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The potential for concussion injuries has risen dramatically in almost every level of athletic competition. According to the American Association of Pediatrics, more than 300,000 sports-related concussions are reported annually in the United States, but a recent review states that the number of injuries could be in the millions. The disparity in reporting highlights one of the most frustrating aspects of treating concussion-related injuries: Determining when a concussion has occurred and how severe it might be. A pair of chemistry professors at Michigan State University seem to have an unlikely solution: a headband for athletes to wear during games that assesses
A trailblazing African-American basketball player who grew up in the segregated South. A virtuoso musician who contributed several tunes to the Great American Songbook. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who changed the way war correspondents work, and died on the frontlines doing it. An author who wrote one of the most popular series of novels for young people in history. Walt Bellamy, Hoagy Carmichael, Ernie Pyle and Suzanne Collins might have led substantially different lives, but they’ve got two things in common: They made a huge mark on their respective fields, and they graduated from Indiana University. Hoosiers continue to make
It’s a strange situation: Even as football has reached the height of its popularity, there are serious doubts about its future viability. And the main reason for that is the health problems caused over time by concussions, which often go undiagnosed after they occur. This issue grabbed headlines in recent years with the untimely deaths of former professional players who believe they suffered cognitive and emotional problems later in life because of untreated injuries to their brains. (And a big-budget film, “Concussion,” was just released that depicts the medical investigation into the issue.) Beyond the immediate issues that creates for
When an announcer yells “Fumble!” or “Interception!” during a football game, the fans watching the broadcast respond with joy or frustration, depending on who they’re cheering for. But when they hear “There’s a player down,” emotions are usually more subdued and somber, no matter which uniform that player is wearing. With the amount of attention given to the impact of head injuries on football players in recent years, concussions have become a prominent concern for the sport. This has led to efforts by the NCAA and NFL to minimize these injuries with methods such as redesigned equipment and rule changes