Monthly Archives: March 2012

US Lacrosse Gets Proactive with New Video

US Lacrosse,the National Governing Body of Lacrosse, produced a nifty video earlier this month — http://www.uslacrosse.org/UtilityNav/AboutTheSport/HealthSafety/ConcussionAwareness/Video.aspx — entitled  Concussions in Lacrosse: Signs, Symptoms and Playing Safe.

The video, which lasts about ten minutes, was hosted by Stephen and Kelly Berger, who play for TEAM USA’s men’s and women’s teams, respectively.  The page that links to the video — http://www.uslacrosse.org/UtilityNav/AboutTheSport/HealthSafety/ConcussionAwareness.aspx — includes numerous other online resources and articles about concussions.

US Lacrosse seems to be taking a very proactive step toward expressing its concern about concussions. The web page includes the following quote from Dr. Richard Hinton, US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee:

“Research has found both men’s and women’s lacrosse to be relatively safe compared to other commonly played team sports. Most injuries are minor strains, sprains and contusions. But, as in any sport, more significant injuries can and do occur. The Sports Science and Safety Committee of US Lacrosse is sponsoring research to monitor these injuries, better understand their mechanisms, and design preventive programs. Our goal is to expand the base of lacrosse specific sports medicine knowledge and provide objective guidance to enhance safety at all levels of play.”

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Canadian Organizations Embark on Concussion Survey

Five sports organization in Canada announced yesterday that they have joined forces to collect information about concussions and communicate the survey’s findings with the stated objective of reducing the rate and severity of concussions as well as other brain-related injuries

Pat Waslen, executive director of Football B.C., told the Vancouver Courier that Canada has lagged far behind the U.S. in concussion research. He added that the survey, which is being implemented by the non-profit Sports Information Resource Centre, will spread awareness about the problem, and lead to the creation of a list of rules, which could be enforced at a provincial or federal level.

Some measures have already been implemented, such as an online training course, which Football B.C. coaches will be required to take, starting April 15. Waslen pointed to the introduction of Bill 206, a concussion in youth sports safety act that will help regulate and educate the sometimes deadly injuries, as another good initial step.

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NFL Executive Says Kickoff Rule Reduced Concussions

Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay, the chairman of the NFL Competition Committee, told the media in Palm Beach today that moving the kickoff line up last year had a positive effect on the game, possibly reducing the number of concussions.  Specifically, McKay said that conncussions on kickoffs declined 40 percent.

The NCAA is contemplating a similar rule change, which would move the line up in a bid to increase touchbacks and lessen collisions.

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