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Vanderbilt study finds age doesn't impact concussion symptoms
Recent scientific findings have raised the fear that young athletes may fare worse after sustaining a sports-related concussion than older athletes. Researchers in the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center compared symptoms associated with concussion in middle- and high-school aged athletes with those in college-age athletes and found no significant differences between the two age groups. (2013-10-14)

Study paves way for better treatment of lingering concussion symptoms
The results of the study, released in Neuroscience journal, show that significant levels of fatigue and poorer brain function can persist for months, or even years, following concussion. (2019-05-15)

Women may be at higher risk for sports-related concussion than men
Women athletes are 50 percent more likely than male athletes to have a sports-related concussion, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 69th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 22 to 28, 2017. (2017-02-28)

Harvard study offers first-ever look at how NCAA concussion guidelines are followed
Though most NCAA colleges and universities have created programs to help athletes deal with concussions, a new Harvard study has found that, when it comes to specific components of those plans, many institutions still lag behind accepted standards. (2014-10-22)

Percent of teens who report having had a concussion in their lifetime
In a survey that included more than 13,000 adolescents, about 20 percent reported at least one diagnosed concussion during their lifetime, and 5.5 percent reported being diagnosed with more than one concussion, according to a study published by JAMA. (2017-09-26)

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)

After a concussion, students may need gradual transition back to academics
A concussion should not only take a student athlete off the playing field -- it may also require a break from the classroom, according to a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. (2013-10-27)

The Lancet Neurology: Post-concussion 'return to play' decision for footballers should be made solely by doctors, says new editorial
An editorial published today in The Lancet Neurology calls for sports authorities to take into consideration the long term neurological problems that repeated concussions can cause. (2014-07-13)

More evidence that vision test on sidelines may help diagnose concussion
A simple vision test performed on the sidelines may help determine whether athletes have suffered a concussion, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26-May 3, 2014. (2014-02-26)

Athletes may have white matter brain changes 6 months after a concussion
New research finds white matter changes in the brains of athletes six months after a concussion. The study will be presented at the Sports Concussion Conference in Chicago, July 8-10, hosted by the American Academy of Neurology, the world's leading authority on the diagnosis and management of sports-related concussion. The conference brings together leading experts in the field to present and discuss the latest scientific advances in diagnosing and treating sports-related concussion. (2016-07-07)

Study raises concerns that teen athletes continue to play with concussion symptoms
Despite knowing the risk of serious injury from playing football with a concussion, half of high school football players would continue to play if they had a headache stemming from an injury sustained on the field. In a new study, physicians from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center also report that approximately half of athletes wouldn't report concussion symptoms to a coach. (2013-05-06)

Is concussion associated with abnormal menstrual patterns in young women?
A study of nearly 130 girls and young women suggests concussion was associated with increased risk of having two or more abnormal menstrual bleeding patterns, according to an article published by JAMA Pediatrics. (2017-07-03)

One in 5 teens report having had a concussion in their lifetime
A new University of Michigan study confirms what many hospital emergency rooms nationwide are seeing: teens playing contact sports suffer from concussions. (2017-09-26)

Children, youth take longer to fully recover from concussion: York U study
The findings indicate that those in the age group of eight and 16 are not only vulnerable to concussions, but because their brain is still developing, they are neurologically more fragile than adults for performing tasks that require cognitive motor integration following a concussion. (2016-05-16)

Does baseline concussion testing really reduce risks to athletes?
Baseline concussion tests given to hundreds of thousands of athletes might, paradoxically, increase risks in some cases, according to a Loyola University Health System researcher. (2011-06-01)

Risk of suicide increased 3-fold in adults after a concussion
The long-term risk of suicide for adults who have had a concussion is three times higher than the population norm, and the risk increases further if the concussion occurred on a weekend, found a new study published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2016-02-08)

How is health-related quality of life for kids with postconcussion symptoms?
Children with persistent postconcussion symptoms reported lower overall, physical, emotional, social and school quality of life for at least 12 weeks after concussion than children whose concussion symptoms resolved more quickly, although even those children reported lower school quality of life, according to a new article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. (2016-10-24)

Effects of state legislation on health care utilization for kids with concussion
Children with concussion had increased health care utilization which appears to be directly and indirectly related to concussion legislation, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. (2014-12-22)

Mayo Clinic researchers develop test to gauge severity of concussions
Neurologists at Mayo Clinic in Arizona have taken a promising step toward identifying a test that helps support the diagnosis of concussion. Their research has shown that autonomic reflex testing, which measures involuntary changes in heart rate and blood pressure, consistently appear to demonstrate significant changes in those with concussion. They presented the findings at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting in San Diego this week. (2013-03-19)

Many high school football players not concerned about concussions
Despite an increase in media attention, as well as national and local efforts to educate athletes on the potential dangers of traumatic brain injuries, a new study found that many high school football players are not concerned about the long-term effects of concussions and don't report their own concussion symptoms because they fear exclusion from play. (2012-10-22)

