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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685612/protective-capacity-of-an-ice-hockey-goaltender-helmet-for-three-events-associated-with-concussion
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J Michio Clark, T Blaine Hoshizaki, Michael D Gilchrist
The purpose of this study was to assess the protective capacity of an ice hockey goaltender helmet for three concussive impact events. A helmeted and unhelmeted headform was used to test three common impact events in ice hockey (fall, puck impacts and shoulder collisions). Peak linear acceleration, rotational acceleration and rotational velocity as well as maximum principal strain and von Mises stress were measured for each impact condition. The results demonstrated the tested ice hockey goaltender helmet was well designed to manage fall and puck impacts but does not consistently protect against shoulder collisions and an opportunity may exist to improve helmet designs to better protect goaltenders from shoulder collisions...
July 7, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662349/injury-surveillance-of-head-neck-and-facial-injuries-in-collegiate-ice-hockey-players-2009-2010-through-2013-2014-academic-years
#2
Molly MacMhathan Simmons, David I Swedler, Zachary Y Kerr
CONTEXT:   Ice hockey is a high-speed, full-contact sport with a high risk of head/face/neck (HFN) injuries. However, men's and women's ice hockey differ; checking is allowed only among men. OBJECTIVES:   To describe the epidemiology of HFN injuries in collegiate men's and women's ice hockey during the 2009-2010 through 2013-2014 academic years. DESIGN:   Descriptive epidemiology study. SETTING:   Ice hockey data from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Injury Surveillance Program during the 2009-2010 through 2013-2014 academic years...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653965/factors-influencing-the-underreporting-of-concussion-in-sports-a-qualitative-study-of-minor-hockey-participants
#3
Michael D Cusimano, Jane Topolovec-Vranic, Stanley Zhang, Sarah J Mullen, Mattew Wong, Gabriela Ilie
OBJECTIVE: The present study is to identify factors contributing to underreporting of concussion in adolescent athletes. DESIGN: Qualitative interviews. SETTING: Participants were interviewed in an office environment. PARTICIPANTS: Interviews were conducted with 31 minor hockey players, 10 parents, 6 coaches, 4 trainers, 2 managers, and one game official. Players were 13 to 15 year old. With selective sampling, an inductive approach of analyzing the interviews was undertaken and themes were identified and analyzed...
July 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622025/comparison-of-concussion-rates-between-ncaa-division-i-and-division-iii-men-s-and-women-s-ice-hockey-players
#4
John M Rosene, Bryan Raksnis, Brie Silva, Tyler Woefel, Paul S Visich, Thomas P Dompier, Zachary Y Kerr
BACKGROUND: Examinations related to divisional differences in the incidence of sports-related concussions (SRC) in collegiate ice hockey are limited. PURPOSE: To compare the epidemiologic patterns of concussion in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) ice hockey by sex and division. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiology study. METHODS: A convenience sample of men's and women's ice hockey teams in Divisions I and III provided SRC data via the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program during the 2009-2010 to 2014-2015 academic years...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535098/ball-contact-injuries-in-11-national-collegiate-athletic-association-sports-the-injury-surveillance-program-2009-2010-through-2014-2015
#5
Melissa A Fraser, Dustin R Grooms, Kevin M Guskiewicz, Zachary Y Kerr
CONTEXT:   Surveillance data regarding injuries caused by ball contact in collegiate athletes have not been well examined and are mostly limited to discussions of concussions and catastrophic injuries. OBJECTIVE:   To describe the epidemiology of ball-contact injuries in 11 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sports during the 2009-2010 through 2014-2015 academic years. DESIGN:   Descriptive epidemiology study. SETTING:   Convenience sample of NCAA programs in 11 sports (men's football, women's field hockey, women's volleyball, men's baseball, women's softball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's lacrosse, and men's and women's soccer) during the 2009-2010 through 2014-2015 academic years...
July 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449005/concussion-in-ice-hockey-a-cohort-study-across-29-seasons
#6
Mascha Pauelsen, Gusten Nyberg, Cecilia Tegner, Yelverton Tegner
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze the concussion incidence rate ratios across 29 seasons in a Swedish Hockey League team. DESIGN: Cohort study over 29 seasons within one Swedish elite series ice hockey team. PARTICIPANTS: All players who were part of one Swedish elite ice hockey team during the research period gave consent for participation in the study. INDEPENDENT VARIABLES: Exposure to top-level Swedish ice hockey...
May 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426377/development-of-the-sports-organization-concussion-risk-assessment-tool-socrat
#7
A Yeung, V Munjal, N Virji-Babul
OBJECTIVE: In this paper, we describe the development of a novel tool-the Sports Organization Concussion Risk Assessment Tool (SOCRAT)-to assist sport organizations in assessing the overall risk of concussion at a team level by identifying key risk factors. METHODS: We first conducted a literature review to identify risk factors of concussion using ice hockey as a model. We then developed an algorithm by combining the severity and the probability of occurrence of concussions of the identified risk factors by adapting a risk assessment tool commonly used in engineering applications...
