Monthly Archives: February 2013

Answering questions from students about concussions

kids asking question sA lot of people are asking questions about concussions these days – parents, coaches, medical experts, advocates and many others. But what concerns about this issue are on the minds of young athletes themselves?

We spotted and wanted to share this great, five minute video put together by the Arlington Public School (APS) System in Virginia. In the piece, students pose their questions about preventing brain injuries on the playing field to Chris Nowinski, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization founded to advance the study, treatment, and prevention of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups

APS Health and P.E. Supervisor Debbie Defranco also talks about the system’s concussion training that provides coaches, parents and student-athletes with up-to-date information about concussions. Supported by a grant from the Virginia Department of Public Health, APS has been partnering with the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) to provide the Advanced Concussion Training (ACT) sessions.

What questions have you been hearing from young athletes about concussions? Let us know if you have any other videos to share on the topic!

New Studies Take a Deeper Look at Youth Sports Concussions

soccer shotOver the past few years, scientific inquiry has often focused on NFL players and sometimes collegiate athletes when it comes to sport concussions. But that is about to change in a big way with the launch of several new, major studies that will take a deeper look at brain injuries for younger athletes on the playing field.

As announced on January 7, the Institutes of Medicine is launching one of the most extensive studies on sports-related concussions in youth ranging in age from elementary school through young adulthood. The federally-financed research group will review the science on concussions, including risk factors, long-term consequences, and the effectiveness of protective devices and equipment among other topics.

Virginia Tech is also expanding its ground-breaking research of testing football helmets to go beyond football. First launched in 2003, this effort initially focused on the effectiveness of football helmets used by college athletes and was expanded in 2011 to include children as young as six to eight years old. Now according to this story from Medical News Today, the study will grow to also encompass helmets worn by hockey, baseball, softball and lacrosse athletes to better predict and prevent sports-related concussions.

We believe that any efforts to create a safer playing experience for today’s youth – from enhancing the helmets and padding they wear to the playing surface itself, is critical to combat the escalating instance of concussions. What do you think about these latest studies?

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Safety Contest
Holy Innocents’ Episcopalian School in Atlanta, Georgia Won $5,000 Worth of Sports Equipment in the Brock Safety MVP National Contest!
When the game clock hits zero and the final buzzer sounds, all that’s left are the stats. But win or lose, each team names one most valuable player for the game. What if safety was named the MVP in every game? What if safety was as important to each player as winning?

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