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  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Prevention & Risk Reduction, Treatment & Management, What's New 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.

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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 Prevention & Risk Reduction, What's New 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.

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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

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Prevention & Risk Reduction September 13, 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.

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Virginia Tech STAR Ratings For Football Helmets: Helpful But Come With Limitations

A total of fifteen football helmets have earned five stars in the latest Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings,TM a test of helmets in a laboratory environment intended to measure their effectiveness in

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts, Prevention & Risk Reduction, Top Stories, What's New August 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

Most States Now Limit Number And Duration Of Full-Contact Practices in High School Football

New rules effective in reducing number of impacts, but precise effect on reducing concussion risk and long-term cognitive health unknown

Responding to concerns about the effect of repetitive head impacts in football, forty-six of fifty state high school athletic associations will begin the 2016 season with limits on full-contact practices in

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Prevention & Risk Reduction August 23, 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.

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Limits On Full-Contact Practices In High School Football Significantly Reduce Impact Exposure

Despite lack of clarity surrounding relationship between repeated head impacts and long-term cognitive dysfunction, 46 of 50 states now have limits on full-contact practices in high school football

A 2016 study finds that a rule change limiting full-contact high school football practices was effective in reducing head-impact exposure for all players, with the largest reduction occurring among lineman. (1)  The

  Tracey Covassin, Ph. D. Tracey Covassin, Ph. D. in Identification & Diagnosis, Prevention & Risk Reduction August 10, 2016
  • Tracey Covassin, Ph. D.

    Author: Associate Professor and licensed athletic trainer at Michigan State University in the Departments of Kinesiology and Intercollegiate Athletics. Sport-related concussion researcher on sex and age differences in concussion outcomes, neurocognitive impairments, and issues associated with multiple concussions. Currently directing a multi-site high school and college sport-concussion outreach program in the Mid-Michigan area.

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Increase Concussion Reporting By Changing ‘Play Through Pain’ and ‘Show No Weakness’ Sport Culture

Sport-related concussion is a growing health concern, particularly in collegiate populations. Between 1.6 and 3.8 million sport- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries occur annually in the U.S (1) and comprise

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Identification & Diagnosis, Prevention & Risk Reduction, Top Stories, What's New August 9, 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.

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Overcoming The Culture Of Resistance To Concussion Symptom Reporting Will Take A Team Effort

In the sixteen years I have been writing about and reporting on sports-related concussions, there have been enormous scientific advances in our understanding of the injury, in how it is managed

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Identification & Diagnosis, Prevention & Risk Reduction, Top Stories, What's New August 8, 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

Immediate Concussion Symptom Reporting Shortens Recovery Time By Five Days

Delayed reporting of concussion symptoms doubles risk of prolonged recovery, study says

Immediately reporting concussion symptoms is in a team’s best interests because it gives the athlete the best chance to return to sport activity in the shortest amount of time and

  Lindsey Straus Lindsey Straus in Concussion Essentials, Prevention & Risk Reduction July 30, 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.

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Detailed Concussion History Important in Treatment and Prevention

Part of evaluation after injury and to identify at-risk athletes during preparticipation physical evaluation

Concussion experts agree that the taking of a detailed concussion history is important, not just in the post-concussion treatment of an athlete,(4) but in identifying athletes during a pre-participation physical evaluation at high

  Brooke de Lench Brooke de Lench in Blogs, Prevention & Risk Reduction, Top Stories July 15, 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

Pediatrics Group’s Position On Tackle Football Strikes Right Balance

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) endorsed efforts to limit contact practices in youth football, but declined to make a clear recommendation in favor of delaying the age at

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