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SmartTeams™ Talk: Concussion Education For Youth Football Parents

Elizabeth M. Pieroth, Psy.D, a Board Certified Neuropsychologist, and Associate Director of the Sports Concussion Program at the NorthShore Medical Group, talks about concussions in youth football in this comprehensive and informative half-hour presentation to parents in Grand Prairie, Texas.

High School Athletic Directors Face Numerous Obstacles In Hiring Athletic Trainers, Study Finds

Athletic directors at the thirty percent of U.S. high schools lacking access to athletic trainers identify lack of AD hiring authority, budgetary constraints and non-budget factors, including rural location, misconceptions about an AT's role, and community interference, as barriers to hiring athletic trainers, a new study published in the Journal of Athletic Training reveals.

Pediatrics Group's Position on Tackling in Youth Football Strikes Right Balance

Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) endorsed efforts to limit contact practices in youth football, but declined to make a clear recommendation in favor of delaying the age at which tackling is introduced. The AAP likewise refused to support those calling for an outright ban on tackling in football for athletes below age 18, unwilling to recommend at this time such a fundamental change in the way the game is played.

As someone who has been working for 15 years to make youth football safer, MomsTEAM's Executive Director was glad to see the nation's largest and most prestigious pediatrics group support so many of the evidence- and expert consensus-based recommendations MomsTEAM has been making to improve the safety of the game.

Banning Soccer Heading In Youth Soccer: Will It Make The Sport Safer?

The November 2015 announcement by a group of US youth soccer groups of a recommendation that players age 11 and younger be barred from heading the ball and that headers be limited in practice for those from age 12 and 13, has generated controversy, with experts lining up on both sides of the debate.

Traumatic Brain Injury: Lessons Learned From Our Nation's Athletes and Military

Each Veterans Day, the Veterans Clinic at the University of Missouri School of Law holds a symposium exploring a cutting-edge topic important to veterans. This year's day-long symposium, to be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, will explore "Traumatic Brain Injury - Lessons Learned From Our Nation's Athletes and Military."

SmartTeams™ Talk: Resistance Training in Youth Football Not Only Safe, It Should Be Mandatory

Resistance training in youth football, says Dallas-based chiropractor and strength and conditioning coach, Steve Horowtiz, D.C., CSCS, is not only safe but it should be mandatory.

SmartTeams Talk™: Chiropractor's Role In Concussion Testing and Treatment

A chiropractor's role in concussion testing and treatment is similar to that of a pediatrician, says Dallas-based chiropractor and strength and conditioning coach, Steve Horowtiz, D.C., CSCS, in that he or she needs to know about the importance of core and neck strengthening and range of motion in preventing concussions, and about the importance of baseline testing (neurocognitive, visual, and balance) in concussion treatment.

SmartTeams™ Talk: Plyometrics Is Form Of Neuromuscular Training

Plyometrics is a form of neuromuscular training, says Dallas-based chiropractor and strength and conditioning coach, Steve Horowtiz, D.C., CSCS, involving jumping, hopping, and landing which first lengthens and then shortens the muscle.

SmartTeams™ Talk: Signs Of Head Injury Requiring Immediate Trip To Emergency Room

A concussed athlete experiencing symptoms such as repeated vomiting, worsening headache, slurred speech or loss of consciousness may have suffered a more serious head injury and should be taken immediately to the emergency room at the nearest hospital.

SmartTeams™ Talk: Coaches Need To Encourage Reporting of Concussion Symptoms; Game Officials Need To Be On The Lookout

Coaches need to create a culture of safety in which self-reporting by athletes of concussion symptoms is encouraged, not discouraged, and they aren't penalized for honest reporting, says neuropsychologist Elizabeth M. Pieroth, Psy.D, Associate Director of the Sports Concussion Program of NorthShore Medical Group and consultant to the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, White Sox, and Fire. Like coaches, game officials need to be on the lookout for concussion symptoms after an athlete takes a hard hit, such as confusion, imbalance, slowness to respond, or the player can't remember plays. Because they are right in the middle of the action, game officials, she says, are often in a better position than those on the sideline to spot athletes with possible concussion.
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