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Concussion management video A 15-minute video on the importance of understanding concussions and guidelines for removal from play and return to play after a concussion. Stanley Herring, MD, director of SHSI, serves as host.

Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool. A sideline tool to help parents, coaches and athletes recognize a concussion and know when a brain injury is an emergency.

Heads Up: Online Concussion Training for Clinicians The course features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and case studies, and provides an overview of what a health care professional needs to know about concussion in young athletes.

Heads Up resources from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that include:

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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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Can You Predict Future Brain Damage? Hundreds of Pro Fighters Are Helping Researchers Find Out

The ambitious goal: to identify early signs of trauma-induced brain damage from subtle changes in blood chemistry, brain imaging and performance tests — changes that may show up decades before visible symptoms such as cognitive impairment, depression and impulsive behavior. (STAT)

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Concussion Recovery Is Slower in Girls, Mounting Evidence Suggests

Recent findings suggest female children and adolescents are more susceptible to head injuries, and may take longer to recover. (Scientific American)

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Is MRI Needed in Children with a Sports-related Concussion?

The UW’s Rob Bonow, MD, recently spearheaded a study with researchers that reviewed over 5 years of records from pediatric sports concussion patients. The study indicated that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in children with persistent symptoms after concussion rarely identified brain injury. (

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Head Trauma in High School Football May Be More Complicated Than We Thought

The increasingly polarized discussion over the risks of football has made an honest reckoning of the emerging science difficult. Nevertheless, several common-sense guidelines can be followed today. (Scientific American)

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Movement, play and sports: What are the benefits?

The sports and activities children love often come with risks. But sports, movement and play also yield abundant benefits, and can enhance the physical, mental and social health of children long into the future.

The benefits of physical activity

  • Physical activity in childhood and adolescence can increase muscular strength, improve the ability to perform complex movements, build bone, improve mood, and increase heart and lung fitness.
  • Physical activity can help prevent inactivity-related diseases that occur in childhood, including Type 2 diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, asthma, sleep apnea and depression.
  • Physically active children are more likely to be physically active adults—and less likely to meet an early death or develop heart disease, breast and colon cancer, diabetes, obstructive lung disease, depression, anxiety or osteoarthritis.
  • Physical activity can help to prevent obesity and aid in its treatment.
  • Physical activity leads to better brain structure and function. It can improve thinking and mental performance, including focus, memory, attention and academic achievement.


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Exercise Is Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine

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Obesity In Children and Teens Rose Sharply Worldwide Over Past 4 Decades

In just over four decades, obesity levels in children and teenagers have risen dramatically worldwide, though that rise has been far from uniform, according to a new study. (NPR)

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This Mistake Can Cost the Lives of Athletes in Cardiac Arrest

Athletes are dying from cardiac arrests that occur during play because teammates, coaches and other bystanders don’t know how to best save their lives, a new study claims. (Chicago Tribune)

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How did Conor McGregor shed weight for his fight against Mayweather?

In order to prepare for his superbout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor first had to conquer the scale. His nutritionist explains how he prepared for the big fight. (STAT)

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Can You Run So Much You Get Rhabdo and Your Muscles Break Down?

A runner reading about a dangerous side-effect of high-intensity training wonders what her risks are. Dr. William O. Roberts explains the risks, and how to avoid it. (Runner’s World)

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Why a thriving brain needs a lifetime of exercise

There’s growing evidence that brains thrive on regular physical activity all the way from childhood to old age. (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Hydration in the heat for young athletes

Young athletes, their parents and coaches frequently ask about safe ways to hydrate in the heat. They want to know how much to drink and what to drink in training or competition. Confusion can arise from conflicting hydration guidelines and roiling debate. Let me try to clarify.

Muscle cramping in the heat

Muscle cramping can hobble athletes playing in the heat. This painful problem can range from vexing to disabling. Players prone to cramping are urged to salt their food and eat healthful salt-rich foods. Fad remedies can delay proper therapy.

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Hydration. This site includes videos and information on hydration, including how to know if an athlete is hydrated, how much to drink and what to drink. (Korey Stringer Institute)

Hydration Kit. This two-page handout lists hydration supplies, from electrolyte freezer pops to pumper-style cooling stations. The handout provides prices and links to websites where individuals or teams can purchase them. (Korey Stringer Institute)

Exercise and fluid replacement. ACSM Position Stand. In-depth information and recommendations on hydration for athletes written by the leading experts in the field. (American College of Sports Medicine)

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How Much Protein Do We Really Need?

Dr. Elizabeth Kirk, a Ph.D. in nutritional science, breaks down the benefits of protein and how it affects athletes’ overall performance and muscle mass. (University of Washington)

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Hydration 101: It’s More Than You Drink

UW dietician Jill Irvine explains that a 1.5% loss of water can trigger dehydration, leading to changes in mood, decreased energy and decreased mental clarity. Read about the best ways to keep from getting thirsty, including a list of foods with high water content. (University of Washington)

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Nutrition Science Isn’t Broken, It’s Just Wicked Hard

Unfortunately, news can’t wait until the scientific community reaches a consensus. So here are a few strategies you can use to identify which headlines you should pay attention to. (Washington Post)

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What to Know About Rhabdomyolysis, the Potentially Fatal Condition Caused by Extreme Exercise

Rhabdomyolysis is a rare but real risk of high-intensity workouts. Here’s how to spot the symptoms, and prevent it from happening to you. (Health)

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Winter Sports Safety Tips

Winter is a great time to enjoy outdoor sports, particularly downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. You can enhance your enjoyment of these winter activities and reduce your risk of injury by being prepared and following a few commonsense rules. (University of Washington Medicine)

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