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

Simple Test Predicts Prolonged Symptoms of Pediatric Sports Concussions: Study

Researchers from Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado, have found that abnormal performance on the Romberg balance test can indicate that children and adolescents will experience prolonged symptoms following sports-related concussion. This finding is reported today in a new article by David R. Howell, PhD, and colleagues… Continue reading Simple Test Predicts Prolonged Symptoms of Pediatric Sports Concussions: Study

Adolescent Concussion Recovery Sped by Aerobic Exercise: Study

Adolescent athletes who sustained concussions while playing a sport recovered more quickly when they underwent a supervised, aerobic exercise regimen, a study published Feb. 4 in JAMA Pediatrics has found. The study, by University at Buffalo researchers and colleagues, is the first randomized clinical trial of a treatment in the acute phase after a sport-related… Continue reading Adolescent Concussion Recovery Sped by Aerobic Exercise: Study

Kids Concussion Symptoms Last 3X Longer Than Adults: Study

Concussion symptoms for children under 13 years old typically last three times longer than they do for older teens and adults, but keeping them out of the classroom during recovery is not necessarily the preferred treatment, according to a comprehensive research review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Parents should be aware that… Continue reading Kids Concussion Symptoms Last 3X Longer Than Adults: Study

Stress, Brain Size and Personality: A Study

Do you, or did you, breeze through tests in school? Or were you stressed about every quiz? Does risk-taking make you excited or make you hide in the corner? Are you fearful of the future or striding boldly into it? As it turns out, the difference may lie in the size of your brain. Well,… Continue reading Stress, Brain Size and Personality: A Study

Dementia in retired NFL and NHL players

New University at Buffalo research is adding important information to the body of knowledge about the cognitive and behavioral status of a group of retired professional athletes who spent their careers in contact sports. The study findings, from UB’s Healthy Aging Mind Project, were published today online before print in the Journal of Head Trauma… Continue reading Dementia in retired NFL and NHL players