What's New in Sports-Related Concussions?

In This Issue
The Latest Concussion Research
Helpful Resources
Concussions in the News


Reduced Contact Practices in the Pac-12

CBS Sports

June 3, 2013


The Pac-12 football league announces that contact reduction will be included as part of a league-wide health initiative.


New High School Ice Hockey Rules Eliminate Dangerous Hits


May 11, 2013


The National Federation of State High School Associations Ice Hockey Rules Committee has changed the rules to allow officials to penalize players who illegally hit players; however, many are questioning whether officials will abide by the new rules.


New Vermont Law makes it Harder for Athletes to Return to Play Post-Concussion


June 5, 2013


A new bill was passed in Vermont that mandates that athletic trainers must be present during every game of a collision sport such as hockey, football, lacrosse and wrestling. In a short video at the top of the article, students express the feeling that the desire to return to the game sometimes outweighs good sense after a concussion, reinforcing the need for such laws in high school sports.

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As summer heats up, those of us working at The Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee Rehabilitation would like bring you up-to-date on the latest concussion research and news. Below you will find links to articles about developments in concussion-related diagnosis, prevention and testing.


The more we know about concussion, the more we can do to protect our athletes from long-term head injury. We hope you will continue turn to The Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee Rehabilitation to keep you informed.  Please feel free to contact us for any of your concussion needs.   


The Latest Concussion Research


New Concussion Research Supports the Need for a Blood Test to Diagnose Mild TBI


June 20, 2013


A recent study finds evidence that measuring 2 proteins that are released into the blood stream may be the most effective way to diagnose mild traumatic brain injury.


Number and Type of Symptoms Related to Prolonged Recovery


April 25, 2013

A new study conducted at the University of Washington found that athletes reporting 4 or more symptoms are twice as likely to experience symptoms lasting longer than a week.


Athletes Rally to Raise Brain Injury Awareness


October 7, 2011

More than 500 athletes have donated their brains to science for the purpose of protecting future athletes from concussion-related brain disease. 


Helpful Resources

What Happens During a Concussion: A video with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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If we can be of service for post-concussion assessment, baseline testing, or educational presentations, please contact The Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee Rehabilitation at 855-587-BRAIN (2724).