Newspaper article The Canadian Press

NFL Provides University of Calgary $12M for Research into Youth Concussions

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

NFL Provides University of Calgary $12M for Research into Youth Concussions

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Calgary university gets funding for concussion research

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CALGARY - The University of Calgary is receiving $12 million from the National Football League for research into how to reduce concussion rates in young players.

The funding comes from the league's scientific advisory board and its Play Smart, Play Safe program.

The university is the only Canadian school among five institutions in North America that were awarded a total of US$35 million.

Carolyn Emery, lead researcher in the faculty of kinesiology, says more than one in 10 youth in Canada sustain a sports-related concussion each year.

Almost one-third of those reoccur and one-third of kids will have symptoms for months.

Emery says research will evaluate risk factors, look at how to predict recovery and gauge effectiveness of concussion prevention across multiple sports including hockey, rugby, football, lacrosse, wrestling, soccer, basketball, volleyball and cheerleading. …

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