concussions http://wrkf.org en Doctors Face Ethical Issues In Benching Kids With Concussions http://wrkf.org/post/doctors-face-ethical-issues-benching-kids-concussions Doctors have gotten much better at diagnosing and treating sports-related concussions, which is a good thing since Americans suffer up to 4 million sports-related concussions a year.<p>But we're not so good at is following their advice.<p>Student athletes and parents sometimes balk at doctors' recommendations to avoid play until concussion symptoms are gone, or to cut back on schoolwork. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 29212 at http://wrkf.org Doctors Face Ethical Issues In Benching Kids With Concussions Removing $765 Million Ceiling, NFL And Players Settle A Second Time http://wrkf.org/post/removing-765-million-ceiling-nfl-and-players-settle-second-time Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It was settled. Then it wasn't. And now it looks like the NFL concussion lawsuit may be settled once again. The league has agreed to remove the $765 million total cap on payouts. That number was originally agreed to as part of a settlement with retired players who suffered from neurocognitive conditions, such as dementia linked to concussions. But in January, the federal judge said she doubted that would be enough to cover the medical expenses of possibly 20,000 players. So now the NFL's monetary commitment will be open-ended. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 editor 28533 at http://wrkf.org Poll: Support For High School Football, Despite Concussion Risks http://wrkf.org/post/poll-support-high-school-football-despite-concussion-risks Making sure that children are active often means getting them interested in sports. But parents have to weigh the health risks of those sports, including hits that can cause concussions.<p>Concussions are brain injuries. Most people, including kids, recover from a concussion. But concussions, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/06/10/190354320/concussion-prescription-a-year-on-the-bench-for-youngsters">particularly repeated ones</a>, can lead to serious, lasting health problems.<p>What do Americans know about the risk of sports concussions for kids? Sun, 02 Feb 2014 18:25:00 +0000 editor 22058 at http://wrkf.org Poll: Support For High School Football, Despite Concussion Risks Judge Blocks NFL Concussion Settlement http://wrkf.org/post/judge-blocks-nfl-concussion-settlement Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, some corners of the Internet are melting down because of a reported shortage of Velveeta. And don't try to act like you don't know what that is. We'll talk about the history of the ooey, gooey stuff and why, in a buffalo mozzarella world, we still like it. But first, to football. This is golden time for pro-football lovers. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:19:00 +0000 editor 21316 at http://wrkf.org Concussions May Increase Alzheimer's Risk, But Only For Some http://wrkf.org/post/concussions-may-increase-alzheimers-risk-only-some Doctors have long suspected that head trauma boosts the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease later on, but the evidence on that has been mixed.<p>But it looks like people who have memory problems and a history of concussion are more likely to have a buildup of plaques in the brain that are a risk factor for Alzheimer's, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic.<p>But there were also people in the study who had had concussions and who didn't have <a href="http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/part-2-what-happens-brain-ad/hallmarks-ad">amyloid plaques </a>in their brains. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 20592 at http://wrkf.org Concussions May Increase Alzheimer's Risk, But Only For Some Concussion Research Slowed By Shortage Of Donated Brains http://wrkf.org/post/concussion-research-slowed-shortage-donated-brains Former NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher's <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/15/health/jovan-belcher-exhumed-brain-study/index.html">body was exhumed last week</a> so doctors can perform tests on the remains of his brain. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:08:00 +0000 editor 20192 at http://wrkf.org Concussion Research Slowed By Shortage Of Donated Brains Some Young Athletes May Be More Vulnerable To Hits To The Head http://wrkf.org/post/some-young-athletes-may-be-more-vulnerable-hits-head Concussions have deservedly gotten most of the attention in efforts to reduce the risk of head injuries in sports.<p>But scientists increasingly think that hits too small to cause <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/Concussion/">concussions </a>also affect the brain, and that those effects add up. And it looks like some athletes may be more vulnerable than others.<p>"Maybe we should be asking a different question," says <a href="http://psychiatry.medicine.iu.edu/faculty-listing/tom-mcallister-m-d/">Dr. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:07:00 +0000 editor 19958 at http://wrkf.org Some Young Athletes May Be More Vulnerable To Hits To The Head THURSDAY: Louisiana's Prison Population, Biographer Joe Henry, Coping with Concussion http://wrkf.org/post/thursday-louisianas-prison-population-biographer-joe-henry-coping-concussion <p>Kevin Kane, President of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, discusses Louisiana's burgeoning prison population.</p><p>Author Joe Henry talks about his book, "Furious Cool", a&nbsp;biography of comic legend Richard Pryor.</p><p>Dr. Diane Roberts Stoller on her book, "Coping With Concussion"&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><em>&nbsp;</em></p><p><em> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:55:13 +0000 Jim Engster 18464 at http://wrkf.org NFL Fans Weigh Impact Of Players' Head Injuries http://wrkf.org/post/nfl-fans-weigh-impact-players-head-injuries The NFL season is in high gear — a fact that pleases the roughly 64 percent of Americans who watch football. The season rolls on despite the now constant news about concussions in the sport.<p>The recent <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/">TV documentary League of Denial</a> and the book by the same name claim that for years the NFL had denied and covered up evidence linking football and brain damage. Is the concussion conversation challenging this country's deep love for the game?<p>Apparently, not very much. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:42:48 +0000 Tom Goldman 17669 at http://wrkf.org NFL Fans Weigh Impact Of Players' Head Injuries High Schools Struggle To Tackle Safety On The Football Field http://wrkf.org/post/high-schools-struggle-tackle-safety-football-field <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSUjSzlkC1s</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:37:00 +0000 editor 17269 at http://wrkf.org High Schools Struggle To Tackle Safety On The Football Field