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Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter. Happy reading!

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Have a great Halloween and month of November,

The SharpBrains Team

Study: Concussion diagnoses among children and teenagers increased by 71% from 2010 through 2015

bcbs-healthofamericareport-concussionsConcussion Diagnoses Among Youths Nearly Doubled from 2010 to 2015 (Education Week):

“Concussion diagnoses increased by 71 percent from 2010 through 2015 among children between the ages of 10 and 19, according to a new report from Blue Cross Blue Shield based on medical-claims data. Read the rest of this entry »

New NFL concussion scandal: Is this the end of American football as a popular youth sport?

football_concussionsIn NFL, Deeply Flawed Concussion Research and Ties to Big Tobacco (The New York Times):

“Now, an investigation by The New York Times has found that the N.F.L.’s concussion research was far more flawed than previously known Read the rest of this entry »

“Our culture seems obsessed with violent sports…Don’t mess with a brain!”

Question by Janet:
Given the growing concern about sports-related concussions, what do you think schools should be doing? abolish or severely reduce varsity teams? sponsor only “safe” sports? Is there research on how concussions may interfere with learning and academic results?

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Answer by Dr. Robert Sylwester:
I don’t know how to respond responsibly to your question, except that I share what I think are your concerns. Our culture seems obsessed with violent sports (and perhaps making sports that aren’t necessarily violent into becoming violent). To be frank, as much as I enjoy watching sports, I’m pleased that none of our grandchildren have gotten into any of the more violent school-level sports.

I expect that changes will occur, and they’e overdue. Don’t mess with a brain!

> Read full transcript of Q&A with Prof. Sylwester
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Update: Four Essential Yet Overlooked Facts About Your Brain

brainstormingTime for Sharp­Brains’ December 2013 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a vari­ety of resources, brain teasers and articles. Enjoy the reading…and Happy Holidays!

Featured resources:

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Please remember that we are hosting a number of webchats in January to discuss your impressions and questions about  The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (284 pages; 2013), so we hope you can spend some time reading the book over the holidays, and perhaps even discuss it with friends and relatives.

We wish you Happy Holidays and a Prosperous 2014!

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