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Soccer star Taylor Twellman lends his voice to concussion education after injury ends his career

Minor league pitcher hit by comebacker has fractured skull and concussion

Famed QB Terry Bradshaw's memory issues affecting his job as FOX sports analyst

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NHL's Pacioretty suffers severe concussion and neck injury after hit (video)

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Some say lacrosse helmets for women would make the game rougher

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Two-minute sideline concussion test may solve the sideline dilemma

Chicago public/private school concussion ordinance tied to water/sewer fees

NFL may test helmet impacts with accelerometers next season

NFL sees 21% increase in reported concussions over last season

Mayo Clinic Hockey Summit recommendations include ban on all hits to the head at all levels

Army identifies blood protein marker which may help identify brain injuries including concussions

What becomes of athletes who suffer concussions when young?

Tennessee tightens concussion policies for coming school year

Study suggests athletes may need even more time after concussion to fully heal

NJ female teen athlete suffered 15 concussions now struggles daily

Emergency room visits for kids with head injuries increased 43% in the last five years

High school softball adds concussion rule

Study shows most parents unaware of their local school's concussion policies

Six-yr-old sustains concussion attempting flip off diving board

Quebec bans bodychecking in youth hockey and reduces concussions significantly

Neck muscle strength plays a role in concussion prevention

ESPN's  Preston Plevetes' concussion story, former La Salle football player

Zackery Lystedt inspired WA State's concussion law, the Lystedt Law

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Air Force Academy basketball player plaqued by headaches since Nov. concussion, hopes new medication helps

Are headguards the answer for soccer players?  Some athletes and coaches in ME believe so

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Soccer Gets a Voice


Former soccer star Taylor Twellman ended his career at the age of 30 due to post-concussion syndrome.  His message- don't make the same mistakes he did - is coming to a soccer field near you.


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A Closer Look


Donna & Dylan Mello, RI

SportsConcussions.org Vice President

"My son, Dylan sustained three sports-related concussions in 2008, and he has been unable to participate in any activity since. (The most debilitating injury came after he was struck in the side of the head by a soccer player's arm cast.)
Meeting Taylor Twellman and speaking with him about his difficult concussion recovery made a tremendous difference to my family. His drive and determination to help others keeps us fueled to do the same in our advocacy work here in RI."  Read more



Why it Matters


Jean RickersonJean Rickerson
SportsConcussions.org founder and editor
"I asked Taylor Twellman recently what he would have done differently, and he said he would NOT have continued to play after his concussion.  It's sad to think that if he had sat out until he fully recovered, he might have saved his career."



In the News

CNN's Dr. Drew and the Lystedt family

Zackery Lystedt's brain injury and his family's advocacy resulted in Washington State's Lystedt Law.  Four years and many state laws later, Zackery is still hard at work.

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New Study on Academic Issues Facing Students Post-Concussion



Dr. Gerard Gioia and his colleagues report on kids' experiences as they return to school after concussion.  Due to be published in the Journal of Clinical Sports Psychology, here's a sneak peek.    Read more


LawsThe Zackery Lystedt Law is backed by the NFL, American College of Sports Medicine, the NATA, and more




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University of Toronto Gets Creative

Officials called 838 penalties for "checking to the head" this season, 436 more than in 2008-09, illustrating the commitment of the Greater Toronto Hockey League to reducing concussions.  Now the league is compiling home video footage in a further attempt to educate. Read more




EMS and SportsConcussions.org held a concussion workshop in NY.  Be the champion in your community and help educate those in your area. Contact us for details.

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USA TODAY SportsConcussions.org and founder Jean Rickerson's story in the news

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 Nathan Prigmore's life was saved by educated coaches and parents     Read more








If you think you have a concussion, sit out. It's not worth the risk.

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