Study Outlines Which High School Sports Have Highest Concussion Rates

This study updates our understanding of concussion patterns in high school sports using injury surveillance data,” he said. “It adds to our existing understanding by providing the most recent ‘time-stamp’ in concussion incidence in high school sports.” The study found trends in concussion rates not only for football but also more than a dozen other sports, including soccer, ice hockey and cheerleading — which were among the sports with the most concussion incidence. The study also found that among all sports, there was only one in which the concussion rate was higher during practice than in competition. The high school sports with high concussion rates The study included data on 9,542 concussions across 20 high school sports that occurred between the 2013-2014 and 2017-2018 school years. Those sports were: boys’ football, wrestling, soccer, basketball, baseball, cross country, ice hockey, lacrosse, swimming and diving, and track and field; girls’ volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, swimming and diving, and track and field; and coed cheerleading. The data came from the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study database, or HS RIO. For the study, a concussion — a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head — was defined as occurring as a result of practice or competition, requiring medical attention and being d...
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This study was supported by grants from the NIH (P01-AG025831 and M01-RR00865) and gifts to UCLA from the Toulmin Foundation and Robert and Marion Wilson. No company provided research funding for this study. The FDDNP marker used with brain PET scans to identify abnormal proteins is intellectual property owned by UCLA and licensed to TauMark, LLC. UCLA authors Dr. Jorge Barrio, Dr. Gary Small and Dr. Sung-Cheng Huang are co-inventors of the PET marker. Barrio and Small have a financial interest in the company. Other disclosures are available in the manuscript.
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Is brain damage an inevitable consequence of American football, an avoidable risk of it, or neither? An editorial published yesterday in the medical journal BMJ poses those provocative questions. Chad Asplund, director of sports medicine at Georgia Regents University, and Thomas Best, professor and chair of sports medicine at Ohio State University, offer an overview of the unresolved connection between playing football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a type of gradually worsening brain damage caused by repeated mild brain injuries or concussions. This condition was first described in a football player in 2005, after ...
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