Mosaic – Women athletes are twice as likely as men to get concussed – and the effects are more severe. But with research focusing mainly on men, what can we do to make sure women with concussion aren’t left behind?
News-Medical.net – While details of the laws vary from state to state, all state laws address three main factors: concussion education; removal from play after suspected concussion; and return-to-play requirements.
WIRED – Products that offer a “seat belt” or “bubble wrap” for the brain claim to reduce head trauma. If only the laws of physics worked that way.
The Conversation – There is very little scientific evidence available to support claims that teaching tackling a certain way results in decreased head impacts, concussions or other injury.
Science – Scientists looking for a link between repeated brain trauma and lasting neurological damage typically study the brains of soldiers or football players. But it’s unclear whether this damage is prevalent in the general population.
STAT – A new study of more than 6,000 former professional athletes found that National Football League players died at a rate that was almost 1.3 times higher than Major League Baseball players.
AP News – The National Hockey League (NHL) last fall settled a lawsuit for $18.9 million with more than 300 retired players. It did not acknowledge liability for the players’ claims that the NHL failed to protect them from head injuries.
New Hampshire Public Radio – Researchers used special MRI methods to show that in the brains of young male football players, average age 12, the nerve fibers connecting the two halves of brain changed over a single football season, indicating that sports-related blows to the head could have an early and rapid impact on the brain.