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Concussions In Youth Sports Up 500 Percent According To Study

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Concussions In Youth Sports Up 500 Percent According To Study and it's a sad sign for youth football players in the country as they are most vulnerable.
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Another interesting study and results on youth sports and concussions. This is one of the reasons that we must emphasize research and development to improve the technology for safety and prevention of concussions.

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A Wearable Collar Is Hoping To Provide Major Breakthrough In Concussion Prevention Tech

A Wearable Collar Is Hoping To Provide Major Breakthrough In Concussion Prevention Tech | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
A Wearable Collar, called the Q-Collar, Is Hoping To Provide A Major Breakthrough In Concussion Prevention Technology for young athletes.
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Interesting concept. More research is needed. I'll be following the research closely and will let everyone know when there is something definitive to report.

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Despite billions spent on treatments, concussions still a puzzle

Despite billions spent on treatments, concussions still a puzzle | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
As a new football season gets underway, parents with children involved in contact sports are torn between competing views of concussions.
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Despite the fact that refer to Dr. Micky Collins as "Mr.," this is a fairly focused look at both sides of the discussion on Concussion. Give it a read and let me know what you think!

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Do boxers' headguards protect them from concussion and injury? - YouTube

Male boxers will not wear headguards at the Olympic Games in Rio. According to a study by the sport's governing body, there are fewer cases of concussio
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

This is a straight up discussion of what we know about concussion. People have suggested removing the headgear in football, as well. However, the science supporting it is in its infancy. More research is needed before we can know if this approach makes sense for any sport.

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Teen's woodpecker-inspired system aims to reduce football concussions

Teen's woodpecker-inspired system aims to reduce football concussions | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
When one Texas high school player suffered a concussion, he was inspired to develop a more protective helmet and shoulder pads, inspired by nature. ​
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This is a very interesting concept. Obviously, "Proof of Concept" is necessary. However, this is one of the first approaches that seems to make anatomical and physiological sense. Way to go Berto! I will be following your progress and wish you bueno suerte (good luck!)

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OTL: Report lambasts NFL for vast overreach

OTL: Report lambasts NFL for vast overreach | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
Congressional investigators have concluded that top NFL health officials waged an improper, behind-the-scenes campaign to influence a U.S. government research study on football and brain disease.
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

This is the kind of thing that definitively demonstrates that the National Football League is duplicitous in what they say in public and what they do behind the scenes. We owe it to the players, past, present, and future, to give them up-to-date and evidence-based information to make personal choices about playing the game and for how long. On a more personal note, I simply don't understand why an individual or an organization would believe that they can get away with stuff like this. The truth always comes out. As my father used to say, "Tell the truth and the punishment will be moderate. Lie and then I find out the truth, the punishment will be severe." Haven't we learned this by now?

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New Study on NFL Concussions Shows Higher Altitudes Reduce Risk Significantly

New Study on NFL Concussions Shows Higher Altitudes Reduce Risk Significantly | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
Concussion Policy and the Law -
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

This is an interesting study. It needs replication and there are a number of other factors at play, but it does provide some "food for thought." Also, take note of the third bullet point! This is interesting in light of the NFL's claims that rule changes and equipment changes over the past 10 years have reduced concussions and made the game safer. The third bullet point is supported by the NFL reporting the highest number of concussions since they began closely tracking the issue in 2012. More needs to be done.

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New Study on NFL Concussions Shows Higher Altitudes Reduce Risk Significantly

New Study on NFL Concussions Shows Higher Altitudes Reduce Risk Significantly | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
Concussion Policy and the Law -
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

This is an interesting study. It needs replication and there are a number of other factors at play, but it does provide some "food for thought." Also, take note of the third bullet point! This is interesting in light of the NFL's claims that rule changes and equipment changes over the past 10 years have reduced concussions and made the game safer. The third bullet point is supported by the NFL reporting the highest number of concussions since they began closely tracking the issue in 2012. More needs to be done.

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University Ripped For Pushing Chocolate Milk As Concussion Treatment

University Ripped For Pushing Chocolate Milk As Concussion Treatment | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
A University of Maryland program that "promotes the development and commercialization of products and processes through industry/university research partnerships," is being criticized for not just ...
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

More on the "Chocolate Milk As Concussion Treatment" nonsense!

