May 2014
NY Joins States Calling Cheerleading a Sport

Cheerleading will become an interscholastic sport this winter in schools across New York, after a vote Tuesday by the full Board of Regents.  Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. said the state's athletic association and many athletic directors told the board that cheerleading should have the same coaching and safety expectations as other sports.

"Cheerleading involves gymnastic activities . . . that need careful adult support and oversight," he said. "That's really the goal."

The vote means New York joins 34 other states and the District of Columbia in recognizing competitive cheerleading as a sport.


May 2014
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May 2014
New Concussion Test Focuses on the Eyes

In studies relevant to the gridiron and other kinds of battlefields, researchers hope to use a new test based on eye movements to bring increased accuracy to the diagnosis of concussions.

The research, by Allegheny Health Network and corporate partner Neuro Kinetics Inc., involves the use of high-speed digital photography and other technology to analyze a patient's tracking of dots of light or other visual stimuli, which are projected against a light or dark background.

In an initial study of high school football players, those with concussions had more difficulty tracking the images than a control group without brain injury. Results of the study will be among the promising developments in orthopedic medicine to be highlighted this month on the website of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  Read more here.


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