2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404801/serum-neurofilament-light-as-a-biomarker-for-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-in-contact-sports
#8
Pashtun Shahim, Henrik Zetterberg, Yelverton Tegner, Kaj Blennow
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the axonal protein neurofilament light (NFL) in serum is a sensitive biomarker to detect subtle brain injury or concussion in contact sports athletes. METHODS: Two prospective cohort studies involving (1) 14 Swedish amateur boxers who underwent fluid biomarker assessments at 7-10 days after bout and after 3 months of rest from boxing and (2) 35 Swedish professional hockey players who underwent blood biomarker assessment at 1, 12, 36, and 144 hours after concussion and when the players returned to play were performed...
May 9, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397546/measuring-cognitive-change-with-impact-the-aggregate-baseline-approach
#9
Jared M Bruce, Ruben J Echemendia, Willem Meeuwisse, Michael G Hutchison, Mark Aubry, Paul Comper
OBJECTIVE: The Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test (ImPACT) is commonly used to assess baseline and post-injury cognition among athletes in North America. Despite this, several studies have questioned the reliability of ImPACT when given at intervals employed in clinical practice. Poor test-retest reliability reduces test sensitivity to cognitive decline, increasing the likelihood that concussed athletes will be returned to play prematurely. We recently showed that the reliability of ImPACT can be increased when using a new composite structure and the aggregate of two baselines to predict subsequent performance...
April 11, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396361/cognitive-and-psychosocial-function-in-retired-professional-hockey-players
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Carrie Esopenko, Tiffany W Chow, Maria Carmela Tartaglia, Agnes Bacopulos, Priya Kumar, Malcolm A Binns, James L Kennedy, Daniel J Müller, Brian Levine
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The relationship between repeated concussions and neurodegenerative disease has received significant attention, particularly research in postmortem samples. Our objective was to characterise retired professional ice hockey players' cognitive and psychosocial functioning in relation to concussion exposure and apolipoprotein ε4 status. METHODS: Alumni athletes (N=33, aged 34-71 years) and an age-matched sample of comparison participants (N=18) were administered measures of cognitive function and questionnaires concerning psychosocial and psychiatric functioning...
June 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387556/long-term-cognitive-and-neuropsychiatric-consequences-of-repetitive-concussion-and-head-impact-exposure
#11
REVIEW
Thomas McAllister, Michael McCrea
Initially, interest in sport-related concussion arose from the premise that the study of athletes engaged in sports associated with high rates of concussion could provide insight into the mechanisms, phenomenology, and recovery from mild traumatic brain injury. Over the last decade, concerns have focused on the possibility that, for some athletes, repetitive concussions may raise the long-term risk for cognitive decline, neurobehavioral changes, and neurodegenerative disease. First conceptualized as a discrete event with variable recovery trajectories, concussion is now viewed by some as a trigger of neurobiological events that may influence neurobehavioral function over the course of the life span...
March 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387553/head-impact-measurement-devices-a-systematic-review
#12
REVIEW
Kathryn L O'Connor, Steven Rowson, Stefan M Duma, Steven P Broglio
CONTEXT: With an estimated 3.8 million sport- and recreation-related concussions occurring annually, targeted prevention and diagnostic methods are needed. Biomechanical analysis of head impacts may provide quantitative information that can inform both prevention and diagnostic strategies. OBJECTIVE: To assess available head-impact devices and their clinical utility. DATA SOURCES: We performed a systematic search of the electronic database PubMed for peer-reviewed publications, using the following phrases: accelerometer and concussion, head impact telemetry, head impacts and concussion and sensor, head impacts and sensor, impact sensor and concussion, linear acceleration and concussion, rotational acceleration and concussion, and xpatch concussion...
March 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377445/can-visible-signs-predict-concussion-diagnosis-in-the-national-hockey-league
#13
Ruben J Echemendia, Jared M Bruce, Willem Meeuwisse, Michael G Hutchison, Paul Comper, Mark Aubry
BACKGROUND: Early identification and evaluation of concussions is critical. We examined the utility of using visible signs (VS) of concussion in predicting subsequent diagnosis of concussion in NHL players. METHODS: VS of concussion were identified through video review. Coders were trained to detect and record specific visual signs while viewing videos of NHL regular season games. 2460 games were reviewed by at least two independent coders across two seasons. The reliability, sensitivity and specificity of these VS were examined...
April 4, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377444/development-of-a-risk-prediction-model-among-professional-hockey-players-with-visible-signs-of-concussion
#14
Jared M Bruce, Ruben J Echemendia, Willem Meeuwisse, Michael G Hutchison, Mark Aubry, Paul Comper
BACKGROUND: Little research examines how to best identify concussed athletes. The purpose of the present study was to develop a preliminary risk decision model that uses visible signs (VS) and mechanisms of injury (MOI) to predict the likelihood of subsequent concussion diagnosis. METHODS: Coders viewed and documented VS and associated MOI for all NHL games over the course of the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 regular seasons. After coding was completed, player concussions were identified from the NHL injury surveillance system and it was determined whether players exhibiting VS were subsequently diagnosed with concussions by club medical staff as a result of the coded event...
