Most doctors who treat young athletes for concussion know that the injury increases the risk of having a car accident, but barely half counsel their patients against driving, a U.S. study suggests.
Researchers invited members of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine to complete a 24-question online survey about their attitudes toward driving after a concussion and what they tell their patients. The study team examined answers from 333 doctors who had managed at least 12 concussions per year.
“In our study, 83 percent of physicians felt that concussion put individuals at a greater risk of a motor vehicle crash yet fewer than half, 49 percent, routinely counsel their patients about driving,” said lead author Dr. John Lucas IV of the Sports Medicine Institute at the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in South Carolina.
Concussion has been released—and with it, a wave of opinions on whether the film about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) among National Football League (NFL) players will make a difference in how the league, and society at large, view sports that involve high-impact body contact.
The movie, which opened on December 25, stars Will Smith as forensic pathologist Bennett Omalu and chronicles Omalu’s battle with the NFL to bring attention to CTE and its relationship to repeated head injury.
And while there were plenty of reviews of the movie itself, even more media attention was focused on what the film had to say about the NFL, the sport of football, America’s passion for the game, and the chances that a big-budget movie would spark any meaningful change that would reduce injury. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the reactions published recently.
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