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The American Academy of Neurology, meeting today (March 18) in San Diego, issued new guidelines for dealing with athletes' concussions. More than one million athletes experience a concussion each year in the United States; the risks are greatest in football and rugby, said the academy. The neurologists recommended that athletes with suspected concussions be immediately removed from a game and not be permitted to return until assessed by a health care professional trained in concussion. If adopted by schools, this could have a profound effect on the sport.

Among other findings: an athlete with a history of one or more concussions is more susceptible to being diagnosed with another; the first ten days after a concussion represent the greatest risk period for getting another; there is no clear evidence that one type of football helmet is better than another in protecting against concussion, and longer exposure to a sport is a big risk factor.

The academy also says that the existence of the ApoE4 gene is a risk factor. This is the gene that makes people three to eight times more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.

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MURPHYJUNK March 19, 2013 @ 9:19 a.m.

gotta protect those entertainers from each other.

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Don Bauder March 19, 2013 @ 9:54 a.m.

Murphyjunk. But many sports participants are not entertainers. For example, rugby is cited. How many college students turn out for rugby games? Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK March 19, 2013 @ 1:47 p.m.

Is money collected to see the games?

If one watches the game and is entertained, what is it then?

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Don Bauder March 19, 2013 @ 2 p.m.

Murphyjunk: If it's just a pickup game, there is probably no charge. I doubt if there is a charge to see Pop Warner football games. This is true of high school and college tennis matches, etc. But your point is well taken: athletics is basically entertainment. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh March 20, 2013 @ 7:13 p.m.

The headline writer fixed the misspelling. Good.

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Don Bauder March 20, 2013 @ 7:19 p.m.

Visduh: What was the misspelling? And whose? I missed it. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh March 23, 2013 @ 4:38 p.m.

It was, I think, misspelled "neorologists." Maybe a neo-con error.

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