Choosing a Football Helmet: 6 Tips for Best Protection

When it’s time to buy a new football helmet, one of the most common questions parents and players ask is, “What’s the best concussion-proof football helmet?” “There isn’t one,” says Cleveland Clinic Certified Athletic Trainer Bob Gray. “Helmets don’t prevent concussions. The best protection is proper hitting, tackling and blocking technique.” But football helmets are … Read More

Emotional Trauma’s Surprising Effect on Children

Traumatic events in children’s lives can have the same effect as head trauma, a new study says. The study, published recently in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, finds that emotional trauma at a young age may cause changes to the brain that are similar to head trauma. The connection between emotional trauma’s and physical trauma’s effect on … Read More

How Icicles Can Be Surprisingly Dangerous

As if the snow and cold have not been enough to deal with this winter, another danger now hangs over our heads: the large icicles that have formed on many homes and buildings. This winter’s heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures have created dramatic icicles and massive ice dams on many rooftops. Now with temperatures growing warmer, these frozen … Read More

Protecting Athletes from Concussion an Ethical Obligation

Doctors have an ethical obligation to educate and protect athletes from sports concussion, says a new position paper from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The AAN, the largest professional association of neurologists, released the statement today. The position paper calls on doctors to make protecting the future mental and physical health of young athletes a … Read More

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Spinal Cord: The Concussion You’ve Never Heard Of

There’s no escaping the stream of headlines this football season about the effects of repeated concussions on the long-term mental health and mental function of football players. While the concerns behind those headlines focus on concussions involving brain injury, they’re only part of the concussion story in football. Less attention is paid to concussion to … Read More

Explosions: How a Concussion Occurs May Determine Effects

Not all concussions are caused by blows to the head, like the type typically incurred in sports, falls or auto accidents. Concussion also can be caused by explosions. Concussion is caused when the brain bounces or twists inside the skull, leading to chemical changes inside the brain and stretching and damaging of brain cells. An … Read More

Dangerous Head Injury May Go Unnoticed

Generally, people have believed if a hit to the head didn’t cause a concussion, there was no brain injury either. Now, physicians are learning that even hard hits that do not cause concussion – called subconcussive hits – can still lead to changes in the brain. “Many impacts in sports are not mild,” says neurologist … Read More

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Concussion? Why You Need to Take It Slow

For young athletes who suffer concussions, a slow and closely monitored approach to returning to sports is the best way to avoid further injury, says physician Anne Rex, DO, who specializes in sports and exercise medicine. ‘Students first, athletes second’ “The ability to return to the gym or to a sport relies on patients being … Read More

Kids’ Sports: How to Avoid Overuse Injuries (Video)

Kids’ injuries have gone beyond fractures, sprains and concussions. Today, there is an epidemic in youth sports: overuse injuries, caused by too much activity, with too little rest. Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries in middle and high school students, according to American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. It’s an issue … Read More