11K participating in largest concussion study ever conducted

Many college teams have also placed spotters in the skybox who watch for signs of trouble, such as disorientation and dizziness.Another change in concussion protocol has been healing time. One solution was to limit contact during practices. There were 11,000 student-athletes and cadets being monitored in some fashion under the study.”I believe we’re at a tipping point,” Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott said. Officials used to recommend six and a half days, but there were many repeat injuries.Now officials recommend about 14 days.Coaches said athletes were self-reporting more often because the players know they could return to competition healthier.The results of multiple studies were scheduled to be released over the next nine months. WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Experts gathered at the University of California, Los Angeles, on Friday to reveal parts of what’s being called the largest concussion study ever conducted.Researchers pointed to a knowledge gap when it comes to concussions, which was why the NCAA and the Department of Defense teamed up to share information and even shape public health policy. What are the potential long-term implications?”Sensors in helmets were yielding more data about the frequency and intensity of hits. The results have led to better helmets.”If you look at the inside of a football helmet today at UCLA or USC compared to what it looked like five years ago, night and day (difference),” Scott said.The study found that among football players, many injuries were sustained during drills. “Over the next few years there’s going to be an amazing growth in the knowledge about what is a concussion, what are the different types of concussions and different ways to treat them.