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New York Times | Apr 8, 2010

As workers' compensation lawyers go, Ron Mix and Mel Owens understand their clients' problems better than most. While Mix was a Hall of Fame lineman with the San Diego Chargers in the 1960s, he played the same brutal game that has left his contemporaries experiencing early-onset dementia at a rate several times that of the national population. Owens, a starting linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1980s, belonged to an era whose players can only wonder if their fate will be similar or worse. Mix and Owens have leveraged their connections to represent about 1,000 retired players in the workers' compensation system of California, the only jurisdiction that allows long-retired professional athletes to pursue workers' compensation for cumulative injuries, even if they played only one game in the state in their careers.

WCVB-TV, Massachusetts | Apr 8, 2010

Six people suffered injuries after plunging off a cliff in an ATV accident in South Hadley, MA over the weekend. Fire officials say it's amazing they survived. A local family says this accident is just more evidence that ATVs are dangerous for adults, and kids. Kids don't need a license to drive them, so many parents think they're safe. But they are not.

Clinton News, Mississippi | Apr 8, 2010

First-graders at Clinton Park Elementary are learning the importance of wearing a helmet when riding bicycles, scooters or skateboards from Headie Hurdle and members of the Clinton Junior Auxiliary this week. The centerpiece of a former Mississippi Brain Injury Association education program, Headie is used by members of nonprofit Junior Auxiliary to illustrate the need for a "shell," or helmet, to cover your fragile head.

WLWT | Apr 7, 2010

West Chester Police Officer Nicholas Gattermeyer is back on the force after recovering from a terrible crash. His message to the public is to guard against complacency; don't get used to driving a few miles an hour over the limit, or doing things out of procedure because you never know when one unexpected event could take your life.

The New York Times | Apr 7, 2010

Reinard Wilson knew something was up last March when he opened an envelope from the Cincinnati Bengals, unfolded a check and noticed its amount: $0.00. For several months, Wilson had received $230 a week in California workers' compensation for injuries incurred while playing linebacker and defensive end for the Bengals from 1997 to 2002.

The Pilot | Apr 6, 2010

In light of the recent riding accident befalling Courtney King-Dye, it seems like a good time to revisit the importance of wearing approved protective headgear while riding or driving horses.

Brain and Spinal | Apr 6, 2010

Neurologists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have adapted a brain scanning technique developed for studying the organization of the brain. The novel approach to the scanning might be just what the doctor ordered for traumatic brain injury and stroke patients. If it proves successful, the brain scans will give doctors a tool for predicting the extent of a brain injury and potentially avert some of the damage

Brain and Spinal | Apr 6, 2010

Patients who arrive at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center with traumatic brain injuries may end up as a part of a widespread study to determine whether or not progesterone injections help to mitigate some of the effects of the injury. Progesterone has been found to correlate with less-severe long-term damage after a brain injury, and this study aims to gather conclusive evidence to that effect.

The New York Times | Apr 6, 2010

The five paper-clipped sheets that were slipped into a wire basket at the Van Nuys State Office Building looked no different from the other workers' compensation claims filed by welders and cashiers. But this packet was different: it will almost certainly become a test case in considering National Football League teams' liability for the dementia experienced by retired players. | Apr 5, 2010

ProTECT III clinical trials will soon be availablefor testing the safety and effectiveness of using progesterone therapy to mitigate the damage caused by moderate to severe trauma to the brain.

Department of Defense | Apr 5, 2010

Advanced brain scans that can detect injury earlier than before are among several improvements developed by military doctors and scientists to treat service members with traumatic brain injuries.

District Administration | Apr 5, 2010

A greater awareness of the impact of sports-related concussions has swept the country, as over 40 states are currently developing legislation that will set standards for when a student athlete can return to the playing field. Although these laws vary by state, the core principles include educating students, coaches, and parents about the dangers of concussions, removing athletes from the field if a concussion is suspected, and requiring medical clearance before they may return.

