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Sports-Related Concussions & Subconcussive Injuries

Quitting Contact or Collision Sport After Concussion: Tough On Family, Not Just Athlete

Retiring from contact or collision sports due to concussion history can be emotionally difficult for both athlete and parent.  Athletes who  play other sports, have clear academic goals, high self-esteem, and supportive and responsible parents fare best.

Concussions in School: Prevention and Preparation Are Key

The potential for a concussion at school is greatest during activities where collisions can occur, such as during physical education (PE) class, playground time, or school-based sports. Proper recognition and response to concussion symptoms in the school environment can prevent further injury and can help with recovery.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Delaware

On August 30, 2011, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill No. 111 into law, adding the state to the list of twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia that have enacted statutes to protect student-athletes from the dangers of concussion. 

New Study Confirms Value of King-Devick Test in Sideline Assessment of Concussion

The King-Devick Test (K-D) provides an accurate and reliable method for sideline assessment of concussion, a new study says, prompting a call by Ralph Nader to mandate its use in youth and high school sports.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Louisiana

On June 28, 2011, Governor Bobby Jindal signed S.B. 189 into law, adding Louisiana to the list of states (twenty-eight as of September 1, 2011) that have enacted strong youth sports concussion safety laws.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: District of Columbia

On July 27, 2011, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed into law the Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011, adding the District of Columbia to the list of states that have passed strong youth sports concussion safety legislation since May 2009.

Ivy League Football Completes First Season Under New Concussion Prevention Rules

The Ivy League adopted groundbreaking new rules for the 2011 football season intended to lower the risk of concussion and the number subconcussive hits, including reducing to two the number of full-contact, in-season practices allowed per week. New research suggests that such repeated hits may cause more brain damage than blows resulting in diagnosed concussions.  

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.
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