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State Laws Have Reduced Concussion Risks In High School Kids, Study Finds

Laws spearheaded by the director of UW Medicine’s Sports Health and Safety Institute, Stan Herring, MD, and colleagues have led to a noticeable nationwide decline in repeated concussions among teenage athletes. (Washington Post)

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UW Researchers Team Up With Youth Football Program to Study Concussion Risk

Reporter Alison Grande highlights efforts the Institute is taking alongside Seattle Children’s to better understand the proportion of football players ages 6-14 who get concussions. The research also examines how long it takes young athletes to recover, and what the effects of concussions can be. (KIRO 7)

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Youth Football Study to Focus on Head Injuries

A two-year study from UW Medicine’s Sports Health and Safety Institute and Seattle Children’s Research Institute will identify the proportion of youth football players who sustain a concussion, and document the concussion’s effects as well as the factors that influence recovery and re-injury. Study sponsors have paid for licensed athletic trainers to be onsite at all league games and practices to collect data and care for players. (University of Washington)

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Follow Concussion Guidelines, but Keep Children Active

New statement on how to treat athletes for concussion is welcome news for parents and coaches, but should not keep kids off playing field. (Seattle Times)

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Experts issue new guidance on treatment of concussions

A refined definition of concussion, new guidance on rest versus activity, and collaborative treatment highlight the 2017 Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sports, published April 26 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. UW Medicine physicians are among the international panel of authors.

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Northwest Athletic Trainers Association 2017 Concussion Symposium

May 6, 2017, 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Faculty from the UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute (SHSI) will provide updates from the latest research on concussion in sports at the Northwest Athletic Trainers Association 2017 Concussion Symposium.

Virginia Mason Athletic Center
12 Seahawks Way, Seattle, Washington


NFL helps UW Medicine launch sports-safety institute

The Institute will mesh education, advocacy and research to change a culture of “no pain, no gain.” A gift of $2.5 million by the National Football League (NFL) helped to make the Institute possible. (NewsBeat, October 2015)

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