Concussions

SDPB/Cara Hetland

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Former U.S. Transportation Secretary James Burnley is in Sioux Falls to address the latest efforts to modernize air traffic control in the country and how those efforts might impact states like South Dakota.  Burnley served as General Counsel, Deputy Secretary and Secretary of Transportation under President Ronald Reagan.

Thayne Munce of the Sanford Sports Science Institite discusses the latest research in concussion testing and the recently released national CTE study.

Bleacher Report

South Dakota native and National Football League kicker Adam Vinatieri returned home this weekend to speak at the Regional Health Sports Medicine Symposium in Rapid City. 

Indianapolis Colts placekicker Adam Vinatieri has built a reputation as one of the best clutch kickers in NFL history. To many South Dakotans, Vinatieri is known as a local boy who made the big leagues.  He has been on four Super Bowl winning teams. Three of them were with the New England Patriots and one with the Indianapolis Colts.

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, an estimated 2.4 million children and adults in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. The association sets aside every March as Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Thayne Munce is associate director of the Sanford Sports Science Institute. He authored a study on brain injury risk in youth football. The studied monitored 22 local youth football players ages 11 to 13 during a single season of 27 practices and 9 games. Each player wore sensors in his helmet which measured head-impact frequency, magnitude, duration and location. More than 6,000 head impacts were recorded, and found to be similar in magnitude and location to those in high school and college football but less frequent.

High School Football And Concussions

Oct 10, 2013

Dr. Thayne Munce is Associate Director of the National Institute for Athletic Health and Performance at Sanford Health. Dr. Samuel Schimelpfenig is a pediatrician with Avera Medical Group. Last night, SDPB-TV aired the documentary “The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer.” The hour-long program examined ways football programs and athletes can reduce concussions and the risk of long-term injury by playing smarter. The doctors offered their perspectives on how concussions occur in youth and high school sports and effective ways to reduce them.