• Study Will Examine Role of Exercise on Concussion Recovery

    by Henry L. Davis March 2016

    Concussion studies in recent years at the University at Buffalo upset conventional medical wisdom by casting doubt on long-held recommendations for prolonged rest after the first few days of injury. Instead, the UB researchers suggested just the opposite. Their work showed that controlled aerobic exercise may be the best way to hasten recovery.

  • Lawsuit: Concussion Protocol Missteps Led to Paralysis

    by Jason Scott March 2016

    The family of a former football player at Belt High School in Montana filed a lawsuit this week, claiming negligence in a series of events that has left him paralyzed.

  • Opinion: NFL's Concussion Admission Just a Cash Grab

    by Rick Morrissey March 2016

    Last month, a neurosurgeon affiliated with the NFL's head, neck and spine injury committee said there was no proven link between football and degenerative brain disease. A day later, commissioner Roger Goodell said of safety issues in the sport, "there's risks in life, there's risks to sitting on the couch.'' On Monday, the league finally acknowledged that there is a connection between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease that affects the brains of those who have had repeated concussions.

  • NFL Exec: Link Exists Between Football, Brain Diseases

    by Jason Scott March 2016

    For the first time, a high-ranking NFL official admitted that there is a link between the head trauma produced in football and degenerative brain diseases like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

  • Private Schools to Offer Tackle/Flag Football Hybrid

    by Jim Paulsen March 2016

    Seeking to address dwindling participation numbers and hoping to quell parental fears about the safety of football, the Independent Metro Athletic Conference (IMAC) held a panel discussion on Feb. 29 to introduce some significant changes to the way football is offered by member schools. Six private schools - Blake, Breck, Minnehaha Academy, Mounds Park Academy, Providence Academy and St. Paul Academy and Summit School - make up the IMAC. All six are pre-K through 12 institutions. Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, conference schools will offer flag football only to students in grades five and six, and a modified "hybrid" of tackle and flag football in grades seven and eight.

  • Study: Concussions Have Long-Term Effects on Kids

    by Shawn Ryan March 2016

    Until recent years, clinical studies of concussions in children focused upon the immediate event. An injured child would be observed until his or her severe symptoms had cleared. At that point, normal activity could be resumed. Surprisingly little is known about possible long-term consequences of concussions that occur during pre-adolescent years. Most studies have concluded that children recover quickly from injury with few lasting effects. But one report last year used follow-up interviews by telephone to determine that almost 12 percent of children evaluated for concussion in an emergency room still had symptoms three months later. Other recent studies uncovered persistent changes in memory and behavior in children who had suffered a concussion. A January 2016 report in the International Journal of Psychophysiology provides fresh insights into lasting changes in brain function that occur in children who sustained concussions.

  • Can Hemp Help Treat Brain Injuries?

    by Chris McGaughey March 2016

    Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon calls himself old school, including his use of marijuana both during and after his career. Yet McMahon s stab at self-medicating could be ahead of its time. Researchers at Johns Hopkins plan to test whether a compound found in hemp and its notorious cousin, cannabis proves as effective in treating brain injuries as testimonials claim. Some former players believe cannabidiol, or CBD, could help millions who suffer brain injuries each year, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease caused by repeated concussions and found in many former NFL players whose brains have been autopsied.

  • Concussion Study Looks at Eye and Blood Tests, Imaging

    by Jeremy Olson March 2016

    Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota are launching what's billed as the nation's largest study of concussions and traumatic brain injuries, combining discoveries in brain imaging, blood analysis and eye tests to find a more accurate way to detect the injuries' severity and long-term ramifications. The two Minnesota institutions are joining with Chicago-based Abbott, a pharmaceutical and device manufacturer, which has studied whether "biomarkers" in blood show up after people suffer head injuries.

  • Temple, Penn to Join $30M Concussion Study

    by Sam Wood March 2016

    The $30 million research project, paid for by the NCAA and the Department of Defense, also involves 28 additional schools and health-care institutions, including Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. It was launched in 2014.

  • Could Pop Warner Settlement Signal the End of Football?

    by Erik Brady March 2016

    A settlement in the case of a former Pop Warner football player who committed suicide at 25 and had CTE is apparently a first of its kind and raises questions about the future of youth football.