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  Dr. Deborah Rotenstein, Director of the Endocrine Division of Pediatric Alliance, in collaboration¬† with the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, presented original data at the Pediatric Endocrine Society Meeting in Toronto, Canada on May 6, 2018. The topic...

Football? “Fuggedaboutit.”

  If you, like me, are an avid spectator of American football, there is once again worrisome¬†news coming from researchers studying the effects of head trauma on the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). For parents with children already playing...

“Can I Play Football?”

  I never played organized football. My parents — dad was a greatly respected doctor; mom, a greatly respected (at least by my brother and me) and effective full-time mom, part-time writer, and all-time provocateur — said, every time the subject of...

On Second Thought… (Part Two)

  Yesterday on The PediaBlog, we looked at two studies describing the long-term impact of concussions suffered during youth and wondered aloud whether some parents were having second thoughts for allowing their sons to play organized tackle football. If the...

On Second Thought… (Part One)

  A few recently published clinical reports about the long-term impact of concussions in youth probably have parents who allow their sons to play football feeling a bit queasy with second thoughts. For example, one small and limited study from researchers at...