Written by By Rachel Rettner, livescience.com Wednesday, 19 December 2012 21:47
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As interest in concussion rates and prevention strategies at all levels continues to grow, one population that appears to have increasing head injury rates is collegiate football players. Research presented July 12 at the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Baltimore highlights that the concussion rate in three college football programs has doubled in recent years.
“We monitored concussions at three service academies in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 football seasons, and saw the combined number of reports increased from 23 to 42 in this timespan,” said Kelly G. Kilcoyne, MD, lead author from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, DC.
The increase comes after a 2010 NCAA concussion management initiative that requires athletic programs to report concussions signs and symptoms and then remove players from play.