Concussion News

Could the NFL ban kickoffs? Concussion concerns have idea moving closer to reality.

Des Bieler

HeadFirst Sports Injury and Concussion Care has been advocating a “Mind Your Head” theme for youth athletes since it was established in 2012.

To have children crash their heads into fixed objects is not a rationale or appropriate form of playing sports. Additionally, football helmets have done little to protect ...

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New Response to Kid Concussions Limits Radiation, Saves Money

Kristi King

HeadFirst CEO and Medical Director Dr. Robert G. Graw, Jr., M.D., agrees that CT imaging is not usually needed when head injuries are properly evaluated. "We can confirm that radiation damange from CT scans can be avoided. Studies done at HeadFirst of children who have suffered a head injury ...

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HeadFirst Sports Injury and Concussion Care Offers Clarification about New Blood Test to Detect Concussions


Robert G. Graw, Jr., M.D., founder and medical director of HeadFirst Sports Injury and Concussion Care, one of the largest concussion clinics in the country, is offering his response to this week’s announcement about U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a blood test to help ...

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Do ADHD and dyslexia make athletes more likely to get concussions?

Nicole Wetsman

Risk factors for concussion are plentiful—playing soccer, playing football, having a prior concussion, being female. In an addition to the scientific to-do list, a new report is calling for researchers and to pay attention to something else that seems to make concussions more likely: learning disabilities.

Researchers first keyed ...

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A Neuroscientist's Diary of a Concussion

Daniel J. Levitin

One evening in April, driving home from a university function, I was stopped in freeway traffic caused by roadworks somewhere up ahead when I felt a massive jolt. The back of my head hit the headrest, then my head lurched forward and I felt something hit the inside of my ...

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Concussion laws work at lowering head injury risk for young athletes, CU study finds

John Ingold

New laws that require better reporting and monitoring of concussions for high school athletes appear to be working to reduce the number of traumatic brain injuries that young players suffer, according to a study co-authored by a University of Colorado researcher.

The study found that the rates at which young ...

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How a concussion’s effects endure, long after symptoms fade

Deann Gayman

It’s clear what happens during a concussion: First, there’s a violent collision that twists the brain inside of the skull. That sends the brain’s neurons into chaos, often leaving the victim confused, dizzy and with blurred vision.

More difficult to understand is how quickly the brain begins ...

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Pediatric Concussion Called 'Grossly' Underdiagnosed in ED

Ryan Basen

WASHINGTON -- Concussions were "grossly" underdiagnosed among children presenting to a Level 1 trauma center's pediatric emergency department, according to a study presented here.

The investigators, with the New Jersey Medical School's Department of Emergency Medicine in Newark, concluded that providers need to be better educated about recognizing traumatic ...

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Recurrent concussions are down in high school sports

Carolyn Crist

(Reuters Health) - With passage of laws requiring U.S. high schools to report young athletes’ concussions, more of these head injuries are being reported – but the rate of repeat concussions has gone down, a new study shows.

Between 2009 and 2014, all 50 states and the District of Columbia passed ...

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Science explores why girls suffer lasting concussion symptoms

Wayne Scanlan

Compared with other medical science, concussion studies are so relatively new that trends and tendencies are still up for debate.

That includes this premise referenced at an Ottawa concussion symposium: are girls more prone to concussions than boys? And why do girls tend to take longer to recover from concussion ...

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Important Information for Parents: Preventing Depression During Concussion Recovery


Missing South Charlotte Teen Found Dead

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and concussion can affect a patient's emotions and emotional regulation, as in the tragic case of a teenage student athlete in Charlotte, N.C. Most people make the connection that headaches and balance problems are related to concussion ...

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Important Information for Parents: New Concerns Regarding the Dangers of Football for Children Under 12

Researchers from Boston University found that athletes who played football prior to the age of 12 were three times more likely to experience behavioral and emotional difficulties later in life. This research is adding to the trend of literature that continues to strongly suggest that playing a collision sport — like ...
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Concussion concerns: When is it safe to get back behind the wheel?

Jed Blackwell

A tool to help measure concussion patients’ responses in driving situations is helping to generate data that determines when it’s safe for those patients to get back behind the wheel.

The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) partnered with DriveSafety in Salt Lake City, Utah to develop ...

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Smartphone app helps teens with concussion recovery

Emma Stiefel

Concussion patients are routinely instructed to avoid screens, something that can make teenage patients feel socially isolated and depressed in addition to other symptoms.

But a new study has found using a specially designed app ​while under a doctor’s care could improve both symptoms and optimism in younger concussion ...

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‘Hurricane Sandy inside your brain’ — How to spot a concussion

Dino Flammia

Right around this time of year, our kids start banging heads again, gearing up for the 2017 football, soccer and cheerleading seasons. With that, New Jersey physicians hope you, and coaches, know the signs of a possible concussion and how to react.

“The vast majority of concussions in children and ...

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NFL, NIH End Partnership For Concussion Research With $16M Unspent

Laurel Wamsley

Almost five years ago, soon after the suicide of linebacker Junior Seau, the NFL announced it was donating $30 million to the National Institutes of Health for brain research. At the end of August, it appears that partnership will expire, with $16 million of the money still unspent.

"NIH officials ...

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Female athletes are closing the gender gap when it comes to concussions

Jon Hamilton

Gina Mazany grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. And that's where she had her first fight.

"It was right after I turned 18," she recalls.

A local bar had a boxing ring, and Mazany decided to give it a shot. Her opponent was an older woman with a "mom haircut ...

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Conference raises concussion awareness

Scott Johnson

With the issue of concussions becoming a hot topic in recent years, a conference was held Downtown (Jacksonville, Fla.) on Sunday, where hundreds of sports and health professionals were on hand to raise awareness.

The American Academy of Neurology Sports Concussion Conference went beyond medical professionals. Athletic trainers, coaches and ...

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New Conclusions on Concussion 'Cocooning'

Vernon Williams, M.D.

Until very recently, the widespread recommendation by the medical community to patients who had suffered a concussion was simple and straightforward: rest, rest and more rest. The trauma that the brain sustains during a concussion can be from linear forces (like when the brain is forcefully pushed up against the ...

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Three ways neuroscience can advance the concussion debate


While concussion awareness has improved over the past decade, understanding the nuances of these sports injuries, their severity, symptoms, and treatment, is still a work in progress. In the June 21 issue of Neuron, UCLA neurologists and neurotraumatologists review the science of concussions and outline several areas where neuroscience and ...

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