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Amnesia, confusion may signal concussion
Loss of consciousness may not be the main indicator of a concussion, according to new research released today at the 29th Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). (2003-07-22)

Lowering the shoulder on bodychecking
In this issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Anthony Marchie and Michael Cusimano state that a review of the relevant literature shows that disallowing bodychecking in youth hockey is the (2003-07-21)

Age may play role in recovery following sports-related concussions
Does age play a role in how long it takes for an athlete to recover from concussion? In the first published study to examine age as a factor, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) sports concussion researchers found that high school athletes demonstrated prolonged memory dysfunction requiring longer recovery compared to college athletes. (2003-05-19)

University of Pittsburgh studies headache in sports-related concussion
Any degree of post-concussion headache in high school athletes even one week after injury likely is associated with incomplete recovery, indicating the need to keep the athlete from returning to contact play until headache and all other post-concussion symptoms resolve, according to a study by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Sports Medicine Concussion Program and published in the March-April 2003 issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine. (2003-03-14)

Women who abuse drugs are at high risk for serious injury or trauma
Women who are chronic drug users are almost 70 perecent more likely to have experienced serious injury or trauma during the past year and almost 20 percent more likely to have experienced injury or trauma during their lifetime than women who do not use drugs. (2003-03-05)

University of Pittsburgh researchers study mild concussions in high school athletes
High school athletes with even mild concussions showed significant symptoms within one week post-injury, in a study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Sports Medicine Concussion Program. The study, published in the February Journal of Neurosurgery, is the first to evaluate mild concussion in high school athletes and shows that even mild concussions can have significant effects, suggesting the need for more cautious return-to-play guidelines. (2003-01-30)

University of Pittsburgh reports effects of multiple concussions in high school athletes
A high school athlete with a history of three or more concussions who sustains a new concussion may be up to nine times more likely to experience common symptoms compared to high school athletes with no history of concussion, according to a University of Pittsburgh study, published in the November issue of the journal Neurosurgery. (2002-10-28)

Injuries uncommon in youth football, Mayo Clinic study reports
A Mayo Clinic study of youth football showed that most injuries that occurred were mild, older players appeared to be at a higher risk and that no significant correlation exists between body weight and injury. (2002-04-11)

Research: Concussion in rugby appears to be hidden epidemic
Rugby, a rough-and-tumble, high-energy contact sport similar to U.S. football but played almost worldwide, leads to far more concussions than players, coaches and medical personnel have previously thought, a new study suggests. (2001-10-10)

Chiropractic correction of upper neck injury may help reverse multiple sclerosis
A recent case study, published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR), is the first to show that correction of upper neck injuries may reverse the progression of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). (2001-06-26)

New UNC center plans intensive studies of retired athletes suffering disabilities
UNC's new Center for the Study of Retired Athletes will work closely with the NFL players' association to reduce debilitating injuries and lifelong disabilities among athletes. A recent survey has revealed interesting preliminary data, and the center's first major initiative will be a more comprehensive survey going to 3,600 retired National Football League players. The survey will be followed with a host of studies. (2001-05-15)

Review study of 'heading' ball finds no injury boost in soccer
Contrary to many parents' concerns, soccer players who cause the ball to bounce forcefully off their heads in games or practices -- a technique called (2001-05-02)

New treatment for whiplash induced headaches
Doctor's at the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine have demonstrated a new and successful technique for treating headaches stemming from whiplash injuires by injecting a steroid into the C2-3 joint where the skull connects to the spine. (2001-02-28)

Bunk beds risky for children
Children under the age of 6 are at significantly increased risk of injuring themselves falling out of bed. Especially if they sleep in the upper bunk of a bunk bed, finds a study in Injury Prevention. (2000-12-04)

New study: football players with concussion three times more likely to suffer another one
Football players who suffer the dangerous head injury known as concussion are three times more likely than other players to suffer a second concussion in the same season, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study. (2000-09-05)

Concussions may spell later trouble for football players
SAN DIEGO, CA - The first scientific survey of head injuries in professional football players suggests that head trauma from the sport may lead to later neurological problems. (2000-05-03)

There's an adult version of shaken baby syndrome in domestic violence
Adults are likely to have their own version of the shaken baby syndrome, in cases of domestic violence, confirms a study in the Journal of Accident and Emergency Medicine. Shaken baby syndrome describes the forceful and repeated shaking of babies and very young children. It is usually defined by bleeding into the eyes, swelling or clots in the brain, and bruising on the upper arms. (2000-02-23)

90 high schools will participate in UNC-CH head injury study
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are trying to make sports safer. Soon they may be able to take some of the guesswork out of how to handle head trauma. They have received two grants totaling $531,000 to support a two-year investigation of such injuries in games and practices. (1999-12-02)

Hit on the head? Hit the bench!-- New concussion guidelines urge caution for athletes, coaches, doctors
Athletes who take a serious blow to the head should see a doctor immediately and leave the game for the day if they lose consciousness or have persistent or delayed symptoms, according to new concussion guidelines based on the latest scientific research and endorsed by six major medical organizations. (1999-09-26)

Study finds concussions affect brain behavior in hockey players
Initial findings of a study on concussions and junior league hockey players show the injury appears to have a lingering effect on brain behaviour. Simon Fraser University researcher Mike Gaetz says results of a testing program involving players before and after receiving the injury raise serious questions about players' health and the risks involved in playing the game. (1999-09-23)

First link demonstrated between multiple concussions, neuropsychological deficits in college athletes
College football players who sustain multiple concussions are at risk for a decline in long-term neuropsychological function. And players with a pre-existing learning disability (LD) who have sustained multiple concussions appear to have an even higher risk of permanent injury, according to an article in the Sept. 8 JAMA. (1999-09-07)

Return to play not determined by the numbers
Once the double vision, headache and dizziness caused by a cerebral concussion disappear, team physicians must evaluate an athlete's fitness to return to play, but according to a Penn State neuropsychologist, making that decision is not easy and should be individualized, not based on group data. (1999-08-20)

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