Concussion Culture: How to Protect Young Athletes
Scientific America / November 25, 2014
Some athletes still lack an appreciation for the seriousness of concussions and the recovery process. So how can educators, coaches, and trainers help ensure the safety for young athletes?
Studying Effect of Concussion on Teen Drivers
WKRC Cincinnati / November 25, 2014
Several studies are underway to determine how soon teen athletes who suffer concussions can get back to playing their sports. But there's a far more dangerous question for teens who drive: When can they get back behind the wheel?
Hall of Famer Harry Carson: Football Wasn't Worth Concussion Symptoms
Sports Illustrated / November 24, 2014
NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson told Penn State radio station WPSU that he would not do his football career over again if given the choice.
Brain Injury Expert Says Concussions Having Devastating Impact on Football
KBTX / November 24, 2014
A doctor who has studied the brains of 80 former NFL players says the brain damage from hard hits continues to progress after the player retirees.
Parent Dilemma: When A Kid’s Concussion Lingers On
WBUR / November 24, 2014
Most concussions pass quickly, but some kids have long-lasting symptoms that can keep them long benched from school and sports. How to cope?
Inside the Impact: Concussion Awareness on the Rise
NBC News / November 21, 2014
A Georgia law makes it mandatory for players to leave the field after suffering concussions.
Concussions in Football Not Taken Seriously Enough, Say Experts
BBC Sports / November 21, 2014
Leading brain injury experts strongly criticize football authorities for not taking head injuries seriously enough.
Dementia Fears for Rugby Players, Academic Warns
BBC News / November 21, 2014
Multiple blows to the head from playing rugby can accelerate brain ageing and potentially lead to early dementia, according to a Welsh academic.
Opponents of NFL Concussion Settlement Make Case for Altering It
The New York Times / November 20, 2014
After hundreds of court filings over the past 16 months, opponents of the preliminary ettlement between the NFL and the 5,000 former players who sued the league for hiding the dangers of concussions urged a federal judge to alter key parts of the deal. In a daylong hearing lawyers for the handful of retired players who object to the settlement complained that only players who died with chronic traumatic encephalopathy during a small window of years will be eligible to receive a cash award.
Injuries a Growing Concern in MMA, Other Combat Sports
Journal Sentinel / November 20, 2014
According to a study earlier this year, a professional mixed martial arts fighter suffers a brain injury in almost one-third of bouts, which exceeds the rates of such injuries in football, hockey and even boxing.
Magnetic Forces in Helmets Could Repel Blows
Discovery News / November 20, 2014
Adding magnets to football helmets could reduce the risk of concussions, new research suggests.
An Unsettling Deal
ESPN / November 19, 2014
For ESPN The Magazine, Peter Keating writes that a judge is about to decide the fate of the NFL concussion settlement. By writing CTE and its possible manifestations out of the settlement, the league has scored a huge legal and political victory that will resonate for decades: The NFL does not have to admit the existence of a football-specific degenerative brain disease.
Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Showcases Strides in Exploring the Brain
BioScience Technology / November 19, 2014
More than 30,000 brain advocates from academia, industry and media converged on Washington, D.C. this week for the 44th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Hot topics at the 2014 meeting include neuroscience and food, neuroscience funding in the face of brain initiatives, sleep, traumatic brain injury (TBI), treatments for spinal cord injury and the Alzheimer’s disease.
Even the Best Technology Will Not Remove Danger from Football
SportTechie / November 19, 2014
We cannot decelerate our brains, and we cannot protect our spines. Football, as it is played today, threatens the health and safety of those who play it; and as long as players get bigger and faster while the rules stay the same, kids will continue to die on the field. Helmets, pads, and x-rays can only go so far; the only foolproof way to prevent football players from suffering fatal injuries is to stop them from playing football.
Tracy Morgan Suffered Traumatic Brain Injury in Car Crash
NBC News / November 19, 2014
Comedian Tracy Morgan still faces a long road to recovery after a June car accident that killed one passenger and injured three others.
Kids Hockey Collaboration Aims to Prevent Concussions
Epoch Times / November 19, 2014
Two-time Olympic hockey gold medalist Cassie Campbell-Pascall and concussion expert Dr. Charles Tator have teamed up to raise awareness for player safety in hockey by promoting respect and responsibility on and off the ice with both kids and parents.
