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CTE: Is The Media Scaring Young Athletes To Death?

CTE: Is The Media Scaring Young Athletes To Death?

Written by on August 16, 2017 in Concussion Articles

As someone who has been educating sports parents about head trauma in sports for the past seventeen years, and about the very real risk posed by chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) for the last decade, it is not surprising that I receive emails from parents all the time expressing deep concern about stories in the media that have led them – wrongly – to fear that playing contact or collision sports, or suffering a sports-related concussion, especially one slow to heal, makes it inevitable that their child will develop CTE and is at greatly increased risk of committing suicide.

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Don’t lose your head

Don’t lose your head

Written by on March 30, 2017 in Concussion Articles

Concussion is a very common, often under-diagnosed and previously misunderstood condition – and sport seems to be an important cause of it.

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World Rugby Player Welfare Myth-Busters

World Rugby Player Welfare Myth-Busters

Written by on January 18, 2016 in Concussion Articles

Player Welfare is World Rugby’s number one priority and in a Rugby World Cup year there is significant focus, speculation and assumption regarding rugby’s approach to injury prevention and management, particularly concussion. Here are some of the most common opinion statements and some simple evidence-based responses to bust the myths in what is a complex and often emotive topic.

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Rugby player died from brain injury a month after heavy tackle, inquest hears

Rugby player died from brain injury a month after heavy tackle, inquest hears

Written by on August 26, 2015 in Concussion Articles

Sarah Chesters, 23, of Stoke-on-Trent, walked off pitch after tackle and carried on working for weeks in her job with campaign group Women in Sport.

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Brush up on the A to Z of rugby and concussion

Brush up on the A to Z of rugby and concussion

Written by on August 13, 2015 in Concussion Articles

CONCUSSION and rugby go hand-in-hand. It’s part of the game and you can make a full recovery with the correct treatment. However, repeated knocks left untreated can have serious consequences, as club rugby player Alton Jacobs (29), from Buffeljagsrivier in the Western Cape, discovered. (you.co.za 20 AUGUST 2015)

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Rugby players warned of lasting brain injury risk

Rugby players warned of lasting brain injury risk

Written by on January 19, 2015 in Concussion Articles

Neurologists have long suspected that CTE could also be a problem in rugby union because of its emphasis on high-speed “hits”. Concussion is the fourth most common injury in the professional game. New Scientist understands that another deceased player’s brain has recently been found to have CTE in the UK.

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Comment on concussions in FIFA World Cup

Comment on concussions in FIFA World Cup

Written by on January 6, 2015 in Concussion Articles

Germany’s Christoph Kramer lies on the pitch as teammate Thomas Mueller assists him, during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina. Photo / AP. World Cup organizers repeatedly failed to follow their own concussion protocol..

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Interview with World Rugby Chief Medical Officer Dr Martin Raftery

Interview with World Rugby Chief Medical Officer Dr Martin Raftery

Written by on January 6, 2015 in Concussion Articles

Dr Martin Raftery is currently the Chief Medical Officer for World Rugby Board having been appointed in August 2011. Prior to this appointment he was Chief Medical Officer of the Australian Rugby Union from 2004-2011. Dr Raftery currently provides injury prevention consultancy advice to teams within Rugby Union, Rugby League and Australian Football.

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Translating Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Sports-Related Concussion Into Practice

Translating Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Sports-Related Concussion Into Practice

Written by on January 6, 2015 in Concussion Articles

This article provides a brief overview of the current sport injury prevention implementation literature before focusing specifically on the translation of guidelines (including consensus and position statements) developed to assist physicians and others diagnose and manage athletes with sport-related concussion and the associated return-to-play decisions.

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Concussions and heading in soccer

Concussions and heading in soccer

Written by on January 6, 2015 in Concussion Articles

Soccer is currently the most popular and fastest-growing sport worldwide. Similar to many sports, soccer carries an inherent risk of injury, including concussion. Soccer is also
unique in the use of ‘heading’.

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