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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.

What the NFL’s $1-billion concussion settlement means for high school football
Los Angeles Daily News / April 24, 2015

A federal judge’s approval Wednesday of an NFL plan to pay $1 billion over 65 years to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits sent a ripple effect all the way down to the high school level. Opinions varied among local prep football coaches, who are left trying to figure out what this means for the future of the sport

Girls' lacrosse has a concussion quandary
Star Tribune / April 24, 2015

Delighted by the rapid growth in high school girls' lacrosse, national officials and local coaches are much less psyched about altering their game amid questions about safety.

Psychiatric Symptoms Predict Recovery After Concussion
Neurology Advisor / April 21, 2015

In the first month after a concussion, patients who display psychiatric symptoms, particularly after 7 days, were at increased risk for having a recovery that lasted longer than 1 month, according to new findings. Arun S. Chhabra, MD, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and fellow researchers conducted the study, which was presented at the 2015 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting.

Younger Children Recover Faster from Concussion than Adolescents
Neurology Advisor / April 21, 2015

Children aged 10 years and younger appear to recover faster from concussion than those older than 10, study findings indicate. The difference may be related to symptom severity, mechanism of injury, or a lower incidence of premorbid conditions, according to Rejean M. Guerriero, DO, of Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Attorney to Judge: New NCAA Head-Injury Deal Underserves Thousands
ESPN / April 20, 2015

An attorney says a reworked settlement with the NCAA over concussion is just as bad as the original because the deal would still deprive thousands of people of the compensation they deserve. And he said drafts of the notices that would go out to former and current players don't say clearly enough that they would forfeit their rights to sue as a collective class if they accept the settlement.

Concussion Legislation Stalls in Indiana House
The Herald-Bulletin / April 20, 2015

Despite strong bipartisan support in the Indiana Senate, it's unlikely that expanded youth concussion laws will emerge from the General Assembly this session.

Short on Concussion Data, NCAA Sets Out to Get Some
The Wall Street Journal / April 17, 2015

Columnist Jo Craven McGinty explores the NCAA’s effort to gather concussion data amid growing concern over the long-term health risks of head injuries to athletes.

The Hard-Hitting Truth of Concussions and the NFL
FOX Sports / April 16, 2015

The issue of concussions prompts a wide spectrum of reactions. Former Minnesota Vikings Sage Rosenfels and Matt Birk offer two different viewpoints on the controversial subject.

Illinois High School Association Asks Judge to Dismiss Concussion Lawsuit
Education Week / April 16, 2015

In a motion filed Friday, the Illinois High School Association asked a judge to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed against it late last year over its handling of youth-football concussions. The law suit, referred to as a first-of-its-kind, football-specific class-action lawsuit against a state high school athletic association, accused the IHSA of a "systemic failure to properly manage concussions." While the suit does not seek financial damages, it does aim to have the association pay for medical testing of all former high school football players from 2002 onwards.

New Settlement Proposed in NCAA Concussion Lawsuit
Chicago Tribune / April 15, 2015

There is a new proposed settlement in a head injury lawsuit against the NCAA brought by football players and other college athletes. Notice of a new deal came in filings in federal court in Chicago late Tuesday night. It's the second proposal in the case. U.S. District Judge John Lee rejected the initial settlement in December.

I Learned The Hard Way That Concussion Isn't Just For The Young
NPR / April 14, 2015

We hear a lot about concussion and kids, but older adults are even more vulnerable to traumatic brain injury. A slip in the kitchen leads one man down the rabbit hole with no clear path out.

College Athletes Often Become Depressed Just Days After Suffering A Concussion, Study Finds
The Huffington Post / April 10, 2015

When people talk about the relationship between football and concussions, the consequences always seem far off in the distant future. We think not of not the immediate effects for a player who just received a blow to the head, but of the cognitive issues of former NFL players who retired long ago. But a new study finds that concussions can affect the mood of the human mind within just a number of days, and they often do.

Undiagnosed Brain Injury Is Behind Soldier's Suicidal Thoughts
NPR / April 10, 2015

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. During a StoryCorps interview in Lincoln, Neb., his father, Kirk Sharp, asked if Ryan remembered any of those suicidal conversations.

Investing in brain health
CNBC / April 8, 2015

Former NFL star Jack Brewer highlights a couple of companies investing in brain-related diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

Virtual reality and the new hope for solving the concussion crisis
VICE Sports / April 8, 2015

Will eye-tracking technology allow teams to immediately identify concussions? No one is quite sure yet, but the early progress is promising.

Attitudes in sports around brain injuries have changed to ensure health and wellness of athletes
The Gateway / April 8, 2015

With further education starting to permeate the ranks of youth sport, Carley Borza, a graduate student at the University of Alberta specializing in concussion research, believes there has been an increase in the amount of dialog regarding concussion safety. “I think it’s the way of the future, especially regarding youth levels of competition.  The policy change was in response to this movement we’ve had recently regarding concussions is that they are a big deal, and they do need to be monitored.”

