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The New York Times | Dec 29, 2009

Texas Tech suspended Mike Leach on Monday while the school investigated complaints from receiver Adam James and his family about how the player was treated after a concussion.

Health Canal | Dec 29, 2009

The National Football League Players Association announced today that it will collaborate with the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine to support the Center's efforts to advance the study of the effects of repetitive brain trauma in athletes.

The New York Times | Dec 29, 2009

Many people had considered it. Others had said it privately. But Representative Linda T. Sánchez, a California Democrat, said it clearly and forcefully into the microphone at a House Judiciary Committee hearing room and onto video clips nationwide. "It sort of reminds me of the tobacco companies pre-1990s," she said, "when they kept saying no, there is no link between smoking and damage to your health."

DOTmed News | Dec 29, 2009

Progesterone, a hormone that increases tenfold during pregnancy, is thought to help the developing fetus by protecting it from oxidative stress and aiding neuron development. But a growing body of research leads some doctors to think it could also be a useful first-line treatment after a traumatic brain injury or stroke.

Greenville News, Greenville, SC | Dec 28, 2009
The strain is evident on Jeff Knox's face. His heart thumps at close to its maximum. Three days a week, for 60 minutes at a time, Knox knocks himself out at Acceleration Sports Institute. And he's knocking others out, too, as he personally changes the potential of others with traumatic brain injuries.
New York Times | Dec 28, 2009
The N.F.L. has spent the last month announcing major changes to its treatment of brain injuries and placating some of its most vocal critics. Meanwhile, the league's committee on concussions is quietly devising new helmet safety standards that are raising familiar questions of faulty science and conflict of interest.
Indianapolis Star | Dec 24, 2009
Almost a third of U.S. doctors have never heard of the "choking game" played by many teens, nor can they spot the tell-tale signs of the potentially lethal practice, according to a survey in the January issue of Pediatrics.
Lincoln Journal Star | Dec 24, 2009
Football players talked with pride about "getting their bell rung" and "getting dinged." There is considerably more awareness about the potential for brain injury in recent years at the University of Nebraska.
MedPage Today | Dec 23, 2009

Progesterone should be considered as a treatment option for head trauma -- and perhaps other types of central nervous system injuries, researchers urged.

Scout News, San Diego, CA | Dec 23, 2009

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton unlocked the doors to the Marine Corps' first rehabilitation apartment to aid service members suffering from brain injuries, Dec 11.

The New York Times | Dec 22, 2009

On a gray Wednesday afternoon here in early December, scientists huddled around what appeared to be a two-gallon carton of frozen yogurt, its exposed top swirling with dry-ice fumes.

ABC News | Dec 22, 2009

Dave Sharpe was troubled by thoughts he couldn't share after he returned from serving in Iraq. "I found myself waking up in the middle of the night, punching holes in walls, kicking and beating the refrigerator door," he said. Then one day, the former Air Force senior airman went with a friend to a local pit bull rescue and took home a puppy, Cheyenne

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Center | Dec 22, 2009

Following a groundbreaking congressional hearing last October on the danger of concussions in the NCAA and NFL, the House Judiciary Committee has set a date for a follow-up hearing. The hearing -- Legal Issues Relating to Football Head Injuries, Part II -- will take place on January 4 in Detroit, MI.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Center | Dec 22, 2009

A doctor in Pequannock, New Jersey has been instructing high school and middle school teachers how to identify and properly handle students who may suffer from brain injuries such as concussions. Dr. Paul Ostergaard, the doctor for Pequannock High School's sports teams, told teachers that students in recovery from head injuries require complete brain rest, a Pequannock Daily Record article reported.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Center | Dec 22, 2009

A teen girl from Marlboro, New Jersey who suffered 11 concussions is now encouraging Congress to create laws to protect other young athletes from brain injury and subsequent brain disorders. Niki Popyer, 16, said in an Associated Press article that her first few concussions were not even diagnosed correctly until a neurologist reviewed her medical records and affirmed the seriousness of the Popyer's brain injuries.

