Indiana looks to stronger concussion protocols in Sports

The state of Indiana’s House Education Committee is having a hearing on a bill that will expand concession protocols to more student athletes. According to the Herald Bulletin, The Indiana Senate approved the bill with a 41-9 vote but it has to go to the House meeting before it can be passed.

The concussion bill will require coaches to become certified in a player safety education course & they will have to renew that certificate every two years. The bill would also extend the concussion protocol to all sports from 5th to 12th grade. Currently, the state only has a protocol for Football players in grades 8th to 12th.

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Peripheral training may help to prevent sports concussion injuries

A recent article in the “Cincinnati.com” newspaper shares a new study that has been researched by the University of Cincinnati that may very well be a key to lessening concussion injuries in sports. Concussions in sports have been a big topic lately with the Will Smith movie “Concussion” that premiered on Christmas day.

For the past 5 years Dr. Joseph Clark has been with the Cincinnati Sports Medicine division training athletes to widen their peripheral vision. Dr. Clark claims that widening the peripheral vision by just a few degrees can give the player a second or two so that they can avoid an incoming hit.

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Cheerleading injuries are less common…but more severe

Cheerleaders

An article by CBS news states that a study published in “The Journal of Pediatrics“, found that cheerleading injuries rank 18 out of 22 high school sports. This means that cheerleading has one of the lowest injury rates. However, the study found that the severity of cheerleading injuries were second only to gymnastics. Concussion was the most common injury, following sprains, muscle strains and fractures.

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Soccer Safety Regulations from the United States Soccer Federation

Little Soccer Player

According to the New York Times and other major news outlets, the United States Soccer Federation has just announced some new safety guidelines for youth soccer players. The new guidelines do not allow players under the age of 10 to “head” the ball & players age 11 to 13 will reduce “heading” in practices. The new regulations are mandatory for US Soccer Youth National Teams & Academies, however they cannot make the guidelines mandatory for soccer associations that are not controlled by the US Soccer Federation. This changes will take place in January of 2016.

The decision was in response to a law suit that charged that FIFA, US Soccer and the American Youth Soccer Organization did not properly treat or monitor head injuries. The lawsuit was filed by a group of parents and players in California. No financial damages were filed in the case but the US Soccer Federation was required to amend safety practices in order to reduce concussions in younger players. There will be more changes to come in the future such as policies that will allow substitutions for players that are suspected of having concussions so that the player can be properly examined. Specifics in the these rule changes have not been released yet however.

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Safety Tips for Extreme Sports Participants

Skate Boarder

As with any sports there is always a risk for injury, with extreme sports the risk is slightly greater. There are precautions that you can take when participating in Extreme Sports, or any sports for that matter.

  • Always make sure that you are wearing the correct protective gear for your sport & that it is in good condition. For Paintball this would include a mask with full face and ear protection & googles. For sports such as motocross the correct helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, gloves & wearing special motocross clothing can reduce the risk of injury,
  • Only do what you are capable of- For example if you are just starting off with BMX, Snowboarding etc. don’t start out trying to do big tricks. Start small and work your way up. You have to practice the basic moves before you can start doing tricks.
  • Don’t over exert yourself- be sure to take breaks & drink plenty of water.
  • Make sure that any equipment you are using for your extreme sport is in proper working order. For example Paintball Guns, BMX bikes, Airsoft Guns, Ropes and harnesses for Rock Climbing, etc.
  • Do not play in adverse weather. Rain can make conditions slippery & increase the risk of getting struck by lightening.

Have fun out there playing your extreme sports and remember to always follow these safety tips! We have insurance for your extreme sporting events and other sports.