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Can Sports Concussions Be Prevented?

As the 2013 NFL season ramps up, more attention than ever before will be on the players’ safety. Trace shows us what happens to the player’s brains during those hard tackles and what’s being done to keep them safe.

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The spectrum of disease in chronic traumatic encephalopathy

“Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a progressive tauopathy that occurs as a consequence of repetitive mild traumatic brain injury.”

The concussed brain at work: fMRI study documents brain activation during concussion recovery

“For the first time, researchers have documented irregular brain activity within the first 24 hours of a concussive injury, as well as an increased level of brain activity weeks later-suggesting that the brain may compensate for the injury during the recovery time.”

N.F.L. Joins With G.E. in Effort to Detect Concussions

“The N.F.L., faced with increasing concern about the toll of concussions and confronted with litigation involving thousands of former players, is planning to form a partnership with General Electric to jump-start development of imaging technology that would detect concussions and encourage the creation of materials to better protect the brain.”

Cumulative Effects Associated With Recurrent Concussion in Collegiate Football Players
The NCAA Concussion Study

“Approximately 300 000 sport-related concussions occur annually in the United States, and the likelihood of serious sequelae may increase with repeated head injury.”

Why Don’t Helmets Prevent Concussions?

“Helmets protect your head-but they can’t fully protect your brain. This helps to explain why football players continue to incur brain trauma that may lead to debilitating brain disease.”

Mechanisms of Injury for Concussions in University Football, Ice Hockey, and Soccer: A Pilot Study

“Objective: To examine the mechanisms of injury for concussions in university football, ice hockey, and soccer.”

Concussion and Mild TBI

“A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works.”

Tracking Every Concussion from the NFL’s 2012 Season

“According to Concussion Watch, an exhaustive database of every concussion sustained in the NFL during the 2012 season, concussions occurred during the 2012 regular season at a rate of about 9.2 per week.”

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