The Star-Tribune | Apr 5, 2010

The availability of Butler starting power forward Matt Howard will be a game-time decision Monday, Bulldogs coach Brad Stevens said Sunday. The Associated Press reported that team trainers diagnosed the head injury Howard suffered in Saturday's semifinal victory over Michigan State as a mild concussion.

Voice of America | Apr 2, 2010

It sounds almost like science fiction: could some patients believed to be in vegetative or minimally conscious states really be conscious all along? And perhaps with new technology, be capable of communicating? A recent study could give hope to some of these patients, while raising ethical and legal questions about a patient's quality of life.

University of Texas at Dallas | Apr 2, 2010

Researchers from the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders and Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (BIR) are working together to investigate the effects of drinking water on patients with dysphagia, a disorder that affects a person's ability to swallow.

The Ridgewood News | Apr 2, 2010

A Ridgewood, NJ mother's concerns after her son suffered a concussion while playing lacrosse have inspired her to help organize a Baseline Concussion Testing program for Ridgewood's middle school athletes.

The New York Times | Apr 1, 2010

Too little is known about how to care long-term for veterans with a traumatic brain injury, the most common injury among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the Institute of Medicine said Wednesday. It urged the Veterans Affairs Department to conduct research into developing protocols for caring for these veterans as they age.

USA Today | Apr 1, 2010

The Defense Department hopes to find a better treatment for the 100,000 troops who have been diagnosed with mild Traumatic Brain Injury since 2003, and it's looking at hyperbaric chambers — often used in cases of carbon monoxide poisoning — for the answer.

WOWK, West Virginia | Apr 1, 2010

A traumatic brain injury impacts not only the patient, but also his family and community. West Virginia University's Center for Excellence in Disabilities held a training seminar for them Wednesday.

WHYY, Pennsylvania | Mar 31, 2010

More than a million Americans suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury each year. Half of those injuries occur in car accidents, but an increasing number in wars overseas. The struggle to help people cope with these life-changing injuries continues.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus | Mar 31, 2010

For the first time Monday, Ypsilanti resident Amy Hogg and her family met the men and women that saved her 14-year-old son Jordan's life. It was an emotional scene as Jordan and his family met with the emergency personnel whom responded to the grizzly scene after the teen got tangled up underneath a utility trailer when a youth group's hayride went awry last October.

KFYR TV, North Dakota | Mar 31, 2010

One of the hardest parts about life after a traumatic brain injury is re-learning to do the things you love. Thanks to the North Dakota Department of Human Services and Human Interface Technologies, Inc. more people who have been affected by brain injuries are getting out and doing what they enjoy.

Grand Rapids Press | Mar 30, 2010

Ah, spring. The swallows return to Capistrano. The tulips return to Holland. And a small group of motorcycle riders returns to the state Legislature to push for the repeal of the state's helmet law.

CNYLink | Mar 30, 2010

In a split second, Auburn native Amy Rankin's life was forever changed. She was 23 years old, a new teacher in Baltimore, Md. and had just chaperoned her first middle school dance. She and her friend celebrated with dinner and drinks. But after a little too much wine, they decided it best not to drive. Had 21-year-old Michael Robertson made the same decision, it would be safe to say Rankin's life would have been unaffected.

San Francisco Chronicle | Mar 30, 2010

Patients with severe head injuries who show up at one of three Bay Area hospitals over the next four years may be given an experimental new treatment - an IV infusion of the hormone progesterone - that doctors hope will have a profound effect on their recovery.

The Billings Gazette | Mar 29, 2010

Bobbie Larsen's life changed three years ago when she fell 8 feet onto a concrete floor, fracturing her skull on the left side. Most symptoms didn't go away as she thought they would. They dragged on for weeks, then months, then a year. Meanwhile, people, including some in the medical community, started wondering if Larsen was really as sick as she said she was. Maybe, they suggested, she was imagining it.

