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Ask Smithsonian: What Happens When You Get a Concussion?
Smithsonian Magazine / May 28, 2015

We all know concussions are a bad thing, but have you ever wondered exactly what happens to your brain when it gets knocked around? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze takes a few whacks to the head in the name of science. (Disclaimer: No brains were harmed during the making of this video.)

Joe Namath Talks About Brain Injury, Treatments
ABC News / May 28, 2015

NFL hall of Famer Joe Namath weighing in on the crisis of brain injuries for former football players. He helped open a neurological research center and now claims an experiment treatment is helping to improve his memory.

Are injuries to the senses overlooked following a brain injury?
Lexology / May 28, 2015

Following a brain injury, it is not unusual for an individual to suffer either a reduced sense of taste and smell, or lose these senses all together. The loss of taste, known as ‘ageusia’, is rare and most people who think they have lost their sense of taste have actually lost their sense of smell. The loss of the ability to smell is called ‘anosmia’, and this injury can be full or partial. Anosmia affects around 30% of all those individuals suffering from a traumatic brain injury.

Brain injury: Stories of changed lives
BBC / May 27, 2015

Charity Headway East London has worked with people who have an acquired brain injury (or ABI) to compile a tell-all blog of frank and open personal accounts of what their lives were like before, and after. The aim is to help ABI survivors rediscover their voices and give them confidence to use them.

Opinion: ‘We are culprits, too,’ says doctor who documented brain damage in NFL players
The Sacramento Bee / May 27, 2015

You’d think Omalu might take satisfaction in the NFL’s admission in December 2009 that it had a concussion problem. But, Omalu said, concussions are only the tip of the brain-injury iceberg; the issue, he said, is brain injuries, not concussions. “We as a society, we as the fans, are just sitting down, casually looking the other way,” Omalu said. “We are culprits, too.”

Making an impact on concussion
Medical Xpress / May 27, 2015

Mechanical engineering professor Chris Dennison and his students are coming up with new experimental techniques using mechanical models of the head and neck to simulate the kind of head impacts that can lead to significant head injury. Their goal is to understand how impact and other inputs to the head lead to injury. "The mechanics of head injury are complex, and the roots of our current understanding go back to the 1950s and 1960s when researchers and regulators first began to study head injury and develop methods to prevent it," explains Dennison.

Sometimes what seems like a concussion is something else
The Washington Post / May 26, 2015

One type of ear damage can be easily mistaken for concussion. The concern about misdiagnosis is that while post-concussion syndrome has no specific treatment to cure it, the ear damage can be repaired surgically with tissue grafts, in most cases restoring a person’s health quickly.

Third of traumatic brain injury patients readmitted
Nursing Times / May 26, 2015

Rates of hospital readmission following a traumatic brain injury are higher than previously reported, according to Canadian researchers. The study examined nearly 30,000 traumatic brain injury patients discharged from Ontario hospitals over eight years. The study found that about 36% had been readmitted within three years of their initial injury due to a variety of factors.

Lessons MLB needs to learn from Justin Morneau's head injury
SB Nation / May 26, 2015

Justin Morneau's latest head injury highlights the need for teams to be both compassionate and cautious with their players.

Concussion Lawsuit Rankle School Groups
The New York Times / May 21, 2015

The Illinois High School Association is the first state association that could face class-action scrutiny over concussions.

Concussions Continue to Plague Retired NFL Players
TIME / May 19, 2015

A study shows that a concussion during their playing years may have lasting effects on NFL players’ memory years later. In the latest report, one of the first to combine both anatomical screening of the brain with performance on standard memory and cognitive tests, researchers found that retired NFL players who suffered a concussion may continue to experience cognitive deficits many years later.

Wary of concussion, college athletes choose early retirement
Inside Higher Ed / May 18, 2015

While hard data on the number of players leaving athletics due to concussions are difficult to come by, medical and athletics professionals say an increasing number of them are deciding that whatever the long-term risks of concussions are, they’re too costly.

Traumatic Brain Injury: Awakening from the nightmare
Winston-Salem Journal / May 18, 2015

Following the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has become an all too familiar medical condition. The afflicted range from my fellow service members on the battlefield, to crash, sports and other head injury victims at home. For decades, common wisdom held that TBI was beyond treatment. But every day at six special centers on military bases around the country, the conventional wisdom is being proven wrong.

