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Concussion treatment: Adolescent athletes 'prescribed' aerobic exercise recovered faster
Adolescent athletes who sustained concussions while playing a sport recovered more quickly when they underwent a supervised, aerobic exercise regimen, a study published Feb. (2019-02-04)
Mental health disorders common following mild head injury
A new study reveals that approximately 1 in 5 individuals may experience mental health symptoms up to six months after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), suggesting the importance of follow-up care for these patients. (2019-01-30)
Brain vital signs capture undetected impairments in ice hockey players with concussions
A team of brain researchers have published results from a multi-year hockey concussion study, which tracked young Junior A male ice hockey players using a new brainwave monitoring method called 'brain vital signs.' The study showed that 'brain vital signs' -- a breakthrough for analyzing complex brainwave data to provide a simple and objective physiological evaluation of brain function -- is more sensitive in detecting brain function changes related to concussion than existing clinical tests. (2019-01-17)
Athletes should build neck strength to avoid concussions, Rutgers researchers recommend
Rutgers researchers have proposed a solution for athletes at higher risk for sports-related concussions, such as football and soccer: Protect your head with neck-strengthening exercises in the pre-season. (2019-01-16)
Quality of life in adolescents recovering from sports-related concussion or fracture
Researchers studied health-related quality of life in adolescents with sports-related concussion or extremity fracture during their recovery periods. (2019-01-15)
Increased risk of comorbid neck injury in females with a concussion-related ED visit
In a study of neck injury comorbidity in concussion-related emergency department (ED) visits in Ontario, Canada, females had significantly higher odds than males of sustaining a comorbid neck injury in a multitude of circumstances and stages of their lives. (2019-01-07)
Researchers suggest ways to reduce head impacts in youth football
The high head impact and concussion rates in football are of increasing concern, especially for younger players. (2018-12-21)
Study examines head impacts, changes in eye function in high school football players
Head impacts in youth sports, even when they don't cause symptoms of concussion, are a public health concern because these so-called subconcussive head impacts may result in long-term neurological issues if they are sustained repeatedly. (2018-12-20)
Study from Indiana University aims to better understand repetitive head impacts in sports
A new study by Indiana University researchers has found that eyeball and eyelid movement, or oculomotor function, which is used to detect symptomless brain injury, can be impaired by mild, repetitive head impacts in football players. (2018-12-20)
UNH researchers find lasting impact of concussions on young adults
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found that young adults who experienced repetitive mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), or concussions, can experience persistent cognitive changes as well as altered brain activity. (2018-12-19)
MRI technique shows unique signatures of concussion in rugby players
The research team studied the brains of young female athletes and used a technique that combined multiple brain imaging measures to be able to look at structural and functional information at the same time. (2018-12-19)
New findings on concussion in football's youngest players
New research from Seattle Children's Research Institute and UW Medicine's Sports Health and Safety Institute found concussion rates among football players ages 5-14 were higher than previously reported, with five out of every 100 youth, or 5 percent, sustaining a football-related concussion each season. (2018-12-13)
Youth football changes nerve fibers in brain
MRI scans show that repetitive blows to the head result in brain changes among youth football players, according to a new study. (2018-11-29)
Playing youth football could affect brain development
Young football players may experience a disruption in brain development after a single season of the sport, according to a new study. (2018-11-26)
Playing high school football changes the teenage brain
A single season of high school football may cause microscopic changes in the structure of the brain, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (2018-11-16)
UCLA cell study reveals how head injuries lead to serious brain diseases
UCLA biologists reveal the hidden molecular basis of brain disorders and provide the first cell atlas of the hippocampus -- the part of the brain that helps regulate learning and memory -- as it is affected by traumatic brain injury. (2018-11-16)
Concussion associated with suicide risk
Experiencing concussions or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) was associated with increased risk of suicide in a new analysis but the absolute risk was small because nearly all patients diagnosed with concussion or TBI didn't die by suicide. (2018-11-12)
New concussion recommendations for kids
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its concussion recommendations to support children and teens engaging in light physical activity and returning to school as they recover. (2018-11-12)
Mild blast forces cause brain pathology and deficits, despite lack of macroscopic damage
Using a rat model of bTBI, researchers show how even mild exposure to a single blast shock wave is able to induce small but potentially very meaningful pathogenic effects that accumulate with time. (2018-11-09)
New research shows symptom improvement after concussion in children varies
Age and sex must be taken into consideration when looking at children's recovery after a concussion, say researchers at the CHEO Research Institute. (2018-11-05)
Disrupted circadian rhythms may drive anxiety and exacerbate brain disorders
Sleep disruptions are associated with many brain disorders, including anxiety, dementias, and traumatic brain injury. (2018-11-05)
Good sleep quality encourages better recovery after sport-related concussion
Abstract of findings suggest sleep is not only important for physical, mental, and cognitive well-being, but also seems to play a pivotal role in the recovery of the brain following a sport-related concussion. (2018-11-02)
New study finds evidence of brain injuries in football players at surprisingly young age
A new study by Orlando Health reveals that lasting evidence of brain injuries is present at an alarmingly young age. (2018-11-01)
Concussion and college football: how many hits to the head is too much?
