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Concussions in the NFL: How Worried are You?
Frontline / January 30, 2015

For football fans everywhere, the NFL’s concussion crisis has raised some uncomfortable questions about what it means to love a sport that’s been shown to cause lasting harm to its players. The league’s ratings continue to enjoy near-record highs, yet at the same time, scientific research increasingly suggests that football can lead to a wide range of long-term brain conditions.

AP: NFL Claims Concussions Down 25 Percent
CBS News / January 30, 2015

The rate of concussions among NFL players fell 25 percent this season, according to the league, even as injury reporting and trips to injured reserve list rose overall. Data provided to The Associated Press by the NFL ahead of its annual pre-Super Bowl health and safety news conference Thursday shows there were 111 concussions in games during the 2014 regular season, down from 148 in 2013, and 173 in 2012, a 36 percent drop over that three-year span.

Book Chronicles Man’s Revolutionary Impact on TBI Research
Vermont Public Radio / January 30, 2015

In the Rutland area, the name Lenny Burke is well known to many. But thanks to a new book by Yvonne Daley, called A Bend in the Road, Lenny Burke's remarkable story of overcoming a traumatic brain injury is being rediscovered by a whole new generation. And many are only just now realizing the tremendous impact Burke and his mother Emmie have had on T.B.I. treatment in Vermont and beyond.

Youth Concussion Laws Pushed by NFL Lack Bite
ABC News / January 29, 2015

Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books. But are the laws strong enough?

Medieval Skulls Reveal Long-Term Risk of Brain Injuries
Discovery News / January 29, 2015

Skull fractures can lead to an early death, even if the victims initially survived the injuries, according to a new study that looked at skulls from three Danish cemeteries with funeral plots dating from the 12th to the 17th centuries.

How I Overcame a Traumatic Brain Injury With Help From Prison Break
Paste Magazine / January 29, 2015

When you wake up from a brain injury, you lose your grounding. The you that you've always projected is now unknown, lost. In an instant you're thrown into a life that has never been your own, robbed of your sense of control. With brain injuries, what’s harder than relearning how to move your broken body, how to read and count, harder than overcoming the depression that encompasses it all, is relearning yourself.

Will Smith's 'Concussion' Film Sets Release Date
TIME / January 29, 2015

Sony Pictures announced Tuesday that their new film "Concussion" — based on the real life struggle of whistleblower Dr. Bennet Omalu &mdash is set to be released Christmas Day 2015. Will Smith plays the title frole of Dr. Omalu, a neuropathologist who discovers football-related life-long brain traumas in football players.

Johns Hopkins study of retired NFL players sheds light on concussion-related brain damage
The Hub / January 27, 2015

Research provides further evidence of potential long-term neurological risks to football players who sustain repeated head injuries

Retired players who opt out of NFL concussion settlement taking big risk
Sports Illustrated / January 27, 2015

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody is expected to soon give final approval to the proposed concussion injuries settlement between the NFL and approximately 25,000 retired players and 9,000 relatives of deceased players. Last year Brody preliminarily approved the settlement, which will require the NFL to spend about $765 million on improved care and neurological testing for retired players. Settlement funds are designed to be available for at least 65 years and could require additional funding by the NFL.

High Schools Seek A Safer Path Back From Concussion
NPR / January 26, 2015

How long should these student athletes be out of school after a concussion? A day? A week? A month?

Concussion monitoring gear is a tough sell
The Boston Globe / January 26, 2015

If parents, coaches, and professional leagues are so concerned about concussions — and the long-term effects of lesser hits — why aren’t concussion monitoring products taking off?

Blast Force: The Invisible War on the Brain
National Geographic / January 23, 2015

Brain trauma from blast force is the signature injury of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, afflicting hundreds of thousands of U.S. combat personnel. Although unseen, the damage strikes deeply into a soldier’s mind and psyche.

Former Wrestlers File Concussion Lawsuit Against WWE
ABC News / January 23, 2015

Two former professional wrestlers accused the WWE of ignoring concussions and having performers do dangerous stunts that left them with serious brain injuries.

Barry Sanders: NFL is doing a great job with concussion awareness
Sports Illustrated / January 23, 2015

While many NFL players who played alongside former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders suffer from neurological damage related to head trauma, Sanders said he believes that now the NFL is going a "great job" with concussion awareness. Sanders believes the NFL is doing a good job of preventing players with head injuries from getting back on the field without being cleared by doctors.

What Male Athletes Can Learn from Women About Concussions
The Washington Post / January 20, 2015

The sports media has a fascination with concussions. Not only is there a huge volume of stories about the issue, but there’s also an urgency to the tone of the reporting. The heightened coverage has served to increase awareness of the concussion problem and encourage public debate about sport, health and safety. But what’s often missing from the media’s discussion of the topic is a recognition that the concussion problem is not merely a health issue; it’s also a social issue.

