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Concussion Research Reveals Other Consequences of Head Trauma

It seems that it’s not just the brain that can be affected with a concussed player. The latest study indicates “that college athletes who sustain concussions are more likely to have a lower extremity injury in the same season after they return from the concussion.”

At the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) conference in San Diego recently, Dr. Daniel Herman, sports medicine specialist at the University of Florida, provided research that indicated, “athletes with concussions were 3.79 times more likely to get a muscle or ligament injury than their non-concussed teammates.”

Obviously, this opens up a new topic for discussion.

Said Dr. Herman about the study, “These results may have clinical implications ranging from pre-season injury risk stratification to post-concussion rehabilitation practices to return to play considerations. My colleagues and I are working to develop additional studies investigating the impact of neurocognitive performance on musculoskeletal injuries.”

Sports Injury Research is not new for Dr. Herman. He is a previous “recipient of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine’s O’Donoghue Award.” He assumes the role of “an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida in July 2013.”

Other sports concussion-related research can be found at – http://www.amssm.org/News-Release-Article.php?NewsID=64

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Money Pours In to Sports Medicine and Concussion Research

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) has announced an agreement to fund $855,657 in sports medicine and concussion research, the vast majority of which will focus on research to reduce athlete concussion, “a cornerstone of NOCSAE’s mission.”

The NOCSAE (www.nocsae.org) board finalized the research funding agreement in late January after the completion of its winter board meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.

“Scientific research is essential to advancing the safety of athletes of all ages and effectively addressing the issue of sports concussions,” said Mike Oliver, NOCSAE executive director. “The approved research grants will support some of the top scientists and researchers in the world, and will continue to inform and evolve NOCSAE athletic equipment standards.”

NOCSAE is an independent and nonprofit standard-setting body that aims “to enhance athletic safety through scientific research and the creation of performance standards for protective equipment.”

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