San Diego Union Tribune | Mar 29, 2010

For Lee Woodruff, wife of the ABC News anchor who was nearly killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006, the kindest act directed at her after her husband's injuries came weeks after the explosion. One of Bob Woodruff's physical therapists asked Lee Woodruff how she was handling things, the author and TV news editor said yesterday in La Jolla, where she spoke to a packed room of health providers who care for brain-injured patients. | Mar 29, 2010

You can say this for the NHL: They wanted to get a rule about blindside hits to the head in place, and they did so in an expedient fashion. After getting the OK from the NHLPA, effective immediately, if you hit a player in the head from behind, there is going to be punishment.

The Times Union | Mar 26, 2010

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, is neither a skier nor a snowboarder "” "We could not do that in Puerto Rico when I was growing up" "” but he's pushing a bill that would mandate the use of helmets for skiers and snowboarders at winter resorts throughout the state.

EmaxHealth | Mar 26, 2010

Robert Culp, the 79-year-old actor best known as Kelly Robinson in the 1960's TV Show I Spy co-starring Bill Cosby, has died after falling outside his Hollywood home on Wednesday morning.

Brain and Spinal | Mar 26, 2010

When scientists presented conclusive evidence that the brain requires rest after an injury, and that a second injury while recovering from the first can cause much more serious damage, U.S. Military officials took notice and implemented changes almost immediately. The Pentagon will now remove soldiers exposed to roadside bomb blasts from combat for 24 hours, whether they show signs of injury or not.

The New York Times | Mar 25, 2010

N.H.L. punishment for blind-side checks to the head is becoming increasingly likely. Key members of the union on Wednesday endorsed the league's move to speed approval for suspensions for such head checks starting immediately, rather than wait for the beginning of next season.

The Associated Press | Mar 25, 2010

Battlefield medics will soon conduct mandatory examinations of service members who may have sustained concussions instead of waiting for them to complain of symptoms, the military's brain-injury experts said Wednesday.

The Buffalo News | Mar 25, 2010

Britten M. Walker was an Army sniper who had a breakdown earlier this year after three combat tours. Chris Kreiger thought he was losing his mind after returning from the Iraq War with the Army, unaware that a traumatic brain injury had exacerbated his post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Globe and Mail, Toronto | Mar 24, 2010

After suffering total retrograde amnesia from a traumatic brain injury, woman's memory improving thanks to the work of a Laval University neurophysiologist.

CNET | Mar 24, 2010

A brain scanning technique known as resting-state functional connectivity (FC) could help clinicians identify and even predict the effects of brain injuries such as strokes, according to neurologists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Truthout | Mar 24, 2010

New statistics show that the number of Iraq and Afghanistan veteran patients being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and who have had PTSD claims approved increased. Also, new research projects are in the works to treat PTSD and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

WRTV, Indianapolis | Mar 24, 2010

Most people know Botox as an injectable wrinkle eliminator. Now, the cosmetic treatment is being used on patients with limb spasticity.

ESPN | Mar 24, 2010

Boston Bruins forward Vladimir Sobotka suffered what the team called a head injury early in Tuesday night's 4-0 win over the Atlanta Thrashers and did not return.

eMilitary | Mar 23, 2010

The Defense Department is rolling out a new set of guidelines for the treatment of mild traumatic brain injury among servicemembers in combat areas.

ESPN | Mar 23, 2010

Boston Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron knows first-hand what it's like to suffer a head injury.His career was in question after he suffered a Grade 3 concussion on Oct. 27, 2007 against the Philadelphia Flyers' Randy Jones in Boston and missed the last 72 games of the season. Fortunately, Bergeron recovered, returning to the ice last season and is completely back to form now.

The Cypress Times | Mar 22, 2010

Botox is the brand name for therapeutic botulinum toxin, an ultra purified neurotoxin. Most people know Botox as a cosmetic treatment for facial wrinkles and aging of the skin; however, this special medication is also used by health care providers to treat increased muscle stiffness in adults with upper and lower limb spasticity.

