Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Football Practice a Major Source of Concussions

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Football Practice a Major Source of Concussions

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FROM JAMA PEDIATRICS

Football practice is a major source of concussions in all pediatric age groups, according to a report published online in JAMA Pediatrics.

"Concussions during practice might be mitigated and should prompt an evaluation of technique and head impact exposure. Although it is more difficult to change the intensity or conditions of a game, many strategies can be used during practice to limit player-to-player contact and other potentially injurious behaviors," said Thomas P. Dompier, Ph.D., who is with the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention, Indianapolis, and his associates.

A recent Institute of Medicine report emphasized the need for better data regarding the incidence of concussion among athletes aged 5-23 years. In what they described as the first study of its kind, the investigators assessed information pertaining to concussion during two consecutive football seasons from three large injury surveillance programs: the Youth Football Safety Study, which included 118 teams of players aged 5-14 years; the National Athletic Treatment, Injury, and Outcomes Network, which included 96 teams of high school players; and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance Program, which included 24 teams of college players. …

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