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Concussions common among middle school girls who play soccer

Concussions are common among middle school girls who play soccer, and may continue to play with symptoms of head trauma, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Symptoms include inability to concentrate or not thinking clearly, headache, blurry vision, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, and feeling anxious or emotional. An estimated 173,286 sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries among children an adolescents ... Read More

Birth control pills may help protect athletic women from lingering effects of head injury

Women who suffer head injuries within the two weeks before their period have a slower recovery time and poorer health up to one month after their injury, according to a new study, prompting researchers to suggest that women who participate in sports that put them at risk for head injuries may benefit from taking birth control pills. Previous studies have suggested that women who experience head trauma have greater cognitive decline, slower reaction time, more headaches, longer periods of depression, longer hospital stays and longer delays before returning to work, compared to men who suffer head injuries. The outcomes are even ... Read More

Brain injury from 2005 motorcycle crash may have caused snowboard champ’s death

A traumatic brain injury from a motorcycle crash years ago has been blamed for the death of Chelone “Chilly” Miller, a 29-year-old snowboarding champion and the younger brother of Olympic gold medalist alpine skier Bode Miller. Chelone Miller, a resident of Mammoth Lakes, California, had been staying at a friend’s house in the area when he passed away. ABC News reports that the friend found Mr. Miller unresponsive in his van and called 911. The call was relayed to paramedics, the fire department, and the Mono County Sheriff’s office around 12:45 p.m. Sunday. Responders determined Mr. Miller to be deceased ... Read More

College football games marred by spine, head injuries

Saturday’s football game between Tulane and the University of Tulsa ended with a serious spinal injury for senior safety Devon Walker, who was rushed to the hospital with a broken neck and paralysis just before the end of the first half. The injury occurred as Mr. Walker was making a tackle in the final play of the first half. Medical personnel from both teams rushed to the field as Mr. Walker lay motionless, as the crowd at H.A. Chapman Stadium fell silent. According to the AP, several coaches were emotionally distraught when the ambulance took the motionless player to a ... Read More

Frequently ‘heading’ soccer balls adversely alters brain matter, researchers find

Amateur soccer players who “head” the ball frequently while playing and practicing the no-arms-allowed sport are likely to damage their brains and develop subtle but serious declines in thinking and coordination, a new study has found. Researchers from New York City’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine presented findings November 29 at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting showing microscopic changes in brain matter among a group of amateur soccer players who played the sport since childhood. The average age of the soccer players was 31. The researchers used an advanced MRI technique to detect changes in the white ... Read More

Florida company creates first device for finding traumatic brain injury

One of the most frustrating and discouraging aspects of concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is that these injuries, as serious and complex as they are, typically don’t reveal themselves to even the most advanced medical imaging machines. Finding a TBI usually involves testing and observing the patient’s behavior, understanding the incident that caused injury, and connecting the dots. Even more severe forms of TBI can be missed by doctors, leaving patients with a multitude of emotional and cognitive problems to go untreated for days, weeks, or even years. Thankfully though, a test being developed by Alachua, ... Read More

Boxing isn’t for children, pediatric doctors warn

It seems the more doctors and researchers understand traumatic brain injury (TBI), the more overshadowed some youth sports programs become, especially those that pose a significant risk of concussion – a mild form of TBI that can have serious consequences if ignored or not properly treated. Football, hockey, and soccer have all fallen under the scrutiny of safety advocates who push for better awareness and stricter rules. Now, youth boxing programs are taking a blow. “Children and teenagers should not enter the boxing ring,” a report by the Palm Beach Post begins. The warning isn’t a new one, as the ... Read More

Alabama governor signs concussion bill into law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed a new bill into law this month that aims to reduce the number of concussions among state athletes and mitigate the damage that these mild head injuries can cause over the long term. Members of the Alabama Statewide Sports Concussion Taskforce (ASCT) helped write and sponsor the legislation with the help of several state legislators and Steve Savarese, director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. The new bill passed amid rising concerns that athletes aren’t adequately protected from concussions during play. Many players also return to the game too soon after ... Read More

New studies strengthen link between brain injury and future dementia

People who receive any form of traumatic brain injury (TBI), from a relatively mild concussion to more severe head trauma, are more likely to suffer from dementia later in life, two newly completed studies have found. One of the studies analyzed the medical records of nearly 300,000 veterans 55 and older over a seven-year period and found that service men and women who had received some form of brain injury were more than twice as likely to develop dementia as they aged. All of the study’s subjects were treated at Veterans Administration hospitals. None were diagnosed with dementia at the ... Read More

Alabama quarterback played against Florida with head injury

University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban told the press Wednesday that quarterback Greg McElroy received a head injury in the second quarter of last Saturday’s game against the Florida Gators. According to Saban, McElroy displayed such poise during the game that his head injury went unnoticed until the fourth quarter, when he started calling plays wrongly. A few days ago we reported how concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injury are affecting football players from the high school and college levels all the way to the NFL. Some researchers say that modern football helmets may be giving players ... Read More