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Washington High School District Embraces Concussion Reduction Measures

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is implementing a comprehensive program this fall aimed at reducing and managing concussions among high school athletes in the district.

This program has several parts: “Heads Up” concussion training for all football coaches; neurocognitive testing that can help determine if a student-athlete is concussed; and replacing all football helmets that have lower protection ratings.

“As doctors and scientists have learned more about the effects of concussions, it has become clear that we need to put more protections in place for students most at risk,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “We want to approach this issue from a prevention standpoint first as well as appropriately managing concussions that do happen.”

Beginning this year, the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association will require concussion management training for football head coaches, and all coaches starting in the 2016-17 school year. LWSD trained all high school football coaches on August 17.

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FHSAA Mandates that Athletes Complete Concussion Course

The Florida High School Athletic Association has mandated that all high school athletes in that state complete courses on concussions provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations before being eligible to compete, acccording to a report in the St. Petersburg Times.

The paper, which noted that the courses are free and online, quoted Justin Harrison, the FHSAA’s associate executive director for athletic services, about the rationale for the decision:

“The reason behind the move was student-athlete safety. Overall, all concerned parties felt it was imperative to continue to educate the student-athletes on concussions. … This course was yet another way to provide the information.”

Harrison told the paper that Florida is the first state that requires its student-athletes to complete the course. The measure was passed by the FHSAA Board of Directors in June. The course is available at www.nfhslearn.com.

To view the article, visit: http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/fhsaa-requires-athletes-study-concussions/22815/

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Concussion Expert Wants Body Checking Eliminated from Hockey for Those Under 16

Dr. Charles Tator, a professor of neurosurgery at Toronto University, recently told the media that more should be done to”change “the culture of the game” of hockey.

Specifically,: “I would prefer body checking be eliminated until the age of 16,” he said.

He went on to offer two more observations.

“The bottom line is that every concussed person should be seen by a doctor.”hockey

Second, “Everybody recovers at a different rate. If you don’t do it properly, you will prolong the recovery process. ,,, It’s very important not to get a second before your recover from the first.”

Tator’s credentials bring credibility to his commentary. He is the founder of the “Think First Foundation,” which is devoted to the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries among Canada’s children. He also received the USA Hockey Excellence in Safety Award for his work on prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries in hockey as well as the lifetime achievement award from the American Spinal Injury Association.

In addition, Tabor developed the first acute spinal cord care unit in Canada and is currently exploring the possibility of transplantation of adult spinal cord derived stem/progenitor cells after experimental spinal cord injury. He has over 300 peer reviewed academic papers on spinal cord injury and repair and has trained over 30 research scientists in his laboratory over last two decades.

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