The Washington Post | Dec 22, 2009

A treadmill developed at the NASA Ames Research Center for exercising in space has seen more athletes than astronauts lately.

The New York Times | Dec 21, 2009

Congressman John Conyers Jr., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Thursday called another hearing regarding brain injuries in football. It is scheduled to be held Jan. 4 in Detroit.

The New York Times | Dec 21, 2009

After weeks of transforming its approach to concussions and its research into their long-term effects among players, the N.F.L. not only announced Sunday that it would support research by its most vocal critics but also conceded publicly for the first time that concussions can have lasting consequences.

Stars and Stripes | Dec 21, 2009

The Army is preparing to open several multimillion-dollar facilities to treat soldiers for combat stress and traumatic brain injury at Grafenwöhr and Vilseck.

The New York Times | Dec 18, 2009

A deceased professional hockey player has been found to have had brain damage associated with repeated head trauma, connecting hockey for the first time to health risks linked to boxers and, most recently, football players.

Canada Views | Dec 16, 2009

It's a world first: thanks to new technology developed by the University of Victoria, researchers can now show how multiple parts of the right brain dynamically process spatial relationships.

HealthCanal.com | Dec 16, 2009

The creation of revolutionary technology together with a $755,000 grant, awarded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, has the potential to radically improve rehabilitation efficiencies for people who survive a traumatic brain injury.

The New York Times | Dec 16, 2009

Everything appeared to be on track for American bobsled driver Todd Hays for the Vancouver Olympics until a crash in training not only derailed an Olympic spot, but also ended his career.

The Washington Post | Dec 16, 2009

As the handling of concussions and head injuries has moved to the forefront in the NFL this year, Congress now is seeking to step in with legislation aimed at reducing the frequency of those injuries in youth and high school sports.

Parentcentral.ca | Dec 15, 2009

Karen Condon's world turned upside down on Feb. 20, 2007, when a snowboard went through her son's skull, shattering it like a cracked eggshell.

The Buffalo News | Dec 15, 2009

Michael D. Hauser starts parenting classes next week. It's just the latest battle in his journey to reclaim the life he lost when shrapnel from a suicide bomber pierced his brain and left him partially paralyzed two years ago in Iraq.

The Press Association | Dec 14, 2009

Drinks containing a cocktail of protein components could prove an effective treatment for mental impairment caused by brain injuries, a study has suggested. Scientists came to the conclusion after feeding a mixture of amino acids to brain-damaged mice.

The Missoulian | Dec 14, 2009

If Dave Poulsen's research gets approval from federal regulators for medical use, Poulsen and his employer, the University of Montana, stand to make a lot of money on meth. That's right.

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Dec 14, 2009

In Section 121, sunlit on the Army side, sat a special group of 85 soldiers and Marines at yesterday's Army-Navy game. They could say things nobody else could.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Board | Dec 11, 2009

Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have discovered positive evidence in animal research that reinforcing the diet of a victim of traumatic brain injury can produce positive results in the recovery process.

The New York Times | Dec 11, 2009

A little less crack! accompanies the televised collisions between National Football League behemoths these days. Players are tackling as hard as ever. But broadcasters are toning down the glorification of the sport's inherent violence.

UPI.com | Dec 10, 2009

NFL Charities has donated $1.5 million in grants to support sports-related medical research at 11 organizations to examine brain and knee injuries.

The Huffington Post | Dec 10, 2009

As we prepare to send a "surge" of 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, we must look urgently and squarely at the mental health as well as the military and political consequences of our deployment.

ESPN | Dec 10, 2009

In 2007, professional wrestler Andrew "Test" Martin was interviewed for a soon-to-be-released documentary titled "The Circus: Live Fast, Die Young." "I just turned 32 years old and went to eight funerals this year," Martin said at the time in his mild Canadian accent, sweat bathing his handsome features. "Do I want to join that club? Hell, no, I don't want to join that club.

