athletes that it is in their interest and that of their team to immediately report concussion symptoms.

New Guidelines Recommend Athletic Trainers Take Public Health Approach To Sports Injury Prevention

Athletic trainers need to take a more public health approach to injury prevention by expanding their professional focus from the teams and athletes they work with at their institutions to all physically active individuals, urged speakers at the National Athletic Trainers' Association's 2016 Clinical Symposia and AT Expo.

Return-to-Play Laws: A Game-Changer for Youth Contact Sports

While gaps persist, concussion safety laws enacted in all 50 states have had a positive effect, including a large increase in the number of 12-18 year olds seeking medical treatment for head injuries. But more works needs to be done, says a public health expert.

5 Steps Athletes Should Take To Protect Their Eyes

Sports are a great way to excel physically and mentally. Just make sure you're taking care of your eyes when you play. During Healthy Vision Month, the National Eye Institute (NEI) encourages athletes, and parents of athletes, to make eye health a priority.

ER Visits For Traumatic Brain Injuries From Playground Accidents On Increase, Despite Industry Improvements

The number of children treated in emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries sustained at a playground increased significantly between 2005 and 2013, according to a study to be published in the journal Pediatrics.

Concussion Management Starts With A Pediatrician

Most sports-related concussions can be managed by a pediatrician, says Dr. Carla Morton, a pediatric neuropsychologist at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, because they know the child the best. Where is there a need for specialized care, the pediatrician can decide which specialist the child should see.

Injury Prevention Tips For Spring Sports

More American children are competing in sports than ever before. Studies show that sports help children and adolescents keep their bodies fit and feel good about themselves. Here are some important injury prevention tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics which can help parents promote a safe, optimal sports experience for their child.

Improvements In Youth Sports Safety Seen At State Level, But Work Remains

Statistics released by the National Athletic Trainers' Association in March 2016 show improvement in the number of states that have adopted best practices in three major areas of sports safety, but that safety gaps persist.
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