Author Archive | Women's Sports Safety Initiative

Concussion Symposium in Pittsburgh: A Positive Step, But Should Go Further

In 2016, the Pittsburgh Steelers, of the National Football League, did a great service to youth athletes by sponsoring a concussion education symposium. Thanks to the team’s generous sponsorship, the symposium was completely free of charge for middle school and high school athletic trainers, coaches, and administrators. The program was mainly focused on football injuries […]

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Know the Risks! Scientific Research Produces Surprising Findings About Concussions

When a boy asks his parents if he can try out for the school football team, his parents know that along with the fun comes some real risks. Everybody knows that football players get injured. And the potential for a serious head injury is obvious—there’s a reason football players wear helmets, after all.  But the […]

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Let Medical Experts Make Critical Medical Decisions

A recent editorial in USA Today highlights the danger of a bill introduced in the North Carolina state legislature. House Bill 116 includes a provision that would overturn existing North Carolina law that requires that children be cleared by a licensed medical professional before returning to play in organized athletics after having experienced a concussion. […]

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New Study on Concussions in Teenage Athletes Shows Great Promise

An exciting new medical study that has great potential for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of concussions in teenage athletes was just announced. The study is a joint effort of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and has an ambitious 5-year plan. Researchers will examine in great detail the physical […]

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“Don’t Tell Coach”: Kids Are Risking Their Health by Hiding Concussions

A child experiencing a concussion while playing sports is a very frightening, and all-too-common occurrence. What’s even more frightening is that after receiving such a serious injury, many youth athletes do not receive proper treatment for their concussions. In fact, many youth athletes put themselves at risk of permanent impairment from re-injury by continuing to […]

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Does Heading a Soccer Ball Cause Brain Damage in Younger Players?

Possible brain damage when heading a soccer ball? A startling new study from Scotland reports that the popular soccer move known as “heading” causes brain function impairment. Although the effects were found to be temporary, the researchers, who published their findings in the medical journal EBioMedicine, express concern about whether over time the adverse effects […]

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Long-Time Standard Concussion Treatment for Young People Changing

“As many as 1.9 million children a year incur sports or recreation related concussions” –Journal of Pediatrics June 2016 The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently reported that a new sea-change in the way the medical community treats concussions in young people is under way. The standard protocol in concussion treatment for young people according to […]

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Sports-Related Women’s Concussion Resource Guide

Women’s concussions have become a cause of increasing concern.  As women participate in sports in growing numbers, their rate of injury also has risen; specifically their rate of concussions.  This issue has received little attention until now.  The newly launched Women’s Sports Safety Initiative (WSSI), under the leadership of national health and safety advocate Mary […]

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