The New York Times | Dec 9, 2009

"Dad, I'm scared. I only have one brain, and I don't want to hurt it playing football."

The New York Times | Dec 9, 2009

In a 10-year career with the Oakland Raiders, George Atkinson was a part of one of the most intimidating defensive backfields to play in the N.F.L. Atkinson, who played in Oakland from 1968 to 1977, and his fellow safety Jack Tatum were featured in several N.F.L. spots promoting bone-crushing hits. They were the era's best examples of how to play smashmouth football.

The New York Times | Dec 9, 2009

Hines Ward, the Pittsburgh Steelers' rough and tumble receiver, could have played with a leather helmet in the '20s, played without a face mask in the '50s. He would have been welcomed as a teammate by Bronko Nagurski and lauded as a player by Vince Lombardi.

The Washington Post | Dec 9, 2009

Clinton Portis can't say with certainty whether he'll be in the Redskins' backfield next season, but team officials have decided he won't be returning this year.

The New York Times | Dec 8, 2009

Ben Roethlisberger was back in the starting lineup Sunday, looking sharp after sitting out Pittsburgh's game last week because of a concussion. He didn't appear to miss a step: he completed 18 of 24 passes for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns. Twice he led the Steelers on scoring drives in response to Oakland touchdowns.

Scientific Frontline Communication Center | Dec 8, 2009

Neurology researchers have shown that feeding amino acids to brain-injured animals restores their cognitive abilities and may set the stage for the first effective treatment for cognitive impairments suffered by people with traumatic brain injuries.

The New York Times | Dec 8, 2009

We recently solicited your questions for George Atallah, the assistant executive director of external affairs for the N.F.L. Players Association. Atallah responded in a fashion that I believe is unique among all previous participants in our reader-generated Q&A's: he answered every question you asked.

PopMatters | Dec 8, 2009

Not long ago, ESPN had a segment that ran during the Monday Night Football (MNF) halftime show. This segment was called "Jacked Up", and featured the most violent (though non-penalized) collisions from the previous Sunday's games.

The Los Angeles Times | Dec 7, 2009

Concussions have come into sharper focus recently, as the NFL confronts external and internal pressures to examine head injuries.

McClatchy Washington Bureau | Dec 7, 2009

As the Obama administration ramps up the war in Afghanistan, veterans advocates say the government must develop a better plan to handle the wounded when they come home.

Sports Illustrated | Dec 4, 2009

Kurt Warner knew, as he walked to see the Arizona Cardinals team medics last Sunday morning in Nashville, that playing against the Titans was not up to them. It was up to him. His words would determine whether he'd go out on the field with his sore neck and an odd, sharp sensitivity to light.

The New York Times | Dec 4, 2009

The man who could not remember has left scientists a gift that will provide insights for generations to come: his brain, now being dissected and digitally mapped in exquisite detail.

East Valley Tribune, Pheonix, AZ | Dec 4, 2009

Few NFL players understand concussions as well as Cardinals wide receiver Sean Morey.

The New York Times | Dec 4, 2009

For years, as the National Football League steadfastly defended its policy of letting some players return to the field after concussions, independent medical experts warned that the league's policy influenced the college and youth levels, which often take their cues from the professional ranks.

The Greeley Tribune, Colorado | Dec 4, 2009

She loves Fruit Loops. Today, 9-month-old April Martinez of Milliken can't eat her favorite cereal. She can't eat anything. She lies in a bed at Children's Hospital in Aurora hooked to a tube that provides hydration and nutrition, paralyzed on the right side of her body and partially blind.

Good Morning America | Dec 4, 2009

Hear about one young female athlete who sustained 11 concussions before the age of sixteen. She is now a different person athletically, academically, and socially. Her situation is not rare.

