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Advances in medicine help with diagnosing, treating head injuries

Concussions are hardly a new diagnosis for football players. But how the conditions are diagnosed and treated have changed dramatically through the years, especially since researchers have found that sports-related head injuries can cause serious, long-term problems. Years ago, medical professionals only labeled a head injury a “concussion” if the athlete lost consciousness. However, researchers now say that only about one in 10 concussions result in loss of consciousness, and that head blows that don’t knock athletes out can be just as dangerous as the ones that do. Testing technology for head injuries has also been revised in recent years, ... Read More

Injuries caused by concussions linger long after patient feels recovered

Damage to the brain caused by a concussion can last months after the initial injury and long after patients report feeling like they have recovered, according to a study from the University of New Mexico. Researchers say the results suggest athletes may be returning to games too quickly after head blows and could be at risk for more serious injury. Concussions occur when an external blast, jolt or impact occurs to the head. Even if the skull isn’t fractured, the brain can still be violently rattled, causing injury such as bleeding, swelling, or neuron damage. The study, published in the ... Read More

New rules are needed to protect athletes if football is to survive

Increasing reports of serious, long-term health problems from repeated blows to the head are causing more parents to keep their children out of high-impact sports like football, and leaving many to wonder if the sport is headed for extinction if new rules are not adopted to protect athletes. In the past few years, dementia-like symptoms in professional football players have made scientists wonder if brains damaged during hard hits to the head on the playing field may have contributed to their degenerative brain diseases later in life. As of 2012, 33 former National Football League (NFL) players have been diagnosed ... Read More

Researcher finds ‘profound abnormalities’ in brains of retired NFL players

A researcher studying the long-term risks of combative sports on the brains of retired professional football players said he observed “some of the most profound abnormalities in brain activity that I have ever seen.” Lead author Adam Hampshire, a neuroscientist at Imperial College London, said he saw unusual activity in the frontal lobe of retired National Football League (NFL) players as they performed cognitive tests. “(The) level of brain abnormality correlates strongly with the measure of head impacts of great enough severity to warrant being taken out of play,” he said. “It is highly likely that damage caused by blows ... Read More

Repeated head blows without concussion may lead to long-term brain damage

College football players who experience repeated blows to the head may have long-term brain damage even if they never have concussions, according to a study published in PLOS One. Researchers at Cleveland Clinic studied blood tests, brain scans, and cognitive tests to assess brain trauma in 67 football players during the 2011 football season. None of the players had concussions, but blood tests showed that five players who experienced the hardest blows to the head had higher levels of an antibody associated with brain damage. Brain scans were performed on these five players and researchers noted abnormalities that were consistent ... Read More