ANCHOR LEAD: WHY IS THERE SO MUCH EMPHASIS ON CONCUSSIONS IN SPORTS LATELY? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Worry about the effects of concussions on long term health isn’t just restricted to the National Football League. Richard Ellenbogen, Co-chair of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine medical committee, says awareness is growing in many circles
ELLENBOGEN: Concussions are big in the news, and epidemiologically, it’s a big problem in both girls sports and boys sports. :07
At a recent Johns Hopkins conference on traumatic brain injury undertaken with the NFL, Ellenbogen said our very definition of this common head injury has changed.
ELLENBOGEN: Thirty years ago a concussion meant being knocked out. Now, 90% of all concussions don’t have anybody knocked out. Now there’s an enormous number of women playing sports, and some of the more dangerous sports in terms of concussion are women’s hockey, women’s soccer, softball, now it affects all families, we want these student athletes to recover fully so they can have long prosperous careers in whatever they choose. :29
The hope is that systematic study at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere will help. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.