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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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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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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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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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Racial Gap Seen In Response to Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests

CPR and defibrillation from bystanders is less likely in neighborhoods with predominantly black residents, leading to worse chance for survival. (University of Washington)

Press Release

Brain Injury Alliance of Washington 11th Annual Gala

The Brain Injury Alliance of Washington helps people affected by brain injury benefit from resources that maximize their quality of life. The BIAWA’s annual gala celebrates this work, the community, and the people it serves.

Where:  The Westin Seattle Hotel, Grand Ballroom – 1900 5th Ave, Seattle
When: October 21, 2017 – Doors Open at 5:00pm – Dinner Begins at 7:00pm
Attire: Evening Cocktail, Black Tie Optional


Youth Sports Study: Declining Participation, Rising Costs and Unqualified Coaches

Between skyrocketing costs, sport specialization and coaches needing training, youth sports is in the midst of a crisis, according to data published by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and the Aspen Institute. (Washington Post)

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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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