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Concussion Definition, Causes and Myths

Is There A "Head Count" for Soccer?

A new study linking frequent heading of a soccer ball with changes to the white matter of the brain and poorer performance on a neurocognitive test of memory is likely to add fuel to the fire of a 30-year-old debate about the effects of heading.

Sports Concussion Myths and Misconceptions

Sports concussion myths are still common, despite increased media focus and education in recent years. Here are the facts.

Minimize Head Injury Risk By Monitoring Field Hardness

A properly maintained playing surface can help reduce head injury risk. Whether natural or synthetic turf, field management practices directly affect field hardness and, in turn, the risk of head injury. As a result, monitoring field hardness is key.

Type, Age, Reconditioning History Do Not Affect Concussion Risk, Study Finds

The risk of sustaining a concussion in high school football is not effected by the brand, age or recondition status of the helmet, nor by the type of mouth guard worn, says a new study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine finds.

Migraines As Risk Factor for Prolonged Concussion Recovery

A history of pre-existing migraine headaches may be a risk factor for a concussion and may be associated with a prolonged recovery.

Every Concussion Is Different But Have Four Common Features

The 5th International Consensus Statement On Concussion In Sport leaves unchanged the definition of sport-related concussion but notes that it provides no insights into the underlying process through which the brain is impaired, fails to distinguish between grades of severity, and leaves unresolved the question of whether concussion is on the same spectrum as severe traumatic brain injury.

High Concussion Rate in Boys' Lacrosse Blamed On Intentional Head-to-Head Contact With Defenseless Players

Lacrosse may be the fastest-growing high school boy's sport in the United States, but only football and ice hockey have higher concussion rates. A 2013 study pinpoints the possible culprit: widespread and intentional use of helmets during player-to-player contact, often to defenseless players, and usually without a penalty being called.

Concussion Risk Doesn't End with School Year

Because summer sports are less likely to be staffed by an athletic trainer or other health care professional with specialized expertise in recognizing and treating concussion, parents need to be especially vigilant to the signs and symptoms of concussion.

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.
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