- A New Worry for Soccer Parents: Heading the Ball
What happens inside the skull of a soccer player who repeatedly heads a soccer ball?
- College Athletes Move Concussions Into the Courtroom
College athletes file class-action suit against NCAA for negligence concerning concussion.
- Derek Boogaard: A Brain ‘Going Bad’
Derek Boogaard’s CTE shows the need for parents to be aware of executive dysfunction.
- How to Cut Your Risk of Memory Loss
Doctors who specialize in the aging brain say that dementia is not inevitable.
- Study of Fighters Shows Brain Changes Are Seen Before Symptoms
The principal finding from the study is that “[t]here are detectable changes in the brain even before memory loss and cognitive decline appear.”
- Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly: Courage and Hope
Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, talk with Diane Sawyer.
- Giving a Heads Up on Concussion
Through legislative advocacy and his practice, Gerard Gioia is overturning misconceptions about concussion among student athletes.
- New York Times Well Blog: How Exercise May Keep Alzheimer’s at Bay
“A daily walk or jog could alter the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or change the course of the disease if it begins in some people, a new study suggests.”
- Recovery Doesn’t Stop After Injuries Heal
Former NHL linesman Pat Dapuzzo talks about post-concussion depression./li>
- Long-Term Consequences: Effects on Normal Development Profile After Concussion
Daniel H. Daneshvar, David O. Riley, Christopher J. Nowinski, Ann C. McKee, Robert A. Stern, Robert C. Cantu
Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America 1 November 2011 (volume 22 issue 4 Pages 683-700 DOI: 10.1016/j.pmr.2011.08.009)
Each year in the United States, approximately 1.7 million people are diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), about 75% of which are classified as mild TBIs or concussions. Although symptoms typically resolve in a matter of weeks, both children and adults may suffer from postconcussion syndrome for months or longer. A progressive tauopathy, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is believed to stem from repeated brain trauma. Alzheimer-like dementia, Parkinsonism, and motor neuron disease are also associated with repetitive brain trauma. Effective diagnoses, treatments, and education plans are required to reduce the future burden and incidence of long-term effects of head injuries.