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Head injury AND fit

Nina Feddermann-Demont, Astrid Junge, Konrad P Weber, Michael Weller, Jiří Dvořák, Alexander A Tarnutzer
OBJECTIVES: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has been reported to occur with increased incidence amongst physically active people. The role of extrinsic risk factors as physical activity, head trauma and drug/pesticide-exposure in the pathophysiology of ALS and especially in the context of practising sports remains controversial. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively studied exposure to extrinsic factors in 92 ALS patients in the presymptomatic stage. Metabolic equivalents (METs) were calculated and the association of physical activity, drug intake, head trauma and participation in specific sports (football [soccer], ice hockey) with age at symptom-onset was evaluated...
April 2017: Brain and Behavior
Nicholas G Murray, Nathan R D'Amico, Douglas Powell, Megan E Mormile, Katelyn E Grimes, Barry A Munkasy, Russell K Gore, Rebecca J Reed-Jones
BACKGROUND: Approximately 90% of athletes with concussion experience a certain degree of visual system dysfunction immediately post-concussion. Of these abnormalities, gaze stability deficits are denoted as among the most common. Little research quantitatively explores these variables post-concussion. As such, the purpose of this study was to investigate and compare gaze stability between a control group of healthy non-injured athletes and a group of athletes with concussions 24-48hours post-injury...
March 6, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
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...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
Gordon Ward Fuller, Monica Hernandez, David Pallot, Fiona Lecky, Mathew Stevenson, Belinda Gabbe
BACKGROUND: Valid and relevant estimates of health state preference weights (HSPWs) for Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS) categories are a key input of economic models evaluating treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI). OBJECTIVES: To characterize existing HSPW estimates, and model the EuroQol five-dimensional questionnaire (EQ-5D) from the GOS, to inform parameterization of future economic models. METHODS: A systematic review of HSPWs for GOS categories following TBI was conducted using a highly sensitive search strategy implemented in an extensive range of information sources between 1975 and 2016...
January 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
JingLe Jiang, Amar R Marathe, Jennifer C Keene, Dawn M Taylor
BACKGROUND: Custom-fitted skull replacement pieces are often used after a head injury or surgery to replace damaged bone. Chronic brain recordings are beneficial after injury/surgery for monitoring brain health and seizure development. Embedding electrodes directly in these artificial skull replacement pieces would be a novel, low-risk way to perform chronic brain monitoring in these patients. Similarly, embedding electrodes directly in healthy skull would be a viable minimally-invasive option for many other neuroscience and neurotechnology applications requiring chronic brain recordings...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Rebecca A Demorest, Chris Koutures
The martial arts can provide children and adolescents with vigorous levels of physical exercise that can improve overall physical fitness. The various types of martial arts encompass noncontact basic forms and techniques that may have a lower relative risk of injury. Contact-based sparring with competitive training and bouts have a higher risk of injury. This clinical report describes important techniques and movement patterns in several types of martial arts and reviews frequently reported injuries encountered in each discipline, with focused discussions of higher risk activities...
December 2016: Pediatrics
Tony R Laituri, Scott Henry, Kevin Pline, Guosong Li, Michael Frankstein, Para Weerappuli
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently published a Request for Comments regarding a potential upgrade to the US New Car Assessment Program (US NCAP) - a star-rating program pertaining to vehicle crashworthiness. Therein, NHTSA (a) cited two metrics for assessing head risk: Head Injury Criterion (HIC15) and Brain Injury Criterion (BrIC), and (b) proposed to conduct risk assessment via its risk curves for those metrics, but did not prescribe a specific method for applying them. Recent studies, however, have indicated that the NHTSA risk curves for BrIC significantly overstate field-based head injury rates...
November 2016: Stapp Car Crash Journal
James D Wallace, Richard Y Calvo, Paul R Lewis, Jason B Brill, Steven R Shackford, Michael J Sise, C Beth Sise, Vishal Bansal
BACKGROUND: Sarcopenia, or age-related loss of muscle mass, is measurable by computed tomography (CT). In elderly trauma patients, increased mortality is associated with decreased psoas muscle cross-sectional area (P-Area) on abdominal CT. Fall is the leading cause of injury in the elderly, and head CT is more often obtained. Masseter muscle cross-sectional area (M-Area) is readily measured on head CT. Hypothesizing that M-Area is a satisfactory surrogate for P-Area, we compared the two as markers of sarcopenia and increased mortality in elderly trauma patients...
January 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Joey Berlin
The Texas Medical Association's Hard Hats for Little Heads program has given away more than 235,000 helmets to Texas children in the past 22 years. A properly fitting helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and can reduce the risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent.
October 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
Kyle T Aune, Joseph M Powers
BACKGROUND: Extreme conditioning programs (ECPs) are fitness training regimens relying on aerobic, plyometric, and resistance training exercises, often with high levels of intensity for a short duration of time. These programs have grown rapidly in popularity in recent years, but science describing the safety profile of these programs is lacking. HYPOTHESIS: The rate of injury in the extreme conditioning program is greater than the injury rate of weightlifting and the majority of injuries occur to the shoulder and back...
October 19, 2016: Sports Health
Enrico Bellato, Roberto Rotini, Alessandro Marinelli, Enrico Guerra, Shawn W O'Driscoll
BACKGROUND: Chronic coronoid deficiency can occur subsequent to coronoid fracture malunion/nonunion or to coronoid hypoplasia or dysplasia resulting from injury during development. Several surgical options have been described to treat this difficult condition, but results are equivocal. We hypothesized that a modified coronoid reconstruction using a radial head osteochondral graft could restore elbow stability and congruity and that a technique involving rigid internal fixation would promote graft union...
