Amid Concussion Fears, Parents Push for New Rules in Youth Soccer
PBS NewsHour / March 3, 2015
Increased scrutiny over youth soccer, which has become one of the leading causes of concussions for kids in the U.S., has prompted some parents -- including a prominent neurosurgeon and World Cup champion Brandi Chastain -- to petition to take headers out of the game for kids. NewsHour's William Brangham reports.
4 Things the NFL Needs to Do to Fix Its Concussion Problem
CBS Sports / March 3, 2015
How did a staggering Julian Edelman never come out the Super Bowl? Here are four rules the NFL needs to adopt to fix its concussion crisis.
Tracking Brain Blood Flow May Help Predict Concussion Outcomes
HealthDay / March 3, 2015
In study, scans show reduced circulation in brains of football players who had not recovered from the injury.
Life with a TBI: March Is National Brain Injury Awareness Month
Huffington Post / March 2, 2015
A TBI changes you. Literally and figuratively. My personality is different. My energy levels and sleep patterns are foreign to me. The confused woman in the kitchen staring at the oven is someone I am just now starting to understand. The woman who has to write a Post-it note for every single task on her to-do list is no longer the multi-tasker she once was. The woman who used to type at 100 words per minute with zero mistakes now has to take her time and correct many keystroke errors as she goes because her brain gets confused with letters.
Warren Moon: NFL Is ‘Finally' Doing The Right Things With Concussion Policy
Huffington Post / February 27, 2015
Though the words "concussion" and "NFL" rarely go together in a positive headline, Hall of Famer Warren Moon offered some words of encouragement for America's most popular sports league.
Iraq War Veteran’s Experience Leads to Outreach
Jacksonville Daily News / February 27, 2015
Two weeks before he returned from a deployment in Iraq, Mike McMichael had suffered a traumatic brain injury when a Humvee in which he was riding was struck by enemy fire. Six months later, suddenly McMichael came face to face with the reality of his brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder.
Helmet add-ons may not reduce risk of concussion in athletes, study finds
Fox News / February 26, 2015
While the sporting industry continues to cash in on equipment that promises to reduce the risk of player injury, a new study conducted by Florida's BRAINS Inc. on helmet add-ons suggests that the buyer should beware.
A Huge Breakthrough In Brain Injury Testing, And What It Could Mean For Pro Sports
UPROXX / February 25, 2015
Dr. Julian Bailes, one of the lead researchers in a study at UCLA, said that he will soon be publishing a 20-subject study which establishes that they’ve successfully diagnosed CTE in living subjects, including former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett, former New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Marshall, and former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Joe DeLamielleure.
Gabby Giffords Says Music Therapy Has Helped Her Recover
People / February 25, 2015
Since Gabby Giffords belted out "Maybe" from Broadway's Annie in a Facebook video that went viral last week, the former congresswoman wants fellow brain-injury patients to know that music has helped her to recover.
The Growing Problem of Concussion for Girls in Hockey
The Globe and Mail / February 24, 2015
The report from the Women’s Sports Foundation found that women and girls suffer more concussions at higher rates than boys and men.
NFL Knocks Out Its Concussion Study
Bloomberg / February 24, 2015
The National Football League has quietly announced that it is suspending a pilot program to track player concussions with helmet sensors. According to the NFL’s head, neck and spine committee, the more than 11,000 pieces of data its study collected during the 2013 season were unreliable, because for the most accurate reading, hits had to be squarely on the helmet’s center of gravity.
What You Don't Know About Concussions
Huffington Post / February 23, 2015
If you think you understand concussions well enough, you are probably wrong. Unfortunately, I myself am overly informed. By sharing my own experiences with TBI, I hope to educate others on its potential graveness, as well as eradicate certain concussion misconceptions.
NFL Great Tony Dorsett Vows 'I Will Conquer' Brain Trauma
NBC News / February 23, 2015
NFL legend Tony Dorsett says he forgets directions and suffers mood swings, but he vows that he will conquer the degenerative brain disorder that he was diagnosed with years after his incredible career. Dorsett went public in November 2013 after he was diagnosed with signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE, suspected of causing depression and dementia, has been linked to repeated head trauma and is a focus of the NFL's concussion crisis.
Steve Montador offered years ago to donate brain for concussion research
The Globe and Mail / February 23, 2015
Before concussions were a hot-button topic in hockey, Steve Montador knew all about the impact of head injuries. Five years ago, while he was still playing in the NHL, Montador committed to donating his brain to future research. Montador died Feb. 15 at the age of 35, more than a year after lingering concussion symptoms forced him to leave his KHL team in Croatia. His decision to donate his brain didn’t surprise those close to him.
