NEW CDC Study Aims to Improve Concussion Safety for Youth Football Players

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September 16, 2016

Getting answers for parents, coaches, leagues, and policymakers about concussion safety in sports is a priority area for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Injury Center. As a result, the CDC is announcing the start of a new study that will entail a rigorous evaluation of the risks of tackling in youth football.

Awarded to Mathematica Policy Research for about $650,000, the 27-month project will include measurement of head impacts and concussion rates in 40 youth football league teams. The study will include a mixed-methods research design with 3 components – surveillance, a randomized controlled trial, and a qualitative study – from which a better understanding of the risks of tackling in youth football will be gained. The following objectives will be addressed with the project:

  • Gather data on the cumulative number of head impacts, the force of impacts, and reported concussions incurred by youth football players over the course of a football season.
  • Assess how head impacts and reported concussions vary by program type (contract versus non-contact), different skill levels, and player age.
  • Assess the effect of shoulder-style tackling on head impacts incurred over the course of a football season and whether the effect differs by player age and skill level.
  • Examine parents’ and coaches’ perceptions of the risks and benefits of alternative rules, practices, policies, and player/coaching behaviors on potential for injury among youth participants in football.
  • Examine the experiences of coaches who implement shoulder-style tackling.

CDC is making strides to advance data-driven solutions to protect young athletes from concussion. Learn more about other critical projects underway, such as the proposed National Concussion Surveillance System on the CDC website.  

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.