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  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in What's New, Top Stories, Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts, Blogs October 9, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

Study Linking Tackle Football Before Age 12 With Greater Risk Of Later Health Problems: Does It Hold Up Under Scrutiny?

Since its recent publication, a study by researchers at Boston University (1) finding that athletes who were less than 12 years old at the time of their first exposure to tackle football had more

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in What's New, Top Stories, Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts September 26, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

CTE: Media Continues To Be Ahead Of Science

The prevailing media narrative is that concussions or repetitive subconcussive blows “cause” chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), that CTE “causes” former athletes to commit suicide, and such causal links are proven


Top Stories

Articles we think are worth a read

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in What's New, Top Stories, Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts, Blogs October 9, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

Study Linking Tackle Football Before Age 12 With Greater Risk Of Later Health Problems: Does It Hold Up Under Scrutiny?

Since its recent publication, a study by researchers at Boston University (1) finding that athletes who were less than 12 years old at the time of their first exposure to tackle football had more

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in What's New, Top Stories, Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts September 26, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

CTE: Media Continues To Be Ahead Of Science

The prevailing media narrative is that concussions or repetitive subconcussive blows “cause” chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), that CTE “causes” former athletes to commit suicide, and such causal links are proven


Prevention & Risk Reduction

What's working and what's not

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in What's New, Prevention & Risk Reduction, Treatment & Management March 8, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

NATA Issues New Sports Health and Safety Best Practice Guidelines

Most support recommendations long advocated by MomsTEAM in 2006 book, International Safeguards for Children In Sport, and as part of SmartTeams program

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association and Youth Sports Safety Alliance have issued best practice youth sports health safety guidelines.  Touted as the first of their kind, the guidelines, however, largely

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in What's New, Prevention & Risk Reduction November 21, 2016
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Inadequate Helmet Fit Increases Concussion Severity In High School Football Players

High school football players who sustain concussions while wearing improperly fitted helmets are at higher risk of experiencing more symptoms and taking longer to recover than those who are concussed


Identification & Diagnosis

Concussion symptom reporting, sideline screens, and a whole lot more

  Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Ph. D. Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Ph. D. in Identification & Diagnosis July 25, 2017
  • Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Ph. D.

    Author: Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, PhD, ABN, ABPP-RP is a practicing neuropsychologist and director of the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey, and currently serves on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Expert Panel on Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. Moser is an active scientific researcher and author of Ahead of the Game: The Parents’ Guide to Youth Sports Concussion (Dartmouth College Press).

  • Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Ph. D.

Concussion Risk During Summer Sports: Extra Vigilance By Parents Required

For an increasing number of kids these days playing sports doesn’t end with the school year. If anything, the competitive intensity of the all-star, tournament, travel ball, showcases, and sports

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in What's New, Identification & Diagnosis April 27, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

All Concussions Are Different But Share Four Common Features

The 5th International Consensus Statement On Concussion In Sport issued in April 2017 (1)(“Berlin Consensus Statement”) while it modifies slightly the definition of sport-related concussion, continues to note that it provides


Treatment & Management

The evolving landscape on rest, return to learn, and return to play

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in What's New, Prevention & Risk Reduction, Treatment & Management March 8, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

NATA Issues New Sports Health and Safety Best Practice Guidelines

Most support recommendations long advocated by MomsTEAM in 2006 book, International Safeguards for Children In Sport, and as part of SmartTeams program

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association and Youth Sports Safety Alliance have issued best practice youth sports health safety guidelines.  Touted as the first of their kind, the guidelines, however, largely

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in What's New, Top Stories, Treatment & Management, Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts February 1, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Vision Assessment Should Be Part Of Return-To-Learn Protocol, UAB Researchers Say

A comprehensive vision assessment should be part of return-to-learn protocols to help determine when children are ready to return to the classroom following concussions — particularly in children reporting academic


Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts

What research tells us about the effects of concussion and RHI in the short- and long-term

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in What's New, Top Stories, Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts, Blogs October 9, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

Study Linking Tackle Football Before Age 12 With Greater Risk Of Later Health Problems: Does It Hold Up Under Scrutiny?

Since its recent publication, a study by researchers at Boston University (1) finding that athletes who were less than 12 years old at the time of their first exposure to tackle football had more

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in What's New, Top Stories, Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts September 26, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

CTE: Media Continues To Be Ahead Of Science

The prevailing media narrative is that concussions or repetitive subconcussive blows “cause” chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), that CTE “causes” former athletes to commit suicide, and such causal links are proven


Concussion Essentials

Best practices in concussion education, prevention, and treatment

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Treatment & Management, Concussion Essentials October 24, 2016
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Return to Learn Just As Important As Return To Sports, Says AAP

Helping a student-athlete make a successful return to learning after a concussion is just as important as ensuring their safe return to sports, and requires a team approach involving parents,

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Concussion Essentials October 24, 2016
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

Parents Play Important Role In Child’s Recovery From Concussion

The subject of sports concussions has been a hot topic in the news for about a decade, but, even after years of coverage, the important role parents play after their


Blogs

Commentary from our experts

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in What's New, Top Stories, Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts, Blogs October 9, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

Study Linking Tackle Football Before Age 12 With Greater Risk Of Later Health Problems: Does It Hold Up Under Scrutiny?

Since its recent publication, a study by researchers at Boston University (1) finding that athletes who were less than 12 years old at the time of their first exposure to tackle football had more

  Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in What's New, Top Stories, Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts, Blogs September 11, 2017
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

Creating A Culture Of Concussion Safety Requires Teamwork All Season Long, Not Just One Day

If your child plays a contact or collision sport, whether at the youth, middle school or high school level, chances are they will suffer a concussion at some point in


Press Releases

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in What's New, Press Releases March 24, 2017
  • Lindsey Straus

    Author: Lindsey Straus is an award-winning youth sports journalist, practicing attorney, and has been Senior Editor of SmartTeams since its launch as MomsTEAM in August 2000. She can be reached at lbartonstraus@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Lindsey Straus

SmartTeams’ de Lench and MacDonald Present Six Pillars Concussion Program at IOC World Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Concord, Massachusetts. March 23, 2017 On March 16, 2017, Brooke de Lench, Executive Director of MomsTeam Institute, Inc., and Jim MacDonald, M.D., M.P.H., a member of the

  Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in Press Releases October 6, 2016
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

SmartTeams™ Website Offers Innovative Way to Increase Athletes’ Concussion Reporting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Concord, MA.  September 13, 2016.  Just in time for the fall sports season, MomsTEAM Institute, a leading child protection in sports education and advocacy non-profit, has launched


Archives

  Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in Archives November 17, 2016
  • Brooke de Lench

    Author: Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher, MomsTEAM.com, Producer of The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer. Follow Brooke on Twitter @brookedelench. Email her at delench@MomsTEAM.com.

  • Brooke de Lench

Abuse in Sports: A Primer for Parents

Abuse can occur in several forms and is centered on power, especially the power of the coach over the athlete. The following information should help you identify abuse or neglect,

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