Concussions by the Numbers

Making Sure Football Helmet Fits: A Simple, But Effective Way To Minimize Concussion Risk?

Ensuring that football helmets fit properly, and that those with air bladder linings are properly inflated, may be two of the simplest but most effective ways to minimize the risk of concussion and catastrophic brain injury, say the authors of a February 2012 study.

“Functional Medicine”: Treatment Options For Concussions or Trauma

Diagnosis and prevention of head injuries has come a long way, but actual treatment options in the medical model, besides medication for headache, rest and cautioning against a premature return to play, have lagged behind. Edward Feldman, D.C., RCST, offers a natural and non-invasive way to heal called "Functional Medicine" which includes craniosacral therapy (developed in osteopathy) and use of the Feldenkrais Method.

Athletic Trainers, Doctors Assess, Manage Most Concussions in High School Sports

Athletic trainers and primary care physicians evaluate and manage most concussions in high school sports, but the small percentage of athletes returned to play by a non-medical professional is worrying, says a new study.

Athletes with Concussion History At Increased Risk of Future Injury

Athletes who have sustained a concussion are at increased risk for sustaining another compared to athletes without a concussion history. Although experts offer several possible explanations, the precise reasons are unknown.

Concussion Rates in Football, Hockey and Lacrosse Rising

Football still has the highest number of concussions and concussion rate at the high school level, but concussion rates are also high in boys' hockey and lacrosse, and girls' soccer, lacrosse and field hockey, says the most recent study.

Concussions in High School Sports Rising at 15% Annual Rate, Study Finds

Concussion in high school sports are increasing at a 15% annual rate, finds a new study. Consistent with previous studies, football accounted for more than half of all concussions and a concussion rate nearly double the rate for girls' soccer, the sport with the next highest rate. Concussion rates increased across all 12 sports studied.  Although the degree of change varied, ranging from an average annual increase of 8% for football to 27% for wrestling, Girls had a higher rate of concussion that that of boys in those sports (soccer, basketball, baseball/softball) where the boys' and girls' games are essentially the same.

Concussions in High School Sports: Few Report Loss of Consciousness

A new study of concussions suffered by high school athletes shows that loss of consciousness is uncommon, suggesting a greater understanding in the athletic community that loss of consciousness is not required for a concussion diagnosis.

Concussions in High School Sports: Study Sheds New Light On Causes, Symptoms and Management

A 2011 study confirms that football is still responsible for the majority of concussions at the high school level and that the symptoms of concussion clear in most cases within one week, but also shows for the first time the important role computerized neuropsychological testing is playing in concussion assessment and return to play decisions.  

NFHS Free Online Concussion Safety Course Passes 1 Million Mark

The National Federation of State High School Associations' (NFHS) free online concussion safety course  "Concussion in Sports - What You Need to Know" has been taken by over 1 million people since it was introduced in 2010.

Concussion Rates in High School Sports Vary By Sport and Gender

Concussion rates in thirteen high school sports from 1998 to 2008, as reported in three separate studies, vary widely by sport and, in some cases, by gender.
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