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HuffPost | Jan 6, 2020

These flashbacks are like unprompted, extremely vivid memories that I can’t help but watch on repeat. They also take me back to how I felt in that moment ― the shaking legs, accelerated heartbeat and the overwhelming feeling that I am not safe. 

Yahoo! Lifestyle | Jan 2, 2020

I’m 14 months post-car accident, which is how I sustained my second TBI (traumatic brain injury). This time around, I had a mild injury, versus the moderate one I experienced 22 years prior in another car accident. With no broken bones or internal bleeding, I returned to work in less than a week. Of course, I didn’t know, nor could the doctors predict the extent my TBI would change my life going forward.

The New York Times | Dec 30, 2019

Two mothers blamed the youth football organization for the deaths of their sons, who were found to have a degenerative brain disease after a fatal motorcycle crash and suicide.

Yahoo! Lifestyle | Dec 27, 2019

Have you ever heard the saying “perfect is the enemy of the good?” This truism is never truer than when recovering from a brain injury. 

BBC News | Dec 27, 2019

A Gulf War veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has found a novel way to ease his symptoms - crafting Christmas baubles.

The New York Times | Dec 27, 2019

We asked a handful of moms what it’s like to have a child in the league. They expressed support, excitement and anxiety.

USA Today | Dec 19, 2019

A three-digit suicide prevention hotline number will soon make seeking emergency mental health help more like calling 911, federal regulators announced Thursday.

The Mighty | Dec 16, 2019

The holiday season is a busy time and can be overwhelming even when you are not managing a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or other debilitating illness. During the first year of my recovery from my TBI, I absolutely dreaded the holidays. Here are some tips for easing your way through the holidays with a TBI:

The New York Times | Dec 13, 2019

At Stanford, David Camarillo chases the dream of a helmet that can prevent brain disease related to playing football. It’s filled with water. Really. Brain experts say he’s wasting his time.

The Military Times | Dec 13, 2019

The Defense Department has a mandate to look into the consequences of troops’ exposure to blasts from shoulder-fired weapons, after a 2018 study suggested that repeated impact can cause traumatic brain injuries, and all of the consequences that go along with them.

The Military Times | Dec 5, 2019


The United States Postal Service is taking action to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder with the release of a new commemorative stamp.

Proceeds from the “Healing PTSD” stamp purchases will be donated to the Department of Veterans Affairs and National Center for PTSD.

USA Today | Dec 5, 2019

Growing up, Matthew Benedict played football in the fall, hockey in the winter, and lacrosse in the spring. In the summer, he and his brother and their buddies would head to Toronto for weekend hockey tournaments. Each of those sports meant he took hard hits to the head for years. At the age of 26, he took his own life. His story illustrates the challenges parents face as they decide whether to let their sons and daughters play contact sports, as well as deciphering conflicting messages from scientists and sports leagues about head trauma.

Gizmodo | Dec 4, 2019

A majority of people experiencing homelessness across the world have a history of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, according to new research out this week. And often, these injuries could have contributed to or been caused by their homelessness, the authors say.

The Mighty | Dec 3, 2019

Recently I was accidentally whacked in the head with a frisbee at the dog park. Now this may sound funny, and it most likely looked funny to those who saw it from a distance. But for someone recovering from a traumatic brain injury, it was not funny at all.

Los Angeles Times | Dec 3, 2019

It had been three months since Ellison died at age 31 — and nearly a decade since his days on the football field as a hard-hitting defensive back, team captain, and fan favorite at USC. His family wanted to know if football may have impacted his mental health later in life.

The New York Times | Dec 2, 2019

Haunted by a violent past, the territory has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.

The New York Times | Nov 26, 2019

For millions of Americans, watching college football is akin to breathing, especially on rivalry weekend. Do they worry about the physical price its players pay?

U.S. News and World Report | Nov 22, 2019

Suicides surpassed car crashes as the top cause of TBI-related deaths in recent years, a new study shows.

The Washington Post | Nov 20, 2019

Former professional soccer players in Scotland developed dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases at significantly higher rates than the general population, according to a study published Monday that adds to the growing body of research that suggests years of exposure to heading in the sport may have negative impacts later.

Forbes | Nov 8, 2019

Who is more likely to suffer a concussion playing high school sports, a female soccer player or a male football player? A new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that girls who play high school soccer are at nearly the same risk for traumatic brain injuries as boys who play high school football.  In fact, concussion rates were higher among girls than boys in every high school sport. Despite the indisputable statistics, controversy still surrounds the exact reasons that girls suffer more concussions than boys.

The New Yorker | Nov 4, 2019

The thud was thicker than I’d expected. It felt as if my head had been slammed in a car door.

The Washington Post | Nov 4, 2019

The life of a top professional athlete involves hard training, plenty of stress, career-threatening injuries and no shortage of money. But now, some high-profile figures -- think Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Wales rugby union captain Sam Warburton -- have decided at a relatively early age that the glory and the lucre no longer outweigh the pain. The issue of long-lasting injuries, particularly concussion and its ramifications, looms ever larger for anyone looking to take up a contact sport, either as an amateur or a pro. It’s a growing concern for high schools and parents, not to mention the sports leagues that are facing legal suits.

USA Today | Nov 1, 2019

Lawmakers held a hearing this week in New York City on legislation that would prohibit children under 12 from playing tackle football in New York.  

The New York Times | Oct 29, 2019

T.J. Abraham’s career ended when his brain began to fail. His doctors blame football, and he is pushing for change.

The Washington Post | Oct 28, 2019

In the nation’s firehouses, hospitals, call centers and police stations, many first responders are struggling with PTSD wrought by both the everyday deaths and tragedies encountered on the job and a national epidemic of mass shootings, from Sandy Hook and Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to a Walmart in El Paso, a bar in Dayton, Ohio, and a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif.