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.
Reconsidering the rules of the game may help prevent concussions and other injuries.
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Girls’ rugby is a sport with higher than expected concussion rates. As the sport grows in popularity, preventing concussions is more effective than treating them.
Over the past two decades, researchers have gained a great deal of insight into the risks surrounding concussions – some of which has led to sweeping policy changes.
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Millions of sports-related concussions occur in the US every year. Many of them happen to high school and college athletes.
Many long COVID-19 symptoms – such as fatigue, brain fog and memory impairment – are similar to those experienced post-concussion.
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When a student suffers a concussion, their school typically offers certain accommodations – lighter workload, rest breaks, more time to complete tests. Do kids with long COVID need the same?
Rocked by recent events on the dangers of concussion at the elite level, the AFL has a perfect opportunity to adopt a wider lens and mobilise its network to keep footy safe, especially for the kids.
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Football participation among high schoolers continues to decline, as concern about brain injury increases. Could training without helmets make a difference?
The level of knowledge around concussions among parents and school personnel is not as high as it should be.
Many educators receive little or no training in how to spot brain injuries resulting from a concussion. There are ways to improve collaboration.
Protocols are now in place to treat suspected concussions during NRL matches, but this wasn’t always the case in the league.
After a report found evidence of CTE in the brains of two former NRL players, the league is facing the possibility of a class-action lawsuit. Here’s what former players would need to prove.
Linebacker Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia Oct. 21, 2018.
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The sports world is understandably eager to prevent concussions, but some of the products on the market are not helping and may even hurt, by leading people to feel protected when they are not.
A hit from Malcom Jenkins sidelined the Patriots’ Brandin Cooks for the night.
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What happened after Brandin Cooks took a massive blow during Super Bowl LII helps explain why NFL’s concussion crisis isn’t killing the sport’s popularity.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Injuries to the throwing arm of young baseball players have been increasing for years. Studies that assess pitch count are helping, but there are also actions that parents and coaches can take.
Soccer player on artificial turf.
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.
Young rugby players have a higher risk of sustaining a concussion and take longer to recover from the injury.
Parents play a vital role in managing concussions when their children play rugby.
A mother from suburban Atlanta attending an educational session about concussions with Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco in 2014.
The Super Bowl is a good time to party and celebrate, but it’s also a good time to reflect on where we stand culturally with concussions.
Helmets like this that absorb impact are used in the NFL, but not in high school.
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.