The Daily Breeze, Torrance, CA | Mar 19, 2010

Former Indianapolis 500 champion Parnelli Jones and his wife, Judy, remember the trail of racetrack dirt that led to a crowd of friends huddled at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. The group that was gathered Sept. 24, 1994, was waiting for an update on the condition of the Joneses' son, Page.

WebMD | Mar 19, 2010

About 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries in the United States every year and tens of thousands are fatal, the CDC says. The new report, based on data from 2002 to 2006, says traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs, killed about 52,000 people annually in those years and resulted in 275,000 hospitalizations.

The New York Times | Mar 19, 2010

One of the uglier crashes of Scotty Lago's snowboarding career occurred last summer during a halfpipe competition in New Zealand. While attempting a Cab 1080 "” a spin of three rotations "” Lago struck his upper body hard on the lip of the halfpipe, sending his hat (he was not wearing a helmet) and goggles flying. He fell 20 feet to the bottom of the pipe, striking the back of his head, and tumbling to a stop.

Food Consumer | Mar 18, 2010

The CDC issued a report today March 17, 2010 saying that an estimated 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries resulting in deaths, hospitalizations and emergency department visits occur in the United States each year.

USA Today | Mar 18, 2010

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson has suffered a head injury against the Calgary Flames and will not return to the lineup.

The Washington Post | Mar 18, 2010

Bruce Allen, the executive vice president and general manager of the Washinton Redskins, announced Wednesday that the Redskins invited 500 area high school coaches to attend the team's first minicamp practice, both to observe how the team runs its camp and to take part in a symposium on concussions.

Department of Defense | Mar 17, 2010

The Defense Department is rolling out a new set of guidelines for the treatment of mild traumatic brain injury among service members in combat areas. "We're morping from a symptom-based approach in theater to an incident-based approach," a senior official said yesterday during a "DoDLive" bloggers roundtable.

The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, SC | Mar 17, 2010

You could say Joshua Brantner had it all. Not only was he good-looking -- the young man was also an all-star athlete in basketball, baseball, soccer and in-line skating. Then, on Sept. 9, 2001, the 20-year-old's life changed forever. While at a party, Brantner fell 30 feet from a tree and landed on concrete.

The New York Times | Mar 17, 2010

The N.F.L. further distanced itself from its tumultuous past regarding concussions on Tuesday by selecting two new co-chairmen for a renamed policy committee and accepting the resignation of one of that group's most prominent members.

The New York Times  | Mar 16, 2010

When Judge Robert C. Chambers handed down Timothy Oldani's federal sentence for selling stolen military equipment on eBay, he gave the former Marine a break.

The New York Times | Mar 16, 2010

Alecko Eskandarian recently posted this message on Twitter: "I have a new PS3 and FIFA 10. I haven't used myself in a video game in ages and this is gonna be fun. But if my character has a concussion I'm gonna be ticked."

Digital Journal | Mar 16, 2010

An expanded trial for the treatment of brain injuries was launched Monday using HBOT protocol in the United States. The study expands a current one that has seen amazing results with military patients injured in Iraq.

My Fox, Houston | Mar 16, 2010

He calls himself the "Miracle Man." John Keller of McAllen is one of millions of people learning to live again with a traumatic brain injury. For those who've suffered one, there is a silent struggle to start over. You wouldn't know it by just looking, but Keller is one of the walking wounded.

The Wall Street Journal | Mar 16, 2010

Traumatic brain injuries are a problem for the U.S. military, with more than 20,000 cases diagnosed in the first nine months of 2009. Venture-backed BrainScope Co. aims to lessen their impact by making it possible to better assess these injuries in the battlefield.

