Each year, approximately 3.8 million Americans suffer concussions & many of those injured are student athletes. Hear from experts at the Houston Methodist Concussion Center & Houston professional sports teams as they share the signs & symptoms of concussion & what you can do to help prevent head injuries.
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Head Injuries In Lacrosse: “Concussion 101: Symptoms, Risk And Return To Play” From The Houston Methodist Concussion Center (Video)
Lacrosse Injuries: New Study Finds “No Scientific Evidence Concerning Concussions To Support Limiting Practice Time”; Practice Is Encouraged As “Safety And Concussion-Education Precaution”
“So many people have added their voices to this issue, and for the first time, this study shows there’s no scientific evidence concerning concussions to support limiting practice time for young football players. In fact, we encourage practice as a safety and concussion-education precaution.”
A new study out of the University of Pittsburgh is offering the first evidence
that youth football players are at lower risk of getting a concussion during practice than games and experience an overall incidence of concussions similar to that of high school and college players.
Funded by NFL Charities, the study included 468 players from 18 youth football teams in the Pittsburgh suburban area. Concussive incidents were almost nonexistent during practice, occurring at a rate of just .24 per 1,000 exposures (or about one concussive hit in 4,000). During games, however, the rate jumped to 6.16 per exposure.
- The incidence rate of concussions in 8- to 12-year-old players was 1.76 per 1,000 game and practice exposures, comparable to the incidence rate among high school and college players.
- 8- to 10-year-olds were almost three times less likely to suffer a concussion than 11- to 12-year-olds, clocking 0.93 incidents per 1,000 exposures in games and practices compared to 2.53 in the older group.
- Quarterbacks, running backs and linebackers made up 95 percent of reported concussions.
Lacrosse Injuries: “Decompression Nerve Surgery” Is A New Treatment For Severe “Post-Concussion Headaches”; Minimally Invasive Procedure Has Up To 95% Success Rate For Young Athletes
“…Soccer is definitely high, and basketball, lacrosse, football obviously, as well. And believe it or not, even cheerleaders can have that with falls and direct head injuries… surgery is an option if the headaches persist after three months of traditional treatment and a full neurological evaluation…the surgery is remarkably effective and has been successful in 95 percent of the kids he has treated…”
“What is absolutely astonishing is to take somebody who literally can’t study, can’t work, can’t function normally, can’t live without medications, to be able to have more than 90 percent of success is truly amazing,” he says.
It wasn’t the first time Hollie Byer was hit in the head while playing soccer. But this concussion was very different. The 18-year-old from Olney, Maryland started having terrible headaches that would not go away. The pain lasted for months — through doctor visits and traditional drug therapy.
Then, her neurologist, Dr. Kevin Crutchfield, started talking about something new. The Baltimore-based physician sent her to Dr. Ivan Ducic, director of the Peripheral Nerve Surgery Institute at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital.
Ducic is pioneering what some consider a radical idea to treat post-concussion headaches caused by nerve damage. His approach is a new twist on an existing procedure used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome.
Using tiny incisions, Ducic moves aside or slightly shaves tissue that is pressing on the damaged nerve. He says it is like unbuttoning a shirt or tie that is so tight around the neck, it restricts breathing.
“The surgery technically undoes the pressure on the nerves so the nerve can function back again normally,” he says.
Ducic explains that decompression nerve surgery only takes about 60 to 90 minutes, is almost always done on an out-patient basis and is considered minimally invasive, requiring only a few stitches and no hair loss.
After receiving the treatment, Byer was able to return home the same day as the procedure. She says the headaches went away almost immediately.
Lacrosse Injuries: Pennsylvania High School Girls Lacrosse Team Using New “Kevlar Composite Protective Headband” In Pilot Program To Help Protect Players From Concussions (Video)
The same padding used to protect Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch and James Harrison from hard hits is now being tested by student athletes at an Allegheny County high school.
Quaker Valley freshman Aubrey Bouchard missed nearly four months of school with two concussions playing sports.
“(There was) dizziness, (I was) not able to concentrate,” she said of her injury.
Nellie Kraus, coach of the girls’ lacrosse team at Quaker Valley High School, was so concerned about concussions, her team became part of a pilot program to test a new Kevlar composite headband.
“I see girls with symptoms of concussions on a weekly basis,” she said.
There are no helmets in girls’ lacrosse but Kraus said the play can get pretty physical.
“There’s multiple properties going on in the composite that enables us to absorb anywhere from up to 50 percent of the impact,” Rob Vito, CEO of Unequal Technologies said while showing Channel 11 the padding.
Unequal Technologies is a Pennsylvania company that created the Band, an adjustable protective headband.
“It conforms to the body. It’s flexible and malleable, but it can stop a truck,” Vito said.
