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Preliminary results show positive effects from the ongoing concussion debate

Shane Morris (left) apparently suffered a concussion during a game against Minnesota.  Michigan football's decision to continue playing Morris may lead to a Congressional investigation.

I’d like to think sport officials, physicians and organizations alike have done a good job collectively in heightening awareness around concussions. Even when there are setbacks like in this past weekend’s Michigan game, where a player took a vicious hit and was stumbling around, yet remained in the game for another play or 2.

Clearing up common myths about soccer and concussions

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With soccer on the brain these last few weeks during the U.S.A. team’s most recent appearance in the FIFA World Cup, I wanted to clear up a few misunderstood facts about the high-energy sport and concussions while I was in studio with WAKR morning show host Ray Horner.

Concussions twice as likely in softball vs baseball players, study shows

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I learned from a recent study that girls who play fast pitch softball are at a higher risk of concussion than boys who play high school baseball. That same study also showed that softball pitchers also suffer fewer shoulder and elbow injuries than baseball players. You may be as surprised as I was to learn the reasons why.

Too much mental rest in concussion treatment may hinder recovery

Electroencephalography is one of the methods used to test brain function after a concussion

Rest has been the prescribed treatment for many children who have suffered a concussion, but new studies show too much rest isn’t good

Helmets don’t reduce the risk of concussion, but have other benefits

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Parents often ask me if there’s one type or brand of helmet on the market that I would recommend to help reduce their child’s risk of concussion. You may be surprised to learn that research shows helmet use doesn’t reduce the risk of concussion at all.

AAP offers “returning-to-learning” guidelines after a concussion

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Just as coaches follow return-to-play guidelines when it comes to concussions, the American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines about returning to the classroom as well.