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New Concussion Study to Review Youth Risks

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With concern over sports-related concussions continuing to rise, the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council launched a study about youth-sports concussions last week in response to a request from members of the U.S. Senate.

A committee chaired by Dr. Robert Graham, a research professor in the department of health policy at George Washington University, will review the risk factors and long-term consequences of youth-sports concussions. The group will also look at screening, diagnosis, treatment, and management of concussions, according to its website, among other topics.

The group plans to submit its report to the institute mid-summer and expects to see the work published late this year.

The committee's report will include recommendations to specific organizations (both governmental and nongovernmental) on what factors to consider when determining whether an athlete has sustained a concussion. The National Football League provided funding for the study, according to the project's website.

Vol. 32, Issue 17, Page 4

Published in Print: January 16, 2013, as New Concussion Study To Review Youth Risks
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