The fruitless search for a 'concussion proof' football helmet
The Atlantic / February 8, 2016
In its earliest days, the purpose of the football helmet was to prevent the sport’s scariest, most visible injuries: grisly skull fractures and broken necks. A growing body of evidence has shown that these helmets still aren’t nearly enough to prevent dangerous head injuries. The concussion-proof helmet has become the holy grail of helmet design. But can such a thing really exist?
Virtual reality concussion app in NCAA competition
UA News / February 8, 2016
Despite new concussion-management protocols in the NCAA and NFL, many athletes still don't recognize concussion symptoms or won't report them if they do. The University of Arizona creators of BrainGainz, a virtual-reality app that allows users to experience the symptoms of concussion, hope to change that. The app has been developed for the NCAA's Mind Matters Challenge, part of a $30 million joint initiative with the U.S. Department of Defense to educate athletes and soldiers on concussion.
Scientist's brain discovery named a top story of 2015
Vancouver News / February 4, 2016
Dr. Robert Tarzwell is among a team of scholars who have made Discover Magazine's top 100 stories of 2015 list, coming in at number 19.
Glasgow Coma Scale may underestimate severity of isolated brain injury in patients over 65
Clinical Advisor / February 4, 2016
Study results suggest that GCS may be less accurate in predicting the extent of injury in elderly adults.
Could woodpeckers hold the key to avoiding sporting brain injuries?
Alphr / February 4, 2016
how woodpeckers manage to cope with repeated impact has inspired researchers to re-evaluate how we deal with brain trauma on the pitch, or behind enemy lines. Julian Bailes, chairman of neurosurgery at NorthShore University Health System and an expert in concussion believes the answer lies not in helmets, but by taking inspiration from the animal kingdom.
An interview with Dr. Bennet Omalu
Los Angeles Times / February 3, 2016
Vince Lombardi coached the first Super Bowl-winning football team, the Green Bay Packers. And he famously said, “Football is not a contact sport; it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.” A half-century on, as Super Bowl 50 is about to be played, the human toll of those jarring collisions is attracting the scrutiny of players, doctors, fans and the NFL itself. But perhaps no one has looked more closely, more urgently, than Dr. Bennet Omalu.
Ex-NFL player Ken Stabler had concussion disease CTE
CNN / February 3, 2016
One time Super Bowl MVP and Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, who died in July, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, researchers at Boston University said Wednesday. Stabler died in July at age 69 from cancer, and had requested that his brain was removed during an autopsy and taken to researchers in Massachusetts.
Are young athletes risking brain damage?
MIT Technology Review / February 2, 2016
While many athletes who suffer concussions do not go on to develop CTE, every time it crops up in an autopsy it’s in someone who “had a history of repetitive hits to the head.” The issue now extends far beyond the NFL to children who play football, soccer, hockey, and other sports, especially because new research is revealing the pervasiveness of head injury in young athletes.
What the NFL's new concussion numbers don't answer
PBS Frontline / February 2, 2016
With Super Bowl 50 just days away, new data released by the NFL shows that progress in curbing the league’s most high-profile health challenge, the concussion crisis, took a step back in 2015.
As Congress probes concussions, NFL launches campaign cash blitz
National Journal / February 2, 2016
Facing increasing scrutiny in Washington over its handling of concussions and long-term brain injures in its players, the National Football League donated $507,211 to members of Congress in 2015, putting it on pace for its highest spending ever in a political cycle. The league’s political action committee, called the “Gridiron PAC,” is showering cash particularly on the members of a House panel investigating the causes, effects, and treatment of concussions.
Did Henry VIII suffer same brain injury as some NFL players?
Yale News / February 2, 2016
Henry VIII may have suffered repeated traumatic brain injuries similar to those experienced by football players and others who receive repeated blows to the head, according to research by a Yale University expert in cognitive neurology.
ABC's Bob Woodruff: The Unexpected Life
NPR / January 31, 2016
The ABC News correspondent was almost killed in Iraq 10 years ago. His recovery and return to network journalism beat all the odds.
Top 10 Concussion Research Articles of 2015
Defense Centers of Excellence / January 29, 2016
A team of DVBIC experts with a variety of clinical backgrounds reviewed approximately 250 abstracts from the TBI clinical research literature published in 2015, choosing the ten articles they felt advanced the field of TBI research the furthest. Listed here and categorized by topic are the titles and summaries of these top 10 concussion research articles of 2015.
A Letter to My Husband on His Alive Day
Medium / January 29, 2016
A moving letter from Lee Woodruff to her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, ten years after a roadside bomb nearly killed him while reporting in Iraq.
