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Increased Public Awareness Sparks Surge in Traumatic Brain Injury Research
Huffington Post / October 31, 2014

Recent years have seen a new awareness of the dangers and consequences of traumatic brain injur. Unfortunately, although not unexpectedly, this trend has been driven by grim developments. Between the battlefield and the athletic field, the topic of Traumatic Brain Injury has been much in the news in recent years. Even apart from the manifestly hazardous worlds of soldiers and contact-sport athletes, TBI represents a significant health problem in the general population.

Unnecessary Roughness? Players Question NCAA's Record on Concussions
CNN / October 31, 2014

A NCAA email to CNN raises the question about whether the NCAA will enforce the new return-to-play rules that could be imposed if a preliminary settlement reached with about two dozen former players is approved by a federal judge. The rule would prohibit players with a concussion from going back on the field the same day, but it's contingent on a vote by NCAA membership.

NFL can do better job following concussion protocols, experts say
FOX Sports / October 31, 2014

After the questionable handling of multiple player head injuries this season, four leading physicians with ties to the NFL and NFL Players Association informed team medical staffs earlier this week that there can be improvement in how the league’s concussion guidelines are followed. Their memo, which was obtained by FOX Sports, was written for head team physicians and athletic trainers by the co-chairs of the NFL’s head, neck and spine committee, the president of the NFL Physicians Society, and the NFLPA’s medical director.

Doctors Advise Team Medical Staffs to Be More Vigilant About Concussions
NBC Sports / October 31, 2014

As expected, the NFL is launching an effort to improve the spotting of concussions. The first step? A memo telling team medical staffs to do a better job of spotting concussions.PFT has obtained a copy of the memo that has been sent to team doctors and head athletic trainers reminding them to continue to ensure that the steps developed to identify concussions are observed and respected.

A Life Worth Living: Emotional Adjustment Following TBI
VCU News / October 31, 2014

Life after a traumatic brain injury changes a person forever. But the injury doesn’t solely affect the survivor – the lives of their spouse or partner and other family members often are also turned inside out. Virginia Commonwealth University experts in rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology are among the frontrunners in the country leading research and clinical services focused on helping survivors, couples and families reclaim their sense of self-value and worth – thereby helping them build a life that they can feel good about living.

Not Just Lazy: Chronic Fatigue is Real, New Brain Scans Show
Today / October 30, 2014

Using new imaging methods, Stanford researchers found differences between brains of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and healthy people.

Harvard Study Reveals National Concussion Education Lacking
The Harvard Crimson / October 30, 2014

Although a recent study found that colleges often fail to provide adequate concussion education programs for their athletes, students and administrators at Harvard say that the College has adhered to detailed guidelines for treating and identifying concussions.

Ongoing Research Looks into Nature of Concussions in Sports
The Stanford Daily / October 30, 2014

Before concussions and other forms of brain trauma can be prevented, they must first be understood at the scientific level, which is precisely what researcher Dr. David Camarillo and a team at Stanford University is seeking to do. “My goal is to understand the causes and mechanisms of concussions,” Camarillo said. “We’re trying to quantify the brain trauma that happens in sports.”

Examining Helmet Safety for High School Football Players
Carolina Live / October 30, 2014

Once a player is diagnosed with a concussion, there are rules that need to be followed to ensure safety. "If they have a concussion, no return to play that day," says Dr. Joseph Cheatle, a neurosurgeon at Grand Strand Medical Center. "That's new on the newest guidelines." The new requirement was added to the American Academy of Neurology guidelines released this month.

Surpassing Your Plateau – Asking Yourself “What’s Next?”
Disability.gov Blog / October 29, 2014

TBI Plateauing refers to the concept of “What’s Next?” after recovery and therapy have been ongoing for an extended period of time or completed. Veterans suffering from TBI and PTSD find themselves asking, “What’s Next?” once all of their acute treatment and care has been completed and they no longer feel noticeable progress. What happens after occupational therapy and physical therapy are over? What happens when there are no more speech-language pathologists to go see? What happens when adaptive technology has already been implemented? What happens when there isn’t much health outcome progress anymore and veterans have reached an effective plateau in their recovery?

NFL: Kevin Kolb, Concussions and Life After Football
HNGN / October 29, 2014

For the 30-year-old Kolb, who played in the league from 2007-2013, daily life now involves finding ways to deal with issues related to a number of concussions he sustained throughout his playing career. “On a day-to-day basis, I have to respect the concussion symptoms. That means getting a good night's sleep every night. If I don't get a good night's rest, I feel the impact the next day. These are challenges, but they're ones I can always handle if my head and my heart are in the right place.”

