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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.

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.

Jacksonville Jaguars - PlayerWatch

WR Stephen Burton is in the concussion program after suffering a concussion Sunday in Tennessee, which was his first game back after missing five games with a concussion. MLB Paul Posluszny is in the concussion program after suffering a concussion Sunday in Tennessee. RB Maurice Jones-Drew struggled as he gained only 41 yards in 21 carries. G Will Rackley is in the concussion program after suffering a concussion Sunday in Tennessee.

Jacksonville Jaguars - PlayerWatch

WR Stephen Burton is in the concussion program after suffering a concussion Sunday in Tennessee, which was his first game back after missing five games with a concussion. MLB Paul Posluszny is in the concussion program after suffering a concussion Sunday in Tennessee. RB Maurice Jones-Drew struggled as he gained only 41 yards in 21 carries. G Will Rackley is in the concussion program after suffering a concussion Sunday in Tennessee.

Former NHL defenceman worries about head injuries as feds announces new funding

CALGARY - In the first few years after his retirement, former NHL defenceman Jamie Macoun would talk about the knee, ankle and back injuries he suffered during a rugged 1,128-game career. But in the past decade, he has become more concerned about the residual effects of head injuries.

NFL: League settles concussion lawsuit for $765 million

The National Football League has reached a settlement worth $765 million in a lawsuit filed by more 4,500 former players against the NFL over concussion injuries. Under the agreement, the league and NFL Properties will contribute $765 million to provide medical benefits and injury compensation for the retired players or their families. The league will also fund medical and safety research and cover litigation expenses as part of the landmark deal between a sports group and ex-players who suffered debilitating injuries as a result of their time on the field.

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