 

Progress Is Seen in Detecting C.T.E. in Living Patients
New York Times / April 7, 2015

A study published Monday by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that researchers trying to develop a test that will detect chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in living patients have taken a small step forward.

Could veterans have concussion-related CTE?
CNN / April 7, 2015

A study finds a similar pattern of crippling brain damage in brains of living ex-soldiers and in former NFL players who have committed suicide.

Voices: Family has stake in concussion battle
USA Today / April 6, 2015

This is her passion, and her career. This is what she does. But for Dr. Kelly Sauer Collins, a concussion prevention program is so much more than all that. This is personal. Three of her brothers were major league athletes who were forced to retire at age 28 or earlier because of head injuries.

The brain can rewire itself after an injury
The San Diego Union-Tribune / April 3, 2015

Living things can repair themselves. Damaged skin and fractured bones heal, and a damaged liver can regenerate itself. Only recently have scientists begun to understand this is also true of the brain. Perpetually responding to its environment, the brain possesses a remarkable ability to rewire itself, to actually reroute sensory impulses and change its physical structure. Brain injuries, whether internally caused by a stroke or externally by some type of trauma, represent the supreme test of this regenerative ability.

The BRAIN initiative's 7 ambitious goals
The San Diego Union-Tribune / April 3, 2015

The BRAIN initiative tackles one of the toughest problems in science. The goal? To produce the first dynamic view of the human brain in action that will revolutionize our understanding of how we think, feel, learn, remember, and move, transforming efforts to help the more than 1 billion people worldwide who suffer from traumatic brain injury, autism, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and other devastating brain disorders. The program – which has already funneled more than $9 million to San Diego researchers – has seven main goals.

How the Brain Heals Itself
WNPR / April 3, 2015

Dr. Norman Doidge, author of The Brain's Way of Healing, discusses new techniques are being used by brain specialists to treat Parkinson's, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.

Neuroplasticity and Chronic Pain
Delancey Place / April 1, 2015

It is the brain, not the body, that experiences pain. Repeated trauma can cause the brain to experience more pain than is warranted, a phenomenon referred to as chronic pain. This gives hope that chronic pain can be remedied through treatment of the brain. To understand how chronic pain develops, it's helpful to know about the structure of neurons.

On Finding a New Normal With a Brain Injury
The Huffington Post / April 1, 2015

Dr. Nicole Eastman is a TBI survivor, and she is one of millions of Americans who live with TBI and its effects. At the time of her injury, she was a doctor, finishing up her training, but due to her headaches, fatigue, and forgetfulness, her medical career has been on hold. Nicole has been receiving therapy and rehabilitation, and she continues to make progress.

Matt Calvert Talks Concussion Recovery
Today's Slapshot / April 1, 2015

The toughest part about a concussion — particularly the subsequent recovery period — was the frustration at looking fine on the outside, but knowing you weren’t on the inside. He waxed poetic about all the skaters who would ask him on a nearly daily basis how he was feeling, and how it’s hard to describe exactly how he felt each day.

TBI Patients Found to Have Accelerated Rate of Brain Atrophy
Neurology Today / March 31, 2015

Patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) appear to have accelerated changes in brain structure similar to those that occur during normal aging, according to a new study published in the April 2015 issue of the Annals of Neurology. The findings lend credence to the notion that TBI causes long-term, progressive structural changes to the brain, which may be linked to the increased risk for early cognitive decline and dementia among these patients, the study authors said.

Moving Beyond “Hand Waving”: Why Do People Sleep a Lot After a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Psychiatric Times / March 31, 2015

“Doc, why do I need so much extra sleep? And, what makes me so sleepy during the day?” There are specific systems in the brain that promote wakefulness and regulate sleep. Many of the key cellular components in these systems are found in the hypothalamus, and they may be injured with head trauma. A fascinating look at new research that explains why people with TBI can need so much sleep.

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Virgina Tech Study: Many Hockey Helmets Unsafe
ESPN / March 30, 2015

More than a quarter of all helmets worn by hockey players, from the NHL to youth leagues, are unsafe, according to an independent study provided to "Outside the Lines" that ranked hockey helmets based on their ability to reduce concussion risk.

The Healing Power of Yoga for Brain Injuries
Yoga Journal / March 30, 2015

In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, former pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce talks about how key the practice is to his ongoing brain injury recovery.

Iraq Veteran Battles Back from Major Traumatic Brain Injuries
Standard-Examiner / March 30, 2015

In the beginning, Kurtis Edelman couldn’t even remember how to tie his shoes after he sustained a serious brain injury while serving with the Army in Iraq. But thanks to his own perseverance and the compassionate deeds of his wife the retired Army sergeant was able to navigate the extremely long and winding road that was his healing process:

Another Football Player Quits Amid Concussion Concerns
ThinkProgress.org / March 30, 2015

University of Michigan offensive lineman Jack Miller will forgo his senior season in part over concerns about the long-term effects of concussions.


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