“In practice I got hit in the head with a stick and I was thankfully wearing my headband that could have been my third concussion,” said Bouchard.
When the girls first got the Band, they were a quarter of an inch thick.
They told company leaders they were too uncomfortable, so Unequal went back to the drawing board and readjusted.
Now, the Band is one-eighth of an inch thick.
Injuries In Lacrosse: US Lacrosse Endorses “Youth Sports Concussion Act”, Congressional Legislation That Increases Disclosure Of “Protective Benefits And Limitations Of Sports Equipment”
“US Lacrosse supports efforts, such as the Youth Sports Concussion Act, which seek to increase the accountability of sporting goods manufacturers to accurately represent the protective benefits and limitations of equipment to mitigate injury and risk,” said Ann Carpenetti, managing director of game administration at US Lacrosse. “We have invested extensively in the area of injury research and prevention in the sport of lacrosse, and having sport specific equipment that performs to meet a protective standard is critically important to ensure player safety on the field.”
US Lacrosse is among the national sports organizations publicly endorsing the Youth Sports Concussion Act, a new bill that is expected to be introduced shortly in the U.S. Senate. The proposed congressional legislation is aimed at reducing youth sports concussions by empowering both the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to take stronger actions in guaranteeing equipment safety standards and claims by sporting goods manufacturers. Congressman Tom Udall (D-N.M.) is the primary sponsor of the bill.
Essentially, the new legislation hopes to extend the impact of the findings from a National Academies report on sports-related concussions, due to be released publicly no later than January 2014. That report is expected to include product safety standards that equipment manufacturers will need to consider for voluntary adoption.
The proposed bill also allows the Federal Trade Commission to take stronger action against manufacturers who make false and deceptive product safety claims in advertising and marketing campaigns.
The U.S. Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will be charged with initial review and approval of the bill before it advances to the full Senate for consideration.
To date, the Youth Sports Concussion Act has received public endorsements from numerous organizations and associations, including the American Academy of Neurology, Brain Injury Association of America, Brain Trauma Foundation, Cleveland Clinic, National Association of State Head Injury Administrators, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Football League, NFL Players Association, NCAA, National Hockey League, National Federation of State High School Associations, and U.S. Soccer.
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams program. US Lacrosse has more than 415,000 members in 64 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game.
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Injuries In Lacrosse: “Should Helmets Be Required In Women’s Lacrosse”, A Chicago Tribune Video Interview Of An Illinois High School Girls Lacrosse Player Who Suffered Four Concussions
Chicago Tribune reporter John Keilman interviews Sara Letmanski, a Glenbard West senior who has suffered four concussions as a result of playing lacrosse.
Lacrosse Injuries: Concussions In Youth Sports, Especially Among Girls, Are Rising Due To “More Games Being Played At Higher Level Of Competition”; Helmets And Specialized Mouth Guards Do Not Prevent Concussions
“They certainly play more games than ever and more games at a higher level of competition,” said Dr. Kevin Walter of the concussion clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. “They extend themselves more than ever. And with all the specialized training, they are bigger, faster and stronger. It adds up.”
Helmets, specialized mouth guards and headbands do not prevent concussions. “There is no known way to prevent concussions,” Stein said. “We love helmets and mouth guards; they protect your skull and your teeth. But they won’t stop a concussion from happening.”
Youth sports concussion clinics operate at the center of America’s heightened awareness and increasing worry about concussions among young athletes. Listening to the hundreds of stories of how concussions have occurred, examining patients and monitoring their recoveries, the doctors and staff members are a repository of anecdotal and medical concussion information.
- Female patients are making up a larger percentage of the clinics’ overall concussion patient population, a percentage that continues to rise year to year.“People used to say this was happening because female athletes are more likely than male athletes to report their concussion symptoms, but not many of us believe that is the reason any longer,” said Dr. Cynthia Stein of Boston Children’s Hospital. “Female athletes are just as aggressive about wanting to stay on the playing field, but maybe their sports are getting rougher.“Forty-one percent of our new patients are now female, which is a huge amount when you consider that the No. 1 sport causing concussions is football, and that’s nearly all male.”
- Many concussions seem to result from a hit the young athlete does not see coming. It is not just blindside hits in football; it is collisions in which only one party is braced for the collision, as seen in checking sports like lacrosse and hockey. Many soccer players are injured when they are hit in the head by a kicked ball at close range that they did not see coming, especially blows that came from the side or behind them.Doctors again have theorized that girding the neck for a collision or a blow to the head could be the body’s way of protecting the brain. If the blow comes without warning, that layer of fortification is not engaged.“As coaches always say, ‘Keep your head on a swivel so you know what’s going on around you,’ ” said Dr. Michael O’Brien at Boston Children’s Hospital. “It might be good advice for a lot of reasons.”