Class Action Targets Wrestling League Over Concussion
The National Law Journal / October 29, 2014

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. subjects professional wrestlers to “extreme physical brutality,” but tries to keep the performers unaware of the irreversible brain and body damage that can result, a proposed class-action filed in Oregon federal court by a former wrestler contends. In a written statement, WWE said it has been “well ahead of other sports organizations in implementing concussion management procedures and policies as a precautionary measure as the science and research on this issue emerged.”

Ex-Texas Player Files $50M Lawsuit Against NCAA Over Brain Injuries
CBS Sports / October 29, 2014

Julius Whittier, a former Texas football player who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in August 2012, is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA that could max out at $50 million in damages.Whittier, 64, is seeking a minimum of $5 million in restitution while leading the charge for a yet-to-be-determined class of players meeting the following critera, according to the lawsuit filed on his behalf by his sister, Mildred Whittier, in United States District Court on Monday.

Tito Ortiz Calls for UFC Initiative to Help Fighters with Behavioral and Mental Health Issues
SB Nation / October 29, 2014

If you get punched in the head for a living, chances are you're going to suffer some degree of brain damage. Tito Ortiz told Inside MMA it might be time for top mixed martial arts (MMA) promotions to start thinking about long-term care for the combatants who generate "blood money" inside the cage, particularly as more and more fighters exhibit signs of mental illness.

Brain Injuries Increase Chances of Dementia in Older Adults
Tech Times / October 29, 2014

Brain injuries are bad no matter what age they occur, but a new study published in the journal JAMA Neurology is suggesting that getting a mild concussion after the age of 65 increases an individual's risk of getting dementia.

See-Through Sensors Open New Window into the Brain
Medical Development News / October 29, 2014

Developing invisible implantable medical sensor arrays, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has overcome a major technological hurdle in researchers’ efforts to understand the brain. “One of the holy grails of neural implant technology is that we’d really like to have an implant device that doesn’t interfere with any of the traditional imaging diagnostics,” says Justin Williams, a professor of biomedical engineering and neurological surgery at UW-Madison. “A traditional implant looks like a square of dots, and you can’t see anything under it. We wanted to make a transparent electronic device.”

Study: High school football players lack knowledge about concussions
USA Today / October 28, 2014

Even after the passage of a youth sports safety concussion bill in 2012, a new study, “Concussion Knowledge in High School Football Players,” published in the September Journal of Athletic Training suggests that high school athletes lack adequate knowledge about concussions, which may influence their decision to report symptoms.

When to return from a concussion: Soccer player struggles with comeback
The Washington Post / October 28, 2014

There’s pressure from teammates who don’t fully understand Nolan Axenfeld’s injury, pressure from coaches who are frustrated with such a lengthy absence and pressure from himself to prove he’s going to be fine, that he can still play. “I was hoping I would start to feel better,” Axenfeld said. "I was like, ‘Oh, another week or two, and I’ll be fine.’ But then it’s two weeks, three weeks, four weeks, five weeks, and it’s like, what is going on?”

Joint military-civilian project allows 24/7 monitoring of patients with brain injuries
Stars and Stripes / October 28, 2014

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany recently became the first U.S. military hospital using a diagnostic tool called continuous electroencephalography, or cEEG, thanks to a rare civilian-military medical partnership. The digital recording of the electrical impulses in the brain gives neurologists a critical and early window into the cerebral function of patients after a traumatic brain injury, when they are in a state of altered consciousness — from mild confusion to a coma — and are thought to be more at risk of experiencing seizures.

Almost half of US veterans with brain injury are jobless
Futurity / October 28, 2014

About 45 percent of US veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who suffered traumatic brain injury are unemployed, a new Boston University report shows. Compare that to the number of veterans who suffered mild brain injury or no brain injury: about 33 percent are unemployed.

Footprints in the Sand
The Huffington Post / October 27, 2014

Fifty-one thousand American troops have come home from Iraq or Afghanistan diagnosed with brain injury. What's become of them?

Doctor: NFL player who killed girlfriend, self likely had CTE
CNN / October 27, 2014

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher likely had a devastating brain disease when he shot and killed his girlfriend and then himself two years ago, a doctor says in a new report.

How Well Are Schools Following the NCAA’s Concussion Policy?
Newsweek / October 27, 2014

Member schools of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) could do a better job of protecting their student athletes from concussions, according to a new report published online Tuesday by the Journal of Sports Medicine.

