High Schools Seek A Safer Path Back From Concussion
NPR / January 26, 2015
How long should these student athletes be out of school after a concussion? A day? A week? A month?
Concussion monitoring gear is a tough sell
The Boston Globe / January 26, 2015
If parents, coaches, and professional leagues are so concerned about concussions — and the long-term effects of lesser hits — why aren’t concussion monitoring products taking off?
Blast Force: The Invisible War on the Brain
National Geographic / January 23, 2015
Brain trauma from blast force is the signature injury of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, afflicting hundreds of thousands of U.S. combat personnel. Although unseen, the damage strikes deeply into a soldier’s mind and psyche.
Former Wrestlers File Concussion Lawsuit Against WWE
ABC News / January 23, 2015
Two former professional wrestlers accused the WWE of ignoring concussions and having performers do dangerous stunts that left them with serious brain injuries.
Barry Sanders: NFL is doing a great job with concussion awareness
Sports Illustrated / January 23, 2015
While many NFL players who played alongside former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders suffer from neurological damage related to head trauma, Sanders said he believes that now the NFL is going a "great job" with concussion awareness. Sanders believes the NFL is doing a good job of preventing players with head injuries from getting back on the field without being cleared by doctors.
What Male Athletes Can Learn from Women About Concussions
The Washington Post / January 20, 2015
The sports media has a fascination with concussions. Not only is there a huge volume of stories about the issue, but there’s also an urgency to the tone of the reporting. The heightened coverage has served to increase awareness of the concussion problem and encourage public debate about sport, health and safety. But what’s often missing from the media’s discussion of the topic is a recognition that the concussion problem is not merely a health issue; it’s also a social issue.
Thomas Jones on Concussions: It's Scary to Think About What Causes Me to Forget
Sports Illustrated / January 20, 2015
Former NFL running back Thomas Jones discusses why he wants to donate his brain to research and what motivated him to start acting.
Bomb-Induced Brain Injury May Be Its Own Disease
USA Today / January 16, 2015
Scientists studying the brains of young veterans who died long after war shed light on a growing theory about damage caused by bomb blasts — that it's unique enough to be its own disease.
UFC CEO Outlines Why His Concussion Protocol Is Better than the NFL’s
The Washington Post / January 16, 2015
The UFC’s concussion protocol is better than the NFL’s, according to UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, who sat down for an interview to be aired this weekend on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger.”
Concussion Rules Being Considered for High School Football
Education Week / January 16, 2015
The association that governs high school sports in South Dakota is considering new rules aimed at reducing concussions among prep football players.
WWE Wrestler Speaks About His Concussion Experience
Daily Local News / January 15, 2015
Chris Nowinski, a former Harvard football player and WWE professional wrestler, spoke Tuesday about his experience and the symptoms of concussions. Nowinski said his eighth doctor was the one that helped him realize that he had experienced concussions during his 19 years of playing contact sports.
Wearing a Helmet Is Crucial to Staying Safe on the Mountains
KKCO News / January 15, 2015
Every year nearly 10 million Americans head up to the mountains to ski or snowboard and every year there around 600,000 injuries reported with more than 20% of those being head injuries or concussions. Experts say that simply wearing a helmet could keep you protected.
I Am No Longer Broken
Team Rubicon / January 14, 2015
My life was turned upside down one day in the desert. An explosion took my brain and most of its content and turned it into an unorganized cluster of confusion. Hard as I tried to reset that big brain of mine, it just would not work. Fifteen major surgeries and countless procedures later, I was retired from the Navy at 42. Confused, hurt, and a little angry that my “plan” was taken from me.
Blood Test Tells How Long Concussion Symptoms Will Last
Scientific American / January 14, 2015
Neuroscientist Robert Siman at the University of Pennsylvania and his colleagues have found a protein fragment in the blood whose levels parallel how badly the brain is damaged. A blood test for this fragment could thus reveal how soon it is safe for a concussion victim to resume normal activities—including sports.
