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Concussion in Winter Sports

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Get prepared for concussions on and off the ice and slopes. Learn the symptoms and danger signs and keep an action plan on hand.

Each winter, hundreds of thousands of young athletes head out to ice and ski slopes to enjoy, practice, and compete in a wide variety of winter sports. There's no doubt that these sports are a great way for kids and teens to stay healthy, as well as learn important leadership and team-building skills. But there are risks to pushing the limits of speed, strength and...

Get prepared for concussions on and off the ice and slopes. Learn the symptoms and danger signs and keep an action plan on hand.

Each winter, hundreds of thousands of young athletes head out to ice and ski slopes to enjoy, practice, and compete...

Recovery from Concussions in Young Athletes May Take Longer Than Thought

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- New research shows how a concussion can cause damage in a young athlete's brain that may last longer than thought.

In a preliminary study of 12 children with sports-related concussions, the majority experienced immediate decreased blood flow to their brains. Nearly two-thirds showed persistent, significant differences compared to non-injured athletes after two weeks, and one-quarter still had low blood flow to the brain more than a month after the...

New Football Helmets No Better Than Leather

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By James B. Kelleher

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Modern football helmets are no more effective in protecting high school and college players from injury than the leather helmets used nearly 100 years ago, according to a new study by the Cleveland Clinic.

Researchers conducted impact tests on the latest, high-tech helmets and low-tech old ones that mimicked the hits young players routinely suffer on the field and that lead to thousands of concussions each year.

"What we tested were common, everyday...

CDC Finds 60 Percent Increase in Youth Athletes Treated for TBIs

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Greatest numbers of visits caused by bicycling, football, and playground activities

Emergency department visits for sports– and recreation–related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, among children and adolescents increased by 60 percent during the last decade, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC experts believe much of the increase occurred because more adults realized the youngsters needed to be seen by health care...

More Kids Treated for Concussions in ERs

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Increased awareness of traumatic brain injury may be driving this trend, researchers say

THURSDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past decade, the number of children treated in emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, increased 60 percent, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2009, ERs in the United States saw 248,418 children with traumatic brain injuries compared to 153,375 similarly injured children in...