New ratings announced as five new football helmets meet highest marks

BLACKSBURG, Va., May 19, 2014 – Virginia Tech has updated its adult football helmet ratings, which are designed to identify key differences between the abilities of individual helmets to reduce the risk of concussion. All five of the new adult football helmets introduced this spring earned the five-star mark, the highest rating awarded by the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings™.  Read more

Revised settlement in concussion suit reached; funds uncapped

The National Football League and counsel for the retired player plaintiffs announced today a revised settlement agreement in the NFL concussion litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In the revised agreement the NFL’s obligations under the monetary award fund will not be capped at any specified amount. This means that once the compensation program is established funds will be available to any retired player who develops a qualifying neurocognitive condition.  (Continue reading)

Extensive Study on Concussions in Youth Sports Finds ‘Culture of Resistance’ for Self-Reporting Injury; Not Enough Evidence to Support Claim That Helmets Reduce Concussion Risk

WASHINGTON — Young athletes in the U.S. face a “culture of resistance” to reporting when they might have a concussion and to complying with treatment plans, which could endanger their well-being, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. The report provides a broad examination of concussions in a variety of youth sports with athletes aged 5 to 21. Overall, reported concussions rates are more frequent among high school athletes than college athletes in some sports — including football, men’s lacrosse and soccer, and baseball; higher for competition than practice (except for cheerleading); and highest in football, ice hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, soccer, and women’s basketball. Concussion rates also appear higher for youths with a history of prior concussions and among female athletes.  See full press release

Dorsett, others reveal CTE symptoms

Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett confirmed he has been diagnosed with signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease that has been linked to concussions and the suicides of former football players.

Dorsett’s condition was revealed by doctors on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Wednesday, as were the diagnoses of fellow Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure and former All-Pro Leonard Marshall. Dorsett called in to ESPN’s “Dan LeBatard Is Highly Questionable” show and talked about what he’s going through, saying “My quality of living has changed drastically and it deteriorates every day.” Read article

Judge: NFL, players to settle concussion lawsuits

MARYCLAIRE DALE (Associated Press) 16 minutes agoAP – Sports FootballNational Football League

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL and more than 4,500 former players want to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research, a federal judge said Thursday. see full article

Big Ten, The Ivy League Host Head Injury Summit

Big Ten-Ivy League Head Injury Summit: Agenda | List of Attendees

PARK RIDGE, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference and The Ivy League, in conjunction with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), hosted the Big Ten-Ivy League Head Injury Summit on July 18-19 in Park Ridge, Ill. A total of 65 individuals from 23 institutions, representing each member institution from the Big Ten, Ivy League and CIC, participated in the two-day event in an effort to engage in collaborative discussions and to refine the strategic priorities of the historic, unprecedented research initiative that was announced by the conferences in June 2012. The summit provided an open forum for the subject-matter experts in attendance to review the current clinical and research efforts that exist on each campus, and allowed the group to define the short- and long-term areas of emphasis to address.        Read more

Baseline neurocognitive scores in athletes with attention deficit spectrum disorders and/or learning disability.

Reviewed by Erin Almklov, PhD
The article titled “Baseline neurocognitive scores in athletes with attention deficit spectrum disorders and/or learning disability” is a retrospective study that aimed to examine baseline neurocognitive differences between athletes with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and/or learning disability (LD) versus those with neither disorder and to establish normative data for these populations.  Read more