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Study provides the first data on concussion risk in youth football
'These are the first biomechanical data characterizing concussion risk in kids,' said Steve Rowson, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics and the director of the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab. 'Children aren't just scaled-down adults: Differences in anatomy and physiology, like head-neck proportions and brain development, contribute to differences in tolerance to head impact. These results can lead to data-driven interventions to reduce risk in youth sports.' (2020-01-21)

Buckyballs release electron-positron pairs in forward directions
New research published in EPJ D reveals the characteristics of positronium formation within football-shaped nanoparticles, C60, for the first time. At specific positron impact energies, the study shows that positronium emission dominates in the same direction as incoming positrons. (2019-12-23)

Training the brain: resilience program helps student-athletes adjust to college life
In newly published research, a unique and expanding program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been shown to improve decision-making and emotional awareness, lower perceived stress and build resilience among diverse and sometimes at-risk college athletes. (2019-12-11)

Sport-related concussions
Concussions are a regular occurrence in sport but more so in contact sports such as American football, ice hockey or soccer. The problem of diagnosing concussion is often complicated if the collision happens during a competition or training. Dr. Ingo Helmich's current study suggests clear markers for a diagnostic criterion. Helmich has been able to show that nonverbal hand movements differ between athletes with and without concussion. (2019-12-09)

Signs of life: New field guide aids astronomers' search
A Cornell University senior has come up with a way to discern life on exoplanets loitering in other cosmic neighborhoods: a spectral field guide. (2019-12-04)

Love, lies and money: Study introduces, defines and measures financial infidelity
New research from the University of Notre Dame introduces the concept of financial infidelity -- engaging in any financial behavior likely to be frowned upon by a romantic partner and intentionally failing to disclose that behavior. (2019-12-03)

Material for safer football helmets may reduce head injuries
Scientists at the University of California Santa Barbara, HRL Laboratories LLC, and the US Army Research Laboratory have developed elastic microlattice pads that can withstand both single hits and a series of impacts better than existing state-of-the-art foams used in football helmets. Their research, publishing Nov. 27 in the journal Matter, suggests that the material may pave the way for helmets that better protect football players from brain injuries caused by repeated head hits. (2019-11-27)

Changes in pupils after asymptomatic high-acceleration head impacts indicate changes in brain function
Researchers used quantitative pupillometry to detect pupillary changes in high-school athletes after they sustained a high-acceleration head impact. These pupillary changes, indicative of changes in brain function, were evident even when the athletes had no discernible symptoms. (2019-11-26)

Carbon soccer ball with extra proton probably most abundant form in space
It is one of the most common forms of carbon in space: C60, a soccer ball-shaped carbon molecule, but one that has an extra proton attached to it. This is the conclusion of research carried out at Radboud University, which has succeeded for the very first time in measuring the absorption spectrum of this molecule. Such knowledge could ultimately help us to learn more about the formation of planets. (2019-11-25)

Loyola researchers recommend increased medical sideline coverage for HS football
Researchers at Loyola Medicine recently completed a follow-up study to reassess the state of medical sideline coverage during football games and practices at the 99 Chicago public high schools. The team is led by Nathaniel Jones, MD, sports medicine specialist, who collaborated with Pietro Tonino, MD, Chief of Sports Medicine, who published a similar study in 2003. (2019-11-19)

Don't confuse luck with skill when rewarding performance
Managers and those who evaluate the performance of others, whether in the workplace or on the sporting field, are likely to be often confusing luck with skill, and over rewarding those who are just lucky, a new study reveals. (2019-11-17)

Emory researchers find college football players' weight gain leads to heart problems
Weight gain and high blood pressure in college football players leads to adverse changes in cardiac structure and function, indicating monitoring and early intervention is needed for this young and otherwise healthy athletic population, according to a new study by Emory University researchers. (2019-10-23)

No link found between youth contact sports and cognitive, mental health problems
Adolescents who play contact sports, including football, are no more likely to experience cognitive impairment, depression or suicidal thoughts in early adulthood than their peers, suggests a new University of Colorado Boulder study of nearly 11,000 youth followed for 14 years. (2019-10-21)

Changes in cardiovascular risk factors among college football players
Researchers recruited 126 college football players from two programs in Georgia and South Carolina to examine over three years how cardiovascular risk factors emerged and changed, including weight, blood pressure and heart structure and function. (2019-10-16)

Making reservations on the economic hype: Pro sports have little effect on tourism dollars
Pro sports do not translate to increased tourism dollars in terms of hotel demand, based on recent findings by West Virginia University researchers who analyzed 15 years' worth of data from hotels near the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (2019-10-16)

Study suggests why some US football players have higher cardiovascular risk
Research has shown that while elite athletes overall are at decreased risk of death from cardiovascular problems, a certain group of athletes -- football linemen in the United States -- actually have higher risk than the general population than other elite athletes. (2019-10-16)

Urbanisation costs Edinburgh over 11 hectares of green land each year
Edinburgh is losing the equivalent of around 15 football pitches of green land each year, much of which is due to private garden areas being paved over or built on, according to a new report by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. (2019-10-15)

CTE risk, severity increases with years playing American football
The risk and severity of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) increases with the number of years playing American football according to a new study that appears online in Annals of Neurology. These findings reaffirm the relationship between playing tackle football and CTE, and for the first time quantify the strength of that relationship. (2019-10-07)

How molecular footballs burst in an x-ray laser beam
An international research team has observed in real time how football molecules made of carbon atoms burst in the beam of an X-ray laser. The study shows the temporal course of the bursting process, which takes less than a trillionth of a second, and is important for the analysis of sensitive proteins and other biomolecules, which are also frequently studied using bright X-ray laser flashes. (2019-09-23)