USA Today | Dec 3, 2009

That mentality is woven into the fabric of the NFL. But amid an aggressive movement within the league to better prevent and manage the treatment of concussions – including stricter return-to-play guidelines announced Wednesday – it's apparent a shift in football's macho mind-set is also needed.

The New York Times | Dec 3, 2009

The National Football League on Wednesday announced that it would impose its most stringent rules to date on managing concussions, requiring players who exhibit any significant sign of concussion to be removed from a game or practice and be barred from returning the same day.

West Virginia MetroNews Network | Dec 2, 2009

ESPN has done it again. Commentators on their Monday Night Football pregmae show took very serious subjects -- head injuries, concussions, and dementia -- and trivialized them and put the game of football on a pedestal above the health of its players.

KBCI CBS 2, Boise, ID | Dec 2, 2009

The 321st Engineering Battalion with the U.S. Army Reserves had an especially dangerous job in Iraq. And many of those soldiers call Idaho home. The job was to find improvised explosive device (also known as roadside bombs) and destroy them.

Athletic Business | Dec 2, 2009

Two months after Washington state enacted the toughest concussion law in the country "” one that requires young athletes suspected of having sustained a concussion to receive medical clearance before returning to action "” a 14-year-old freshman football player at Duvall's Cedarcrest High School was overpowered by an opponent, knocked backward and landed on his head.

National Public Radio | Dec 1, 2009

It's an old cliche: "Tragedy makes us stronger." But one military mother says it's true. Since Nellie Bagley's son, Jose Pequeno, was terribly wounded in Iraq, she has had to marshal all the emotional resources she has to cope.

The New York Times | Dec 1, 2009

In the latest illustration of the challenges college football programs face in the treatment of concussions, La Salle University agreed Monday to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a severely injured player.

The New York Times | Dec 1, 2009

In the visitors' locker room after the Pittsburgh Steelers' 20-17 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, receiver Hines Ward tried repeatedly to explain his stance on the absence of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had shown postconcussion symptoms last week.

To the Point, KCRW | Nov 30, 2009

Do concussions on the football field cause brain damage? Have coaches, team doctors and players themselves been in denial? We hear about growing evidence and some new signals of seriousness from the National Football League.

Science Insider | Nov 30, 2009

The two men in charge of the National Football League's committee on mild traumatic brain injury have resigned, The New York Times reports today. The move appears to be the latest sign that the league is changing attitude towards growing evidence that head injuries suffered on the field can lead to personality changes, dementia, and other problems later in life.

RedSox.com | Nov 30, 2009

If you examined the situation too quickly, you might have thought awards season had passed the Red Sox by in 2009. There was no Most Valuable Player, no Cy Young, no Rookie of the Year and no Manager of the Year.

New York Daily News | Nov 30, 2009

It's a hypochondriac's worst nightmare: You're powerless, paralyzed and unable to communicate for nearly a quarter of a century while everyone around you believes you're basically a vegetable.

The New York Times | Nov 30, 2009

In this crucial division contest, in a game full of playoff implications, it was whom the Pittsburgh Steelers did not start that highlighted the increased awareness of concussions across the N.F.L.

The New York Times | Nov 25, 2009

In the latest indication that the National Football League will redirect its approach to players' concussions, the co-chairmen of the league's committee on brain injuries resigned from the group Tuesday, the league announced.

The Guardian | Nov 25, 2009

Locked-in syndrome is a rare neurological disorder in which nearly all the body's voluntary muscles are paralysed, but the patient remains conscious and able to think and reason. It can be caused by traumatic brain injury, diseases of the circulatory system, overdosing on medication or diseases that destroy the insulating sheath surrounding nerve cells.

The Huffington Post | Nov 24, 2009

A man who emerged from what doctors thought was a vegetative state says he was fully conscious for 23 years but could not respond because he was paralyzed, his mother said Monday.