Q&A: Should soccer players wear helmets? Top neurosurgeon weighs in on concussion risks
PBS NewHour / October 27, 2014

One of the nation’s leading experts on concussions in youth sports, Dr. Robert Cantu, chief of neurosurgery at Emerson Hospital and co-director of Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, has teamed up with World Cup champion Brandi Chastain to advocate the end of headers in youth soccer for kids aged 14 and under.

Jamaal Charles, LaAdrian Waddle show that NFL concussion protocol isn’t perfect
The Washington Post / October 24, 2014

The NFL has taken steps to keep players who have suffered concussions from staying in games, but it’s a policy that, as last week’s games illustrated, really depends on the awareness of the men who are playing the game.

When to return from a concussion: DeMatha soccer player Nolan Axenfeld struggles with comeback
The Washington Post / October 24, 2014

The black spots in Nolan Axenfeld’s vision are the kind you get when you look up at the sun for too long, except Axenfeld’s never go away. He wakes up every morning with a throbbing headache, and that doesn’t go away either.

A senior at DeMatha, Axenfeld likely won’t play any soccer for his school this season, making the difficult choice to prioritize his recovery. There’s pressure from teammates who don’t fully understand Axenfeld’s injury, pressure from coaches who are frustrated with such a lengthy absence and pressure from himself to prove he’s going to be fine, that he can still play.

The Plasticity of the Brain: Guiding the Damaged Brain to Recover From Injury and the Healthy Brain to Improve Itself
The Huffington Post / October 24, 2014

Before 1980, it was widely accepted as fact in neuroscience that the central nervous system is hardwired and fixed. The very strong belief was that after an injury in adults, such as stroke or traumatic brain injury, the brain cannot repair itself. However, over the last 20 to 30 years persuasive evidence has been accumulating rapidly that the brain is plastic throughout a person's lifespan; in effect, the adult brain can not only be rewired, it can also be structurally remodeled.

Many Colleges Fail to Address Concussions, Study Shows
TIME / October 23, 2014

Policies guiding concussion treatment at scores of colleges across the country still run afoul of rules set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), according to a new study in The American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Trust team doctors over concussion, says MLS medical chief
Reuters / October 23, 2014

FIFA's new plans for dealing with concussions have been criticized by some in the United States for not involving an independent medical inspection, but Major League Soccer's medical chief believes team doctors should be trusted.

Earnhardt helps UPMC raise concussion awareness
Fox News / October 23, 2014

Dale Earnhardt Jr. knew immediately something was wrong during a 2012 crash at Talladega, where his car was hit hard from behind. He was asked on his radio if he was OK, and it was clear Earnhardt was not. He recounts the crash in his personal story of his own battle with a concussion in a video made for the Sports Medicine Concussion Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Concussion lawsuit vs. NHL filed in federal court
USA Today / October 21, 2014

The consolidated class-action lawsuit by former NHL players against the league over concussion-related injuries has been filed in federal court. Attorneys for the ex-players filed the complaint Monday in Minnesota. The case is a combination of several lawsuits previously filed and seeks a jury trial for unspecified financial damages and NHL-funded medical monitoring for neurological disorders.

The Next Concussion Advocacy Group Comes from Retired Pros
Men's Fitness / October 21, 2014

This is the story of an ex-NFL player with a battered brain. Except instead of ending in death – like it did with McMahon’s former teammate Dave Duerson in 2011 – it ends with action.

Doctors help Jim McMahon get his life back
Newsday / October 21, 2014

Jim McMahon had nearly given up hope, resigned to a lifetime of pain and frightening memory loss. He even considered giving up completely and taking his own life. Then a Long Island doctor helped him find a miracle.

9-Time NHL All-Star Jeremy Roenick Dscribes Life After 13 Concussions
Business Insider / October 21, 2014

Five years into his retirement, the nine-time NHL All-Star says that the brain damage inflicted by his hard-hitting career makes it so he can no longer remember many parts of his past — games he played in, trips he went on, and friends he spent time with. "There are a lot of things that I know, but I can’t go in my brain and retrieve the word that I’m looking for and throw it out of my mouth."

Student Stops Playing Football After 4th Concussion
WFMY News / October 21, 2014

17-year-old Jacob Clapp decided to stop playing football after he got his fourth concussion. The collision with the opposing player knocked Clapp out and sent him to the hospital. His doctor advised him to stop playing contact sports afraid Clapp might suffer another concussion.