Brain and Spinal | Mar 15, 2010

Every March, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and their chartered state organizations work together with various businesses, schools, traumatic brain injury victims, and families to help raise awareness and promote a broader understanding of people with brain injuries in the US and the unique difficulties associated with life after such a profound and often debilitating injury.

KSL-TV, Utah | Mar 15, 2010

Worried about the risk of concussions, some Utah doctors are pushing for a mandatory baseline test for those signing up for high-impact sports. The test is required in most professional sports, but not at a high school or junior high level.

Food Consumer | Mar 15, 2010

Although most people with a concussion fully recover, for some the effects of this injury can last weeks, months or longer. Concussions, a type of traumatic brain injury, are all serious. That is why the choices we make immediately following a concussion can decide life or death or whether an injured athlete will see a full recovery and return to play. The state of Washington stepped in to help make this choice clearer for coaches, parents and athletes.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mar 15, 2010

If international expert Robert Cantu had his druthers, football teams would practice without helmets. That would be the best way to teach players to avoid head-to-head collisions, utilize their shoulders and bodies more in contact, protect against the concussions and later-life brain maladies the brutal game creates at rates such scientists find alarming.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger | Mar 15, 2010

When Veronica Thomas gets to Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation around 8 each morning, her son is lying motionless and silent in his bed under the flags of Texas and the United States.

USA Today | Mar 15, 2010

Marc Baskett is not exactly the same guy he was before suffering serious injuries in a traffic accident in 2004.

The Los Angeles Times | Mar 15, 2010

Humans' emotional tears are unique. How they developed is unclear, but they seem to be beneficial. So go ahead, have a good cry.

Gary Post-Tribune | Mar 12, 2010

A 46-year-old man with a traumatic brain injury was found eating lunch at Panera Bread nearly 40 minutes after he had wandered off from his doctor's office Thursday afternoon.

WSOC-TV, Charlotte | Mar 12, 2010

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a head injury that affects the function of the brain. The injury can range from mild to severe and may or may not cause a break or penetration of the skull.

The New York Times | Mar 11, 2010

In a move that signals a shift in the culture of professional hockey in North America, N.H.L. general managers on Wednesday unanimously recommended a rule that would penalize blindside checks to the head.

The New York Times | Mar 11, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it had approved Allergan's Botox to treat spasms of the elbow, wrist and fingers.

San Bernardino County Sun | Mar 11, 2010

Researchers have found that when the brain is injured, it needs rest to recover. But a second injury as the brain is recuperating from the first can cause brain cells to die, resulting in a permanent loss of function -- or even death. Recognition of this process is why last week the Pentagon said it would be pulling troops out of combat for 24 hours after exposure to the jarring effects of a roadside bomb, even if they appear uninjured and say they want to return to combat.

CTV Montreal | Mar 11, 2010

NHL general managers have wrapped up three days of meetings with a framework for a penalty for hits to the head. The new rule would allow referees to assess a minor or major penalty for blindside hits to the head.

Business Week | Mar 10, 2010

Five years of hell ended in a hard death. Lou Creekmur suffered 13 broken noses and 16 concussions as a Hall-of-Fame lineman for the National Football League's Detroit Lions, and in retirement saw 14 doctors who couldn't explain his anger and forgetfulness. He died at 82 on July 5, 2009, on a bed three inches too short, in a hospice eight miles from home. Then Chris Nowinski called.

Medill Chicago | Mar 10, 2010

Concussions are becoming an increasingly high-profile sports injury, especially since the NFL announced it would be making stricter guidelines for when a player should be allowed to return to games or practices. More worrisome and less publicized are the increasing number of concussions among younger players.

WXIA-TV (GA) | Mar 10, 2010

Bronte Wright is bent over her notebook, the late afternoon sun streaming through her family's dining room. At first glance, Bronte could be any other fresh faced senior at Sequoyah High School in Cherokee County, but a closer look reveals a tear drop shaped scar at the hollow of her throat - a constant reminder.

