Category Archives: Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Sports Concussion Update: Pop Warner Starts to Shrink

The Pop Warner youth football group shrank by over 25,000 members since 2010, according to several recent news reports. We believe this is the beginning of a long term decline in football program participation rates among grade school age to high school age players, who form the lower steps of a broad feeder system into […]

US Military Testing New TBI Assessment Tool

The US Department of Defense is in the process of field testing and validating a portable neurocognitive assessment tool for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment (DANA) is a portable and “field-hardened” software system that runs on the Android operating system. The DoD is running a formal clinical trial to compare the […]

New Ways to Treat Addiction and PTSD with Cognitive Training

Imagine stepping into a virtual reality environment that recreates in amazing detail the sights, sounds, and smells of a past experience, or a setting that triggers addictive behaviors, such as a bar scene with a favorite drink placed in front of a recovering alcoholic. And then into this virtual reality steps a helpful digital avatar […]

Brain Training: Does it Work?

We’ll give you the answer up front: It depends. With the growing number of brain training products and cognitive training service providers in the market today, it’s important to understand the potential benefits and drawbacks of formalized, structured cognitive training. Using analogies with physical rehabilitation and fitness training can help define the type (and potential […]

Caution on Radiation Exposure from CT Scans

A pair of recent medical studies have raised warning flags on radiation exposure from brain imaging tests, especially for patients younger than 20 years old. The main culprit for excessive radiation is the computed tomography test, or CT scan. CT scans are X-Rays on steroids – the CT scanner uses ionizing radiation, which can damage […]

Why Hitting Your Head 2,000 Times a Year is a Really Bad Idea

The University of California San Diego School of Medicine hosted a wide ranging conference on brain health at the end of May. The first topic I’ll cover is a talk by Robert Stern, PhD, professor of neurology at Boston University. Dr. Stern is also Co-Director at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, known […]

Pop Warner Football Modifies Rules to Help Reduce Concussions

The Pop Warner youth football group issued new practice guidelines this week in an attempt to reduce concussions and head injuries among the more than 400,000 children who participate in youth football leagues in the United States. Pop Warner is a major source and feeder system for high school, college, and professional football – more […]

More NFL CTE Fallout?

Peter King at Sports Illustrated reported earlier today that researchers who run the NFL ‘Brain Bank’ at Boston University have requested that Junior Seau’s brain be donated for research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a serious degenerative brain disease. (The San Diego medical examiner confirmed today that Seau, 43, whose NFL career spanned 20 years, […]