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Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts Including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Concussion Reduces Blood Flow To Brain Which Often Lasts More Than 30 Days

The absence of concussion symptoms doesn't mean the brain has fully recovered, suggests two new studies, one finding that blood flow and carbon dioxide levels in the brains of athletes are reduced under the stress of exercise for three to seven days after a concussion, the second finding significant reductions in cerebral blood flow in young athletes which persisted more than 30 days after injury.

Impact of Concussion On Teen's Ability to Drive Often Overlooked

Often overlooked by parents after their teen suffers a sports concussion is the effect that it can have on their ability to drive a car, effecting reaction time, judgment and awareness, says mom of a concussed athlete, Dorothy Bedford.

Are Parents Who Allow Young Athletes To Play Contact or Collision Sports Guilty of Child Abuse?

As long-time visitors to MomsTeam or readers of my blog and 2006 book, Home Team Advantage, know, I have always taken a somewhat expansive view of what constitutes child abuse in the context of sports. 

Parents who allow their children - particularly elementary school age-children  - to participate in collision sports are not engaging in child abuse simply by letting them play.

NHL Star Had CTE: Degenerative Disease Linked To Repeated Brain Trauma

An autopsy has revealed that former NHL star Rick Martin was suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease linked to repeated brain trauma.

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.

Effects of Concussion: Subtle Yet Prolonged For Those With Multiple Concussion History

Multiple concussions in high school athletes impair sustained attention and cognitive flexibility for a long period of time after the injury.  Youth athletes who have sustained two or more previous concussions but who do not report or demonstrate any physical, medical, or cognitive difficulties related to a history of concussion report significantly lower academic GPAs, and more concussion-related symptoms.

Concussions Impair Cognitive Function in College Athletes

College-age athletes who had previously suffered a concussion performed more poorly on tests for verbal memory than those who had not, according to a new study presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine and 2nd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® in June 2011.

Multiple Concussion History Linked to Continuing Symptoms

Student athletes with a multiple concussion history are significantly more likely to experience continuing concussion-related symptoms such as headache, balance problems, dizziness than their peers with a history of one or no concussions, finds a new study to be published in the journal Neurosurgery.

Post-Concussion Syndrome: When Symptoms Persist

While concussion symptoms usually clear within a week to ten days, in some cases, an athlete's physical, cognitive, emotional, and/or behavioral symptoms persist, a condition known as post-concussion syndrome (PCS). 
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