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CDC offers a Heads Up on concussion policies

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 10:27am

As more is understood about concussion and its effects, it is important to learn how to recognize symptoms and respond correctly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new resource for parents, coaches and school and sport professionals – titled Get a Heads Up on Concussion in Sports Policies (download PDF below) – designed to help safely return concussed student-athletes to the classroom and playing field.

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New NFL rule for running backs a step forward for sport

Joe Frollo Fri, 03/22/2013 - 9:07am

Player safety is a two-way street.

For years, football rules regulating illegal and excessive contact have focused on the defensive side of the ball.   

But as football organizations – from the NFL to youth leagues across the nation – look to return to the game’s fundamentals and lessen the  hits that can lead to injury, the spotlight must shine wherever those occur.

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Step progression following concussion offers guide for returning to academics

Joe Frollo Mon, 03/18/2013 - 1:50pm

As more is learned about concussion and its effects, high schools and youth leagues across the United States are adopting return-to-play policies to safely get athletes back on the playing field.

But what about the classroom?

Student-athletes who suffer a concussion need care – and patience – from the academic world as well, said Dr. Gerry Gioia, the chief of pediatric neuropsychology at the Children’s National Medical Center and director of its Safe Concussion Outcome Recovery and Education Program.