Hearing on NFL Concussion Settlement Set for Wednesday
Reuters / November 18, 2014
Lawyers for more than 20,000 former professional football players are expected in court on Wednesday in Philadelphia to argue over the terms of a settlement between the NFL and the players over concussions incurred while playing the game.
Welcome to the Concussion Industrial Complex
VICE Sports / November 18, 2014
The fear of concussions and other brain trauma resulting from football has parents across the country questioning whether or not they should allow their children to play the sport. But for many, giving up football is entirely out of the question. Those people want a solution, and American business is more than happy to offer one.
Oxygen Therapy No Better than Placebo for Treating Concussion, Study Finds
Army Times / November 18, 2014
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been praised by some in the medical community as a drug-free treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and post-concussive symptoms. But several military studies, including the latest published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, say otherwise.
Danger of Repeat Head Injuries: Brain’s Inability to Tap Energy Source
The Ohio State University / November 17, 2014
The brain’s ability to use energy is critical after an injury. In animal studies, Ohio State University scientists have shown that brain cells ramp up their energy use six days after a concussion to recover from the damage. If a second injury occurs before that surge of energy use starts, the brain loses its best chance to recover.
Concussions Take Toll on Female High School Athletes
NBC News Washington / November 17, 2014
More than 1,100 local high school girls suffered from concussions or concussion symptoms while playing extracurricular sports last year, according to a review of school health records. The number far surpasses the number of local high school football players who’ve suffered head injuries and it indicates school districts are responding to health concerns in a variety of popular after-school sports
A Boy’s Injury Rallies a County
New York Times / November 17, 2014
A teacher at Hayden Elementary School gave the information to her sixth-grade class straight, without sugarcoating it or tiptoeing around it. One of the students’ classmates had just sustained a severe head injury during a football game. She felt obliged to tell them the truth. “Calvin hurt his brain, and he’s hasn’t woken up yet,” she recalled telling them two days after the injury, which happened early this month.
Abby Wambach Monitors Her Head Hits Leading to World Cup
Sports Illustrated Kids / November 14, 2014
Next summer, the U.S. women’s national soccer team will take the international stage to compete for a World Cup title. And to ensure that the team has its greatest chance of winning in Canada, all-time goal scorer Abby Wambach is already preparing her head for play.
OPINION: Fair Share? The NFL Concussion Settlement and How to Make It Better
ESPN Magazine / November 14, 2014
Next week, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody will hold a fairness hearing about the proposed concussion settlement between the NFL and more than 25,000 former players. This is essentially the last chance to stop the deal. The settlement, in short, doesn't relate in any way to how much it's going to cost to care for brain-damaged players.
Cause Celeb: Snowboarder Kevin Pearce fights PBA
USA Today / November 14, 2014
After a tragic training accident in Park City, where Pearce missed a landing during a "double cork" half pipe trick, he suffered a traumatic brain injury that would end his career and impair his brain function. Pearce has taken up the cause and focused his efforts to encourage people to "Love their Brain" and raise awareness for traumatic brain injuries and some of the lesser-known "invisible wounds" often associated with it.
Are Concussions Driving a Drop in Participation?
The Miami Student / November 14, 2014
According to Colin Cowherd, parents with a college degree or higher are 46 percent less likely to let their child play football. With the increase in head injuries and with more cases of permanent brain trauma, parents are becoming less likely to allow their kids to play contact sports. It’s an interesting discussion, but one that seems to be rooted more in overprotection than actual facts. But, when you break down the numbers, how dangerous is football?
Why LeBron James Doesn’t Let His Kids Play Football
Wall St. Cheat Sheet / November 14, 2014
LeBron’s two sons made a few heartwarming appearances during the 2014 NBA Season, specifically in those omnipresent Samsung ads, but there’s at least one thing that’s totally off the table in the James household — they won’t be playing football.
The Risk Of Brain Injuries Shifts As Children Grow Up
NPR / November 13, 2014
As children grow, they learn to crawl, to walk and then to drive. It turns out, the way they get hurt, and in particular their heads, evolves as as their forms of motion change.