New Algorithms Search for Signs of Consciousness in Brain Injury Patients
WIRED / October 17, 2014

After a severe brain injury, some people remain in a vegetative or minimally conscious state, unable to speak or move intentionally, and apparently unaware of the world around them. But in recent years, neuroscientists have found signs that some of these patients may still be conscious, at least to a degree. Now researchers have used a branch of mathematics called graph theory to search for neural signatures

Sport NFL Series: Concussion Previous | Index 'I walked around for 13 years with a headache, I thought it was normal'
The Gaurdian / October 17, 2014

Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure is one of the ex-players to have opted out of the NFL’s concussion settlement, as those living with brain damage have been excluded. He is rejecting the settlement because he believes he will not receive any money from the settlement since the suit does not recognize CTE diagnosis in living players.

NFL Players Assocation President: "No such thing as mild concussion"
ESPN Blog / October 16, 2014

The president of the NFL Players Association did not appreciate the use of “mild’’ connected to a concussion as Carolina coach Ron Rivera used on Wednesday in describing wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s status.

Marvin Lewis misses the mark entirely on concussions
SB Nation / October 16, 2014

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis gave an inappropriate answer to a question about concussions at his weekly press conference Wednesday. When asked about the number of concussions linebacker Vontaze Burfict has suffered in his career, Lewis' response baffled many in the room and didn't match with the league's renewed emphasis on proper concussion diagnosis and protocol.

Duerson family objects to settlement
ESPN / October 15, 2014

The family of Dave Duerson, the former Chicago Bears defensive back who committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest to preserve his brain for study, filed an objection to the NFL concussion settlement Tuesday. The objection, like a similar one filed on behalf of seven other former players, blasts the deal as unfair for limiting payouts for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the neurodegenerative disease that sparked the NFL's concussion crisis.

Brain injury similarities in troops, football players spur collaboration, research
The Washington Times / October 15, 2014

The gridiron and the battlefield have little in common, but brain injuries plaguing combat veterans and former football players has doctors and veterans’ advocates eager to bring brain injury research out of the “dark ages.”

Researchers awarded $12 million to study traumatic brain injury
Standford Medicine News Center / October 15, 2014

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $12 million over a three-year period to the School of Medicine to establish a multi-institutional consortium to develop a new brain-trauma classification system that will lead to effective diagnostics and therapeutics.The principal investigator for the grant is Jamshid Ghajar, MD, PhD, clinical professor of neurosurgery and director of the Stanford Concussion Center.

NFL concussion suit: Belcher's daughter opted in
USA Today / October 14, 2014

Former NFL players have until Tuesday to decide whether to opt out or take part in a tentative settlement of concussion suits against the league. Few have opted out so far. An attorney says different choices will be made in the cases of late Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and more than 20 other ex-players he represents.

Kids and Concussion: Early Recognition Is Key to Recovery
The Huffington Post / October 14, 2014

A new school year has begun. Playgrounds are full of children chasing, tumbling and climbing. Sports fields teem with young athletes practicing football, field hockey, and soccer. And, emergency rooms this fall will see thousands of pediatric concussions resulting from head injuries sustained during these and other activities. Unfortunately, sports-related concussion is a common injury among children and adolescents, and symptoms can seriously intrude on children's lives, especially if not recognized and addressed early on.

What's Killing American High School Football Stars?
Healthline / October 14, 2014

This week, high school football player Tom Cutinella was laid to rest. The 16-year-old from Long Island died while blocking for a teammate during a football game. 

Cutinella was the third high school football player to die in one week. 

Fla. Bill Protects Student Athletes From Concussions
CBS Miami / October 10, 2014

Long gone are the days of “shaking it off” and playing through a sports injury.  As more and more concussions are being diagnosed in high school sports, many more athletes are sitting on the sidelines.  This is in large part due to both a new law and more coaches and trainers being trained on the condition.

Study finds evidence of degenerative brain disease in nearly all former football players examined
ABC News / October 10, 2014

There's growing evidence of the danger of concussion in sport and its link to a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Dr Ann McKee examined the brains of 79 former NFL players and found damage in most of them​. She's been speaking to Sarah Sedghi.

Brain injury expert critical of deal
ESPN / October 9, 2014

A scientist studying the brains of deceased athletes with head trauma criticized the proposed NFL concussion settlement, saying it would not compensate retirees who exhibit mood swings, aggression, depression or other aberrant behavior.

Former N.F.L. Players Seek Extension on Opting Out of Concussion Settlement
The New York Times / October 8, 2014

Several former players who sued the N.F.L. for hiding the dangers of concussions from them asked the judge overseeing the settlement of the case to extend the date for opting out of the settlement.

