St. Louis on the Air
4:04 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Minimizing The Risk Of Participating In Youth Sports

Toronto vs. Kansas City
(via Flickr / Brian Hillegas)

Engaging in sports can be beneficial to young athletes.  They provide the opportunity to be physically fit, learn discipline and build character in a fun environment.

The fun stops, however, when a sudden and unexpected injury or surprise medical condition intervenes.  This potential is worrisome to parents and coaches as talk and awareness of concussions seem to be at an all-time high.

Host Don Marsh talked with Tony Breitbach, Director of the Athletic Training Education Program at Saint Louis University, about what can be done to protect young athletes’ health.

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sports concussions
4:52 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Forum on sports concussions held at Saint Louis University

(via Flickr/mel_rowling)

Coaches, athletic directors, and school nurses from across Missouri met at Saint Louis University on Thursday for a forum on sports concussions in student athletes.

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri sponsored the conference, which drew about 200 participants.

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Perron returns
2:19 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Perron returns to Blues lineup on Saturday

Blues right-winger David Perron, being introduced here at the Blues' home opener on Oct. 8th, will return to the line-up on Saturday after missing 97 games with post-concussion syndrome.
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

After 13 months and 97 games, David Perron is ready to lace up the skates once again.

The St. Louis Blues announced today that Perron, the 23-year-old right-winger, will be on the ice when the Blues take on their division rival Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Perron suffered a concussion on Nov. 4, 2010 after being  hit by Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks and hasn't played since.

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MO Statehouse/Bill action
3:29 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Nixon signs doctor discipline, high school athlete concussion bills

With a day left to act, Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday signed three more bills into law. He still must decide on nearly 20 others.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

With just a day left to take action, Gov. Jay Nixon has signed three more pieces of legislation.

They are:

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4:56 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

IHSA tightens policy on concussion checks

(via Flickr/mel_rowling)

The Illinois High School Association has approved a new policy requiring high school athletes who leave a game with head injuries to be cleared in the days that follow by a doctor or an athletic trainer working with a physician.

The IHSA board approved the new policy Tuesday. Previously the organization's concussion policy didn't require medical checks after the day the injury occurred.

The policy change follows months of reports on long-term damage athletes suffer from concussions in both pro sports and in college and high school.

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