The New York Times | Mar 9, 2010

On a cold, wet afternoon not long ago, Aron Reznick sat in the lounge of a home for the elderly here, his silver hair neatly combed, his memory a fog. He could not remember Thanksgiving dinner with his family, though when he was given a hint "” "turkey" "” it came back to him, vaguely, like a shadow in the moonlight.

The New York Times | Mar 9, 2010

The N.H.L. general managers opened their annual meeting Monday leaning toward recommending a rule change that would penalize some hits to the head deemed legal under current rules.

Defense Centers of Excellence | Mar 8, 2010

What do warriors and professional football players have in common? Both are susceptible to sustaining concussions — whether in-theater or on the gridiron. And both are sometimes reluctant to seek treatment for fear of being seen as weak or forced to sit out of the action to recover.

The Washington Post  | Mar 8, 2010

Leaders of the NFL and the players' union are studying the possibilities of curtailing teams' offseason practices and placing restrictions on the amount of hitting allowed between players during training camp and the regular season, officials said.

USA Today | Mar 8, 2010

A receiver leveled as he's reaching for a pass is clearly considered a defenseless player by NFL law, but a running back who is struck in the head while his forward progress is stopped is fair game. Such a rulebook disparity could soon change.

Sports Illustrated | Mar 8, 2010

Diving for a loose ball during a summer pickup game, North Carolina center Tyler Zeller knocked heads with another player. It left him with a headache, nothing he was too worried about. Next day, Zeller learned it was a bit more: tests revealed he had a concussion. | Mar 8, 2010

Last week 2008 Olympian Courtney King-Dye was critically injured at a farm in Loxahatchee. Courtney had asked for a leg yield; the horse got tangled up in his own legs, tripped and fell. Courtney hit her head, fractured her skull causing bleeding in her brain. She was airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach and remains in a coma. Courtney was not wearing a helmet.

The Boston Globe | Mar 8, 2010

Instead of traveling with his teammates to Toronto last night after a 2-1 loss to the Penguins at Mellon Arena, Marc Savard stayed behind at the team hotel in Pittsburgh, left in no shape to fly because of a blind-side jolt to the head delivered by Matt Cooke.

Helena Independent Record | Mar 8, 2010

The device is portable and compact, and when Charles Paske sets it on the table and describes its medical uses, it's hard not to shrug him off the way he's been shrugged off so many times before.

The Calgary Herald | Mar 8, 2010

National Hockey League general managers begin a three-day meeting today to decide how to crack down on head shots, which is good news, a laudable, promised followup to a November session at which some encouraging, enlightened words were uttered on this critical subject.

Department of Defense | Mar 5, 2010

A sign on the highway identifying the exit ramp for Fort Detrick gives little indication of the revolutionalry science being advanced behind its gates -- aimed at unlocking everything from cures for breast and prostate cancer to new ways to treat post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.

The National Post | Mar 3, 2010

Traumatic brain injury (concussion) is common. It can make your life miserable with headache, insomnia, dizziness, fatigue, and irritability. The good news is that these symptoms usually fade after a week of modified activities. But not in everybody. For a significant minority (especially significant if it's you), the symptoms linger. The condition is called post-concussion syndrome, and from what we see in our sports medicine practice, it can be hard to shake.

The Charleston Gazette | Mar 3, 2010

Advocates are questioning why state senators removed fees on drunken drivers in a proposal meant to generate funds for people with brain injuries. The original legislation (SB657) would boost fees for accident reports and impose $50 fees on DUI offenders. That money would help pay for services for West Virginians with traumatic brain injuries.

The Wall Street Journal | Mar 3, 2010

For millions of patients, a CT scan can mean the difference between life and death, detecting a brain tumor, blood clot or burst appendix in seconds. But federal regulators, radiology groups and hospitals are launching efforts to scale back use of the scans, also called CAT scans, amid growing evidence that they are exposing millions of patients to radiation that may elevate the risk of cancer in the future.