April 4, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287034/exploration-of-us-men-s-professional-sport-organization-concussion-policies
#15
Graham Dean Cochrane, Matthew Owen, Joseph D Ackerson, Matthew H Hale, Sara Gould
Concussion policies are increasingly being developed and adopted among professional sports organizations. We sought to compare the policies of the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), and Major League Baseball (MLB). Our objective was to summarize each policy and evaluate the extent to which each policy is organization-specific and/or consistent with medical guidelines. We visited websites for the NHL, NBA, NFL, and MLB. We searched media articles reporting concussion policy...
May 2017: Physician and Sportsmedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279963/the-risk-of-injury-associated-with-body-checking-among-pee-wee-ice-hockey-players-an-evaluation-of-hockey-canada-s-national-body-checking-policy-change
#16
Amanda M Black, Brent E Hagel, Luz Palacios-Derflingher, Kathryn J Schneider, Carolyn A Emery
BACKGROUND: In 2013, Hockey Canada introduced an evidence-informed policy change delaying the earliest age of introduction to body checking in ice hockey until Bantam (ages 13-14) nationwide. OBJECTIVE: To determine if the risk of injury, including concussions, changes for Pee Wee (11-12 years) ice hockey players in the season following a national policy change disallowing body checking. METHODS: In a historical cohort study, Pee Wee players were recruited from teams in all divisions of play in 2011-2012 prior to the rule change and in 2013-2014 following the change...
March 9, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254746/what-strategies-can-be-used-to-effectively-reduce-the-risk-of-concussion-in-sport-a-systematic-review
#17
REVIEW
Carolyn A Emery, Amanda M Black, Ash Kolstad, German Martinez, Alberto Nettel-Aguirre, Lars Engebretsen, Karen Johnston, James Kissick, David Maddocks, Charles Tator, Mark Aubry, Jiří Dvořák, Shinji Nagahiro, Kathryn Schneider
AIM OR OBJECTIVE: To examine the effectiveness of concussion prevention strategies in reducing concussion risk in sport. DESIGN: Systematic review according to the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis) guidelines. DATA SOURCES: Eleven electronic databases searched and hand-search of references from selected studies. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SELECTING STUDIES: The following were the study inclusion criteria: (1) contained original human research data; (2) investigated an outcome of concussion or head impact; (3) evaluated a concussion prevention intervention; (4) included sport participants; (5) analytical study designand (6) peer-reviewed...
June 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238481/attitudes-and-counseling-practices-of-pediatricians-regarding-youth-sports-participation-and-concussion-risks
#18
Michael Fishman, Eleanor Taranto, Meryl Perlman, Kyran Quinlan, Holly J Benjamin, Lainie Friedman Ross
OBJECTIVE: To examine attitudes and practices of pediatricians toward sports-related head trauma and youth participation in tackle football and ice hockey. STUDY DESIGN: A respondent-anonymous electronic survey was distributed 3 times to members of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Bioethics, Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, and Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. RESULTS: Of 791 eligible pediatricians, 227 (29%) responded...
May 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148512/concussion-in-the-international-ice-hockey-world-championships-and-olympic-winter-games-between-2006-and-2015
#19
Markku Tuominen, Timo Hänninen, Jari Parkkari, Michael J Stuart, Teemu Luoto, Pekka Kannus, Mark Aubry
BACKGROUND: Concussions in sports are a growing concern. This study describes the incidence, injury characteristics and time trends of concussions in international ice hockey. METHODS: All concussions in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships (WC) and Olympic Winter Games were analysed over 9 ice hockey seasons between 2006 and 2015 using a standardised injury reporting system and diagnoses made by the team physicians. RESULTS: A total of 3293 games were played (169 tournaments, 1212 teams, 26 130 players) comprising 142 244 athletic game exposures...
February 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079758/concussion-in-ice-hockey-current-gaps-and-future-directions-in-an-objective-diagnosis
#20
Aynsley M Smith, Michael J Stuart, William O Roberts, David W Dodick, Jonathan T Finnoff, Janelle K Jorgensen, David A Krause
OBJECTIVE: This review provides an update on sport-related concussion (SRC) in ice hockey and makes a case for changes in clinical concussion evaluation. Standard practice should require that concussions be objectively diagnosed and provide quantitative measures of the concussion injury that will serve as a platform for future evidence-based treatment. METHODS: The literature was surveyed to address several concussion-related topics: research in ice hockey-related head trauma, current subjective diagnosis, promising components of an objective diagnosis, and current and potential treatments...
January 10, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
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