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A Visual of the Brain After a Concussion

Ever wonder what the brain looks like after a concussion?

The journal Nature posted an article this week, which looked at how a single concussion can cause cell death in the brain in a matter of hours.

PBS wrote about the article and the underlying research. It included a powerful video here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/12/what-a-bump-to-the-head-looks-like-inside-your-brain.html

 

 

 

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‘Madden NFL Football’ Undergoing Changes with Goal of Preventing Concussions in Young Athletes

That game controller your little sportster has been playing with is often a distracter and a habit that could use changing. Well, change is in the wind. EA Sports, maker of Madden NFL football, is debuting a new version this fall that “will feature a safer way to tackle to help prevent concussions.”

So who’s responsible for the change? It came out of Cleveland. A high school coach teamed up with NFL’s “Heads Up Football” to lay the groundwork for proper tackling techniques. It was decided that the use of animation would be an effective way to teach the subject.file0001556040045

St. Ignatius Wildcats coach Chuck Kyle subsequently held a conversation with the NFL, and that led to the league convincing EA Sports that they should use their resources to develop a video game demonstrating proper tackling techniques.

As noted by Dr. Rick Figler, of the Cleveland Clinic, “Kids, as many video games as they’re playing now, and for as graphic as those can be and as kind of lifelike as those can be, I think it’s a good learning tool.”

As frustrated as parents can get about video games, now there’s a good reason to play one.

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NFL Insists It Can Make Player Safety a Priority, while Retaining Its Aggressive Charm

The NFL has released a nine-minute video that was “recently prepared for NFL players and coaches by the Player Safety Advisory Panel.”

Called “Championship Football,” the video is narrated by Pro Football Hall of Famer and co-chairman of the panel, Ronnie Lott.

It attempts to remind everyone that even with the increased emphasis on safety, the game retains its allure as a “physical” sport. Specifically, it “focuses on examples of clean, legal hits from last season’s AFC and NFC Championship Games and Super Bowl XLVI,” according to the league.

The NFL said Lott also issued a memo to the players, where he noted:

“When members of our panel are watching football games, we are constantly aware of improvements that can be made for the benefit of players. It was striking to us that last year’s AFC and NFC Championship Games and the Super Bowl, though quite physical and aggressive, were free from unnecessary penalties. Our panel believes that this demonstrates that it is possible to play championship football while observing the rules of the game and not engaging in acts that sometimes lead to altercations, penalties and fines – or worse, injuries.”

The panel, co-chaired by Lott and fellow Hall of Famer John Madden, was created two years ago by Commissioner Goodell “to assist the league in reviewing all facets of the game involving player health and safety.”  Other members of the committee are Ernie Accorsi, Antonio Freeman, Patrick Kerney, Willie Lanier, Oliver Luck, Steve Mariucci, and Anthony Munoz.

Here’s a link to the video:

http://tinyurl.com/cp89ew9.

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