Jules Bianchi: Family confirms Formula One driver sustained traumatic brain injury in Japanese GP crash
ABC News / October 8, 2014

French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi suffered a traumatic brain injury in his Japanese Grand Prix crash and remains in a critical but stable condition, his family said.

Blocked: 1969 Super Bowl Star Dave Herman Diagnosed with CTE
NBC News / October 7, 2014

Toward the end of his pro football career, Dave Herman would often wake up the morning after a game and not remember which team he’d played against, much less the score. When his son would ask him what had happened in the previous day’s game, Herman wouldn’t have a ready answer.

“I’d say, ‘Give me the paper and we’ll find out,’” Herman remembers. “I’d have some recollection, but not of the score or who had a great game.”

Not until decades later did these and other lapses lead Herman into the midst of research on — and debate about — a degenerative neurologic disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

The Enforcer: John Branch’s ‘Boy on Ice’
The New York Times / October 7, 2014

"Maybe this guy could be an animal one day."

No single statement captures so succinctly the harrowing nature of the Boogaard saga, the corrosive pact by which a troubled, needy boy reduces himself to savagery for the entertainment of bloodthirsty fans, the financial gain of cynical promoters and his own glory.

Jim McMahon And Jeremy Roenick Team Up To Create Concussion Awareness Organization
Forbes / October 7, 2014

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon feels helpless when he does not know where he is and struggles getting home from a grocery store.  NHL All-Star Jeremy Roenick has suffered what he calls thirteen “big time” concussions throughout his career and wants to know what ailments are ahead of him.  McMahon and Roenick are concerned about the damage caused to their bodies as a result of head injuries and have teamed up to create a charity organization called Players Against Concussions (PAC) with the hope that current and future sports stars will be better educated and treated concerning concussions. 

Thibaut Courtois’s concussion raises questions over Premier League rules
The Guardian / October 7, 2014

New Premier League rules on the treatment of head injuries have been called into question after Thibaut Courtois played on for 13 minutes ofChelsea’s win against Arsenal on Sunday before being taken to hospital with suspected concussion.

Canadian District Goes to School on Concussions
The New York Times / October 6, 2014

For decades, schools across North America have taught about public health issues like the dangers of tobacco and drug abuse. But this academic year in one large Ontario school district, students are learning about a newly identified public health concern: concussions.

College Players Often Don’t Tell of Hits to Head, Studies Find
The New York Times / October 6, 2014

The controversy over why Michigan quarterback Shane Morris was allowed to return to the field with a “probable mild concussion” from a violent hit last Saturday highlighted a communications breakdown on the Wolverines’ sideline. But it also pointed to the inconsistent ways in which coaches and players acknowledge hits to the head — if they acknowledge them at all.

New York teen dies after football collision: Is sport too dangerous?
The Christian Science Monitor / October 3, 2014

The death of a New York high school football player Wednesday was one of three high school football-related deaths this week. Safety protocols have made the game safer since the 1970s, but the deaths point to a need for continued vigilance.

Vietnam’s Neuroscientific Legacy
The New Yorker / October 3, 2014

In 1967, William F. Caveness, a neurologist and veteran of the Korean War, began building a registry of living soldiers who had suffered head trauma in Vietnam. Studies of veterans of the Second World War had suggested that penetrating head injuries could cause seizures, and Caveness, who had documented post-traumatic epilepsy in soldiers injured during the Korean War, was eager to understand more about this connection. “He saw that the Vietnam War was heating up, and he wanted to study some American combat veterans who suffered penetrating brain injuries and survived,” said Jordan Grafman, the director of brain-injury research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

The Cost of the Header
The New Yorker / October 3, 2014

Last week, the New York Times reported that Bellini, Brazil’s team captain in the 1958 World Cup, who died in March, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease best known in the United States for its victims among former boxers and N.F.L. players. Bellini was not the first soccer player to have been identified with C.T.E. Last February, Patrick Grange, an American semi-professional player who died in 2012, at the age of twenty-nine, was also found to have suffered from the disease. As a result, the question has been growing, with some urgency this year, as to whether soccer, like other contact sports, has its own brain-injury case to answer.

Concussions and their apparent dangers don’t stop Niles Paul’s yearn to return
The Washington Post / October 2, 2014

Niles Paul said this week he has no interest in the growing body of scientific evidence that links the repeated brain trauma of multiple concussions to serious health problems later in life. 

“It’s something I’ll be ignorant to because this is my job,” Paul said when asked about the research. “I love doing it; I enjoy my job. I take certain chances in my job. I know that getting a concussion, getting injured, is a strong possibility in this job. I prefer not to know certain things.”


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