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By Rene Letourneau
ATLANTA – Concussions and traumatic brain injuries sent more than 248,000 children to hospital emergency departments in 2009, a 57-percent increase over the past decade, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the report, “Nonfatal Traumatic Brain Injuries Related to Sports and Recreation Activities Among Persons Aged ≤19 – United States,” the authors stated that the number of sports and recreation-related ED visits for TBI increased 57 percent from 2001 to 2009. Bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer were the primary sports involved, the study said.
This increase “might reflect an increased participation in sports and recreation, an increased incidence of TBI among participants, and/or an increased awareness of the importance of early diagnosis of TBI. Because the number of ED visits for TBIs that resulted in hospitalization did not trend upward significantly, increased awareness likely contributed to the increasing number of ED visits for TBI,” the report concluded.
By Christian Red
Peyton Manning's trip to Europe to receive stem cell therapy on his ailing neck is the latest attempt by an elite athlete seeking to expedite recovery from injury using a controversial medical procedure.
A Fox Sports report Sunday detailed how the Colts quarterback and four-time league MVP sought the stem cell therapy after two surgeries on his neck did not help address a painful bulging disk. He had another surgery recently, the third in 19 months, and it's unclear if Manning will be healthy enough to play this season.
While the NFL does not prohibit stem cell therapy - "unless a banned substance is used as part of the procedure," said an NFL spokesman - the treatment is not approved in the U.S., and it is still very much a developing science.
By Michael Silver
While playing for the St. Louis Rams in 2003, the ultraphysical tackle took a blow to the helmet and lost consciousness on the final play of the third quarter. He spent the rest of the game – which seemed, to him, like it lasted five minutes – on the sideline in a daze. He wanted to wave to his wife, Stacy, but was unable to remember the location of the luxury box where she was regularly stationed and eventually gave up. At game’s end he retreated to the locker room with his teammates, and then things got even blurrier.
“I went into the shower, and as the story was told to me later, I was sitting at my locker, butt-naked, when our owner [Georgia Frontiere] came in to congratulate us,” Turley says. “I don’t remember doing this, but everybody said I stood up and hugged her, totally naked, right there in the middle of the room.”