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Release claiming chocolate milk improves concussion symptoms in student athletes is out-of-bounds - HealthNewsReview.org

Release claiming chocolate milk improves concussion symptoms in student athletes is out-of-bounds - HealthNewsReview.org | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
University release is free of facts surrounding claims of neuroprotective qualities in "special" chocolate milk.
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Health News Review (healthnewsreview.org) tries "to improve the public dialogue about health care by helping consumers critically analyze claims about health care interventions and by promoting the principles of shared decision-making reinforced by accurate, balanced and complete information about the tradeoffs involved in health care decisions." This particular review focuses on the recent Press Release from the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program about a certain brand of chocolate milk that was purported to improve cognitive functioning, even in some student athletes who had suffered concussions. There was no data provided to support the press release. As a Clinician in the field of Concussion, I am absolutely astounded at this claim, press release, and the potential goal of capitalizing on the general public's lack of knowledge and concern about the topic of concussion. All I can say is, " Way to go Health News Review!"

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NYU Researchers Develop App-Centered Program to Track Concussion Recovery

NYU Researchers Develop App-Centered Program to Track Concussion Recovery | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
A concussion is a brain injury that can disrupt or even permanently damage brain function. Although the condition is considered a minor brain injury, it ma
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This is an excellent way to leverage available technology to track concussion recovery AND if you're interested, contribute to the research that is advancing concussion identification, management, and recovery.

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OTL: NFL balks at funding major brain study

OTL: NFL balks at funding major brain study | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
A major study was to be funded from a $30 million grant the NFL gave the NIH, but the league balked after the project was awarded to a group led by a researcher who has been critical of the NFL.
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

It is hard to take the NFL's approach to concussion seriously when they do things like this. While there may be multiple reasons for doing this, the appearance and perception that this presents is not good. Remember, each person's perception, rightly or wrongly, is their truth. It doesn't mean that it is right, it is just their perception. Finally, there is enough evidence that the NFL has not fully agreed to "hands-off" research with no expectations. All of this clearly calls into question how serious the NFL is in "solving the concussion problem."

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Neurosurgeon and CTE Researcher Stunned by Zurich Concussion Paper

Neurosurgeon and CTE Researcher Stunned by Zurich Concussion Paper | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
Although Dr. Robert Cantu's name is listed as one of the author's of the Zurich Consensus Statement, he was "stunned" by its take on CTE.
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

This is very interesting. How is there such a disconnect? Read the article and determine for yourself what's going on. I'm confused just like Bob Cantu and Ann McKee. 

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87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for CTE, According to PBS Report | Bleacher Report

87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for CTE, According to PBS Report | Bleacher Report | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

While this should not surprise anyone, the fact is that there are methodological problems drawing clear conclusions about causation. For the record, I am trying to be scientifically "pure." I don't doubt for a minute that football contributed to the 87 positive CTE brains. There is a clear correlation. But, Correlation does not equal Causation. Stay tuned for that evidence!

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Gwinnett Medical Center RSVP

Gwinnett Medical Center RSVP | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

Everyone in and around the Metro Atlanta area - "Heads Up!" If you have a child, athlete or not, that is 12 years old or older, please consider coming to one of the locations listed on this page. You do not have to be a student or athlete in Gwinnett County to participate. We are doing FREE baseline testing. Registration is now closed, but walk-ups are encouraged. Please consider taking advantage of this. Free is a good price! It's really hard to beat free. If you have any questions, please contact us.

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Athletes urged to take pre-concussion test

Athletes urged to take pre-concussion test | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
CDC reports show that the amount of reported concussions has doubled in the last 10 years.
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This is a piece that was done by Jennifer Leslie of WXIA 11Alive here in Atlanta. We have an excellent program at the Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center - Duluth. If you are interested, and you live in the Gwinnett County area of Metro Atlanta, we are doing free baseline testing. You can pre-register at: http://gmc-rsvp.org/?wwparam=1439389308. We'll see you on Saturday. 

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UNC’s Guskiewicz talks about concussions, football

UNC’s Guskiewicz talks about concussions, football | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
While it may come as a surprise given Kevin Guskiewicz’s line of work, his three sons all have played football.
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Kevin Guskiewicz is "The Man." He is an expert in the area of concussions. Everyone doesn't agree with his positions, but he is a researcher, a clinician, and a well-respected contributor to the discussion on concussion. Enjoy a little bit of his "insights and take" on concussion.

