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September 2012 Archives

Concussions can be serious injuries for young athletes

Over the past few weeks, we've been posting about concussions in sports. Most student athletes will never "go pro," nor will they be featured on the box of a popular cereal brand. Most student athletes also don't have top-of-the-line protective gear or a team of medical experts on the sidelines to protect and treat them.

Football star encourages concussion awareness

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain has teamed up with a Maryland sports medicine clinic to encourage young athletes to make themselves aware of the dangers of concussions and for adults to monitor concussion symptoms. The drive to "play through the pain" in the NFL and other professional sports has come under fire as more student athletes suffer concussions and other brain injuries as a result of emulating their example.

Head injuries in sports take center stage, part one

After Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy took a line drive to the skull last week, he underwent surgery to reduce swelling around the fracture. He is not the only athlete to bring brain and head injuries to the news in the last few weeks. The players of the NFL have been increasingly involved in studies showing an increased likelihood to die of Alzheimer's disease or ALS (often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease).

Drugs and alcohol present in one-third of traffic fatalities

According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on fatalities from 14 states, more than half of U.S. drivers killed in car accidents had alcohol or drugs in their system at the time of the crash. Out of 20,150 fatally injured drivers from 2005 to 2009, 57 percent tested positive for at least one drug substance, while one in five had multiple drugs in their system.

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