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    CHICAGO -- Continuing to play despite a concussion doubles recovery time for teen athletes and leads to worse short-term mental function than in those immediately removed from action, a study found. Wholesale Air Max 2018 Free Shipping .Its billed as the first to compare recovery outcomes for athletes removed from a game or practice compared with those who arent. The study was small, involving 69 teens treated at a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center concussion clinic, but the results bolster evidence supporting the growing number of return-to-play laws and policies nationwideThe study was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.KEEPING SCOREThe study involved athletes aged 15 on average from several sports, including football, soccer, ice hockey and basketball who had concussions during a game or practice. Half continued to play and took 44 days on average to recover from symptoms, versus 22 days in those who were immediately sidelined.Sidelined players reported symptoms immediately, including dizziness, headaches, mental fogginess and fatigue, and were diagnosed with concussions by trainers or team physicians. The others, who continued playing for 19 minutes on average, delayed reporting symptoms and were diagnosed later.Those who continued to play had worse scores on mental function tests performed eight days after the concussion and 30 days after the concussion. Medical records showed mental function had been similar in all players before their concussions.RISKY RETURNSReturn-to-play policies are widespread, especially in youth athletics, and they typically recommend sidelining players after a suspected concussion until symptoms resolve. One of the main reasons is to prevent a rare condition called second-impact syndrome -- potentially fatal brain swelling or bleeding that can occur when a player still recovering from a concussion gets hit again in the head.The study results show that a prolonged recovery is another important risk from returning to play too soon -- one that no one had really calculated until now, said Dr. Allen Sills, a Vanderbilt University neurosurgeon. He was not involved in the research.NOT REPORTEDAbout 300,000 sports-related concussions occur each year nationwide among all ages. In high school athletics, they occur at a rate of almost 3 per 10,000 games or practices.Evidence suggests up to 50 percent of concussions in teen sports arent reported. Athletes are sometimes not aware theyve experienced a concussion, or they suspect a head injury but continue playing because they dont want to let their teammates down, said University of Arkansas concussion researcher R.J. Elbin, the studys lead author.The results give us more ammunition to persuade young athletes to heed the return-to-play advice, Elbin said.---Online:Pediatrics: http://www.pediatrics.orgCDC: AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner at Her work can be found at  href="" target="_blank">Cheap Air Max 2018 Sale . Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. Grey Air Max 2018 . -- Catcher Brett Hayes has agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, avoiding salary arbitration. ;. -- New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis is retiring after a 16-year career to become the goalie coach for the Los Angeles Galaxy. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Chris Tillman was the difference Saturday night -- and it wouldnt be a stretch to say the right-hander has been the difference for the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East race so far this season.Tillman became the American Leagues second 13-game winner, backed by J.J. Hardys two-run homer, in Baltimores 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.The Orioles, who have won four straight overall, are 9-0 in Tillmans starts against their division rivals.Team wins are important, said Tillman, who has given up one run or fewer in his last three starts. All the personal stuff goes by the wayside when it comes to winning ballgames. Thats our approach and its good to be a part of it.Tillman (13-2) gave up one run and four hits and struck out three in seven innings. Only Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox has more wins (14) among major league pitchers.Brad Brach threw a perfect eighth and Zach Britton struck out two in the ninth for his 29th save as the Orioles maintained a two-game lead over the Boston Red Sox.Hardys fourth home run of the season came off Matt Moore (5-7) after Matt Wieters two-out double in the second.(Tillman) had good command. He had three walks, but it didnt feel like it, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. He was the difference. Its not very often that a two-run homer stands up, but it did.Logan Morrison scored Tampa Bays run after a leadoff triple in the fourth that was originally called a home run before being overturned by an umpire replay review. The ball was ruled to have hit the top of the wall in left field and back into play, and Morrison was given a triple. Steven Souza Jr. then drove in Morrison with a single, but it was the final hit of the game for the Rays, who have lost eight straight and 24 of 27.It stinks when you lose a ballgame onn one pitch, Rays manager Kevin Cash said. Cheap Air Max 2018. That kind of sums it up how its been going for us.Moore, who has two of the Rays three wins since June 15, pitched 7 1/3 innings, his longest start of the season, giving up two runs on five hits.HARDY SHOULDERHardy hit his second home run in nine at-bats after hitting two in his first 155 at-bats, and stretched his personal hitting streak to nine games. It is a direct result of his healed left shoulder. Im not thinking of the shoulder at all, he said. I know I was a lot last year, but Im not thinking about it anymore. I think thats the biggest thing.TRAINERS ROOMOrioles: OF Hyun Soo Kim (right hamstring) was out of the lineup for the second straight game. Showalter said it will determined after a workout Sunday if Kim will need to go on the disabled list. ... Showalter said RHP Darren ODay (strained right hamstring) looked crisp during a bullpen session and will take part in a simulated game Tuesday.Rays: INF Steve Pearce (strained right hamstring) started a rehab assignment with Class A Charlotte. ... OF Desmond Jennings (strained left hamstring) continued taking batting practice and has started a running program.UP NEXTOrioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (2-1) makes his first major league start in Sundays series finale. The fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft has thrown 38 innings in 22 relief appearances this season. He was limited to a combined 17 minor league games the previous two years after Tommy John surgery in 2013. First major league start for anybody is going to be exciting, Bundy said.Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-5), whose recent starts have been scouted by many playoff-contending teams, will go against Bundy. Cheap MLB Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping cheap nfl jerseys Cheap Jerseys USA China Jerseys Cheap NFL Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys For Sale Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys ' ' '