Kids should not participate in an activity that has a high risk of bumps to the head. Nobody should. That's what I immediately thought when I saw the front page of today's Boston Globe, with Deborah Kotz's great story about contact sports and brain injury. In a study of autopsies of deceased athletes' brains, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine found that most of them had signs of brain damage after suffering repeated head injuries.
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Head-injury detection device launches: A helmet sensor that detects concussion-strength hits was the main attraction for a Calgary firm's product launch. Bruce McNall, the former owner of the Argos and LA Kings. The Safebrain is a bottlecap sized device that blinks if a bodycheck or crash to the head is hard enough, and collects data. http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Head+injury+detection+device+launches+with+former+team+owner+pitchman/8372845/story.html
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