Congressman Urges NCAA to Have Concussion Penalties
CBS Sports / November 13, 2014
A US congressman prominently involved with traumatic brain injury issues wants the NCAA to penalize schools that violate concussion management guidelines. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) sent a letter Wednesday to NCAA president Mark Emmert urging the association to create mandatory guidelines about how to care for concussions.
NFL Funds Additional Research to Prevent Traumatic Brain Injuries
ReCode / November 13, 2014
On Thursday morning, the NFL, GE and Under Armour plan to announce seven additional winners of the Head Health Challenge, an ongoing effort to spur research into detecting and preventing brain injuries amid growing concern over the long-term consequences of on-field hits. The organizations will award as much as $8.5 million in this second phase of the challenge, but have collectively earmarked $60 million to push forward science in this field.
New Study: Severe Concussion Symptoms Don’t Necessarily Mean a Longer Recovery
The Legal Examiner / November 13, 2014
A recent medical study has found the severity of a child’s concussion symptoms did not necessarily explain how long it would take for these symptoms to go away. This study, if confirmed with adult populations with brain injury, has profound implications for how doctors manage concussions and traumatic brain injury patients, and how lawyers and insurance companies evaluate these cases for settlement.
Children's Brain Injuries: How Do They Usually Happen?
Tech Times / November 13, 2014
Although traumatic brain injury has always been a leading cause of death or disability in children from one year of age, few details as to cause or types of incidents has been available up to now.
Oregon Research Team Scores with 'The Concussion Playbook'
University of Oregon / November 13, 2014
Recognize. Report. Respond. Rest. A University of Oregon researcher wants those "R" words to resonate among young athletes. They are key terms used in an online educational tool designed to teach coaches, educators, teens and parents about concussions.
Behind A Soldier's Suicidal Thoughts, An Unknown Brain Injury
NPR / November 10, 2014
When Sgt. Ryan Sharp returned from serving two tours in Iraq with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, he didn't know he had a traumatic brain injury. All he knew, and all his family knew, was that he was deeply depressed. He would talk about ending his life. At the time, Ryan didn't know that he'd suffered a traumatic brain injury — "no idea at all," he says. That is, until he reconnected with a man he'd been deployed with.
DoD & NCAA Merge Concussion Prevention, Treatment Efforts
Kansa City Infozine / November 10, 2014
The Defense Department and the National Collegiate Athletic Association are launching a landmark $30 million alliance initiative to enhance the safety of student-athletes and service members. The initiative will fund a major clinical study with student-athletes from select NCAA member institutions to establish the natural history of concussion with a focus on improving prevention, protection and treatment methods on the athletic field, during military training and in the combat theater.
This Man Uses Twitter To Augment His Damaged Memory
Fast Company / November 10, 2014
Thomas Dixon lost his episodic memory in a traumatic brain injury, and Twitter is helping him get it back.
Link Between Crime and Brain Injuries Prompts Push for Legislation
NJ Spotlight / November 10, 2014
Studies have shown a link between early brain trauma and criminal activity later in life. That’s why some state legislators are proposing a bill that would create a program to work with children who show signs of brain injury or have committed crimes. One study has found that jail and prison inmates report having had a head or traumatic brain injury at three to 10 times the general population.
Sideline Robot Helps Trainers Spot Football Concussions
NPR / November 6, 2014
Dartmouth College is trying something a little different when it comes to concussion risk this season — a robot. Rolled out (literally) in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Center for Telehealth, the robo looks like a 4-foot-tall popsicle stick on wheels, with a screen and camera up top. It allows a brain specialist from miles away to help certified athletic trainers figure out if a player might have a concussion, and what should happen next.
How One Lawyer’s Crusade Could Change Football Forever
The New York Times / November 6, 2014
The N.F.L. is more popular — and more profitable — than ever. But its coming settlement over brain injuries could lay the groundwork that pushes the sport to the margins of American culture.
The First Plastic Football Helmet Often Broke on Impact
The Atlantic / November 6, 2014
Early headgear was meant to prevent death. Today's versions attempt to prevent concussions, but protecting players who take repeated hits is hard. In an early demonstration of a leather football helmet, the presenter introduces the invention as "an attempt to prevent fatal injuries in football." He then puts the helmet on, lays down, and lets players kick him in the head:
John Forzani’s Brain Donated to the Canadian Sports Concussion Project
The Globe and Mail / November 5, 2014
For John Forzani, it was an easy decision to make. For science, and the possibility of preventing others from damaging their brains, the former Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman chose to donate his to researchers studying the effects of head trauma in Canadian Football League players. The donation was something Forzani had talked about doing in order to assist the Canadian Sports Concussion Project and future athletes.
