Concussion in the News: NFL Protocol Review, New Categories, Recovery Times

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The latest news on concussion, presented by the International Concussion Society and Concussion.Org

Coverage on concussion in the news is on the rise. This month, Concussion.Org is talking about the difference in recovery times between young men and women in sports, the definition of five new concussion categories and how an NFL player may have fooled the league’s concussion protocol. 

Researchers Define Five Unique Concussion Categories

Concussion experts identified five categories of concussions, according to a study published in the journal Neurosurgery. Each of these categories has different symptoms and requires different treatments. The experts hope that a better understanding of different concussion types and how common they are will improve treatment and recovery times.

NFL Concussion Protocol Under Review After Shepard Continues Game 

A concussion suffered by Sterling Shepard of the New York Giants could lead to a change in NFL policy. The league and the NFL Players Association are reviewing concussion protocols after Shepard got a concussion during the game but was allowed to finish. Sources speaking with ESPN said there was a breach in NFL concussion protocol.

Study: Young Female Athletes Take Longer to Recover From Concussions

New research from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that young female athletes have longer concussion recovery times than their male peers. This is because girls tend to wait longer to seek treatment for their injuries. The study was published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.

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