Study Shows Toll on Brain in Former Football Players

A new study shows that the vast majority of former football players whose brains were donated for research showed signs of severe trauma, reinforcing the dramatic toll the sport can take on its participants. The report in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 87% of the 202 donated

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California law hopes to save lives of teens with deadly heart conditions

Parents, student athletes and coaches will be impacted by a new law that went into effect this month. It hopes to educate families on the danger of heart conditions not tested for during regular physicals. Here in San Diego, three to five young people lose their lives each year because

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Fun in the sun safety: Are you protected?

Summer is in full swing, and there are many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you spend the day at the ballpark, soccer field or swimming pool, too much time in the sun can result in a skin injury such as sunburn. A sunburn occurs when the skin becomes damaged

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Lakers head trainer Marco Nuñez did try this at home

The Los Angeles Lakers head trainer grew up a huge fan . . . of the Dodgers. Big dreams aren’t limited to the athletes on a basketball court. Sometimes the people on the sidelines, like Lakers head athletic trainer Marco Nuñez, have big aspirations. “Being an L.A. kid, I thought, Why can’t

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Reducing Risk in Sports: Finger, hand and wrist injuries

The hand is one of the most complex parts of your body. The movement of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints allows you to do a wide variety of tasks that involve both strength and dexterity. This includes simple sport-specific skills such as catching a ball, gripping a bat or

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High school boys fear looking ‘weak’ if they report concussions

(Reuters Health) – Male and female high school athletes have moderate levels of knowledge about concussion symptoms, but the boys are much more likely to not report concussions for fear of seeming weak, a small U.S. study suggests. The reasons boys gave for not wanting to report a concussion tended

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Experts warn parents about recent uptick in youth baseball injuries

As Little League season gets underway, experts are warning parents about a recent uptick in baseball-related injuries that have been appearing in younger and younger athletes. Former Olympic softball player and current ESPN correspondent Jessica Mendoza spoke to one 13-year-old athlete and to sports medicine experts for “Good Morning America,”

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Time For Calif. To Require Licensure Of Athletic Trainers

By Kevin Mayer Incredibly (and as noted by the California Legislature in its recently introduced Assembly Bill 1510), California is the only state in the union that does not regulate athletic trainers through appropriate (or any) licensure requirements. This astonishing state of affairs exists by virtue of California’s historical irresponsibility in

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Jamie Adams Receives Excellence in Athletic Training Award

The Far West Athletic Trainers Association is pleased to announce the spring 2017 winner of the Excellence in Athletic Training Award, Jamie Adams head athletic trainer at Cuyamaca College and California Athletic Trainers Association managing board member. SAN DIEGO – The FWATA Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce the

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Spit Test May Reveal The Severity Of A Child’s Concussion

A little spit may help predict whether a child’s concussion symptoms will subside in days or persist for weeks. A test that measures fragments of genetic material in saliva was nearly 90 percent accurate in identifying children and adolescents whose symptoms persisted for at least a month, a Penn State

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