Teens and Concussions (The Wall Street Journal)

In a story about concussions and their impact on young athletes, The Wall Street Journal reports that a number of high schools and colleges are participating in a Geisel School of Medicine study about athletes and concussions.

The researchers place sensors inside the helmets of student-athletes to measure the impact of blows to the athletes’ heads, the Journal reports, which will help the researchers learn more about what sorts of blows lead to concussions, and, says lead researcher Thomas McAllister, the Millennium Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Neuropsychiatry at Geisel, “what it is about a particular impact that gives one person a concussion, while the other bounces up as if nothing happened.”

Also, the newspaper writes, a number of medical centers, including Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, are offering new programs to teach school nurses, coaches, parents, teachers and others about ways to avoid repeat trauma and complications stemming from concussions.

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