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Elevated Tau After Multiple TBI Linked to Chronic Post-Concussive Symptoms

Elevated Tau After Multiple TBI Linked to Chronic Post-Concussive Symptoms | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
Elevated levels of plasma tau appear to persist after multiple TBIs, contributing to chronic symptoms.
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

This is one of many current studies that are looking for reliable and valid biomarkers for CTE, post-concussion syndrome, PTSD, and other chronic health problems. While Tau levels were elevated, the authors are careful not to jump to conclusions that these elevated levels will lead to CTE and the other disorders listed above. Baby steps...baby steps.

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League and GE announce prize-winning concussion research

League and GE announce prize-winning concussion research | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
Six innovative studies on identifying concussions, the severity of brain trauma injuries and speed of the healing process have been named winners of the GE & NFL Head Health Challenge.Some practical
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

This is more research to keep an eye on. Funding is there, and that usually allows for advancements in knowledge and technology. Let's hope that the participants are allowed to function totally independently and that they are allowed to publish positive and negative findings. Ultimately, replication by independent third parties will raise the all-around confidence factors in the findings.

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Experimental Therapy Prevents Long-Term Brain Damage in Severely Injured Mice | MIT Technology Review

Experimental Therapy Prevents Long-Term Brain Damage in Severely Injured Mice | MIT Technology Review | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
New research provides a potential pathway to a drug to save people from the progressive damage of severe or repeated concussions.
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

How cool is this? How amazing this would be for individuals with CTE and other neurodegenerative diseases that have Tau as a marker? We should not jump the gun here or get too overly excited until the research has progressed much further. Still, the implications of this research are absolutely incredible. We need to watch for future developments and ongoing research in this area. 

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Champ Bailey: It scares me that Wes Welker wants to play

Champ Bailey: It scares me that Wes Welker wants to play | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
Although he isn’t on a team at the moment, veteran receiver Wes Welker has indicated that he wants to play this season. His friend and former Broncos teammate Champ Bailey hopes that doesn’t happen. Bailey told Peter Schrager of FOX Sports that Welker’s history of concussions makes it scary to think that he might keep…
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

They say that Professional Football is a "tight-knit" fraternity. This is one of the reasons why. Champ Bailey has always been a "Professional's Professional" and a well-respected person and player. He is watching out for one of his "brothers." While we don't know which players will develop CTE, having multiple concussions is simply not healthy. You can't make someone listen, but you can do your best to give them helpful information, Champ Bailey should get big props for watching out for his colleagues.

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Safety For Your Kids

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This is an important article regarding the current "State of Knowledge" on concussion. The most important part, in my mind, are the many claims that are made without an evidence-base or research support. Dr. Pieroth does an excellent job of presenting the important information. 

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UPMC Physician Resources: Evidence-Based Management of Sports-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: What are we Learning?

UPMC Physician Resources: Evidence-Based Management of Sports-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: What are we Learning? | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

Dr. Micky Collins has played an integral role in translating theories about concussion assessment, management, and treatment into applied clinical approaches. Micky uses evidence-based, research-supported methods across the entire continuum of concussion identification, management, and treatment, He is "hard-core" when he works with patients and their families. His success rate with his patients speaks for itself. So, if you want to learn a little more about concussion treatment from a true expert, please check out this video.

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How concussion goggles work - YouTube

University of Miami Sports Medicine researchers test concussion goggles on athletes including UM football wide receiver Braxton Berrios. Video by Al Diaz / M...
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

Did you ever wonder how some of the concussion tools actually work? Well, check out this YouTube video on Concussion Goggles. Again, it's the University of Miami leading the way. Props to "The U" and their amazing team of researchers and clinicians.

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Sideline Concussion Testing Being Done With Hi-Tech Goggles At University Of Miami

Sideline Concussion Testing Being Done With Hi-Tech Goggles At University Of Miami | Concussion Identification and Management | Scoop.it
Sideline Concussion Testing Becomes Much More Accurate with I-Portal PAS developed by medical schools and NKI.
David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN's insight:

This is an interesting article about how "The U" is advancing the science of concussion testing. OK...So I'm a "Homer." I'm proud that I got my degree there. The University of Miami's Concussion Center is at the forefront of Research, Treatment, and Management. This is just one more example of what is being done to protect our athletes and return them to activity.

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