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October 20, 2012
Concussions can have many symptoms, and they're not always obvious, says Dr. Tracy Zaslow of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Here are some of the symptoms, which might show up immediately after an injury but also might appear in hours or even days. • Feeling dazed, dizzy or confused • Forgetting what happened around the time of the injury • Headache • Nausea or vomiting • Sensitivity to light or noise • Change in vision or hearing • Trouble concentrating, difficulty remembering, slowed thinking • Irritability, sadness or anxiety • Losing consciousness Even one or two of these symptoms, if occurring around sports practice, games or casual play, should raise the question of a potential concussion.
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SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The estate of Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Webster has sued the NFL over concussions the Pittsburgh Steelers center sustained during his career. Webster's is one of six estates of deceased former players among the 66 plaintiffs in the lawsuit that was  filed in L.A. Superior Court last month and moved to U.S. District Court for the Central District of California this week. The plaintiffs include the estates of former Steelers offensive linemen Terry Long and Justin Strzelczyk.
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SCIENCE
February 26, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
A screening test for concussion that can be performed quickly on the sidelines was able to detect mild traumatic brain injury in about 4 in 5 college athletes who had sustained a concussion, a forthcoming study has found. The King-Devick test capitalizes on a subtle but important symptom of brain injury: a disruption in the eyes' ability to travel smoothly across a page, and to shift direction upon the brain's command. In a new study conducted on male and female athletes at the University of Florida, most subjects who took the King-Devick test soon after suffering a concussion showed reductions in speed and accuracy that were marked enough to reveal mild traumatic brain injury.
SCIENCE
March 14, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
New research has found that a protein indicating the breakdown of white matter in the brain can be detected following a hard blow to the head, raising hopes that a blood test could soon detect a concussion, predict how long symptoms will linger, and guide decisions about an athlete's return to play. In their bid to find a blood "biomarker" for concussion, researchers went to a sport with plenty of blood and plenty of concussions: hockey. For the first half of the 2012-13 hockey season, they gathered blood samples and tracked blows to the head among the 288 professional hockey players of the Swedish Hockey League.
SPORTS
January 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA forward Travis Wear ran and shot Monday, but is still going through the concussion protocol. His availability for the Bruins' game against USC on Wednesday remains unclear. Wear, a 6-foot-10 junior, suffered a concussion in the first half of UCLA's victory against Arizona on Thursday. He sat out the loss to Arizona State on Saturday, leaving the Bruins with only seven scholarship players. Wear is UCLA's third leading scorer, averaging 12.2 points per game. ALSO: Ravens safety is waiting for an on-field death Jon Gruden rumors: Is he going to the Dallas Cowboys ?
SPORTS
March 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Game stories -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan calls Kobe Bryant the "masked marvel. " -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding highlights Bryant's 31-point effort in the Lakers ' 104-85 victory Wednesday over the Minnesota Timberwolves . -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford marvels at Bryant's 31-point performance against Minnesota despite wearing a plastic mask. -- The Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda details how the Timberwolves struggled without Kevin Love.
NEWS
February 3, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
A two-minute test that can be administered on the sidelines of a sporting event revealed the disruptive effects of brain trauma as reliably as a longer and more unwieldy concussion test used by the U.S. military, according to a study published this week online in the journal Neurology. The King-Devick test is designed to identify the presence of disturbed eye movements that come with a blow to the head. Using three cards printed with eight rows of single-digit numbers, a tester asks the test-taker to read the numbers as quickly and accurately as possible.
SPORTS
November 12, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid says Michael Vick suffered a “pretty significant' concussion during Sunday's 38-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Reid said he told the quarterback to stay home and rest Monday after Vick complained of a headache and fatigue. Nick Foles took over at quarterback for the Eagles in the second quarter Sunday and completed 22 of 32 passes for 219 yards, with one touchdown and an interception. He will probably start Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
NEWS
April 12, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love sustained a concussion during Wednesday's game against Denver and was kept overnight at a hospital for precautionary reasons. The incident occurred when Nuggets center JaVale McGee penetrated the key with just under four minutes left in the first quarter. As McGee shot a jumper, one of his elbows inadvertently slammed into Love's head. Love remained on the ground for a short while. He was helped off of the court by medical personnel.
