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

Ex-NFL Players Put ‘Trust’ in Cleveland Clinic

The long-term effects of sport-related collisions and brain trauma are a growing concern, particularly for retired pro football players. The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and Cleveland Clinic are teaming up to do something about it. The institutions have established a program called The Trust to assess and improve the brain health and overall … Read More

Children and Growth Plates Injuries (Video)

In so many ways, children are more flexible than adults – and this includes their bones. Because their bones haven’t fully hardened and are still growing, children are vulnerable to a unique injury called a growth plate fracture. Growth plates are areas of developing cartilage tissue near the ends of long bones, and these are … Read More

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Kids and Sports: Throwing Injuries (Video)

“The kid’s got a good arm” — we’ve all heard that expression. More and more children are in throwing sports, including baseball, and we’ve got take care of all those good arms, shoulders and elbows. As I see more throwing injuries, here’s the advice I give to parents and coaches: 1. Recognize the injury. When … 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

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

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Youth Sports: Too Much, Too Soon? (Video)

As a doctor, I’m seeing a change in youth sports culture that concerns me: ever-younger kids in higher-level league sports. They come into my office complaining of pain. Of course, parents and coaches have the best intentions, often wanting to get kids started earlier to develop and grow as athletes. But with this trend, there … Read More