Do Youth Contact Sports Lead to Cognitive and Mental Health Problems?

Football has taken a beating in recent years. Scandals, questions and deep-seated fears revolve around concussions and CTE, mental health and cognitive disorders that are believed to occur as a result of those concussions. By extension other youth contact sports, including ice hockey, lacrosse, field hockey and even soccer have come under fire for the… Continue reading Do Youth Contact Sports Lead to Cognitive and Mental Health Problems?

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Repetitive Impact and Understanding Concussions

Are mild, run-of-the-mill impacts of the head and neck as much to blame for concussions as big hits and impacts? Do they cause similar damage to brain blood vessels? If scientists at Trinity College Dublin are correct in their findings, the answer is yes. In a study whose results were published in the Journal of… Continue reading Repetitive Impact and Understanding Concussions

Routine Football Hits Cause Damage to the Brain: Study

Football just can’t seem to catch a break. It seems like almost daily that another research study comes out warning of the dangers of football to the brain. We’ve learned to accept that big, crushing hits may cause concussions and other brain injuries. We’ve changed the rules, the helmets and our approach to blocking, tackling… Continue reading Routine Football Hits Cause Damage to the Brain: Study

Side Hits to Head Can Lead to Brain Damage, Concussion

Play contact sports for any length of time and at one point or another you’re probably going to have your ‘bell rung’ by a powerful blow to the head from a hard hit or fall. Rising awareness of the severe, abiding repercussions of strong impacts to the head — concussions, mild traumatic brain injury, neurological… Continue reading Side Hits to Head Can Lead to Brain Damage, Concussion

Consumer Products Causing Nearly 75 Percent of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Kids Under 19: Study

When we think of concussions, traumatic brain injuries and serious head and brain injuries, we tend to associate them with trauma, collisions and catastrophic incidents. It’s common to hear about concussions from football or other sports collisions, falls and accidents. Stories about children thrown from bikes or horses or who fall from heights being diagnosed… Continue reading Consumer Products Causing Nearly 75 Percent of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Kids Under 19: Study

Does Headgear Use Reduce Injuries in Women’s Lacrosse?

Headgear worn during women’s lacrosse practice and games can reduce the rate of head and face injuries as well as concussions, according to research presented by researchers in the Department of Orthopedics at the New York University Langone Health. The research was presented today at the American Orthopedics Society of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. “There… Continue reading Does Headgear Use Reduce Injuries in Women’s Lacrosse?

Blood Biomarkers May Help Predict Concussion Recovery Time

A study of high school and college football players suggests that biomarkers in the blood may have potential use in identifying which players are more likely to need a longer recovery time after concussion, according to a study published in the July 3, 2019, online issue of Neurology┬«, the medical journal of the American Academy… Continue reading Blood Biomarkers May Help Predict Concussion Recovery Time

Study Finds CTE in Both Athletes and Non-athletes

Nearly 6% of athletes and non-athletes were found to have the neurodegenerative disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the largest, and broadest, study conducted of the disease to date. The findings were published June 14 in the international journal Brain Pathology. “Generally our findings point to CTE being more common in athletes and more common… Continue reading Study Finds CTE in Both Athletes and Non-athletes

NFL Players Show Higher Disease, Mortality Risk

A first-of-its-kind comparison between elite pro athletes suggests higher overall mortality among NFL players compared with MLB players. NFL players also appear to have higher risk of dying from cardiovascular and neurodegenerative causes compared with MLB peers. The differences warrant further study of sport-specific mechanisms of disease development. Clinicians treating current and former NFL players… Continue reading NFL Players Show Higher Disease, Mortality Risk

Why Athletes Hide Concussion Symptoms

Whether or not an NCAA Division I athlete is likely to report concussion symptoms depends on factors including their vested interests, their understanding of health implications, and their team culture and societal influences drawn from narratives of performance circulating in media, according to a study published May 8, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE… Continue reading Why Athletes Hide Concussion Symptoms