SPORTS
August 29, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Reaction to the proposed $765-million settlement between the NFL and more than 4,500 retired players regarding concussion-related lawsuits was swift on social media and old-school media. It came from legal, medical, financial experts and former players. Multiple media outlets reported that the NFL has 20 years to pay out the settlement. Half is to be paid out in the first three years and the remainder the following 17 years, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell. “I like the sound of it. As a former player, I've been aware of the discussion back and forth,” said retired NFL great Barry Sanders on ESPN News on Thursday morning.
SPORTS
March 7, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The first active Division I-A athlete to sue the NCAA over concussions wants out of the lawsuit. "I am no longer a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vs. NCAA," Stanford runner Jessica Tonn wrote in an email. "While I am supportive of advocacy for concussion awareness, I have no desire to be involved in legal matters of this or any other sort. " Filed Wednesday, the 65-page complaint alleges that the NCAA inadequately educated athletes and coaches about concussions and didn't implement return-to-play guidelines.
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The addition of Stanford runner Jessica Tonn to the dozens of current and former athletes suing the NCAA over concussions Wednesday is the latest in a stream of litigation targeting the organization. At last year's Final Four, NCAA President Mark Emmert quipped, “If you're not getting sued, you're not doing anything.” By last fall, NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy estimated the organization faced 20 pending lawsuits . That number seems to grow each day. Tonn's lawsuit increased the number of concussion plaintiffs to 74, according to one database . That number has shot up since settlement talks commenced in November between the NCAA and attorneys who filed the first concussion lawsuit in 2011.
SCIENCE
February 26, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
A screening test for concussion that can be performed quickly on the sidelines was able to detect mild traumatic brain injury in about 4 in 5 college athletes who had sustained a concussion, a forthcoming study has found. The King-Devick test capitalizes on a subtle but important symptom of brain injury: a disruption in the eyes' ability to travel smoothly across a page, and to shift direction upon the brain's command. In a new study conducted on male and female athletes at the University of Florida, most subjects who took the King-Devick test soon after suffering a concussion showed reductions in speed and accuracy that were marked enough to reveal mild traumatic brain injury.
SPORTS
February 22, 2014 | By James Barragan
Lauren Holiday sits pensively, hands clasped in her lap, a UCLA basketball practice jersey folded around her. Rocking slightly, she leans forward in her chair as she struggles to remember the incidents that changed her life. She had been asked about the series of head injuries she has endured in her two seasons as a college basketball player: How many were there? When did they happen? And how? "To be honest, I don't really remember," she says quietly from time to time. And then: "My memory is really bad now because of them.
SCIENCE
February 17, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Here's a novel idea, given that American parents send almost 4 million of their children out to play tackle football every year, despite mounting concerns about youth concussions: Maybe the helmets their kids wear should be tested and ranked on how well they prevent concussion. A study to be presented at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology attempts to do exactly that, comparing 10 of the most widely used football helmets in drop tests designed to measure the kinds of forces that are most likely to result in concussion.
SPORTS
February 16, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- He stunned people last week at the Olympics when he talked about having more concussions than his age, seeming blissfully unconcerned. There was the great leap over a moving train, while on a snowboard several years ago, much to the great displeasure of folks at Union Pacific. Recently, he ignited the Internet with a stunt at Travis Pastrana's compound in Maryland, blasting off a massive ramp, into the sky, seemingly headed for trouble and "kicked off a tree" before landing safely.
NEWS
September 20, 2011 | By Melissa Healy / Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Kevin Guskiewicz, one of the winners of the MacArthur Foundation award announced Tuesday, was long a thorn in the side of the National Football League. Since 1999, he has wired the helmets of about 700 college football players with accelerometers to study what kinds of hits result in concussions , which kinds of players get them, and what the long-term consequences of those brain injuries can be. He was among the first to find a strong link between multiple concussions and later dementia, depression and memory and intellectual deficits that often lead to Alzheimer's disease.
NEWS
October 27, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver by a mile, admitted he was anxious and frightened when he first began dealing with a concussion following a crash three weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. But the veteran Sprint Cup racer also said he was glad that he took all the precautionary steps that led to his return to the track this weekend in Martinsville, Va. “Some concussions are really bad, and I don't care how tough you think you are, when your mind is not working the way it is supposed to, it scares the [expletive]
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia -- With a heavy heart and a distracted mind, U.S. skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender pushed through her final training runs this week. Wednesday was the fifth anniversary of her father's death, an event so devastating she contemplated quitting her sport. Her two practice runs that day were among the slowest she had posted since arriving here nearly two weeks ago. "She tried to push through it, but it was an emotional day," U.S. coach Tuffy Latour said. "[Thursday] we can focus on the race.
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