When playing sport is your life, the injuries that can come with the game tend to get swept under the rug. Functional Neurological Disorder, or FND is a condition where structurally, the brain is normal, but the way it functions is not. Physical trauma to the brain – a concussion – can be a large influencing factor, which is why FND is often seen in sportsmen.
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A big change is coming to River Falls Youth Football this season.Traditionally, the youth football association has run flag football games for first and second graders and tackle football from sixth through eighth grade. Association president Doug Sailer said the organization has decided to go to flag football for all grades beginning this summer.
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During the last two weeks of spring football practices, about 10 players began wearing protective shells on their helmets.The shells are designed by Defend Your Head, a company based in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, that makes equipment to supplement helmets and reduce the effects of collision impact in contact sports like football, hockey and lacrosse.
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Parents are very concerned about the short- and long-term risks of playing a sport that has the premise of knocking the opponent down before they can score. It does not take a hit on the head to get a concussion – it is the result of an impact that has moved your brain rapidly in your skull, releasing chemicals. This chemical imbalance leads to the symptoms of concussion.
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