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Concussions didn’t cause deaths of high school football players

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It was a tragic week in high school football nationally: 3 deaths in 4 days. The causes were due to brain bleeds, not concussions. Concussions don’t cause bleeding or swelling in the brain. While it’s a scary situation, it’s important to understand the facts.

Hip dislocation could cause major complications for Baltimore Ravens Dennis Pitta

Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is taken off the field on the "meat wagon" after injuring his hip.

In last Sunday’s Browns game, Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta took what appeared to be a minor tumble after catching a screen pass in the backfield. But when the “meat wagon” came out on the field, I knew it was something more serious like a hip dislocation.

New study finds fault in hyperspecialization in youth sports

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Hyperspecialization, when kids give up all other sports to focus in on one year-round, seems like the obvious track in building a star player. But, a recent study from UCLA proves diversification at a young age actually has more performance benefits in the long run.

Spike in underage drinking, overdoses and car accidents widespread during prom season

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High school proms are fast approaching and it’s important to talk to your teens about where they’ll be after the dance is over. Knowing where they are, who they’re with and who’s supervising them are all important factors for keeping them safe on prom night.

Half of winter Olympians have exercise-induced asthma, other respiratory problems

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This Friday marks the Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. I was surprised to learn from a recent study that 50 percent of these winter Olympians suffer from exercise-induced asthma and respiratory problems due to vigorous exercise in extreme temperatures.

Are the latest virtual reality return-to-play performance measures the wave of the future?

Kobe Bryant's return to the game too soon may have lead to the injury in his other knee.

Typically, return-to-play decisions are clinical guesswork. But as we enter the year 2014, there are some new virtual reality-type performance tools that can more precisely indicate an athlete’s injury deficiency, as compared to his baseline measurement.