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Concussions

Rodney Peete on Years of Concussions: 'So What Do I Do Now?'

Rodney Peete | Posted 04.29.2016 | OWN
Rodney Peete

I can honestly say I have no idea how many concussions I have had. One reason for that: There was no "concussion protocol" when I played, even up until the time I retired in 2005. After a hard hit to the head, you just got up, shook your head, saw some stars and tried to play through it.

NFL’s Concussion Crisis Doubters Should Read These Two Sentences

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 04.25.2016 | Sports

Depending on whom you ask within the game, there's a concussion-related "war on football" between those protecting the sport and a faceless group of s...

Should NFL Coaches Blame Moms For Concussion Concerns?

John A. Tures | Posted 04.16.2016 | Sports
John A. Tures

Arizona Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians blames moms for concerns about concussions. But is it really mom's fault that their kid won't play football? Are most dads really so gung-ho about football? Or is there something else going on.

We Shouldn’t Be Surprised When NFL Players Retire Early Anymore

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 04.08.2016 | Sports

The NFL's "concussion crisis" has taken its next logical step: the "retirement crisis." On Friday, New York Jets offensive tackle and former Pro Bowle...

University Admits Chocolate Milk Doesn’t Alleviate Effects Of Concussions

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 04.05.2016 | Sports

Scientists are just beginning to understand the effects and potential long-term damage of head trauma on the brain, but of all the things we don't kno...

4 Myths About Kids and Concussions

Dr. Stacy Suskauer, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2016 | Parents
Dr. Stacy Suskauer, M.D.

When it comes to concussions, there are two things parents want to know: How to determine if a child has one and how to make it better. During my experiences helping parents and patients seeking help for a suspected concussion, I hear many myths about both diagnosis and treatment. Here are four myths that can be a barrier to identifying a concussion and helping a child recover.

USWNT Stars Lead The Way In Concussion Research For Female Athletes

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 03.31.2016 | Sports

The stars are aligning for researchers trying to learn more about how head injuries affect a woman's brain. United States women's national team stars ...

Professional Athletes Call for Action on Medical Cannabis

Alex Thiersch | Posted 03.30.2016 | Sports
Alex Thiersch

Professional sports put an enormous strain on the human body. More and more retired athletes have spoken out about how the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis can ease a lot of the pain that players routinely face.

Here Are The NHL Emails About The Concussion Issue It Has Publicly Denied

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 03.29.2016 | Sports

Time after time, the NHL has been asked about and proceeded to deny the link between on-ice fighting, concussions and long-term health consequences. I...

Finding Hope in the Face of Loss

Tammy McLeod | Posted 03.25.2016 | Religion
Tammy McLeod

Webster's dictionary defines hope as "to expect or wish... to be optimistic... to cherish a desire of good... with expectation of obtaining it or beli...

NFL Used Deeply Flawed Data To Deny Link To Concussions

NYT | Alana Horowitz | Posted 03.24.2016 | Sports

The National Football League was on the clock....

Jerome Bettis Says Series Of Early Retirements Should Worry NFL

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 03.24.2016 | Sports

For the second consecutive offseason, the NFL has been rocked by a series of early retirements from high-profile players who seemed to have good years...

Promising News On the Concussion Front

Ken Reed | Posted 03.01.2016 | Sports
Ken Reed

Dave Studdard, a former offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos, said the neurofeedback technology has removed "the constant fog" he had been living in. Another former Bronco, Jon Keyworth, said he has experienced significant improvement since beginning the therapy.

Suffering A Concussion Could Triple The Risk Of Suicide

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 02.09.2016 | Sports

Adults who suffer concussions are at a heightened risk of dying by suicide, a study released Monday by researchers at the University of Toronto has fo...

Taking Concussions Head-On: Part II

Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2016 | Science
Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D.

Previously, I discussed the serious issue of concussions in sports - at all levels - and some of the efforts being pursued to combat it. Much is being done, but one simple and effective path bears further exploration.

My Struggle With Football: My Fun Connection With My Son

Krishna Pendyala | Posted 02.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Krishna Pendyala

We have once again begun to watch football together, but with much greater empathy for the players. He no longer cheers for big hits and he is actually concerned for the affected players' well-being. He looks the very next day to see if the perpetrator got fined and shares it with me.

If Football Is Deadly, Why Do We Still Watch?

The Conversation US | Posted 02.06.2016 | Sports
The Conversation US

It was saddening to learn of the latest NFL great to have suffered from the illness, but not shocking. Hall of Famers Frank Gifford and Junior Seau are just two of a growing list of former players who developed the disease, as confirmed the only way now possible -- through an autopsy.

Senators Push For More Equipment Oversight To Combat Youth Sports Concussions

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 02.05.2016 | Sports

As Super Bowl week draws more attention to brain injuries in professional sports, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers introduced legislation Thurs...

Beyond the Field: Dealing With Ambiguous Loss

Tammy McLeod | Posted 02.02.2016 | Religion
Tammy McLeod

As I drove home alone from the movie Concussion, tears overwhelmed me. This blockbuster film unveils the research on brain damage suffered by professional football players. The movie vividly depicts famous football players whose minds become their worst enemy.

Cuba Gooding Jr. Thinks O.J. Simpson May Have CTE

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.02.2016 | Sports

After spending weeks portraying one of the most notorious football players of all time, Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. says he believes O.J. Sim...

NFL Players in Denial on Brain Trauma; Parents Can't Afford to Be

Ken Reed | Posted 02.02.2016 | Sports
Ken Reed

An adult choosing to play football in the NFL for a nice salary is a completely different situation than adults allowing children with developing brains to play.

O.J. Simpson Likely Suffers From Brain Disease CTE, Says Bennet Omalu

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 01.29.2016 | Sports

In leading expert Dr. Bennet Omalu’s mind, there is little doubt that disgraced football star O.J. Simpson is suffering from chronic traumatic encep...

Taking Concussions Head-On: Part I

Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D. | Posted 01.29.2016 | Science
Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D.

Whether the focus is on prevention, diagnosis or treatment, there are opportunities throughout the innovation ecosystem to get involved to resolve this issue and protect this generation of athletes.

NFL Health Officials Confronted NIH About Researcher Selection

ESPN | Erick Fernandez | Posted 01.21.2016 | Sports

Three of the NFL's top health and safety officers confronted the National Institutes of Health last June after the NIH selected a Boston University re...

Take the Yoga Challenge and Heal Your Body, Brain, and Spirit

Amy Zellmer | Posted 01.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

I urge anyone with a TBI or other injury to try to incorporate yoga into your daily routine. If you think, "I'm not flexible, I can't do yoga," you are absolutely wrong! If I can do this, I know you can too.