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Concussions and the Australian Football League

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Concussion injuries are a frequent occurrence on the football (and rugby) field. Concerns are rising about the long term neurological damage that may follow such injuries after post-mortem studies of various American football players’ brains showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). 1 Head protection needs to be considered as a high priority for the health of football players in …

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10 Ways to Speed up the Recovery from Concussion

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A blow to the head can be more serious than most people think, because after such a blow you could end up with post-concussion syndrome. What is post-concussion syndrome? Post-concussion syndrome, or post-traumatic nervous instability, involves a collection of disabling symptoms like: Headaches Fatigue Trouble concentrating Poor memory Dizziness Anxiety Depression Personality changes Irritability Apathy Sleep disturbances These symptoms may …

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Concussion and Rugby

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Concussion injuries are a common type of injury suffered by Rugby players. Head injuries are the second most prevalent injuries obtained by Rugby players following lower limb injuries. Lately people are becoming more concerned about the number of reported concussion injuries in Rugby. It has been suggested that people who suffered concussions may show physical and mental effects even up …

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Look No Hands! The Impact of a Ball to the Head can Cause Severe Brain Damage

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The ball comes flying in and the impact is directed exactly to the players head, what a beauty! Think again: That beautiful knock to the head might be more dangerous than you think! Soccer has been viewed as a sport with low risk of injuries like concussions, however recent research has suggested that mild impact to the head is certainly …

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The Persistent Effects of Concussion on Brain Function

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Concussion affects many people every year and the prevalence of head injuries is especially high when it comes to contact sports like rugby and football. Concussion is now considered as a brain injury caused by blows to the neck, head or face. A concussion most commonly results in the onset of transient impairment of brain function and these transient signs …

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Pre-season screening for Concussion

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Better safe than sorry Sport in the world today has grown to be more popular than anyone could have ever imagined. Many athletes from all over the world participate in sports albeit at high school, collegiate or professional level. The role of coaches, parents, officials, clinicians and researchers is also starting to become more serious as sport starts to feature …

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Will Smith’s “Concussion” Movie

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“If I’d have seen this movie when I was in high school…I would have never played football.” The movie “Concussion” that was released into theaters in December 2015, has changed the way many people look at contact sports like football. Former sport stars like Pierre Woods (statement above) even doubt if they would have played the game if they had …

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mTBI & Concussions in the armed forces

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Brave men and women of the armed forces put their life and health at risk in order to protect our freedom. Sometimes, veterans come back from combat zones with concussions. Some of these traumatic brain injuries involve major physical damage to the head that require immediate surgery, but other, more common concussions are referred to as mild traumatic brain injuries …