All Articles by Lindsey Barton Straus, JD

Role Modeling: Kids Whose Parents Wear Helmets Skiing and Snowboarding Will Do The Same

Despite increased helmet use, the number of snow-sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) keeps rising, prompting calls by experts to implement a variety of targeted prevention strategies, with a special focus on educating parents about the protective value of helmets and the role modeling effect the parent's use has on their child's decision to wear a helmet.

Nutrition Report Cards: A Path Towards More Healthy School Lunches?

Sending parents a weekly Nutrition Report Card (NRC) via email listing their child's school lunch food choices could be a feasible and inexpensive tool to nudge children toward more healthy, less expensive options and away from less healthy, more expensive ones, says a pilot study by researchers at Cornell University.

School-Based AED Programs Save Lives, Study Shows

HIgh-school AED programs demonstrate a high survival rate for students as well as adults who suffer sudden cardiac arrest on school campuses, says a new study, which strongly recommends school-based AED programmes as an important public safety measure and an effective strategy for the prevention of sudden cardiac death during sports.

School-Based Strength Training Helps Kids Become Stronger, Boys Become More Active

Substituting 45 minutes of supervised school-based strength training for 2 of 3 regular PE classes significantly increased upper and lower body strength in healthy schoolchildren aged 10 to 14 years, and significantly increased daily spontaneous physical activity outside the training for boys.

Four More Studies Find Causal Links Between CTE and Contact Sports and Suicide Scientifically Premature

Four new scientific papers add to the growing chorus of researchers pouring cold water on the now common assumption in the media and general population that contact sports causes CTE and that CTE causes those with the disease to commit suicide as scientifically premature.

Early ACL Reconstruction Strongly Recommended For Young Athletes, Study Says

Children and adolescents who undergo early surgical reconstruction after suffering a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) have much better outcomes than those who delay surgery or never have surgery at all, says a new study. Early ACL reconstruction is strongly recommended, particularly for active young athletes who wish to maintain higher levels of physical activity.

Baseline Neurocognitive Testing For Younger Athletes: Extra Vigilance Required

A greater proportion of baseline neurocognitive test results for pre-high school athletes are invalid, particularly when they are tested in large group setting. The results are a warning, say experts, that computerized baseline testing programs for younger athletes will require even greater vigilance, caution, individualized attention, and administrative resources than testing among older athletes.

Baseline Neurocognitive Testing: Three New Studies Highlight Difficulty Of Obtaining Valid Results

The use of baseline and postconcussion computerized neurocognitive testing has become an increasingly common practice in the assessment and management of concussions at the college, high school, and even youth level. But, as three new studies show, obtaining baseline test results reflecting a valid assessment of an athlete's "true" baseline ability needed for comparison to postinjury performance is fraught with challenges.

Gender Differences In Concussion Severity And Outcomes May Depend On Female's Menstrual Cycle

A growing body of evidence suggests that females experience more severe symptoms and take longer to recover after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) such as concussions. A new study suggests that such gender differences may in part be due to a sharp drop in hormone levels among females injured during the two weeks prior to their periods.

ACL Injuries in High School Sports: No Gender Difference Found

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries do not disproportionately affect female athletes, occur more often from player-to-player contact, and far more frequently in competition than practice than previously believed, finds a surprising and important new study.