Lawsuit: Bad coaching, helmet misuse led to football player brain injury
Chicago Tribune / January 14, 2015
A man who played college football in Illinois during the 1980s says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that concussions he suffered as a result of bad coaching and improper helmet use led to his diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries.
Neurological center to represent NFL at Super Bowl
KTAR News / January 14, 2015
Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix has been selected by the National Football League to provide neurological support at next month's Super Bowl.
‘Brain zapping’: Veterans say experimental treatment has changed their lives
The Washington Post / January 13, 2015
Veterans say this experimental magnetic resonance therapy is offering them hope and normal lives.
Some Helmet Makers Still Not Sold on Concussion Ratings System
WAVE News / January 13, 2015
The biggest helmet makers in the sport market the new designs because so many school districts around the nation believe in the research behind them. But there is still some debate about whether new, high tech helmets can really reduce concussion risk.
TBI in Children Pose Challenge for Physicians
Healio / January 13, 2015
Although most symptoms in children resolve over time with no intervention, Dr. Stephen B. Lewis, says children 10 years and older with TBIs are at a higher risk to develop epilepsy, have sleeping disorders, and can have balance and postural stability deficiencies.
Stanford researchers measure concussion forces in greatest detail yet
Stanford News / January 7, 2015
Although the mechanisms of concussions are still being revealed, David Camarillo's lab has measured the forces imparted on the brain in greater detail than ever before. The results could eventually lead to better injury detection and prevention.
Can a concussion sensor help save athletes' lives?
The Verge / January 7, 2015
Meet BlackBox Biometrics Inc., a company that's developed a head-mounted sensor to detect and measure sports-related concussions. After developing a sensor to measure IED explosions in the battlefield, BlackBox is turning its sights on concussions in sports.
Inside the Concussion Conundrum
Voice of San Diego / January 7, 2015
Concussions on the football field remain in the news for a simple reason: As we gain greater understanding of the risks from high school to the NFL, no one’s seemed to have figured out how to dramatically reduce the risk other than to just not let anyone play. And that’s not a serious option in a football-crazed country. So onward we go, learning almost every day about new cases.
Longer Rest After Concussions Might Not Be Good, Study Says
TIME / January 5, 2015
Concussion patients who wait several days to resume physical activity after receiving a hit may be more likely to suffer symptoms of the condition, a new study suggests. The research calls into question the five-day waiting period for concussion patients recommended by some doctors.
Post-Concussion Syndrome — A Misunderstood Malady
Salisbury Post / January 5, 2015
You have heard a lot about concussions in the news recently. What you might hear less of is “post-concussion syndrome.” Excuse me while I shudder as I write the word. You see, I have recently experienced firsthand this condition that produces life-altering symptoms and is generally misunderstood by the general public and, as it turns out, by a number of health-care providers.
Military Policy Impedes Research On Traumatic Brain Injuries
NPR / December 29, 2014
The U.S. military set up a bank to collect brain tissue samples to better understand battlefield brain injury. But a law that prevents tissue donations from U.S. troops has severely hampered efforts.
General Chiarelli’s Brain Crusade: How One Army Officer Raised the Nation’s Consciousness About Head Injuries
Politico / December 29, 2014
Soon after Peter Chiarelli became vice chief of staff of the Army in 2008, a subordinate showed him a bar graph depicting the number of soldiers determined by the VA to be at least 30 percent disabled. The tallest column was on the far left, which represented 36 percent of seriously injured soldiers, was labeled “PTSD or TBI.”
Knock to the Head: A High School Football Player's Story of Traumatic Brain Injury
Huffington Post / December 29, 2014
Something felt terribly wrong. At first I was just a little woozy. Five minutes later I threw up Taco Del Mar all over the locker room floor, and then had the unfortunate aim of collapsing in it. It was clear that this was unlike any concussion I had received in my past. The next morning I woke up in a hospital room gasping for air.
Army Set to Field Smartphone App to Diagnose Brain Trauma
Army.mil / December 29, 2014
The new Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment tool is a mobile application designed to help medical providers identify cases of traumatic brain injury in almost any setting, in as little as five minutes. The tool recently received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.