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Concussions & Kids- Mind the Signs

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jul 6, 2016 10:59:08 AM

Head trauma is a major public health concern in the United States, with indirect and direct health-care costs approaching nearly $1 billion annually. Worse, head trauma also can cause short and long-term health problems and, in children, problems with
academics, headaches, and behavioral health issues.

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Topics: Concussion, Young Athletes, sports injury

New Tech Helps Detect Injuries

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Sep 25, 2015 7:00:00 AM

concussionToday's athletes and athletic trainers are embracing new tech like low-level laser therapy or whole-body vibration to help treat and prevent injuries. And now new technology may be on the way to help athletic trainers, coaches and sports medicine physicians go even further and actually detect injuries. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Concussion, Research

"Brains" Talking About Brains: Concussion Conference Promises Results

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jun 26, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Leading authorities on brain trauma recently took an unusual step in discussing improvements in the treatment of concussion, one of the most common sports injuries in both amateur and professional athletes: They invited the public to take part in the national discussion.

The recent "Concussion: A National Challenge" conference included members of the public such as entrepreneurs of concussion-related medical technology, medical students, researchers, athletic trainers and anyone with an interest in concussion (the conference was also publicly available via webstream).

The broad scope of the conference also set it apart, focusing on everything from concussion's microscopic effects on the brain to experts on real-life collisions that can lead to head injuries. 

As a result, it's hoped that conferences like these will result in better questions being asked and further collaboration among interested parties, including making an impact nationally with groups such as the NFL and NCAA.

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Concussion, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Research, Athletic Trainers, Sports Medicine

Move Laser Forward as a Treatment for Brain Injuries

Posted by Curtis Turchin, M.A., D.C. on Jun 12, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Stroke. Sports injuries. Anxiety. Car accidents. At first glance, these differing incidents have little in common.

However, recent studies have shown that brain and nervous system disorders resulting from these conditions and incidents could have a common treatment: low-level laser therapy

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Concussion, Low Level Laser Therapy, Young Athletes, Mental Health, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Research

How Your FitBit Can Help Treat Concussions

Posted by The Athletic Edge on May 29, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Even if you're not wearing a FitBit, you probably know someone who is. The popular wearable tracks the number of steps you take daily, as well as your sleep habits, other health information--and now, concussions.

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Concussion, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Research, Athletic Trainers

Study: Brand, Age of Helmet Doesn't Impact Concussion Risk

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Feb 16, 2015 2:29:59 PM

Any helmet--no matter the brand name or price point--will help reduce concussion risk, says a new study. Wisconsin's WKBT-La Crosse reports on a University of Wisconsin study that examined high school football players using helmets in a real-world setting. The study also looked at mouthguards and found that custom-fitted models actually increased concussion risk by 60 percent.

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Concussion

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