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Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts Including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Can Brain Scan Identify Signs of C.T.E.?

Using a sophisticated brain scan, researchers at UCLA have for the first time identified in living patients the telltale signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. While the results are preliminary, the study opens up the possibility of using the scans to develop strategies to prevent C.T.E. and provide treatment for those who have it.

Effect of Concussion On Children's Brains Linger Long After Symptoms Clear

Structural abnormalities in children's brains persist in children and teens for months after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or concussion, even when symptoms have cleared and results on neurocognitive tests have returned to normal, finds a sobering new study in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Girls May Be No Worse Off After Sports Concussions Than Boys, Study Finds

Girls don't appear to be worse off after sports-related concussion than boys, either in terms of concussion symptoms or on neurocognitive tests measuring reaction time and visual memory, a new study finds.

Concussive and Subconcussive Blows May Speed Up Aging of Brain, Studies Suggest

Concussions, and even lesser subconcussive head trauma, may speed up the brain's natural aging process says a new study which found changes in gait, balance, and in the brain's electrical activity in areas measuring attention and impulse control in otherwise healthy college students with a history of concussion.

Study Supports More Conservative Treatment of Concussions In Children, Teens

A 2012 study finds that the reduced flow of blood to the brain of concussed adolescent athletes sometimes persists longer than 30 days, and adds to the growing body of evidence that the brains of children and teens are more vulnerable to concussion, supports need for cognitive rest after concussion, and substantiates the need for more conservative management of concussions in young athletes.

Teens More Vulnerable To Lingering Effects Of Concussion On Short-Term Memory

Teenage athletes are more vulnerable to the lingering effect of concussion on short-term memory than younger athletes and adults, a new Canadian study finds.  While all concussions need to be taken seriously, the study suggests that they should be managed differently for different age groups.

Lingering Concussion Symptoms May Impair Child's Daily Functioning, Quality of Life: Study

Children who experience mild traumatic brain injury may be more likely to show increases in symptoms over time that could impact quality of life, more so than children who experience an orthopedic injury, says a new study, with injury severity playing a possible role.

Consider Long-Term Effects of Concussion in Retirement Decision, Says Guskiewicz

Concussion expert, Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, Kenan Distinguished Professor and Director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says that, while he hesitates to say that any specific number of concussions should prompt a decision to retire from contact or collision sports, it is important for athletes and their parents to consider the long-term effects of concussion, including depression and memory impairment.

Unmarked Detour: Frustration As Sports Restrictions, Concussion Symptoms, Cognitive Impairment Continued

Seven months after her daughter's concussion, Dorothy Bedford was frustrated that Heidi could still not play contact sports, and continued to experience concussion symptoms and cognitive impairment, which effected her grades and scores on standardized tests.
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