Are Colorado’s Concussion Laws Working?

Back in 2011, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law the Jake Snakenberg Youth Sports Concussion Act. This law requires that student athletes be removed from the field of play if they show signs or having a concussion. Any athlete removed from play for a concussion must get clearance from a healthcare professional before they can return… read more

Why Are Young Female Athletes More Susceptible to Concussions Than Men?

Research that was presented in a 2017 meeting for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons found that overall concussion rates have increased amongst high school athletes, and that female soccer players have the highest risk of concussion, even more than football payers. This could be due to lack of concussion prevention programs, and not having… read more

Soccer and TBIs: Are Your Kids Safe?

Football has received media attention for causing thousands of concussions, but some people may be unaware other sports carry the same risks to athletes. Soccer also has a high rate of concussions, and young players of the sport might be at risk. For young athletes, soccer can present a higher risk of traumatic brain injuries… read more

NASCAR Legend Cancels Races Due to Head Injury

Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of the most popular names in auto racing, has canceled his next two scheduled race appearances due to head injuries sustained in earlier accidents. During this year’s Talladega Superspeedway, Earnhardt was involved in a 20-car pileup. He had lingering head pains, and when he visited a doctor, he learned that an… read more

Minor Concussions Can Cause Major Damage

Athletic stars and organizations have expressed concern about the role sports play in traumatic brain injuries, particularly long-term effects like depression. Junior Seau’s family donated brain tissue from the departed linebacker so scientists could better determine a link between the two. Seau’s suicide suggests that ignoring or fighting the pain after a concussion can do… read more

Recognizing the Symptoms of a Concussion

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is making a concentrated push this month to inform the public of the devastating costs of traumatic brain injuries. According to the BIAA, about 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).… read more

“Iron Man” Diagnosed With Parkinson’s

Forrest Green, the 78-year-old NFL legend, was diagnosed last month with Parkinson’s disease, which may be related to numerous concussions he suffered over his playing career. Through the 1950s at SMU and onward from 1956-71 with the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys, Gregg took a lot of hits. “One time in college, I… read more

Grand Junction Eager To Protect From Concussions

A high school in Grand Junction, Colorado is implementing new rules concerning student concussions ahead of the state’s Senate Bill 40. Senate Bill 40 is known as the Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act. The bill, which was signed into law on March 29 by Governor John Hickenlooper, requires that coaches of all youth organized sports… read more