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.
Brain brownout: concussion Recovery may be slower for women
NBC News / April 28, 2015
A new study suggests there may be some gender differences when it comes to mild traumatic brain injury. Following a concussion, women are more likely to have trouble with their short-term memories than men.
Ex-players are ripping into the NFL concussion settlement because it excludes a common brain disease
TIME / April 27, 2015
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is at the epicenter of the NFL’s head trauma crisis. In her ruling that approved the settlement, federal judge Anita Brody wrote that she excluded future CTE cases because neurocognitive ailments associated with CTE are eligible for awards. Excluded from the settlement are some of the behavioral symptoms of CTE, such as irritability, aggression, depression and suicidal tendencies.
How getting hit by a car changed my life forever — in some ways for the better
Business Insider / April 27, 2015
"I'm not sad I suffered a brain injury. It only stoked an already burning fire in me to be the best version of myself. I no longer wonder what could have been if I wasn't hit by a car. It just reminds me of this: If I can survive all that and still thrive, I can do anything."
Many college athletes feel pressure to play despite concussion
The Chronicle of Higher Education / April 27, 2015
A report published on Friday in the journal Social Science & Medicine, suggest that coaches and teammates exerted the most pressure, and that athletes who had been diagnosed with a concussion during the previous season were more likely to have felt pressure to underreport the injury than were those who had not suffered a concussion.