PROVIDENCE – A Brown University professor and director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Warren Alpert Medical School recently served on a committee that studied concussions in youth sports and released a national report on Oct. 30 that called for more research on the highly publicized issue.
Dr. Neha P. Rauker served on the 17-member committee, which examined existing scientific information about concussions in young athletes and, concluded that there is little evidence to back the claims of some manufacturers that their helmets can prevent brain injuries.
“The findings of our report justify the concerns about sports concussions in young people,” the committee’s chairperson, Robert Graham, said in a statement.
Young athletes face a “culture of resistance” in the United States to reporting concussions and to complying with treatment plans, the report found. The study found that reported concussion rates are higher for high school athletes than college athletes in certain sports, among them football and baseball. Additionally, concussions occur more frequently during during games than practices and occur most frequently for female athletes who play soccer, lacrosse, basketball and women’s ice hockey.
The report was released by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. It was sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control, among several government agencies and departments, with support from the National Football League.