NY Giants' Tyler Sash had same brain injury as Junior Seau
UPI / January 28, 2016
Former New York Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died in September at age 27 from an accidental overdose of pain medication, had a high level of CTE. The New York Times reported Tuesday the findings from researchers at Boston University after Sash's family donated his brain to be studied for chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Life after brain injury: Patients and caregivers cope with 'hidden' disabilities
San Jose Mercury News / January 28, 2016
While there's growing awareness about the dangers of concussions in athletes or head injuries in war veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of us are still unaware of the impact of these injuries, which can last for days -- or the rest of a person's life.
Team demonstrates protein damage by shock waves in traumatic brain injury patients
Phys.org / January 27, 2016
New research by Lawrence Livermore scientists shows how shock waves can damage membrane proteins in traumatic brain injury patients. Using molecular dynamics simulations researchers found that ion channels are resistant to damage by shock waves. But with the presence of bubbles, the damage from shock waves is magnified and can contribute to an electrolyte imbalance within cells that can lead to the initial symptoms of TBI, such as headaches and seizures.
CTE Is Found in an Ex-Giant Tyler Sash, Who Died at 27
The New York Times / January 26, 2016
Cut by the Giants in 2013 after what was at least his fifth concussion, Tyler Sash had returned to Iowa and increasingly displayed surprising and irregular behavior, family members said this week. Sash had bouts of confusion, memory loss and minor fits of temper. Although an Iowa sports celebrity, both as a Super Bowl-winning member of the Giants and a popular star athlete at the University of Iowa, Sash was unable to seek meaningful employment because he had difficulty focusing long enough to finish a job.
Kevlar for the Mind: Recovering from traumatic brain injuries
Military Times / January 25, 2016
Healing from a concussion is mostly a natural process that occurs within your body and mind over time. Just like any other injury, the healthier you are and the better lifestyle you lead, the better off you will be. Also, understanding that full recovery from a concussion is the norm goes a long way in keeping anxiety and depression in check, which helps the healing process. In addition to giving yourself time, there are some other things you can do in the short-term to speed your recovery and reduce the negative long-term effects of a concussion.
Hidden from view, brain injuries too easily misunderstood (Opinion)
The Oregonian / January 25, 2016
Brain-injury understanding and prevention have even bigger hurdles than NFL fandom, an organization's money-making desire or the tendency to blow off concussions: Brain injuries are invisible. That means they're easier to hide or deny and harder to detect or believe, which "Concussion," the recently-released movie about the prevalence of concussions among pro football players, points out and that my traumatically brain injured peers and I know.
Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan show brain changes related to explosion exposure
Scientific America / January 19, 2016
In a study of U.S. veterans after hazardous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, researchers found that the higher the exposure to blasts, the lower the activity in a brain region called the cerebellum. Damage to the filter that protects the brain from toxins may partly explain why explosions have been leaving soldiers with lasting brain injuries, the researchers said.
Tiny implant monitors brain injury, then melts away
CNN / January 19, 2016
It's one of those early stage animal studies that's just too cool not to talk about. Researchers have implanted chips holding tiny electronic sensors and wires in the brains of rats that will melt away once they are no longer needed. The implant in the study was placed under the skin but on top of the rat's skull. Information on temperature and intracranial pressure was fed wirelessly to computers, and accurately matched the readings on conventional monitors.
It's not 'just' a concussion
The Huffington Post / January 19, 2016
In a society where the result of a severe bump on the head is often overlooked, misdiagnosed, and misunderstood, the word "concussion" should NOT be taken lightly. Every concussion is a traumatic brain injury and needs to be taken seriously. The stigma of a concussion in our society is that it is "no big deal." We watch professional athletes get back in the game after taking a major blow to the head, and we expect the same of our youth.
Marathoner Gives TED Talk About Overcoming Traumatic Brain Injury
NBC News Fort Worth / January 15, 2016
Olympic hopeful, 23-year-old Jonathan Swiatocha, has been sharing his story with audiences for many years, but Thursday night was his first time to give a TED Talk. Jonathan talked about overcoming a traumatic brain injury after he and his family were hit by an underage drunk driver in 2002.
Concussion Film Reveals Dire Need to Learn More About Traumatic Brain Injuries and Treatments
The Huffington Post / January 14, 2016
The first step is to educate ourselves on concussions, not just in professional athletes, but in our every day lives. What are the symptoms? What does it feel like? What are the long-term implications? How do they heal? Since the majority of us are not medical doctors, the science may be difficult to comprehend. That does not preclude us from learning more.