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Pro Cyclists Tested for Concussions Mid-Race

The UnitedHealthcare Cycling Team (UHC) is testing athletes for concussions mid-race to prevent severe brain injury. According to Cycling Weekly, cyclists weren't monitored for head injuries while racing. Instead, most doctors looked for strained muscles, broken bones and pulled tendons after the race. The UHC healthcare team created a set of quick tests to avoid…
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NFL Player Retires at 24 Due to Concussion Fears

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland is retiring early due to concussion concerns. It’s not worth the risk Borland tells ESPN. According to the National Post, Borland said, “I don’t think it’s worth the risk. I'm concerned that if you wait till you have symptoms, it's too late. There are a lot of unknowns. I…
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A “Brain Breathalyzer” for the Sidelines

British researchers are developing a “brain breathalyzer” device used to detect concussions on the sidelines, according to the BBC. Breathalyzers are currently used to detect blood alcohol content. But neurosurgeon Tony Belli and Dr. Michael Grey from the University of Birmingham say you can reengineer a breathalyzer to detect other things. It simply needs to…
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TIME Highlights the Tragic Risks of Football

The latest cover of TIME features a young football player with the words “He died playing this game. Is football worth it?” The boy on the cover is Chad Stover; he passed away after suffering from a traumatic brain injury. He was an active sixteen year-old from Tipton, Missouri who played football for the Tipton Cardinals…
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Concussion Management Tool gets Blindsided

A helmet sensor developed to alert parents and coaches to potential brain injury has hit an unexpected roadblock. According to the Globe and Mail, Shockbox has been shunned by helmet manufacturers. Rather than supporting the concussion monitoring tool, helmet makers are warning consumers that the one ounce sensor may void the helmet’s warranty. (more…)
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Physiotherapy Speeds Up Concussion Recovery

A new study from the University of Calgary finds that physiotherapy is beneficial to those suffering from lingering concussion symptoms. The study, conducted by Dr. Kathryn Schneider of the University’s Sport Injury Prevention Center, focused on experimental treatment of the inner ear and the neck vertebrae in concussed athletes. Schneider says most individuals recover from…
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8 Reasons Why Kids Should Play Contact Sports

Should you enroll your kids in contact sports? It’s a question more and more parents are struggling to answer. Not surprising, given the vast body of research highlighting the dangers of concussions and head injuries in youth sports. While our national hockey teams have proven their dominance at the international level, recent surveys have found…
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