Tip sheet for the October 26, 2004 Neurology
The next issue of Neurology contains the articles: seizures increased when brand medication switched to generic; relationship between concussion history and symptom reporting explored; patient page on concussion. (2004-10-25)

Concussions on the rise for adolescents, researchers say
Sustaining a concussion during adolescence may be more common than previous estimates, according to researchers presenting their study at the American Orhopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo., today. (2016-07-10)

Researchers find link between concussions and Alzheimer's disease
New research has found concussions accelerate Alzheimer's disease-related brain atrophy and cognitive decline in people who are at genetic risk for the condition. The findings, which appear in the journal Brain, show promise for detecting the influence of concussion on neurodegeneration. (2017-01-12)

New concussion laws result in big jump in concussion treatment
New laws regulating concussion treatment, bolstered by heightened public awareness, have resulted in a large increase in the treatment of concussion-related injuries for school-age athletes. (2014-12-22)

Concussion protocols often not followed during FIFA World Cup
In the 2014 soccer World Cup, concussion assessment protocols were not followed in more than 60 percent of plays in which players involved in head collisions were not assessed by sideline health care personnel, according to a study published by JAMA. (2017-06-27)

Concussion: How the NFL came to shape the issue that plagued it
Players kneeling during the national anthem is the most recent NFL controversy, but certainly not the first nor the biggest. (2017-10-10)

Is it really a concussion? Symptoms overlap with neck injuries so diagnosis is tough call
Athletes and others reporting cognitive difficulties after a head injury are usually diagnosed as having had a concussion. But is it really a concussion? A new study published by University at Buffalo medical faculty finds that many of the same symptoms are common to concussions and to injuries to the neck and/or balance system, known collectively as cervical/vestibular injuries. (2014-07-31)

It doesn't take a brain injury to have headache, dizziness and cognitive impairment
This study, published in the medical journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, provides an explanation for why many people with even very trivial head injuries, or even injuries to other parts of their bodies, experience incapacitating post-concussion like syndromes. (2015-05-07)

Difference found in brain area linked to memory among college football players
Preliminary research finds that within a group of collegiate football players, those who experienced a concussion or had been playing for more years had smaller hippocampal volume (an area of the brain important for memory) than those with fewer years of football experience, according to a study in the May 14 issue of JAMA. In addition, more years of playing football was correlated with slower reaction time. (2014-05-13)

Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine to host concussion summit
On Oct. 19-20, 2010, Mayo Clinic's Sports Medicine Center will host (2010-10-06)

On-field blood test can diagnose sports concussions
A brain protein, S100B, which may soon be detected by a simple finger-stick blood test, accurately distinguishes a sports-related concussion from sports exertion, according to a study of college athletes in Rochester, N.Y., and Munich, Germany, and published in PLOS ONE by Jeffrey J. Bazarian, M.D., professor at the University of Rochester. (2014-01-08)

U of A research leads to enhanced CFL concussion guidelines
Research from the University of Alberta shows CFL players are more likely to value medical tests after concussions compared to university-level players. But the professional athletes were more apt to incorrectly believe it's OK to return to the sport within 24 to 48 hours if they had no symptoms. (2013-06-05)

Concussions not taken seriously enough: McMaster researcher
Despite growing public interest in concussions because of serious hockey injuries or skiing deaths, a researcher from McMaster University has found that we may not be taking the common head injury seriously enough. (2010-01-18)

No injury spike in Bantam bodychecking
A new study by University of Calgary researchers shows that when bodychecking is introduced into Bantam ice hockey there is no difference between overall injury rates or concussion, regardless of whether players have prior bodychecking experience in Pee Wee. (2011-06-20)

Study examines concussion, cognition, brain changes in retired NFL players
A preliminary study of retired National Football League players suggests that history of concussion with loss of consciousness may be a risk factor for increased brain atrophy in the area involved with memory storage and impaired memory performance later in life, according to an article published online by JAMA Neurology. (2015-05-18)

Statin use associated with reduced risk of dementia after concussion in older adults
Concussion is a common brain injury. This observational study of nearly 29,000 adults (66 and older) diagnosed with concussion examined whether statin use was associated with risk of long-term dementia after a concussion. (2019-05-20)

Gene variation in athletes might signify longer recovery following concussion
Genetic research on concussions is progressing in many different avenues. However, researchers presenting their work at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty Day, believe there may be a new genetic connection regarding recovery rates following a sports-related concussion. (2016-03-05)

Primary care is point of entry for many kids with concussions
Many children with concussion initially sought care through primary care and not the emergency department, although younger children and those insured by Medicaid were more likely to go to the ED, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. (2016-05-31)

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)

Concussion may bring greater risks for athletes with ADHD
Athletes who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be at greater risk for experiencing persistent anxiety and depression after a concussion than people who do not have ADHD, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's Sports Concussion Conference in Indianapolis, July 20-22, 2018. ADHD is a brain disorder that affects attention and behavior. (2018-07-12)

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