Whether some American football players suffer from concussion after a hit on the head may depend on the number and severity of head impacts that they sustain in the days, weeks, and months leading up to the concussion, rather than a single large head impact. (2018-10-26)
Football players' concussions linked to dyslexia gene
A gene associated with dyslexia, a learning disorder, may make some athletes less susceptible to concussions, reports a new study. (2018-10-23)
Cumulative sub-concussive impacts in a single season of youth football
In an investigation of head impact burden and change in neurocognitive function during a season of youth football, researchers find that sub-concussive impacts are not correlated with worsening performance in neurocognitive function. (2018-10-15)
Did rate of concussions change following experimental kickoff rule in Ivy League football?
The kickoff return in football has been associated with a substantial number of concussions because players run toward each other and there is potential for significant hits. (2018-10-01)
How can we reduce concussions in football? Change kickoffs, experts say
A new study published today in JAMA points to one way to make American football safer: move the kickoff line. (2018-10-01)
How common are traumatic brain injuries in children?
An estimated 2.5 percent of US children have experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI) during their lifetime based on reports from parents in an analysis of national survey data. (2018-09-24)
Researchers find children experience concussion symptoms three times longer than adults
Parents should be aware that significant changes in concussion treatment have emerged in recent years. (2018-09-17)
Chronic diseases driven by metabolic dysfunction
Progress in treating chronic illness, where the cause of the problem is often unknown, has lagged. (2018-09-07)
Concussions loosen insulation around brain cells
Detailed scans of concussed hockey players found that the protective fatty tissue surrounding brain cell fibers was loosened two weeks after the injury -- even though the athletes felt fine and were deemed ready to return to the ice. (2018-09-04)
CDC Guideline on diagnosis, management of mild traumatic brain injury in children
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention evidence-based guideline on the diagnosis and management of mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) in children is detailed in a special communication article. (2018-09-04)
Tight-knit teammates may conform to each other's behavior
In a study with NCAA athletes, researchers found that the more closely a player identified as being part of their team, the more likely they were to conform to their teammates' behavior. (2018-08-29)
Head and neck positioning affects concussion risk
The way our head and neck are positioned during a head-on impact may significantly affect the risk of concussion -- but tensed up neck muscles seem to offer far less protection. (2018-08-22)
Traumatic brain injury may be associated with increased risk of suicide
An increased risk of suicide was associated with those residents of Denmark who sought medical attention for traumatic brain injury (TBI) compared with the general population without TBI in a study that used data from Danish national registers. (2018-08-14)
Study of 21 retired NFL and NHL players doesn't find evidence of early onset dementia
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. (2018-08-07)
Wearable devices: Useful medical insights or just more data?
Despite the popularity of wearable devices to track and measure health and sports performance, a new review highlights how surprisingly little we know we know about how well these sensors and machines work -- let alone whether they deliver useful information. (2018-08-02)
Half of female students experience psychological distress, CAMH study shows
For the first time, just over 50 per cent of female students in Ontario, Canada show signs of moderate to serious psychological distress, according to the latest Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), released by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). (2018-07-25)
Contact sports associated with Lewy body disease, Parkinson's disease symptoms, dementia
There is mounting evidence that repetitive head impacts from contact sports and other exposures are associated with the neurodegenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and dementia. (2018-07-25)
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