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California's Updated Youth Sports Concussion Safety Law: Steps In The Right Direction, Says Longtime Sports Official

The 7-day return-to-play waiting period and the limits on full-contact practices imposed by AB 2127, California's updated youth sports concussion safety law are steps in the right direction says an official who will be charged with its implementation, but, like any legislation, is not perfect.

NATA Issues New Concussion Position Statement

The National Athletic Trainers' Association has released a new position statement on the management of sport concussion. The statement is an update to the NATA's original 2004 concussion guidelines and addresses education, prevention, documentation and legal aspects, evaluation and return-to-play considerations. In particular, the authors amended the return-to-play guidelines and now recommend no return on the day the athlete is concussed.

Persistent Post-Concussion Symptoms Reported By Children And Teens May Be Exaggerated Or Feigned, Study Finds

Some children and adolescents who have continue to report symptoms weeks and months after suffering a concussion may be exaggerating or feigning symptoms in order to get out of schoolwork or sports or for other reasons unrelated to their injury, says a new study in the journal Pediatrics.

Exercise Program Helps Post-Concussion Syndrome By Restoring Normal Cerebral Blood Flow

Controlled aerobic exercise rehabilitation may help restore normal cerebral blood flow regulation in patients with post-concussion syndrome patients, relieving the symptoms they experience during exercise and prolonged cognitive working memory tasks such as fatigue and difficulty concentrating, finds a new study.

Concussion Rate For Female Middle-School-Aged Soccer Players 4 Times Higher Than For High School Athletes

Female middle school soccer players sustained concussions at a rate higher than their high school and college counterparts, most continued to play despite experiencing symptoms, and less than half sought medical attention, a first-of-its-kind study finds.

Full Cognitive Activity After Concussion Delays Recovery, Study Finds

Teens who continue to engage in full cognitive activity after sport-related concussion take from 2 to 5 times longer to recover than those who limit such activity, a new study has found. The findings provide important support for current concussion guidelines recommending cognitive rest during the initial stages of recovery from concussion.

Child-Specific Concussion Management Tools Needed, Study Says

Child-specific tools need to be developed and used for the diagnosis, recovery-assessment and management of their concussions, focusing less on return to play as the goal as return to learn, a new study recommends.

Gender Differences In Concussion Severity And Outcomes May Depend On Female's Menstrual Cycle

A growing body of evidence suggests that females experience more severe symptoms and take longer to recover after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) such as concussions. A new study suggests that such gender differences may in part be due to a sharp drop in hormone levels among females injured during the two weeks prior to their periods.

'Culture of Resistance' for Self-Reporting Concussions, Study Finds

Young athletes in the U.S. face a "culture of resistance" to reporting when they might have a concussion and to complying with treatment plans, which could endanger their well-being, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.
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