December 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Alexander Leung, Patrick Bonasso, Kevin Lynch, Dustin Long, Richard Vaughan, Alison Wilson, Jorge Con
Secondary overtriage is a term that describes patients who are discharged home shortly after being transferred, an indication that transfer and hospitalization were unnecessary. The study goal was to identify factors associated with secondary triage. A statewide trauma registry was used to identify trauma patients aged less than 18 years during a 6-year period (2007-2012) who were discharged within 48 hours from arrival and did not undergo a surgical procedure. We compared those that were treated at initial facility and those transferred to a second facility using clinical indices including patterns of injury pattern using multivariate logistic regression...
September 2016: American Surgeon
Ji-Yong Kwak, Hyung-Bin Park, Gu-Hee Jung
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to identify the optimal position for a precontoured-locking plating (PHILOS(®)) of the proximal humerus in Asians in terms of conformity and to determine the prevalence of screw exits in the position of the highest conformity. METHODS: Twenty adult humeri and 14 cadaveric shoulders were included in this study. After placing the precontoured plate in the well-fitted position on the humerus, we measured the distance between the upper margin of the plate and the tip of greater tuberosity (GT) (distance A) and the distance between the anterior margin of the plate and lateral border of the bicipital groove (BG) (distance B)...
October 2016: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Wu Hao, Lu Cheng, Chen Ming
BACKGROUND: We investigated the curative effects of using loose-fitting radial head prosthesis replacement to treat unstable comminuted fracture of radial head. METHODS: From January 2010 to August 2012, radial head prosthesis replacement was used to treat eight cases of Mason's type III or IV radial head fractures. Three cases were in left side and 5 cases were in right side. Using the Mason criteria, 6 cases were classified as type III and 2 cases as type IV. All patients had fresh fractures...
February 2017: Minerva Chirurgica
Winward Choy, Zachary A Smith, Stephanus V Viljoen, Timothy E Lindley, Nader S Dahdaleh
We report a unique instance of a 66-year-old male patient with an unstable three-column thoracic extension injury at the level of T4/5 who was treated with recumbency and bracing without surgery. A posterior long segment fixation was attempted three times on two separate occasions over the course of a week with failure due to difficulty in ventilating the patient during prone positioning, cardiopulmonary arrest, and hemodynamic instability during prone positioning for surgery. The decision then was to treat this fracture with recumbency...
2016: Curēus
Zachary Y Kerr, Sara L Dalton, Karen G Roos, Aristarque Djoko, Jennifer Phelps, Thomas P Dompier
BACKGROUND: In Indiana, high school football coaches are required to complete a coaching education course with material related to concussion awareness, equipment fitting, heat emergency preparedness, and proper technique. Some high schools have also opted to implement a player safety coach (PSC). The PSC, an integral component of USA Football's Heads Up Football (HUF) program, is a coach whose primary responsibility is to ensure that other coaches are implementing proper tackling and blocking techniques alongside other components of the HUF program...
May 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Eun-Kyung Park, Jun-Young Lim, In-Sik Yun, Ju-Seong Kim, Su-Heon Woo, Dong-Seok Kim, Kyu-Won Shim
The authors studied to demonstrate the efficacy of custom-made three-dimensional (3D)-printed titanium implants for reconstructing skull defects. From 2013 to 2015, 21 patients (8-62 years old, mean = 28.6-year old; 11 females and 10 males) with skull defects were treated. Total disease duration ranged from 6 to 168 months (mean = 33.6 months). The size of skull defects ranged from 84 × 104 to 154 × 193 mm. Custom-made implants were manufactured by Medyssey Co, Ltd (Jecheon, South Korea) using 3D computed tomography data, Mimics software, and an electron beam melting machine...
June 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Meredith Chapman, Kirrilly Thompson
It has been suggested that one in five riders will be injured due to a fall from a horse, resulting in severe head or torso injuries. Attempts to reduce injury have primarily focussed on low level risk controls, such as helmets. In comparison, risk mitigation in high risk workplaces and sports is directed at more effective and preventative controls like training, consultation, safe work procedures, fit for purpose equipment and regular Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) monitoring. However, there has been no systematic consideration of the risk-reduction benefits of applying a WHS framework to reducing horse-related risks in workplaces, let alone competition or leisure contexts...
2016: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
Frederike Schirmer, Holger Muggenthaler, Michael Hubig, Sebastian Schenkl, Markus Koch, Reinhard Blickhan, Gita Mall
Forensic case work as well as literature shows that severe head injuries, e.g., with basilar fractures and cerebral hemorrhages due to stomps can be seen; however, there is no data basis concerning contact forces and potential influencing factors. The objective of this work was to generate a data basis of contact forces in stomping by performing experimental measurements and subsequent statistical analyses. Fifty-five volunteers participated in the present study. Each participant performed several stomps onto force plates with sturdy/soft footwear as well as with/without an elastic layer imitating the scalp...
May 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
Nikki Miller Ferguson, Steven L Shein, Patrick M Kochanek, Jim Luther, Stephen R Wisniewski, Robert S B Clark, Elizabeth C Tyler-Kabara, P David Adelson, Michael J Bell
OBJECTIVES: The evidence to guide therapy in pediatric traumatic brain injury is lacking, including insight into the intracranial pressure/cerebral perfusion pressure thresholds in abusive head trauma. We examined intracranial pressure/cerebral perfusion pressure thresholds and indices of intracranial pressure and cerebral perfusion pressure burden in relationship with outcome in severe traumatic brain injury and in accidental and abusive head trauma cohorts. DESIGN: A prospective observational study...
May 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
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