School problems in children after concussions
CNN / May 12, 2015

If your school-age child suffers a concussion, how well will he or she do when returning to school and trying to learn? A new study in the journal Pediatrics says that depends on two major factors: how severe the concussion symptoms your child is having and the grade level of the child.

Kara Stanley pens book about husband's devastating brain injury
CBC News / May 12, 2015

It's been seven years since Kara Stanley's husband Simon Paradis fell from scaffolding on a construction site, suffering a catastrophic brain and spinal cord injury. Paradis was in a coma for 19 days and today still can't remember the incident. Now a paraplegic with spinal cord damage and severe brain injuries, Paradis fought to return to work as a musician, and Stanley journeyed with him through the pain and uncertainty. The couple's story is documented in Stanley's new book, Fallen: A Trauma, a Marriage, and the Transformative Power of Music.

How concussions can lead to poor grades
TIME / May 11, 2015

When it comes to concussions, the biggest question, especially on the minds of parents of student-athletes, is whether and when their child should get back in the game. But researchers at the Children’s National Health System say that there’s potentially bigger question that parents and educators aren’t asking: how concussions affect children’s performance in the classroom.

USA's Krieger to wear protective headband after suffering concussion
FOX Sports / May 11, 2015

If a revolution to combat concussions is going to happen in sports, it's the athletes that must leading the way. Ali Krieger knows it. The U.S. women's national team's dynamic right back has returned to action this week after suffering a brain-rattling concussion three weeks ago in the Washington Spirit's National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season opener, but she comes equipped.

Pacquiao, Mayweather, and the Physics of Getting Punched in the Head
TIME / May 7, 2015

In boxing, severe blows to the head are an occupational hazard -- and that means trouble. “[Boxing] is not really tracked the way school sports are tracked,” says Robert Cantu, clinical professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the Boston University school of medicine. “Concussions in boxing are a poorly reported sample, but at B.U. we’ve had a 100% incidence of CTE in the boxers we’ve studied.”

Soccer Moms’ Head-Injury Suit Against FIFA to Be Tossed Out
Bloomberg / May 7, 2015

U.S. soccer moms missed on their first shot at forcing the sport’s international governing body to change the rules to protect youths from concussion-related injuries. Parents and players who filed the case sought a ban on heading the ball for those under the age of 14 and restrictions for participants under 17. They also asked for medical personnel at every game and practice, as well as a rule requiring players who suffer concussions to show a doctor’s order before they are allowed back on the field.

Competitive environment complicates decisions about head injuries
The New York Times / May 6, 2015

Mandatory stoppages and temporary substitutions have been proposed and discussed by FIFA, soccer’s world governing body. But in the absence of strict rules throughout the sport, treatment continues to vary widely.

UCLA players wear sensor-laden helmets to study concussion
ABC News / May 6, 2015

Football players at UCLA have started wearing sensor-laden helmets so researchers can study head-hits and concussions for the next three years, the school announced this week. The $30 million project is funded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Department of Defense, and it involves UCLA, Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina. All three schools' football teams are using the helmets and will send data to Indiana University to be studied.

Concussions are most likely during practice In high school and college
NPR / May 5, 2015

Parents worry about a child getting a concussion in the heat of competition, but they also need to be thinking about what happens during practices. According a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, high school and college football players are more likely to suffer a concussion during practices than in a game,

NFL officials have been criticized for ignoring brain injuries. But they’re not the only guilty ones.
The Washington Post / May 1, 2015

Growing attention to traumatic brain injuries will be of little use if we consider it only a football problem.

Heading a soccer ball is risky even if concussions rare, researchers say
Chicago Tribune / May 1, 2015

Research suggests repeated heading in soccer can cause mild brain damage, but real-world effects still unclear.

Concussion issues prompt effort to deal with injuries on high-school level
Fox Sports / May 1, 2015

With concussions at the forefront of the sports conversation, a group of high-profile Arizona organizations has come together to deal with head injuries where they usually begin, at the high-school level.


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