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Study reveals many baseline tests for brain injuries are invalid

There is no lack of concern and effort to protect young athletes in Ontario and elsewhere from suffering head trauma during participation in sports activities. Various studies are carried out to find the best ways to prevent brain injuries. Although baseline testing has become a trusted method to prevent athletes from returning too soon after concussions, the results of a recent University of Windsor study indicate that more than half of baseline tests are invalid.

New law aims to prevent brain injuries among Ontario athletes

Pending Royal Assent, schools and coaches will soon have to comply with a new Ontario law that aims to protect athletes from suffering concussions. Rowan's Law will change the safety culture around concussions, which are often not recognized as brain injuries. The law arose from the 2013 death of the 17-year-old rugby player, Rowan Stringer, who suffered a fatal head injury after several prior concussions.

Concern over brain injuries due to repeated concussions

Studies to determine the damage done by head injuries suffered by athletes have mostly been conducted after their deaths. Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario changed that. They studied retired football players for the effects of brain injuries caused by repeated concussions. Their findings followed a significant range of tests and sophisticated scanning of the brains of the subjects.

Brain injuries: Do you know the symptoms of a concussion?

Not all Ontario parents know that a concussion is serious and should not be disregarded. Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries, but the fact that they are mild does not make them less dangerous. Repeated concussions can cause long-term consequences. Children can suffer these injuries on the playgrounds or sports fields, and although they may have cuts, contusions or bruises, no obvious injuries may be present.

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