concussions

Study Suggests Concussions Worsen if Fighters Cut Weight Before Match

Fighters who rapidly cut weight before bouts are at a higher risk of suffering concussions or being misdiagnosed with head trauma, researchers have revealed for the first time. More than 60 percent of athletes in... more »

Eye Movements Could Indicate Athletes Who Suffered Concussions

Concussions continue to take up headspace in the minds of sports medicine professionals around the globe. Such is the case for Anthony Kontos, research director of the Sports Medicine Concussion Program at the University of... more »

Urine Protein Biomarkers Could Be Used To Diagnose Concussions

A concussion can be frustratingly hard to diagnose and track. The injury doesn't show up on routine brain scans, and there is no definitive diagnostic test. It's usually diagnosed based on symptoms, and, in athletes,... more »

Study: No Ties Between Youth Football & Brain Issues

New research suggests that head trauma and concussions aren't linked to problems with memory, attention, processing speed, or behavior in 9- to 12-year-olds who play youth football for a few seasons. "It is reassuring that we... more »

UD Professor Shares Expertise with ManU Medical Seminar

It's been reported that women soccer players face a greater risk of serious injury when heading the ball than men. The risk for concussion can be so great, it was the focus of a discussion... more »

NFL, UW Team Up to Research Sports-Related Concussions

The NFL partnered with researchers at the University of Wisconsin to learn more about why sport-related concussions happen, and what they can do to prevent them, according to a report from WEAU.com. UW offensive/defensive lineman... more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Study Suggests Month-Long Recovery from Concussions

According to the largest study of concussions ever conducted on American student-athletes, the recovery time has been extended to 28 — up from the previously suggested normal recovery time of 14 days. The study, published... more »

Study: Female Athletes’ Concussion Rates Twice as High as Males

The epidemiology of sports-related concussions (SRCs) and closed head injuries (CHIs) in high school females remain largely undefined at the national level, especially for unorganized sports and recreational activities such as equestrian and snow-related sports.... more »

WVU Researchers Working to Keep High School Athletes Safe

As they settle into a new high school year, student-athletes don’t just have to protect themselves from COVID-19. They also have to protect themselves from the heat, cardiac arrests, traumatic brain injuries, and several other... more »

The Physical Exam of the Concussed Athlete

Sports are second only to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of traumatic brain injury among people aged 15 to 24. Concussions in high school athletics represent 8.9% of all injuries occurring from sports.... more »

Study: Reduced Head Impacts Among Youth Football Players

According to a study conducted by Sanford Research, there's been a 79 percent reduction in head impacts after studying a youth football team for eight consecutive seasons. The study, entitled "Head Impact Exposure of a... more »

Are Concussions Worse for Women Athletes?

As the popularity of women's professional athletics continues to grow, so too does the spotlight on the athlete's health and wellness — particularly in terms of concussions and sub-concussive hits. A growing body of data... more »

USA Football’s Medical Advisory Panel Advance Smarter, Safer Play

USA Football announced this week its Medical Advisory Panel, comprised of experts to assist the sport’s national governing body in delivering leading athlete health and safety standards to America’s grassroots football family. A member of... more »

Saliva Tests for Concussions: The Next Factor in Diagnosis?

For all the advancements made with the management of athletes’ injuries, concussions still remain a complicated matter for everyone involved. Identifying the long-term side effects has impacted the way everyone approaches them, but there’s still... more »

Concussion Biomarkers Highlight NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance Conference

The emergence of concussion biomarkers was among the critical research shared at the fourth annual Grand Alliance Concussion Conference. The NCAA Sport Science Institute and... more »

Study Shows Significant Benefit of PolarCap in Recovery from Concussions

PolarCool AB (publ), a Swedish medical device company focusing on the treatment of sports-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) and whiplash, announced that it has submitted a 510(k) pre-market notification to the U.S. Food and Drug... more »

Study: Ball Adjustment Could Reduce Head Injury Risk in Soccer Players

Up to 22% of soccer injuries are concussions that can result from players using their heads to direct the ball during a game. To reduce the risk of injury, a new study recommends preventing how... more »

Saliva Concussion Tests Pave Way for Potential Non-Invasive Sideline Test

Distinct chemical 'signatures' for concussion have been identified in the spit of elite male rugby players, reveals research published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. This potentially paves the way for a non-invasive and... more »

The High School Sports with Highest Risk for Head Injuries

Researchers outfitted high school athletes with head impact sensors to see which of four popular sports put them at the greatest risk of concussion. No. 1 for both boys and girls: Soccer, according to a... more »

FDA Authorizes Q-Collar Use to Help Protect Brains

The FDA announced last week that it authorized the Q-Collar, made by Q30 Sports Science, for protecting the brain during sports activities. Q30 Sports Science’s Q-Collar is a C-shaped collar worn around the neck designed... more »

Study: Lack of Sleep, Stress Can Lead to Concussion-Like Symptoms

A recent study suggests that many people may be going through life with concussion-like symptoms despite never suffering a concussion. Furthermore, the study suggests that student-athletes recovering from a brain injury should be assessed and... more »

USA Gymnastics to Provide Members Cutting-Edge Concussion Education Resources

USA Gymnastics has announced a new partnership with nonprofit education innovator TeachAids to provide members access to CrashCourse materials as part of the organization’s commitment to athlete health and wellness. CrashCourse content, which was created... more »

Study: HS Athletes Need More Recovery Time From Concussions

According to a new study from the Henry Ford Health System's Sports Medicine Research, high school athletes in multiple sports need more recovery time from concussions. The study was published in Orthopedics, a national peer-reviewed... more »

UW-Madison Study Suggests Concussions Don’t Cause Long-Term Depression

A study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests that concussions do not have long-term effects of depression on high school athletes, according to a report from OnFocus.com. The "Longitudinal Assessment of Depressive Symptoms After... more »

Concussions Still on the Mind in Football

With the start of the NFL season kicking off Thursday night, and with NCAA and high school football already underway in many states amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some sports health professionals are still mindful of... more »

Study: Altering starting position may reduce head injuries

According to a recent study, offensive linemen experienced roughly 40 percent fewer hits to the head when they began the play in a two-point stance as opposed to a three-point stance. The research was conducted... more »

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