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For high school football players, just a season of play brings brain changes

The Los Angeles Times – Melissa Healy

“Without sustaining a single concussion, a North Carolina high school football team showed worrisome brain changes after a single season of play, a new study has shown. A detailed effort to capture the on-field experiences of 24 high school football players showed that, at the end of a single season of play, teammates whose heads sustained the most frequent contact with other moving bodies had the most pronounced changes in several measures of brain health.”(more)

NBA, Discovery Education partner to make math appealing to nation’s youth

USA Today – AJ Neuharth-Keusch

“Imagine, just for a second, that you’re in a middle school math class. The question in your textbook: If eight of your 12 classmates are right handed, what percentage of classmates are left handed? Now imagine you’re in that same math class, but the question reads: Stephen Curry made eight of his 12 three-point attempts in last night’s game against the Boston Celtics. What was his percentage?.”(more)

Extra physical education classes may benefit bone health in girls, study shows

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Moderate to high impact sports such as gymnastics, basketball, or football have been shown to benefit bone mass, structure and strength – with benefits particularly apparent during pre-and early adolescence. A long-term study carried out in four Swedish schools evaluated whether extra physical education classes would have an impact on bone parameters in growing children. The seven-year study specifically measured the impact of school-based exercise on tibia cortical bone mass distribution. A total of 170 children (72 girls and 98 boys) from one school were provided with 200 minutes of physical education per week, and three other schools (44 girls and 47 boys) continued with the standard 60 minutes. The participating schools were within the same geographic area, with a similar socioeconomic and ethnic structure.”(more)

Important News for Student Athletes: Removal from Play Crucial for Post-Concussion Recovery

Education World – Nicole Gorman

“For student athletes, going back to school also means getting back into the game. After a string of particularly deadly seasons in high school football, some new information about post-concussion recovery is important for student athletes and their support to know. New research indicates that not only could continuing to play after suffering from a concussion a potentially fatal move, it could take the sufferer twice as long to recover.”(more)

Gail Emms: Don’t just watch the Olympics, have a sporty summer of your own

The Telegraph – Boudicca Fox-Leonard

“Gail Emms always thought she had a normal childhood. One full of bike races with friends, family walks and badminton at her local sports centre. She has no doubt that growing up in a household packed full of activity set her on a course for sporting success – Emms won silver at the 2004 Olympics in the badminton mixed doubles. But after retiring in 2008, she became an ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust and was faced with an uncomfortable truth: most kids aren’t sporty at all. “I realised I’d been living in a bubble,” says the 39-year old. “Until I went into schools, I’d never met children who weren’t interested in sport and I couldn’t believe it.” A study by Essex University reported in June that child fitness levels are falling at an even faster rate than feared – a decline of eight per cent over the previous 10 years. It’s a situation Emms and her fellow Youth Sport Trust ambassadors have been seeking to change through visits to thousands of schools across England.”(more)

How mothers’ songs give girls a head start: Boys are more likely to fall behind in basic language skills because they play sports instead of listening to nursery rhymes

The Daily Mail UK – Eleanor Harding

“Girls have better literacy skills before they start school because mothers are more likely to sing nursery rhymes to them while boys play sports, a report has found. Boys are almost twice as likely as girls to fall behind in basic language skills by the time they start school, the new research revealed. The report by charity Save the Children found that pre-school girls and boys do the same amount of literary based activities, such as using the library and reading books.”(more)