Routine sparring in boxing can affect brain performance
Routine sparring in boxing can cause short-term impairments in brain-to-muscle communication and decreased memory performance, according to new research. (2019-09-12)

97% of footballers in the Spanish League unaware of banned substances
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Granada has also found that 95% of footballers do not even know what this agency is for. The researchers analysed a sample of 1,324 footballers from 88 different teams, including 304 players from the Professional Football League. (2019-09-06)

Player athleticism increases head impact exposure in youth football
Speed, agility and strength are definitely assets on the football field. But when it comes to hits to the head, those talents may actually increase exposure for the young athletes who account for about 70% of this country's football players. (2019-09-06)

Protein tangles linked with dementia seen in patients after single head injury
Scientists have visualized for the first time protein 'tangles' associated with dementia in the brains of patients who have suffered a single head injury. (2019-09-04)

Number of years in NFL, certain positions portend greater risk for cognitive, mental health problems
Study shows link between longer NFL career and higher risk of cognitive, mental health problems. Risk persisted over time, even 20 years following injury. Certain positions also carried elevated risk for cognitive problems, depression and anxiety. Running backs, linebackers, defensive linemen had the greatest risk for cognitive problems. (2019-08-30)

Concussions linked to erectile dysfunction in former NFL players
Former NFL players reporting concussion symptoms following head injury more likely to report erectile dysfunction and low testosterone levels. Clinicians treating patients with head trauma should inquire proactively about symptoms of ED and low testosterone. (2019-08-26)

Football scores a health hat-trick for 55- to 70-year-old women with prediabetes
A new study from the University of Southern Denmark shows that football is a surprisingly efficient type of physical training for female prediabetes patients, with impressive effects on cardiovascular health after 16 weeks of training for 55- to 70-year old women with no prior football experience. (2019-08-19)

Mathematicians of TU Dresden develop new statistical indicator
Up to now, it has taken a great deal of computational effort to detect dependencies between more than two high-dimensional variables, in particular when complicated non-linear relationships are involved. Dr. Björn Böttcher, Professor Martin Keller-Ressel and Professor René Schilling from TU Dresden's Institute of Mathematical Stochastics have developed a dependence measure called 'distance multivariance.' (2019-08-09)

Study finds routine hits playing football cause damage to the brain
New research led by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Rochester Medical Center indicates that concussions aren't the sole cause of damage to the brain in contact sports. A study of college football players found that typical hits sustained from playing just one season cause structural changes to the brain. (2019-08-07)

Football-related head hits that don't cause concussions can still injure the brain
Measures of the integrity of midbrain white matter in 38 college-level American football players changed after a season of play even though all but two of the athletes did not suffer clinically defined concussions, according to a new study. The results indicate that repeated, subconcussive head hits sustained by players over the course of a typical football game can. (2019-08-07)

Study of deceased football players with CTE examines contributors associated with dementia
This study of 180 deceased former football players who had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) investigated the association of brain white matter pathologic changes and cerebrovascular disease with dementia. (2019-08-05)

Nearly three-quarters of traumatic brain injuries in under-19s caused by consumer products
A vast report, looking at the products and activities associated with non-fatal traumatic brain injuries for youngsters aged up to 19, in 66 US hospitals' emergency departments, has revealed that floors, beds and American football are posing some of the greatest risks. (2019-07-29)

Former NFL players may face higher risk of atrial fibrillation
Former National Football League (NFL) players were nearly 6 times more likely to have atrial fibrillation (AF), a type of irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke. Former NFL athletes had lower risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and had lower resting heart rates compared to the control group, yet the incidence of atrial fibrillation was still higher. (2019-07-24)

'Kneeding' a break: First evidence ACL injuries an overuse failure
Repetitive knee stress and failure to accommodate sufficient rest between periods of strenuous exercise may be key factors behind the rapid rise in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in world sport, a new international study has found. (2019-07-23)

Study: Rugby-style tackling may have lower force of impact than football-style tackling
The style of tackling used in rugby may be associated with a lower force of impact than the style used in football, according to a preliminary study of college athletes released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology Sports Concussion Conference in Indianapolis July 26-28, 2019. (2019-07-16)

Over-conditioning kills: Non-traumatic fatalities in football is preventable
Most non-traumatic fatalities among high school and college football athletes do not occur while playing the game of football, but rather during conditioning sessions which are often associated with overexertion or punishment drills required by coaches and team staff, according to research presented today at the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. The research was presented by Dr. Barry P. Boden of The Orthopaedic Center, Rockville, Md. (2019-07-13)

Does autograft choice in ACL reconstruction affect recurrent ACL revision rates
Young athletes who have anterior cruciate ligament surgery are more likely to need an additional surgery if they received a hamstring graft compared to a bone-patellar tendon-bone graft, according to research presented today at the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. The research was conducted by group of clinicians led by Dr. Christopher C. Kaeding of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. (2019-07-12)

Study finds no correlation between brain function & head impacts after 2 seasons of tackle football
To date, most studies that have attempted to understand connections between neurocognitive function and sub-concussive head impacts have been retrospective -- and inconclusive. (2019-07-11)

HSE scholars propose new method for measuring individual well-being
Researchers at HSE University have applied an emotion recognition method to measure the subjective well-being of individuals. Their initial tests were carried out with football fans, by measuring their emotional state. It turned out that, on average, uncertainty about a match result can increase the probability of unhappiness by 13.6%. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Happiness Studies. (2019-07-10)

After concussion, biomarkers in the blood may help predict 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 of Neurology. (2019-07-03)

Largest study of CTE finds it in 6% of subjects
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. Kevin F. Bieniek, Ph.D., of UT Health San Antonio is the lead author. (2019-06-20)

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