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Head blows in contact sports not child’s play

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

SPOKANE, Wash. – Hoping to address concussion concerns and declining participation, the youth arm of the NFL in September will roll out a pilot program that alters how football is played by its youngest athletes. USA Football aims to reduce the head-banging force of the game by testing a new format called modified tackle. » More …

WSU researchers find inaccuracies in head impact sensors

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Lloyd-SmithPULLMAN, Wash. – With increasing concern about concussions from sports, some players have started wearing electronic sensors to measure head impacts. » More …

Strong neck may not help against concussion

concussion research

Strength training paired with improved flex-
ibility may reduce concussions in young
athletes. (Photo Rick Gomez/Blend Images)

PULLMAN, Wash. – Popular thought says that neck strength helps prevent concussions. But that’s not what recent research at Washington State University reveals.

“It appears from the youth research and the football player research that I have done, that impacts tend to be of a higher magnitude in kids with stronger necks and that athletes with a previous history of concussions tend to have stronger necks,” said Kasee Hildenbrand, associate professor in the College of Education.

So she … » More …