Repeated Brain MRI Scans in Football Players Don’t Show Increased Susceptibility to White Matter Changes at Younger Age

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans performed at the beginning and end of football season show significant changes in the brain’s white matter in both youth and high school football players, reports a study in Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

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‘Return to Learn’ helps students post-concussion

Across the nation, concussion protocols are in place to guide student athletes’ safe return to sports participation. But no clear guidelines exist for students’ appropriate return to the classroom. Dr. Monica Vavilala and researchers at Harborview Medical Center created “Return to Learn,” a road map for schools to help youths recover their academic well-being.

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Female Athletes Seek Specialty Care for Concussion Later than Males, Potentially Contributing to Longer Recovery

Female athletes seek specialty medical treatment later than male athletes for sports-related concussions (SRC), and this delay may cause them to experience more symptoms and longer recoveries. The study raises the question of whether, in youth and high school sports, inequities in medical and athletic trainer coverage on the sidelines are contributing to delayed identification and specialized treatment of concussion for female athletes, leading to more symptoms and longer recovery trajectories.

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