After Former Player’s Death, Concussion Litigation Against NHL Gains Heft
The New York Times / February 20, 2015
With the recent death of Steve Montador and the addition of 29 players to a class-action suit against the league, a suit over concussions is gaining momentum.
My 10 Days in the ‘Concussion Cave’
NewsWorks / February 20, 2015
A blow to the head left NPR producer Theo Balcomb with a minor traumatic brain injury and a deep need to sleep and heal. Her sister took her home and turned her bed into a sensory deprivation tank.
Texas Attorney Discovers Miraculous Painting Talent While Recovering from Head Injury
People / February 20, 2015
Patrick Fagerberg suffered a brain injury after a a 30-foot camera boom fell into the crowd at a concert and landed on his head. The injury resulted in memory loss and language processing problems, which meant the end of his career as a lawyer. But while taking art therapy classes, Fagerberg discovered what he called a "compulsion" – painting. "A little trigger went off and I became hooked," he said.
Chronic stress may put TBI caregivers at risk for illness
Reuters Health / February 19, 2015
Women caring for partners with traumatic brain injury (TBI) experience enough grief and stress to put their own health at risk, according to a small study of U.S. veterans’ wives and girlfriends. Anger, blame and grief for the loss of the man they once knew were linked to elevated inflammation levels that raise the women’s risk for chronic disease, researchers say, and not being able to turn to their loved one for support only makes things worse.
New rules on narcotic painkillers cause grief for veterans and VA
The Washington Post / February 19, 2015
New federal rules that make it harder to get narcotic painkillers are taking an unexpected toll on thousands of veterans who depend on these prescription drugs to treat a wide variety of ailments, such as missing limbs, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.
Big 12 reveals concussions policy
ESPN / February 19, 2015
he Big 12 has announced its conference-wide policy for the diagnosis of concussions and managing the care of all student-athletes. Members will be required to follow the NCAA's 2014 consensus guidelines for concussion diagnosis and management. Each school will have on file a concussion management plan directed by a team physician with specific protocol for evaluation and management of a concussion.
Why Is the Mystery of Blast Force Brain Injury So Tough to Solve?
National Geographic / February 18, 2015
Author of National Geographic's February cover story discusses the ravages of traumatic brain injury from battlefield blasts.
Traumatic Brain Injury awareness month highlights resources
United States Army / February 18, 2015
Throughout the year, we designate specific months to remind us of varying topics that are important to our well-being and/or culture. Often times we forget or overlook the significance of these awareness months due to their repetitious nature. March is intended to remind us of the serious impact of Traumatic Brain Injuries, or TBI, throughout our population.
New football technology seeks to reduce concussion damage at KU
The Kansas City Star / February 18, 2015
The University of Kansas football team is trying new technology to take a bite out of the sport’s concussion problem. The Jayhawks will be among the first college the first college football teams in the country to use impact-sensing mouthguards this spring, when they start practicing for the upcoming fall season.
Traumatic Brain Injuries, Stem Cells and Children: A Conversation With Dr. Charles Cox
The Huffington Post / February 17, 2015
Robin L. Smith, President of The Stem for Life Foundation, sat down with Dr. Charles Cox, One of the world's leading experts on cellular therapies for traumatic brain injury, to discuss his ongoing, landmark clinical trial examining the potential of adult stem cells to treat children with severe traumatic brain injuries.
Study: Educated youth coaches can cut injuries
Layfayette Journal & Courier / February 17, 2015
A new study shows young football players are less likely to get hurt or sustain head injuries when playing for coaches who have been trained in teaching proper tackling fundamentals.
NFL, retired players move closer to final concussion settlement
USA Today / February 17, 2015
The lingering legal battle between the NFL and its retired players over concussions and their long-term effects moved a step closer to final settlement Friday night. At the urging of a federal judge, both sides agreed to make adjustments in a previously reached, tentative settlement of suits by more than 5,000 ex-players against the league.
Concussion Consortium Meets to Discuss Post-Concussive Dizziness
PR Newswire / February 17, 2015
Top brain specialist says a majority of concussion patients with vertigo are misdiagnosed.
Experts work toward standardized concussion treatment for children
Time Warner Cable News / February 13, 2015
There are different schools of thought on how children and teens should be treated for concussions. It is agreed that rest should follow a concussion, but how much rest and for how long are questions still being explored by head-trauma experts.
NFL’s new medical chief isn't a concussion expert
Sporting News / February 13, 2015
A pair of sports concussion experts listened to the qualifications and accomplishments of Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, the NFL’s newly-appointed and first chief health and medical advisor. Without prompting, both of them quickly zeroed in on a contradiction, if not a red flag, in the league’s decision.
