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State Requires Schools to Establish, Review, and Annually Practice an Athletics Emergency Action Plan for Heart Issues

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed this week the Smart Heart Act, legislation that requires automatic defibrillators in schools and establishes response protocols for cardiac-related medical emergencies. The bill received unanimous, bipartisan legislative support. The Act requires each public and nonpublic school serving grades nine through twelve to maintain an automated external defibrillator (AED) that is…
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Seven Professional Sports Leagues and International Federations Hold Seventh Joint Session to Advance the Health and Safety of Sports

Medical leaders representing the Australian Football League (AFL), Canadian Football League (CFL), International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), National Football League, National Hockey League (NHL), National Rugby League (NRL) and World Rugby (WR) gathered for the seventh International Collision Sport Group Meeting to discuss “the latest innovations and best practices in the health and safety of…
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Florida Supreme Court Lets Stand Ruling Against Stetson in Wrongful Death Case

The Florida Supreme Court declined last month to take up an appeal by Stetson University in a case arising from the death of 19-year-old football player Nick Blakely, who collapsed after a cardiac event on the sideline during a 2017 practice.   The decision effectively let stand a ruling by the 5th District Court of…
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Almost Half of People with Concussions Still Show Symptoms of Brain Injury Six Months Later

Even mild concussion can cause long-lasting effects to the brain, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge. Using data from a Europe-wide study, the team has shown that for almost a half of all people who receive a knock to the head, there are changes in how regions of the brain communicate with each…
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First Four Former North American Soccer League (NASL) Players Diagnosed with Stage 4 CTE

The Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF) has reported that the families of four former North American Soccer League (NASL) players have allowed researchers to reveal that their their loved ones were diagnosed, post-mortem, with stage 4 CTE. The families of Jimmy Conway, Jim Fryatt, Jimmy Gabriel, and Franny Pantuosco released the findings of their brain study “to raise awareness for the…
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Investigation Suggests Concussion in Women’s Rugby Going Unreported

A recent investigation suggests team spirit can be more of a hindrance than a help when it comes to reporting concussion in women’s rugby This has been revealed by a fresh investigation conducted by sports specialists from Staffordshire University and Atlantic Technological University, examining perspectives in high-level women’s rugby union. As per Dr. Alex Blackett,…
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State of New Mexico Takes Bold Step Toward Ensuring Athlete Safety

The State of New Mexico has taken a significant step toward ensuring the safety of its student-athletes with the recent passage of SB 450. This new law requires all licensed coaches employed by school districts, including charter schools, to hold current certifications in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and be trained in the use of automated external…
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