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

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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

Have Kids in Sports? Know the Laws About Concussions

While anywhere from 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s estimated that nearly half of athletes (47 percent) who suffer concussive blows don’t report their symptoms. If you have children in sports, it’s important for you, as a parent, as well as … Read More

Kids’ Helmets Not Just for Riding Bikes

Did you know that even if your kid wears a helmet for riding a bike, this probably isn’t enough? Experts say that to protect kids from head injuries, parents should consider a helmet for anything on wheels. Serious injuries can happen while kids are skateboarding, rollerblading, or on a scooter, according to Tom Tallman, DO, … Read More

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New Sports Concussion Guidelines Released

As worry grows over the permanent effects of concussions athletes incur while playing team sports, a new set of sports concussion guidelines has been released. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has released a new set of guidelines to evaluate players suspected of having a concussion. Player should be pulled immediately The guidelines recommend immediately … Read More

Do Concussions Lead to Depression?

Playing in the National Football League may offer glory and fame, but as players age, they may also experience some negative brain-related side effects. Repeated concussions may be tied to depression, a study finds. The two-year study followed 34 ex-players with an average age of 62. Researchers found a high correlation between the history of … Read More