US launches study into youth sports concussions
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States (US) government launched on Monday a sweeping study of rising sports-related concussions among the youth, amid concerns that the injuries may have contributed to the suicides of professional football players.
The Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academies of Science, will probe sports-related concussions in young people from elementary school through early adulthood. The study will include military personnel and their dependants, and review concussions and risk factors.
The study, one of the most extensive ever done, will be scrutinised intently by Americans worried about brain injuries in sports, said Mr Robert Graham, head of the panel carrying out the study.
"You start talking about, 'Is it safe for Sally to be playing soccer?', you get lots of public interest," Mr Graham, a public health expert at George Washington University in Washington, told Reuters after the committee's first meeting.