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Brain damage linked to concussions in football can resemble that found in elderly and comatose patients but there may be ways to prevent it so the sport continues. Toronto Argonauts’ Jeffrey Finley, left, rushes to take down Calgary Stampeders’ quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell in this August file photo. ( THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

Grey Cup haunted by brain injury risk — but doesn’t have to be

Concussions in football and other contact sports correlate with severe, long-term brain damage — but science shows it doesn't have to be that way.
There are benefits to sport participation, and it is important for parents to be aware of concussion risks, how to avoid them, and the signs when they may have occurred. (Shutterstock)

How to avoid, recognize and treat concussion in sports

As students return to school and prepare to join sports teams, here's what they and their parents need to know about concussions.
Youngsters leave a football field in 2015 after playing at halftime at a game between the Buffalo Bills and the Carolina Panthers. AP Photo/Bill Wippert

Concussions and CTE: More complicated than even the experts know

A recent study that showed that 110 of 111 brains of deceased NFL players had a serious brain disease raised concerns once again about concussions. But there's a lot we still need to know.
Michelle Vansickle, center, of Flowery Branch, Ga., during a youth football safety clinic March 18, 2014, in Alpharetta, Ga. AP Photo/Jason Getz

Concerned about concussions and brain injuries? 4 essential reads

A study of the brains of 111 NFL players after their deaths showed that 110 had degenerative brain disease. Here are some expert analyses of what can be done to stop brain injury from sports.
People with traumatic brain injuries, say after a car accident or an assault, can have behavioural problems long after their physical injuries have healed. from www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is traumatic brain injury?

Survivors of traumatic brain injuries might have behavioural issues or have problems holding down a job for years after a blow to the head or a bad fall.
Soccer player on artificial turf. From www.shutterstock.com

Why artificial turf may truly be bad for kids

Artificial turf has become popular for kids' sports as well as for professional players. The little black crumbs that help support the blades of fake grass may not be so harmless.
Helmets like this that absorb impact are used in the NFL, but not in high school. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Can headband sensors reduce underreported concussions in kids?

As many as half a million concussions in youth go unreported each year. Finding a way to measure whether a hit has occurred on the field is an important way to address these injuries.
A hit to the head can cause short-term learning problems. www.shutterstock.com

Concussions and kids: know the signs

With summer camps in session and kids riding bikes and being active, it's important to know the signs of concussions; as many as 65 percent go unreported. Here are some things you need to know.
It may be that the seemingly inhumane aim of causing your opponent to lose consciousness by punching them separates boxing from other sports. Kate Gardiner/Flickr

Should boxing be banned?

The death of a 23-year-old boxer has prompted a call by the Queensland branch of the Australian Medical Association for the sport to be banned in Australia.
Many former NFL players face the future with despair: the years after retirement can include an array of physical and financial woes. USA Today Sports/Reuters

Is there life after football for NFL pros?

The cascade of woes that have befallen former NFL players has stunned fans and casual observers. Former NFL stars Junior Seau and Dave Duerson committed suicide. All-pro Warren Sapp went bankrupt after…
Is there more to the concussion crisis than what the science can tell us? Wikimedia Commons

Concussions aren’t only a medical issue

The sports media has a fascination with concussions. Not only is there a huge volume of stories about the issue, but there’s also an urgency to the tone of the reporting. The heightened coverage has served…
Watch your head. Soccer players via Wallenrock/Shutterstock.

What every parent should know about concussions

This fall, the deaths of three high school football players were linked to direct head injuries on the field of play and one collegiate football player’s death has been potentially attributed to unresolved…

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