The Boston Herald | Nov 24, 2009

As Francisco Rodriguez's brother and father flew home to Chicago Monday, the body of the Mexican-born fighter known as "El Nino Azteca" remained in Philadelphia awaiting an autopsy Tuesday.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | Nov 24, 2009

After being forced to leave the game by a knee to the helmet from Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson on Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger's head will be in the best possible hands this week.

The Washington Business Journal | Nov 23, 2009

Tom MacAllister turned the page of his Wall Street Journal, expecting to see the day's most pressing financial news. Instead, he stumbled across his next business idea.

The New Jersey Real-Time News | Nov 23, 2009

Former Army Sgt. Heriberto Vidro left Iraq more than six years ago, but Iraq never really left him.

The Washington Post | Nov 23, 2009

The culture in the NFL regarding concussions is changing, players, coaches, league officials and outside experts say. But even cursory conversations with players show that the changes in attitude are gradual in a league in which every game is an event, every Sunday a chance for a career to be ended or extended.

The New York Times | Nov 23, 2009

In a shift in the National Football League's approach to handling concussions, the league will soon require teams to receive advice from independent neurologists while treating players with brain injuries, several people with knowledge of the plan confirmed Sunday.

The Bellingham Herald | Nov 23, 2009

Kyle Salisbury grew up in Bellingham with a 10-foot American flag on his wall. He's always been patriotic. He joined the Army when he was 17 and went to Iraq in 2006. Even after suffering a traumatic brain injury from two bomb blasts within 24 hours in March 2007, he still wouldn't change a thing.

The Daily Mail | Nov 23, 2009

A car crash victim has spoken of the horror he endured for 23 years after he was misdiagnosed as being in a coma when he was conscious the whole time.

The Ski Channel | Nov 20, 2009

U.S. Ski Team slalom star Cody Marshall is starting to think snow. It's been four months since the athlete suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, and amazingly, the superstar has come a long way.

The Huffington Post | Nov 20, 2009

In recent weeks there has been much in the news about head trauma and its long-term effects in the NFL. Last month, an NFL-commissioned study on dementia show increased likelihood of dementia for NFL players compared to the rest of the population.

The New York Times | Nov 20, 2009

The National Football League Players Association is calling for the removal of Dr. Ira Casson as co-chairman of the league's committee on concussions, saying that he is too biased to lead the research and policy group.

The Huffington Post | Nov 20, 2009

Harry Carson, former Super Bowl winning Line Backer for the NY Giants, realized a few years after he retired from professional football, that he suffers from post-concussion syndrome.

WHSV-TV, Harrisburg, VA | Nov 19, 2009

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner successfully amended S.1407, a military construction and veterans appropriations bill, to include language directing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to study how it addresses combat stress in women veterans Tuesday.

Santa Maria Times, Santa Maria, CA | Nov 19, 2009

John Stephens, a Marine serving near Fallujah, Iraq, was exercising in camp when a mortar landed about 125 feet from him. The blast threw him to the ground but he immediately got back up, thinking he was fine. But he wasn't.

The New York Times | Nov 19, 2009

The N.C.A.A. has no protocol with respect to concussion management; it allows each college that is a member to devise its own procedures, according to David Klossner, the N.C.A.A.'s director of health and safety.

The New York Times | Nov 19, 2009

Messages sent to the University of California athletic office over the past two weeks have not implored team doctors to put the Bears' star running back, Jahvid Best, back on the field to help Cal against archrival Stanford this Saturday.

Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Center | Nov 18, 2009

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a new project that will aim to create a brain freeze device to halt the effects of brain trauma in wounded United States troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. DARPA attests that because of roadside bombs and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), traumatic brain injury has become the "signature wound of the War on Terror."

The Associated Press | Nov 18, 2009

Richard Martin keeps a rearview mirror on his desk to prevent co-workers from startling him in his cubicle. The walls are papered with sticky notes to help him remember things, and he wears noise-canceling headphones to keep his easily distracted mind focused.

ESPN | Nov 18, 2009

Brian Westbrook is fearless, we all know that. We've seen him slash between the tackles, we've seen him take on blitzing linebackers. He has demonstrated his toughness for eight NFL seasons.

