Player Safety

Identifying Children at Risk for Post-Concussion Symptoms

Researchers at the University at Buffalo Concussion Management Clinic in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences have developed a decision rule using a brief, standardized physical exam for sport-related concussive brain injuries in children and adolescents that... more »

Study: Playing Football Longer Leads to More Brain Lesions

Repetitive head hits are common in football, and they're also linked to debilitating brain injuries. But rendering a definitive diagnosis typically means waiting for autopsy results after the player has died. Now, a new study... more »

Univ. of Pittsburgh ATC Donating Kidney to Colleague’s Child

A University of Pittsburgh athletic trainer is donating her kidney to save the life of a colleague's four-year-old son. Molly Trott has worked with the Panthers since 2018, primarily with the track and field program. Mary... more »

Study: Lingering COVID Symptoms Rare in Athletes

The extent and effects of prolonged symptoms in athletes following COVID-19 infection have been an area of clinical uncertainty. In a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, a group of researchers led by... more »

Light Aerobic Exercise May Help Concussion Recovery Times

According to a recent study, teen athletes recover from concussions sooner by incorporating light aerobic exercise rather than resting in a dark room. Instead of so-called "cocoon therapy," new research-supported therapy has young concussion patients... more »

Researchers Link NBA ACL Injuries to Driving Towards Hoop

For ages basketball coaches from youth leagues to the NBA preached that their players attack the rim and go for the highest percentage shot. Heck, the game even rewards this style of play — granting... more »

Q&A with Notre Dame Director of Sports Nutrition Matt Frakes

After a career of teaching healthy eating habits and cooking skills to young athletes where he's worked, Matt Frakes is bringing his experience in sports nutrition to Notre Dame. Recently hired as the Fighting Irish's... more »

NINDS Gives $10M for Youth Concussion Research

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders (and Stroke (NINDS) has awarded a $10-million grant to the Four Corners Youth Consortium, a group of academic medical centers studying concussions in school-aged children. Led by the UCLA... more »

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