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While much of the inquiry into concussions and repeated head trauma in sport will focus on professional players and leagues, local teams and young players should also look out for the findings.
Sleep plays a critically important role in the recovery process in the days following a concussion.
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While high-profile concussions in the NFL have brought renewed attention to the gravity of head injuries, they can also occur on the playground or during junior varsity practices – with lasting effects.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa runs onto the field before the team’s NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 29, despite a head injury during a game a few days earlier.
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was carried off the field during a game on Sept. 29 after his second injury in only a few days, raising questions about NFL concussion protocols.
Concussion doesn’t just happen in sports or only in teens and young adults; it affects people of all ages and backgrounds.
Canadian researchers are exploring unanswered questions about concussion: How to diagnose it accurately and quickly, how to predict outcomes and promote recovery, and how to prevent it altogether.
Many rugby players suffer concussions.
Our research, conducted on elite rugby players, may someday mean concussions can be diagnosed right on the pitch.
Thankfully treatment has moved on from the cold sponge of the amateur era. But brain damage continues to be a serious risk in many sports.
Cycling remains a leading example of athletes sacrificing their bodies for sporting glory.
Although a great deal of research is still required, it may one day be possible to identify and treat people either with CTE, or at risk of it.
Hip fractures are a common injury sustained in falls in long-term care.
Every year, about 70 per cent of long-term care residents have at least one fall, and half of those result in injury. Wearable gear and changes to living spaces aim to prevent falls and limit injury.
Rule changes, training strategies and equipment recommendations can help protect youth athletes from concussion.
Every year, about 10 per cent of youth athletes experience a concussion. Research shows there are steps we can take to help prevent these injuries, but we can’t be afraid to make changes.
When symptoms of a concussion persist beyond three months, this is called persistent post-concussion symptoms.
Usually people recover from concussions in a few days, or weeks at most. But 1-10% will still have symptoms three months later.
How to change cycling’s concussion culture.
More needs to be done to manage concussions in road cycling.
Liverpool goalkeeper, Loris Karius reacts after losing the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool FC.
Football could take a leaf from rugby union’s book on how to treat head-injured players, pitch side.
The changes in the brain from a concussion do not appear on conventional imaging tests such as CT scans or MRIs; nor are there any other tests to diagnose a concussion.
All parents should understand the symptoms of concussion, whether their child plays sports or not.
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.
As students return to school and prepare to join sports teams, here’s what they and their parents need to know about concussions.
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The myth that a blow to the head can both cause and cure amnesia – a common one on TV and in the movies – may have begun during the 19th century.
Will Smith as Dr Bennet Omalu.
Once the stuff of tweeting birds and rolling cartoon eyes, bumps on the head are now linked to dementia. Will Smith’s latest movie tells how sports authorities tried to cover it up.
It may be that the seemingly inhumane aim of causing your opponent to lose consciousness by punching them separates boxing from other sports.
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.