Seattle Startup to Equip LSU Football Players with Concussion-Sensing Mouthguards
GeekWire / November 5, 2014
Football players at Louisiana State University will be equipped with some high-tech mouthguards thanks to a Seattle-area startup. A tiny chip inside the mouthguard — along with an accelerometer, gyroscope, battery, and antennas — helps show the severity and location of impact to a player’s head, with all the data sent in real-time to a handheld device used by trainers on the sidelines.
Could a Device the Size of a Coin Radically Improve Concussion Identification?
The Score / November 5, 2014
A device that sits just behind the ear and is the size of a coin could one day help save the lives of athletes around the world. That’s the hope for a new micro-sensor designed to measure – in real time – the size and number of impacts on a rugby field in an effort to determine whether or not a player has suffered a potentially dangerous concussion.
Few Retired N.F.L. Players Opt Out of Proposed Concussion Settlement
The New York Times / November 4, 2014
Fewer than one percent of former N.F.L. players opted out of a settlement with the league that is designed to pay players with severe neurological conditions. With so few players opting out of the settlement, the judge overseeing the case may not feel compelled to force the league and the plaintiffs to make wholesale changes to the agreement, which includes medical monitoring and awards for players with A.L.S., Parkinson’s and other diseases.
How Can I Help My Child After A Concussion?
Philly.com / November 4, 2014
“Play through the pain…get back in the game…” These are not statements you are likely to hear anymore from those involved in professional sports. There has been a tremendous amount of work to raise awareness regarding “return to play” programming. Little attention, however, has been paid to what it looks like for athletes when they are recovering. What happens when these kids return to school? How do they gradually return to cognitively taxing their brain without overexerting? What does it feel like to be held out of activities? Does that process impact recovery?
Company Creates LED-Enhanced Mouth Guards to Help Identify Concussions
Fox News / November 4, 2014
A new company is looking to land a punch in the fight against concussions by providing youth athletes with technologically enhanced mouth guards. Force Impact Technologies (FIT) has developed a mouth guard— called the FITGuard— that is outfitted with LED lights meant to alert coaches and players of a potentially traumatizing head impact.
CBS Investigators: Schools Using Football Helmets with Low Safety Ratings
CBS Chicago News / November 4, 2014
There are startling safety concerns about youth football helmets. Local kids are being forced to wear poorly rated, 10-year-old helmets with outdated designs. 2 Investigator Dave Savini took helmets belonging to a middle-school player and had them tested at a Virginia lab. The outcome raises concerns for many young players.
Opinion: Falling Short on Concussion Warnings
The New York Times / November 3, 2014
More than four years after the National Collegiate Athletic Association held its first concussion conference, some universities are still not doing enough to protect athletes from the lasting effects of head injuries.
Schools Respond to Helmet Investigation
KDSK / November 3, 2014
Researchers at Virginia Tech University have been studying football helmets for more than a decade. "The number of head impacts in football dwarfs any other sport and that's where we really have to look at the equipment and the rules, so you have a lot more head impacts," Virginia Tech researcher, Dr. Stefan Duma explained. After extensive tests, Dr. Duma says depending on what helmet you use, you may be able to reduce your concussion risk by as much as 50 percent.
Book Captures Legacy of Young Athlete After Brain Injury
Layfayette Journal & Courier / November 3, 2014
Today, Coy Lehe's a bubbling brook of positivity, but that wasn't always the case. Eight years ago Cody suffered a concussion during a Friday night football game. He was hit again four days later during practice, which left him unresponsive. Doctors thought he wouldn't survive the night. Cody suffered Second Impact Syndrome, a rare injury in which a person, typically a young athlete, suffers a second concussion before the brain has had time to heal from the first.The injury derailed the then-17-year-old's life.
2 Teens’ Message: Play Smart, Stay Smart
Miami Herald / November 3, 2014
Billy and Jake Reis wanted badly to play high school football. But their parents, healthcare professionals who had been reading the news about concussions, put their foot down: No way, they said. So they signed up for lacrosse. And then Billy did some research.
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.