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Major studies underway on sports-related concussions

Rashida Beal (l) and Simone Kolander

The NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) are now partners on a three-year research project on concussions and head injuries in college sport. “I believe this project will be the game changer,” says NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline of the $30 million study that began last fall. Over 37,000 student-athletes in men’s and women’s contact sports from 15 schools,

the five biggest football conferences, the four service academies and the Ivy League are participating in the project, which includes physical exams, head sensors, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies and biogenetic markers. The data obtained will establish a history of concussion, risks and treatment, and also will be beneficial to both athletes and soldiers. Last summer, the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Committee requested that health and safety be considered in every on-field rules change, even if the main reason is ensure fairness. Continue Reading →

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Stringer racks up one more honor among many

C. Vivian Stringer

C. Vivian Stringer is among several notables who will be recognized in Nike’s Black History Collection this year. Stringer, who’s in her 44th overall season as a women’s basketball coach, and others are being honored “for positively impacting sport with their courage and determination,” according to a Rutgers University press release earlier this month. Continue Reading →

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Still yet more prep photos for the New Year

JoBreil Powell (Minneapolis Washburn) buries a three-pointer against City Conference rival North last week.

This week’s photos feature a three-point shooter, a layup with nothing but smoothness, a powerful dunk, one two-hand slam, and a player who came through at the buzzer for his team. Photos by Mitchell Palmer McDonald. He welcomes reader responses to mmcdonald@spokesman-recorder.com. Continue Reading →

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