Tag Archives: Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

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… Read 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,… Read More »

New Imaging Tool for Traumatic Brain Injury

One of the most frustrating aspects of traumatic brain injuries, for both survivors and medical professionals, is the lack of clarity and guesswork involved with recovery and rehabilitation. Every brain injury (and brain) is literally unique; so predictions on TBI recovery and time are all over the map. Enter a research team at University of… Read More »

Soccer Headers and Brain Damage – An Open Question?

Several health and science news stories have reported on research studies that looked at soccer headers and possible brain damage. Current research isn’t conclusive on the short term effects of multiple headers off a soccer ball, at least when it comes to cognitive performance. What did jump out at me from one study was that… Read More »

NFL (Slightly) Modifies Concussion Protocol

At the beginning of January the NFL expanded concussion guidelines to include the ability to “allow the (team) medical staff to review the network video of any play during which a player was injured.” This change was prompted by the December 8 concussion received by Browns quarterback Colt McCoy in a game against Pittsburgh. McCoy… Read More »

Combining Cognitive Drug Therapy with Brain Device Therapy

The CNS Summit, held in Boca Raton this year, is a forward looking conference on the state of drug development for a wide range of brain disorders. The past few years have not been kind to CNS drug companies, with several notable failures in clinical trials for drugs to cure, or at least slow down… Read More »

Concussion Testing Guide for Sports Teams

Best Practices for Sports Teams and School Athletic Departments. A Guide for Coaches, Athletic Trainers, Physicians, and Parents. A number of high profile cases involving long term risks of concussions in contact sports has spurred sports concussion legislation in many states. State legislation will typically require mandatory concussion management policies that school administrators and athletic… Read More »

Increase in Youth Sports Concussions and TBI

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that shows a marked increase in hospital emergency room for sports related concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), especially for young males aged 10 to 19 years. The study, which looked at ER visits over 2001 to 2009, showed a 60% total increase for… Read More »