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Concussion apps vary in their accuracy, usefulness

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some smartphone and tablet apps contain accurate information to help parents, coaches and athletic trainers tell when an athlete has a concussion, according to a new review of the tools. But concussion assessment apps vary widely, researchers found, so it's important for users to be able to pick the best one for their purposes.

High school athletes often playing with concussions

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than half of high school athletes with concussions play despite their symptoms, and often their coaches aren't aware of the injury, according to a new study. Most U.S. states have passed laws intended to prevent high school athletes from having a concussion go unrecognized and risking further danger by continuing to play, but legislation may not be enough, the researchers say.

Brain rest after concussion linked to quicker recovery

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most U.S. health authorities recommend people who've suffered a concussion give their brain a break while they recover, but there hadn't been strong data to support that. A new study provides some of the first evidence showing "cognitive rest" does make a difference. Disagreements over whether resting the brain really aids recovery have "generated controversy," Dr. William P. Meehan III, director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention in Waltham, Massachusetts, said.

St. Louis Rams - PlayerWatch

QB Brady Quinn was placed on injured reserve Saturday because of a back problem. CB Cortland Finnegan was placed on injured reserve Saturday because of an orbital fracture in his eye. Finnegan suffered the injury in Week 4 against San Francisco, and after missing some time, tried to come back and play. During the bye week, he got a second opinion and it was recommended he not play for the rest of the season. He is expected to have surgery in early December.

NHL: Ten former players sue league over concussions

Saying the National Hockey League knew or should have known that repeated head blows can injure the brain, 10 former players filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the league over concussions. The ex-players seek compensatory and punitive damages from the NHL in the lawsuit, filed in US District court in Washington, claiming negligence by the NHL led players to ignore treatment causing more serious injury. The players included Rick Vaive, who scored 441 goals in 876 games for four clubs between 1978 and 1992.

Kids need help returning to school after concussions

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After a concussion, it can be difficult for children to learn new things or remember old things. Parents, pediatricians and school staff need to be able to make adjustments to suit the child for a few weeks or sometimes longer, a new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says.

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