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Neck Strengthening Is a Topic at Strength and Conditioning Coaches Conference

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Coaches Conference is going on today in Louisville. It will host the top strength and conditioning coaches from the high school, college and professional ranks, as well as sports coaches, researchers, and sports performance professionals.

Among the educational opportunities is the following session:

Sports Concussion: The Role of Neck Strength and Risk Reduction

Dr. Tad Seifert, MD, is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Kentucky and is Director of Norton Healthcare’s Sports Concussion Program. In the summer of 2013, he was appointed Head of the NCAA Headache Task Force, where he oversees headache-related research in collegiate athletes. Despite an incidence of approximately 3.8 million sports-related concussions per year, prevention of this injury remains quite challenging. Neck strengthening may limit transmitted forces to the head and mitigate trauma to the brain; therefore, increasing the strength and rigidity of the head-neck region could decrease the acceleration forces experienced by the head when struck. This session aims to review current evidence-based data in neck strength and its association with concussions.

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Bauer Hockey Reaches Settlement with Competition Bureau, NOCSAE ED Weighs In

(Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from “Bauer Hockey Reaches Settlement with Canada’s Competition Bureau over Advertising Claims,” which appeared in the December issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter)

Bauer Hockey Corp. has reached a settlement to resolve an inquiry by Canada’s Competition Bureau regarding certain aspects of its advertising for the BAUER RE-AKT Helmet.

Specifically, the Bureau requested that Bauer remove or modify certain existing performance claims in Canada regarding the helmet. As part of the settlement, Bauer Hockey has also agreed to donate $500,000 worth of sports equipment to a Canadian charity over the course of five years.

Mike Oliver, the executive director of the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), told Concussion Litigation Reporter that “the premise underlying the decision is both reasonable and accurate with regard to what helmets can and can’t do, and as to the level of scientific proof that should accompany any claim of measurable improvement to concussion protection.”hockey

He continued: “There are far too many anecdotal stories offered as proof that certain products protect against concussive injuries. This decision mandates a much higher and verifiable level of evidential proof if such claims are to be made. Emotions run high on all sides of the concussion discussion.  Parents worry about the long-term consequences of a concussive injury, and are easy targets for a simple solution.  Imposing an objective and strict proof requirement recognizes the potential for misplaced reliance and should effectively limit such unsupported claims.”

(To read the rest of the story, which includes an interview with a legal expert, subscribe to CLR)

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A Q&A With Dr. Julie Gilchrist of CDC Injury Center

Dr. Julie Gilchrist works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Injury Center. Below she answers a few questions on the CDC’s Heads Up campaign and how the CDC is working to help keep young athletes safe from concussion and other serious brain injuries.

How are the CDC and NFL working together on addressing concussion among young athletes?

Over the last 6 years, CDC and the NFL have worked together to help get concussion educational materials into the hands of coaches, parents, kids and teens, and school and health care professionals nationwide. Two examples of this work include:

  • CDC worked with the NFL, NFLPA and 16 sports governing bodies to develop the “Concussion:  A Must Read for Young Athletes” fact sheet and poster for young athletes. To date, more than 1 million copies of these materials have been distributed.
  • Through a grant from the NFL to the CDC Foundation, CDC launched the “Heads Up to Clinicians” online training for health care professionals, created to help improve concussion diagnosis and management for young athletes.

What is the CDC’s Heads Up campaign?

Heads Up is a group of educational initiatives, developed by the CDC, which share a common goal: to help protect children and teens from concussions and other serious brain injuries both on and off the sports field. This year marks the 10th anniversary of CDC’s Heads Up.

What materials are available from CDC’s Heads Up campaign?

We tailor our materials based on our audience. We offer information for:

  • Coaches: Online training for high school and youth sports coaches on concussion, as well as fact sheets and posters coaches can download for their team. The online training is used by states, schools, and sports organizations, including USA Football and the National PTA, to help spread concussion information out throughout the country.
  • Parents: CDC Foundation’s “Heads Up to Parents” website and app that includes concussion and helmet safety information: www.cdcfoundation.org/HeadsUp.
  • School Professionals: Fact sheets, posters, and other tools school professionals can use, including information on helping students return to school after a concussion.
  • Health Care Professionals: Latest information on concussion diagnosis and management to help kids and teens recover quickly and fully.

All of CDC’s Heads Up materials are free and can be found online at www.cdc.gov/Concussion.

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