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CTE Risk More Than Doubles after Just Three Years of Playing Football

For every year of absorbing the pounding and repeated head collisions that come with playing American tackle football, a person’s risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a devastating neurodegenerative disease, increases by 30 percent. And for every 2.6 years of play, the risk of developing CTE doubles. These new findings from an analysis of… Continue reading CTE Risk More Than Doubles after Just Three Years of Playing Football

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Soccer Heading Worse for Women’s Brains than for Men’s

Women’s brains are much more vulnerable than men’s to injury from repeated soccer heading, according to a new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, part of Montefiore. The study found that regions of damaged brain tissue were five times more extensive in female soccer players than in males, suggesting that sex-specific guidelines… Continue reading Soccer Heading Worse for Women’s Brains than for Men’s

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Headgear drastically reduces soccer injuries – Virginia Tech study

You're used to seeing helmets on the gridiron, but new research indicates that there may also be benefits on the soccer field to curb concussions and reduce injury significantly. A Virginia Tech study shows that Halo headgear and even full on helmets have proven to be more effective in curbing concussions among soccer athletes. But… Continue reading Headgear drastically reduces soccer injuries – Virginia Tech study

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Virginia Tech helmet lab expands rankings to include soccer headgear

WASHINGTON — The best way to prevent sports-related concussions is not to hit your head, but research released Tuesday shows which protective headgear works best to reduce the risk of head injuries for soccer players when collisions do happen. “There’s a wide range of performance within the current [headgear] available to consumers,” Virginia Tech Helmet… Continue reading Virginia Tech helmet lab expands rankings to include soccer headgear

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Soccer Heading – Not Collisions – Cognitively Impairs Players

Worse cognitive function in soccer players stems mainly from frequent ball heading rather than unintentional head impacts due to collisions, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have found. The findings suggest that efforts to reduce long-term brain injuries may be focusing too narrowly on preventing accidental head collisions. The study published online today in… Continue reading Soccer Heading – Not Collisions – Cognitively Impairs Players

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Study links repetitive hits to head, not concussions, to CTE

A Boston University study published Thursday detailed the strongest link yet that repetitive hits to the head -- not just those that produce a concussion -- can lead to the debilitating brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The new research highlights the risks of younger athletes playing contact sports and could lead to questions about… Continue reading Study links repetitive hits to head, not concussions, to CTE

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Chest Wall Protector Effective in Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death

The Tufts Medical Center tested Unequal HART technology. The study stated, “Chest protector designs incorporating these novel materials will likely be effective in the prevention of commotio cordis on the playing field.” The original research is found within a peer-reviewed, published study in Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, January 2017 – Volume 27 Issue 1… Continue reading Chest Wall Protector Effective in Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death

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Concussion Recovery Is Slower in Girls, Mounting Evidence Suggests

A new study adds to findings that female children and adolescents are more susceptible to head injuries Recovering from a concussion typically takes female athletes more than twice as long as males, according to a new study that tracked hundreds of teenagers active in sports. The finding adds to a growing body of evidence that… Continue reading Concussion Recovery Is Slower in Girls, Mounting Evidence Suggests

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CTE found in nearly 90 percent of brains donated by football players (Video)

CHICAGO -- Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school. Read the full article & watch the video here. Study published Here. Journal of the American Medical… Continue reading CTE found in nearly 90 percent of brains donated by football players (Video)