Student Injuries

Student Injuries

College Football Gets a Little Safer with Concussion Test

football playersThe long-term effects of concussions and head-trauma have gotten a lot of attention over the past year, but current student football players may have less to worry about. A concussion test is being researched for its potential use by coaches during games. According to a 2009 study, more than 40 percent of high school students return to action too soon following a concussion.

Known as the Kind-Devick (K-D) test, the diagnostic tool uses single digit numbers displayed on index-sized cards to measure eye movement, attention and language. Players would take the test once at the beginning of the season to get a baseline reading. In the event of a concussion, the amount of time it take to complete the test decreases. Researchers say the K-D test is less subjective than other exams.

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High School Athletes Shouldn’t Try to Beat the Heat

high-school-footballToday’s report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revealed that 31 high school athletes have died from heat-related injuries in the past 15 years. “One death due to heat-related illness is too many,” says Michael McGeehin, director of the CDC’s Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects. “Heat-related illness is preventable. The more we know about how and when it happens, the better we can prepare people who may be most at risk.”

The study showed that 66.3 percent of heat injuries occur in August, mostly affecting football players. Athletes who play high school football are 10 times more likely to suffer from heat illness than students who play eight other high school sports. Thousands of students suffer from heat illnesses of differing severity each year, particularly during off-season summer conditioning.  Overweight players are at a much higher risk.   Read the rest of this entry »


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