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Study Shows Age Not a Major Factor in Brain Changes Among Youth Football Players

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans performed at the beginning and end of football season show significant changes in the brain’s white matter in both youth and high school football players, reports a study in Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. The …

Kickoff Change Leads to Concussion Drop in Ivy League Football

Concussions plunged in Ivy League football after the kickoff line was moved to thwart what might be the game’s most dangerous play, according to a study published Monday. The aim of the 5-yard move was to have more kickoffs land …

Researchers Say New Blood Test Detects TBIs, Not Concussions

A new blood test approved by the Food and Drug Administration is being characterized by the agency and news reports as a way to detect concussion. But a University at Buffalo expert on concussion says those reports are misleading. “Calling …

Safety Risk Considered for Teams That Offer Several Football Helmets

Oregon football players used three helmets last season – green, black and white – that were mixed and matched with myriad uniform combinations. The Ducks were pioneers in football fashion and other schools have followed, using helmets to make a …

Brains Take Major Hit When Seniors Fall

Elderly people are suffering concussions and other brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates, according to a new report from U.S. government researchers. The reason for the increase isn’t clear, the report’s authors said. But one …

Widow of Chargers’ Paul Oliver Sues NFL After His Suicide

The National Football League was sued by the widow of former San Diego Chargers defensive back Paul Oliver, claiming his suicide last year was the result of head trauma and concussions he sustained. The NFL ignored, minimized and disputed the …

Ex-High School Football Coach Focuses on Youth Sports Injuries

The opposing running back from Jack Crowe’s first game as a fulltime high school coach died after a hit later in the 1972 season. Auburn’s starting fullback in 1983, Greg Pratt, collapsed and died after a preseason workout. Those two …

White House Plans Youth Sports Concussions Summit

President Barack Obama is planning to host a White House summit on youth sports safety and concussions later this month. The May 29 conference will include athletes, parents, coaches, experts and other interested parties. Obama has expressed concern about concussions …

Football Helmets Do Little to Protect Against Concussions: Study

A new study finds that football helmets currently used on the field may do little to protect against hits to the side of the head, or rotational force, an often dangerous source of brain injury and encephalopathy. “Protection against concussion …

Higher Altitudes Result in Reduced Concussion Rates in High School Sports

According to a recent study done by doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, high school athletes who play collision sports at higher altitudes are less likely to suffer from concussions than those who play at lower altitudes. The doctors …