Thomas Jones on Concussions: It's Scary to Think About What Causes Me to Forget
Sports Illustrated / January 20, 2015

Former NFL running back Thomas Jones discusses why he wants to donate his brain to research and what motivated him to start acting.

Bomb-Induced Brain Injury May Be Its Own Disease
USA Today / January 16, 2015

Scientists studying the brains of young veterans who died long after war shed light on a growing theory about damage caused by bomb blasts — that it's unique enough to be its own disease.

UFC CEO Outlines Why His Concussion Protocol Is Better than the NFL’s
The Washington Post / January 16, 2015

The UFC’s concussion protocol is better than the NFL’s, according to UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, who sat down for an interview to be aired this weekend on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger.”

Concussion Rules Being Considered for High School Football
Education Week / January 16, 2015

The association that governs high school sports in South Dakota is considering new rules aimed at reducing concussions among prep football players.

WWE Wrestler Speaks About His Concussion Experience
Daily Local News / January 15, 2015

Chris Nowinski, a former Harvard football player and WWE professional wrestler, spoke Tuesday about his experience and the symptoms of concussions. Nowinski said his eighth doctor was the one that helped him realize that he had experienced concussions during his 19 years of playing contact sports.

Wearing a Helmet Is Crucial to Staying Safe on the Mountains
KKCO News / January 15, 2015

Every year nearly 10 million Americans head up to the mountains to ski or snowboard and every year there around 600,000 injuries reported with more than 20% of those being head injuries or concussions. Experts say that simply wearing a helmet could keep you protected.

I Am No Longer Broken
Team Rubicon / January 14, 2015

My life was turned upside down one day in the desert. An explosion took my brain and most of its content and turned it into an unorganized cluster of confusion. Hard as I tried to reset that big brain of mine, it just would not work. Fifteen major surgeries and countless procedures later, I was retired from the Navy at 42. Confused, hurt, and a little angry that my “plan” was taken from me.

Blood Test Tells How Long Concussion Symptoms Will Last
Scientific American / January 14, 2015

Neuroscientist Robert Siman at the University of Pennsylvania and his colleagues have found a protein fragment in the blood whose levels parallel how badly the brain is damaged. A blood test for this fragment could thus reveal how soon it is safe for a concussion victim to resume normal activities—including sports.

Lawsuit: Bad coaching, helmet misuse led to football player brain injury
Chicago Tribune / January 14, 2015

A man who played college football in Illinois during the 1980s says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that concussions he suffered as a result of bad coaching and improper helmet use led to his diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries.

Neurological center to represent NFL at Super Bowl
KTAR News / January 14, 2015

Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix has been selected by the National Football League to provide neurological support at next month's Super Bowl.

‘Brain zapping’: Veterans say experimental treatment has changed their lives
The Washington Post / January 13, 2015

Veterans say this experimental magnetic resonance therapy is offering them hope and normal lives.

Some Helmet Makers Still Not Sold on Concussion Ratings System
WAVE News / January 13, 2015

The biggest helmet makers in the sport market the new designs because so many school districts around the nation believe in the research behind them. But there is still some debate about whether new, high tech helmets can really reduce concussion risk.

TBI in Children Pose Challenge for Physicians
Healio / January 13, 2015

Although most symptoms in children resolve over time with no intervention, Dr. Stephen B. Lewis, says children 10 years and older with TBIs are at a higher risk to develop epilepsy, have sleeping disorders, and can have balance and postural stability deficiencies.

Stanford researchers measure concussion forces in greatest detail yet
Stanford News / January 7, 2015

Although the mechanisms of concussions are still being revealed, David Camarillo's lab has measured the forces imparted on the brain in greater detail than ever before. The results could eventually lead to better injury detection and prevention.

Can a concussion sensor help save athletes' lives?
The Verge / January 7, 2015

Meet BlackBox Biometrics Inc., a company that's developed a head-mounted sensor to detect and measure sports-related concussions. After developing a sensor to measure IED explosions in the battlefield, BlackBox is turning its sights on concussions in sports.

Inside the Concussion Conundrum
Voice of San Diego / January 7, 2015

Concussions on the football field remain in the news for a simple reason: As we gain greater understanding of the risks from high school to the NFL, no one’s seemed to have figured out how to dramatically reduce the risk other than to just not let anyone play. And that’s not a serious option in a football-crazed country. So onward we go, learning almost every day about new cases.

Longer Rest After Concussions Might Not Be Good, Study Says
TIME / January 5, 2015

Concussion patients who wait several days to resume physical activity after receiving a hit may be more likely to suffer symptoms of the condition, a new study suggests. The research calls into question the five-day waiting period for concussion patients recommended by some doctors.

Post-Concussion Syndrome — A Misunderstood Malady
Salisbury Post / January 5, 2015

You have heard a lot about concussions in the news recently. What you might hear less of is “post-concussion syndrome.” Excuse me while I shudder as I write the word. You see, I have recently experienced firsthand this condition that produces life-altering symptoms and is generally misunderstood by the general public and, as it turns out, by a number of health-care providers.

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