Girls suffer sports concussions at a higher rate than boys. Why is that overlooked?
The Washington Post / February 11, 2015
The flood of media attention highlighting damaged brains, dementia and suicides in retired NFL players has made concussions synonymous with football. That attention was greatly needed but the focus of this controversy has been far too narrow. It’s true that young players need better equipment and stricter safety standards on the gridiron. But in many of the most popular sports, boys aren’t the ones most likely to be afflicted by concussions. Girls are.
NHL hit by new concussion lawsuit filed by 29 players
Sports Illustrated / February 11, 2015
It looks like another legal headache for the NHL. Documents provided on Tuesday reveal a group of 29 players, including Stanley Cup winners Eddie Westfall and Butch Goring legend Richard Brodeur, have filed a class action complaint in U.S. District Court in Minnesota alleging that the league failed to protect them against the risks of the repeated head trauma they sustained during their pro hockey careers.
Concussion Repercussion?: NFL Names First Chief Medical Adviser
NBC News / February 11, 2015
The NFL, embroiled in safety and legal issues over player concussions, named its first chief health and medical adviser on Monday. Dr. Betsy Nabel, a biomedical researcher and cardiologist, will serve as the league's senior medical expert, the NFL announced.
Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury
Huffington Post / February 11, 2015
People make assumptions that I must be fine because I have an "invisible injury" and they see me constantly working my butt off. What they don't see is the pain and exhaustion at the end of the day.
Pilot program identifies brain injuries in inmates
Fox News / February 9, 2015
A recent survey has determined that one out of every ten of those returning offenders may be suffering the aftereffects of traumatic brain injury and that could be the explanation for their difficulties living in a law-abiding society.
To keep mind active after concussion, 7th-grader started writing and hasn't stopped
Omaha World-Herald / February 9, 2015
Asthika Potuhera said he hopes his son’s accomplishment will inspire others to attempt the things they may not have thought they could do.
NFL concussion settlement worth $1 billion is 'close'
BBC / February 9, 2015
A deal worth $1 billion to compensate US football players for head injuries suffered during their careers is set to be approved, lawyers say.
Coach's comeback from brain injury inspires team
American-Republican / February 9, 2015
To Marcus Melchionno, TBI stands for "To Be Inspired." The 24-year-old Naugatuck resident and former high school basketball player refuses to use the traumatic brain injury (TBI) label as a crutch. More than six years removed from a nearly fatal car accident on Route 8 in Watertown that left him in a coma for five weeks, he is adjusting to life the best he can while trying to motivate others.
Isolated Headache after Bump Poses Little Brain Injury Risk for Kids
Scientific America / February 6, 2015
If a headache is a kid's only symptom after minor blunt head trauma, it poses little risk of a clinically important brain injury, according to a new post-hoc analysis.
NHL signs up for wearable concussion monitoring
Wareable / February 5, 2015
The NHL has signed up to kit out all 30 teams with Integrated Concussion Evaluation (ICE) system -- the world’s first fully integrated, cloud-based concussion management software system and ticks all the boxes from the SCAT-2, SCAT-3, and NFL concuss
Caregivers Of Veterans With TBI's May Be At Increased Risk For Chronic Disease
Science World Report / February 4, 2015
Researchers at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing have found that caring for a loved one who may have dealt with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can increase the risk of chronic disease in the caregiver.
The Super Bowl’s Concussion Calculation
The New Yorker / February 3, 2015
After the Super Bowl, viewers were left with an unsettling thought: Did we just watch Julian Edelman play through a concussion?
Judge Asks for Revisions to Concussion Settlement
the New York Times / February 3, 2015
The federal judge overseeing the settlement between the league and 5,000 former players who accused the league of hiding the dangers of concussions requested revisions from both sides.
What Every Parent Should Know About Concussion
The Week / February 2, 2015
It is important for parents to be protective when it comes to their children's brains and to be aware of the potential long-term effects a concussion can have on normal brain development. Recognize the signs and symptoms.
Seau's Hall Call Puts Concussions Back in Spotlight
Reuters / February 2, 2015
Seau stalked the NFL gridiron for 20 seasons earning 12 Pro Bowl selections and a reputation as a feared and ferocious tackler but on Saturday he entered the Canton, Ohio shrine as a tragic reminder of the price paid for playing a violent sport committing suicide almost three years ago by shooting himself in the chest. A study of Seau's brain revealed that he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a debilitating brain condition caused by decades of cranium rattling battles that can lead to aggression and dementia.