The Saturday Evening Post | Nov 17, 2009

Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie of Upton, Massachusetts, found herself experiencing a mysterious illness not long after her thrust-upon role as caregiver. In 2001 her son Paul, just shy of his 14th birthday, was hit by a car while riding his bicycle and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

The Associated Press | Nov 17, 2009

Far from winding down, the numbers of U.S. soldiers coming home wounded have continued to swell. The problem is especially acute among those fighting in Afghanistan, where nearly four times as many troops were injured in October as a year ago.

The Sacramento Bee | Nov 16, 2009

When the trainers got to Brian Westbrook as he lay supine and unconscious on the grass at FedEx Field with his teammates and opposing players standing hushed around him, Westbrook's arms were extended rigidly at his sides, locked in the grip of the event that had just leveled him.

The New York Times | Nov 16, 2009

For five days last November, the 29-year-old man was John Doe, lying in Jamaica Hospital Medical Center with a bashed-in skull, a punctured lung, a broken jaw and eye socket and a crushed hand. After a brutal mugging in Queens, he had no wallet, no identification and no shoes.

The New York Times | Nov 16, 2009

Last week, Rex Ryan was asked about the line N.F.L. players and coaches must walk when violence in the game and its aftermath were being scrutinized. His answer was brief, but offered poignant perspective.

Injury Board | Nov 13, 2009

The damage is largely invisible but the effects are not. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common brain change seen in about one in five veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Some Vietnam Veterans also say they continue to live with PTSD, 40 years later.

Wired | Nov 13, 2009

The Pentagon's mad science division has a new way to deal with the 70,000+ troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injury: freeze "˜em.

The Associated Press | Nov 13, 2009

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver and special teams player Sean Morey says he played with a concussion against the Chicago Bears last Sunday even though he has taken a lead role in raising awareness of head injuries.

Sports Illustrated | Nov 13, 2009

Even as he preps Manny Pacquiao for the bout of the year, boxing's best trainer is determined to protect his fighters from progressive brain damage — the condition that will one day force him to give up the work he loves.

Reno News & Review | Nov 12, 2009

He was 20 years old. Newly discharged from the Air Force after the first Gulf War, his motorcycle, a Honda Hurricane 1000, hummed beneath him along a two-lane highway on the outskirts of Phoenix, Ariz. It was dusk. A car approached and passed him. He later passed the car, and that's when it hit him. Suddenly he was flying. His bike went one way. He went the other. His helmet flew off upon impact. The car drove on.

KABC-TV, Los Angeles | Nov 12, 2009

Sam Farr can almost roll over and get up with the help of his physical therapist. But doctors say the 22-year-old Marine has come a long way since a horrible car crash paralyzed him 10 months ago.

Louisville Courier-Journal, KY | Nov 11, 2009

Two years ago, Army Staff Sgt. Gerald Esposito was taking a shower in a remote base in Iraq, about to go on patrol, when a mortar attack knocked him unconscious, fracturing his skull in two places and taking his right eye.

CNN | Nov 11, 2009

The pain is excruciating, but to Army Spc. Michael Ballard, pain is the price of progress. "I broke the top of my femur, so with the plate and screws, now I'm actually, two months later, able to walk -- do some walking on my own," Ballard told us. "Physical therapy is coming along very well."

The Wall Street Journal | Nov 11, 2009

This football season, the debate about head injuries has reached a critical mass. Startling research has been unveiled. Maudlin headlines have been written. Congress called a hearing on the subject last month.

The Washington Post | Nov 10, 2009

Blake Lawrence tried not to think about injuries when he was on the football field. But Lawrence, a junior who until recently played linebacker at the University of Nebraska, could have been forgiven for worrying about his head. In one 12-month span, from spring 2008 to spring 2009, three on-field blows left Lawrence with a trio of mind-numbing concussions.

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