Education Week: Football is the New Smoking

Author Douglas W. Green made the case in Education Week Tuesday that “football is the new smoking.”

Green argues that society, all the way back to ancient Rome, loves violence. But he also makes the case that there may be an end in sight:

“Watching people you don’t know beat the crap out of each other might be fun for some, but how about when it’s your own flesh and blood? While violent movies and computer games are very popular, most of our population limits violence view to the virtual variety.”5011227045_4df2341d87

But even when football is gone, there will be other sports, where the byproduct is concussions. He notes cheerleading as an example:

“Perhaps the biggest risk for girls is cheerleading. When I was in high school, the cheerleaders barely got off the floor, and no one I know remembers a cheerleader injury from my era. Today, some cheerleading teams don’t even cheer as they are focused to prepare for cheerleading competitions. If you haven’t seen one of these affairs, you should give it a try. They feature girls standing on each other, throwing each other about, manic tumbling, and all sorts of opportunities for serious injuries. I have yet to attend a competition that didn’t feature at least one girl, usually more, being taken out in a wheel chair or on a stretcher.”

To see the full story, visit: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/work_in_progress/2015/04/why_would_anyone_let_their_kid.html

 

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AMSSM Recognizes Concussion-Oriented Research at Annual Meeting

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) presented the following awards during its 24th Annual Meeting at the Diplomat Resort and Spa on Sunday.

Best Overall Research Award – M. Alison Brooks, MD, MPH for her research titled, “Establishing the Psychometric Properties of the Child Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (Child SCAT3).” For more on her, visit: http://ortho.wisc.edu/Home/FacultyResearch/FacultyandScientists/MAlisonBrooks.aspx

Harry Galanty Young Investigator Award – Michael Donaworth, MD for his research titled, “The Use of Vision Training as a Means of Decreasing Concussion Incidence in Football.” For more on him, visit: http://uchealth.com/physician/michael-donaworth/?ref=35&site=30

The Harry L. Galanty, MD Young Investigator’s Award is presented at the Annual Meeting for the most outstanding research presentation by a member who is a sports medicine fellow or who has recently completed fellowship training. The award was established in 2003 to honor Harry Galanty, MD, a charter member of the AMSSM, who passed away in 1999 at the age 36. Dr. Galanty’s contributions to sports medicine combined service and a commitment to teaching and research.

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When Is Big and Powerful a Concussion Risk?

I was a big kid growing up. So they didn’t let me play with the normal-sized 7th graders. Back then, we might call that unfair. Today, we call that prudent .

Take for example what is going on with the Baylor University football team.

Yahoo Sports recently wrote about Baylor’s decision to put a no-contact restriction for its players when it comes to tackling tight end LaQuan McGowan.

McGowan is no ordinary football player. He is 6-foot-7, 400-plus pounds, and possesses the nickname, “The Annihilator.”

The school ultimately put no-contact restrictions on McGowan so he wouldn’t injure his defensive teammates in the spring. But the risk of concussion and other injuries will be present for opponents when the season starts.

“Me and a linebacker (Grant Campbell) went head-to-head and it didn’t end well,” McGowan told the media about a spring encounter. “They’re going to take the chains off (for the first game). I’m going to come out with a full head of steam.”

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