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Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Arizona

On April 21,2011, Arizona enacted became the fifteenth state in the nation to enact a comprehensive youth sports concussion safety law since May 2009.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Iowa

On April 7, 2011, Iowa governor Terry Brandstat signed the state's youth sports concussion safety law into law.  It will take effect July 1, 2011.

Computerized Neurocognitive Testing: Important Role in Concussion Evaluation, Return To Play Decision

Computerized neuropsycognitive testing for concussions has become increasingly popular in recent years and have been shown to have value in making the all-important return to play decision.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Colorado

On March 22, 2011, Colorado governor signed the Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act. The law is the first in the country to extend coverage to athletes as young as age 11.  It not only covers public and private school athletes but those on private youth sports clubs as well.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: South Dakota

On March 17, 2011, South Dakota became the tenth state to enact a strong youth sports concussion safety law requiring immediate removal from play of an athlete suspected of having suffered a concussion and requiring medical clearance before return to play.

Concussion Safety Education Is Personal For MomsTeam Founder

MomsTeam Founder and Publisher, Brooke de Lench, talks about the difficult decision to pull a son with a history of multiple concussions and learning disabilities out of high school football and lacrosse, and says parents should have a right to expect when they entrust their children to a sports program that it will take reasonable precautions to protect them against harm. In other words, parents have a right to expect that the entire team to whom they entrust their children's safety — including the national governing body for the child's sport, the state association, the athletic or club director, the athletic trainer (if there is one), and especially the coaches - are part of the concussion solution, not part of the problem.

Pop Warner Footballl Tightens Concussion Safety Rules

Pop Warner amended its football and spirit concussion safety rules effective September 30, 2010 to provide for the immediate removal of a player suspected of having suffered a head injury or concussion and no return to play without the approval of a licensed athletic trainer or medical professional who is not the parent/guardian of the player.

Concussion Awareness At All-Time High But Athletes Want to Keep Playing Despite Risks

A new poll by ESPN: The Magazine contains some good news and bad news about sports concussions.  A confidential survey of 300 high school football players, 100 coaches, 100 parents, and 100 athletic trainers in 23 states reported that concussion awareness is at an all-time high but that players, and to a lesser extent their parents, continue to downplay the risks:

A Year After ACL Reconstructive Surgery Two Thirds of Athletes Have Not Returned To Sports, Study Finds

A new Australian study appears to pour cold water on the widely held belief that most athletes can return to their pre-injury level of competition within 12 months after reconstructive surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear.  Instead, fully two-thirds of the athletes studied were found not to have returned to their pre-injury level of competition one year after surgery.

Return to Play issues

Concussions continue to be a big problem in contact sports including ice hockey. Our research data confirms that girls have a higher incidence of concussion than boys and like the medical experts say, we do not know why at this point. Youth hockey coaches need to continually remind players that head contact is off limits, referees need to enforce the rules and coaches.parents need to support the officials. There is a multi generational attitude that ignores the long term consequences of concussions, especially multiple injuries to a single player. We tell our players that the players on the other team are just kids like themselves and nobody wants to get hurt. Play hard, play fair, and go home. 

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