Air Force Link | Mar 3, 2010

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI,has been labeled a "signature injury" of the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also occurs in non-combat settings in association with motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, assaults and falls. In 2009, Department of Defense officials reported 20,199 cases of TBI among military service members.

CNN | Mar 3, 2010

U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan targeted in roadside bomb attacks will be pulled from duty and examined for 24 hours before being cleared for battle again, Pentagon officials told CNN Tuesday.

USA Today | Mar 2, 2010

Troops caught near a roadside blast will be pulled out of combat for 24 hours and checked for a mild traumatic brain injury, even if they appear unhurt or say they are fine, according to a treatment policy the Pentagon is planning to release.

The Orange County Register | Mar 2, 2010

While the Vancouver cauldron was lit, we spent the past 17 days watching not the Olympics but a mutant form of extreme games upon steep mountains, icy rinks as smooth as glass, treacherous sliding chutes and ski jumps and halfpipes that launch athletes more than four stories into the Canadian sky.

The Dallas Morning News | Mar 2, 2010

By the time Scott Hayner of Highland Park was 7, he had had one skull fracture and three major concussions from falling off horses. Nobody connected those accidents to the difficulties he had in school as he acted out, stopped talking for three months and cried daily for two years.

The Sacramento Bee | Mar 1, 2010

Turn on the television and watch them soar and twist through the air, hurtle down a mountain or race through an icy, narrow chute in search of Olympic glory. And know that danger lurks all too close for winter sports athletes.

The Desert Dispatch  | Mar 1, 2010

Things started looking brighter for the Dotsons early Saturday morning, thanks to 72 volunteers who showed up at the Barstow, CA family's home at 7:00 a.m.

Gettysburg Times | Mar 1, 2010

U.S. Army Corporal Michael Ralda was a member of a seven-man recon team in Afghanistan when his position was attacked at 2 o'clock one morning. When the shooting ended, a 7.62mm bullet had nearly destroyed Ralda's left leg. Ralda was one of 15 Wounded Warriors treated to a weekend away from the normal routine of psychological evaluations and physical rehabilitation exercises, at Ski Liberty.

Northwest Observer | Mar 1, 2010

When Carrie Burt didn't show up to teach her swimming class at the Spears Family YMCA last Aug. 15, concerned co-workers tried in vain to reach her. Little did they know that at that moment, rescue workers were en route to Moses Cone Hospital with Burt.

KPBS | Feb 25, 2010

Lots of parents are relieved when their sons choose soccer over football as their team sport. Football is thought of as a game where young kids can get badly, not so much. And the parents whose daughters take up soccer are often thrilled their girls can play on a team, without much risk of injury. But, unfortunately, the statistics tell a different story.

USA Today | Feb 25, 2010

The death of a Toughman Contest participant who apparently suffered a head injury during a weekend event is being investigated by the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission, the commission's director said Wednesday.

ESPN | Feb 25, 2010

Twenty-six-year-old C.R. Johnson was killed today while skiing at Squaw Valley, Calif. According to a statement issued by the resort, the Lake Tahoe native caught an edge on exposed rocks while entering the Light Towers area above the Cornice II lift. He fell through rocks before coming to a rest several hundred yards below the entry. Ski Patrol were on the scene within minutes, but efforts to revive Johnson failed. He was reportedly wearing a helmet.

Finance & Commerce | Feb 24, 2010

It's a truism that juries, and hence insurance companies, become tight-fisted with damages arising from personal injury lawsuits during a recession, but that isn't necessarily accurate when it comes to catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain damage. Some attorneys who handle such cases have found that if anything, the recession has encouraged them.

WCAX, VT | Feb 24, 2010

Eric Vincent cherishes every moment he gets to spend on the slopes. The 19-year-old Champlain College student from Rhode Island has been snowboarding since he was 5 years old. But ask him to talk about last winter and there's not much he can tell you.