Washington University to study concussions in young athletes

Monday, May 7, 2012 | 8:46 a.m. CDT; updated 9:30 a.m. CDT, Monday, May 7, 2012

ST. LOUIS — Researchers at Washington University are beginning a study to determine the impact concussions have on athletes over time.

KSDK-TV reported that physicians in Washington University's Sports Concussion Clinic will focus on about 1,000 athletes ages 10 to 18. They plan to follow them for 10 to 15 years in an effort to understand the impact of head injuries over a long period of time.

Mark Halstead, a professor and physician who works in the field of non-operative sports medicine, said there is concern of a possible link between repetitive concussions and a higher risk of depression. Recent suicides by former NFL players have increased scrutiny of the role of head injuries.


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Phil Bales May 7, 2012 | 10:53 a.m.

Really??!!?!? DUH!!!

Maybe this will convince the parents and schools to push EDUCATION and not SPORTS for the children. Kids are pushed from an early age to start playing competitive sports instead of being children and having fun. Now we're starting to see all of the consequences of these sports from growth problems, joint injuries, and now brain trauma. Parents need to quit being ENABLERS and be PARENTS.

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Ray Shapiro May 7, 2012 | 11:09 a.m.

("Washington University to study concussions in young athletes")
I agree with Mr. Bates' opinion.
Maybe it's the parents' heads that need examining.

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Ellis Smith May 7, 2012 | 1:27 p.m.

Phil Bales said, "Maybe this will convince parents and schools to push EDUCATION and not SPORTS for children."

That would truly be wonderful, Phil, but I think chances are far better that Hell will freeze over solid.

Saturday's Wall Street Journal had an op ed article arguing that college football should be banned. A major reason given was head injuries, which may not fully show up for several years.

The article also stated that according to the NCAA 43% of the 120 schools (which would include MU) in the Football Bowl Subdivision LOST money on their programs. Not a financially rousing endorsement, especially when it has long been claimed by those universities that football revenue is needed in order to help finance other athletic teams. How can you do that if your football program is in the red?

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