More Head Injuries Reported for Babies in Stroller Accidents


An average of 50 children a day end up in hospital emergency rooms because of stroller or baby carrier accidents, and it appears far more of them are suffering brain injuries than previously believed.


Concussions and Synchronizes Swimming

From The New York Times:

Synchronized Swimmers Find Danger Lurking Below Surface: Concussions

Concussions, usually the concern of contact sports such as football and hockey, have become a worry in the pool, as synchronized swimmers perform more moves in tighter formations.

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Exercise for Concussions?

Complete rest until symptom-free after concussion may not be best for recoveryNew study found that youth who exercised within seven days of head injury had nearly half the rate of persistent post-concussive symptoms a month later


April 30, 2016


American Academy of Pediatrics


Rest has long been the cornerstone of concussion treatment. For sports-related head injuries, for example, current guidelines say children should avoid returning to play — and all other physical activity — until all concussion symptoms such as headaches are gone. New research however, suggests those who exercise within a week of injury, regardless of symptoms, have nearly half the rate of concussion symptoms that linger more than a month.
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School Athletes Often Lack Adequate ProtectionBy JANE E. BRODYAPRIL 18, 2016

With all the attention on national rules to prevent and properly treat injuries to professional and college athletes, it may surprise you to learn that there are no nationwide guidelines to protect high school athletes from crippling or fatal injuries.
Instead, it is up to individual states and the schools within them to adopt policies and practices that help to assure the safety of children who play organized school or league sports. But most states and schools have yet to enact needed safety measures, according to data from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
“Each state has its own high school athletic association, and each policy has to be individually approved,” said Douglas Casa, an athletic trainer and chief executive of the University of Connecticut’s Korey Stringer Institute, named for the former National Football League player who died from complications related to heatstroke in 2001.
“It’s a burdensome, grueling process,” Dr. Casa said, that he and others hope will yield to the efforts of a new program, the Collaborative Solutions for Safety in Sport created by the athletic trainers’ association and theAmerican Medical Society for Sports Medicine.
The program held its second meeting last month, attended by two high school representatives from each state, to provide them with road maps to establish safety rules and policies or laws for high school athletics

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Concussion Triples Long-term Suicide

Concussion Triples Long-term Suicide Risk in General PopulationLiam Davenport

February 10, 2016

Concussion due to everyday and recreational activities triples long-term suicide risk. The risk increases even further if these injuries occur during the weekend, results of a large study show.

“The increased risk applied regardless of demographic characteristics, was independent of past psychiatric conditions, became accentuated with time, followed a dose-response gradient and was not as high as the risk associated with past suicide attempts,” the investigators, led by Donald Redelmeier, MD, senior core scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and a physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada, write. 
The researchers, who studied the records of more than 230,000 patients with concussion covering a 20-year period, add that “regardless of interpretation, these findings suggest that an association between concussion and suicide is not confined to the military.”

The study was published online February 8 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
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