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Sports-Related Concussions & Subconcussive Injuries

Recovering from Concussion: Teachers Play Important Role

Students with a concussion may have difficulty retaining new information and retrieving information when needed. To help a student remember better, here's a list of "Top 10" cognitive strategies for parents to give to teachers.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Wyoming

Wyoming's youth sports concussion safety law (Chapter 190) was signed into law by the governor on March 10, 2011. Unlike stronger concussion laws passed in other states, the Wyoming law does not, among other things, require removal of athletes from games or practices if they are suspected to have suffered a concussion, or require medical clearance before return to play.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Idaho

A weak youth sports concussion safety law (Chapter 294) was signed into law by the governor of Idaho on April 11, 2010.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Utah

In March 2011, Utah governor Hebert signed the state's Protection of Athletes with Head Injuries Act into law requiring amateur youth sports organizations to adopt a concussion policy, provide the policy to parents, obtain their written consent before an athlete is allowed to participate, and establishing removal and return to play rules.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Colorado

On March 22, 2011, Colorado governor signed the Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act. The law is the first in the country to extend coverage to athletes as young as age 11.  It not only covers public and private school athletes but those on private youth sports clubs as well.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: South Dakota

On March 17, 2011, South Dakota became the tenth state to enact a strong youth sports concussion safety law requiring immediate removal from play of an athlete suspected of having suffered a concussion and requiring medical clearance before return to play.

Concussion Safety Education Is Personal For MomsTeam Founder

MomsTeam Founder and Publisher, Brooke de Lench, talks about the difficult decision to pull a son with a history of multiple concussions and learning disabilities out of high school football and lacrosse, and says parents should have a right to expect when they entrust their children to a sports program that it will take reasonable precautions to protect them against harm. In other words, parents have a right to expect that the entire team to whom they entrust their children's safety — including the national governing body for the child's sport, the state association, the athletic or club director, the athletic trainer (if there is one), and especially the coaches - are part of the concussion solution, not part of the problem.

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: No Direct Blow to Head or Specific Impact Magnitude Required

A concussion may result from a direct blow to the head, face, neck, or elsewhere on the body where the force of the blow is transmitted to the head. Concussions occur from blows to different parts of the head and of varying magnitude.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Texas

On June 20, 2010, Texas governor Rick Perry signed into law H.B. No. 203, the state's youth sports concussion safety law.  Dubbed Natasha's Law after Natasha Helmick, a moving force behind the law, the Texas statute is one of the most detailed and comprehensive of the twenty-three enacted to protect youth athletes since the Zackery Lystedt Law was signed by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire in May 2009.
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