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concussions

Jul 22, 2014 — Kids who play lacrosse will tell you there's a lot of action. Now, there's an analysis of injuries sustained by high school lacrosse players that quantifies the risks.
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Jul 10, 2014 — There's plenty of evidence that playing with a concussion increases the risk of long-term problems. But athletes, coaches and parents can be reluctant to call a halt. Then how can doctors do no harm?
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Feb 2, 2014 — An NPR poll finds that just 7 percent of Americans say concussion risks are too great to continue offering football as a high school sport.
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Jan 14, 2014 — Asking for more details, U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody rejected a preliminary approval of the $765 million deal reached last summer. Under the agreement between the league and more than 4,500 retired players, the NFL would contribute to a fund that would pay "medical and other benefits, as well as compensation" to those players who were injured during their careers.
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Dec 27, 2013 — Head injuries have long been considered a risk factor for Alzheimer's, but the evidence on that is mixed. A study finds that people who have memory problems decades after a concussion are more likely to have the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's.
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Dec 17, 2013 — A chronic brain disease afflicts former pro football players, boxers and others who suffer repeated brain injuries. Doctors now can only diagnose it with certainty after someone dies. But researchers are working on tests that could work while people are alive.
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Dec 11, 2013 — Student athletes know they need to avoid concussions. But hits that don't cause concussion symptoms can affect the brain, too. Researchers are now trying to figure out who is most at risk from those smaller hits, and if they can be warned in advance.
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Aug 29, 2013 — More than 4,500 retired players had been part of the lawsuits. They claimed the league hadn't properly protected them over the years. In the settlement, the NFL does not admit any liability.
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Jun 10, 2013 — Young athletes who have two concussions within a year take nearly three times as long to recover as someone experiencing one concussion. A history of past concussions also hurt recovery times.
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Mar 18, 2013 — Athletes who have headaches or any other concussion symptoms should be removed from play immediately, according to tougher standards just issued by neurologists. The move comes in response to research showing short- and long-term damage from head injuries.
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