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In the wake of studies and reports as to traumatic brain injury in professional football players, as well as repeated concussions in athletes, the nation’s oldest and largest youth football organization, Pop Warner, is updating its rules for participation after a head injury. As reported in this Friday’s New York Times Sports page,
Pop Warner will a note from a doctor before letting any player who has sustained a head injury back on the field. Requiring a doctor’s clearance before returning to athletic participation after head trauma will mean that a child has to at least get a medical opinion before resuming contact sports.

In addition to this new sports head injury rule, the national youth recreational sports organization is also taking action off the playing field. The Pop Warner organization also announced the creation of a national medical advisory board. I hope that this sports medicine advisory board will help track concussions and head trauma incidents and outcomes in young athletes so as to reduce the incidence of permanent and disabling brain injury. The chairman of this new national medical advisory board on youth head and brain injuries in recreational sport is Dr. Julian Bailes, who works with the N.F.L. Players Association on concussion-related issues. Dr. Bailes is also the chairman of neurosurgery at West Virginia University’s medical school.

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  1. Gravatar for George Visger

    I was a member of the Super Bowl Champion 1981 SF 49ers when I developed hydrocephalus (water on the brain) from repeated concussion and underwent emergency VP Shunt brain surgeries. I am very glad to see Dr. Bailes taking the lead on chairing the Board for Pop Warner. There is no one more qualified than Dr. Bailes.

    My first major concussion where I knocked myself out in a tackling drill and was hospitalized, occurred during my 3rd year of Pop Warner at age 13. Brains do not mature and reach full growth till your early 20's and studies are now proving that concussions at an early age can lead to early onset dementia. Unfortunately I know. I am now 52, on my 9th emergency VP Shunt brain surgery, have had multiple gran mal seizures and was diagnosed with early stages of dementia last year. We started on two dementia meds last year, Arricept and Namenda, and just today had my Arricept doubled as my condition is worsening.

    For a look at what happens when concussions are not taken seriously, take a look at my life these last 29 years.

    I have also been coordinating directly with Dr. Ellenbogen, the NFL's new head of Head, Neck and Spine Injury Group on implementing new rule changes to better protect players heads. Many are not happy with the changes but they will save lives. I wish they had been implemented when I played.

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