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Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Injury Awareness Day in Washington, D.C.

Amy Zellmer | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Amy Zellmer

Last month I attended Brain Injury Awareness Day at our national's capitol in Washington, D.C. My journey began in mid-February when my story, "Life...

The Unscripted Side of Professional Wrestling

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 04.10.2015 | Sports
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Critics of professional wrestling organizations often claim that because wrestling is "choreographed," it is completely fake. However, the injuries pro wrestlers sustain are in fact very real and very dangerous.

To The Strangers Who Performed CPR On My Partner

Rebecca Bratspies | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Bratspies

On March 31, 2014, two young men suddenly appeared in a dark alley in Pittsburgh. Their subsequent encounter with my partner, Allen, changed our lives forever. It turns out Pittsburgh is a pretty good place to have a massive heart attack. But for these two strangers, Allen would undoubtedly have died that night.

On Finding a New Normal With a Brain Injury

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Just two weeks after her wedding, Nicole was in a serious motor vehicle crash. Even though she walked away from her totaled vehicle with almost no vi...

Life With a TBI: Please Don't Think I'm a Flake

Amy Zellmer | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

There are times when I pull up google on my computer to look something specific up. By the time the page is loaded, I have forgotten what it was that I needed to look up. It is incredibly frustrating for me, and telling me i'm just being a flake doesn't help the situation any.

San Francisco 49ers Rookie Retires Over Concussion Concerns

The Huffington Post | Kelly Chen | Posted 03.17.2015 | Sports

The third 20-something to retire in the past week.

Think Concussions Just Happen to Kids Playing Contact Sports? Think Again

Dr. Stacy Suskauer, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Dr. Stacy Suskauer, M.D.

Early detection of concussion can be a significant step toward shortening recovery time and preventing complications from a subsequent injury. It's important for parents to understand that concussion risk is not limited to the boundaries of a playing field.

A Healthy Dose of Inspiration

Sarah Draugelis | Posted 03.10.2015 | Arts
Sarah Draugelis

This makes my comeback seem like a sneeze, and adds some dimension to the performance that I'm very much looking forward to watching. To quote my favorite, Audrey Hepburn: "Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, 'I'm Possible.'"

ABC's David Muir Names Music Therapists 'Persons of the Week'

Ronna Kaplan, M.A. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Ronna Kaplan, M.A.

Just last week, David Muir celebrated all music therapists as Persons of the Week on his ABC World News Tonight broadcast.

Life With a TBI: What I Wish I Had Known When I First Hit My Head

Amy Zellmer | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

It has been 13 months since my fall, and I am just NOW starting physical therapy for my injuries and occupational therapy for my cognitive issues. I feel like I am late to the party, that I should have been here months ago. Late is better than never, but I have never been one to be fashionably late.

The 11:11 Miracle

Karena Virginia | Posted 03.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Karena Virginia

Do you believe in miracles? I do. I have witnessed so many unexplainable situations over the past few years, and this morning I awoke early with a...

5 Things Every TBI Survivor Wants You to Understand

Amy Zellmer | Posted 03.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

Every single thing we do, whether physical or mental, takes a toll on our brain. The more we use it, the more it needs to rest. If we go out to a crowded restaurant with a lot of noise and stimulation, we may simply get overloaded and need to go home and rest. Even reading or watching tv causes our brains to fatigue.

What Everyone Should Know About Life With A Brain Injury

Amy Zellmer | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

A TBI changes you. Literally and figuratively. My personality is different. My energy levels and sleep patterns are foreign to me. The confused woman in the kitchen staring at the oven is someone I am just now starting to understand.

What You Don't Know About Concussions

Jennie Shulkin | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennie Shulkin

Hopefully once more light is shed on the subject matter, concussion sufferers will no longer have to experience the shame and isolation that, despite the head injury, I remember so well.

Traumatic Brain Injuries, Stem Cells and Children: A Conversation With Dr. Charles Cox

Robin L. Smith | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Robin L. Smith

One of the world's leading experts on cellular therapies for traumatic brain injury (TBI), Dr. Cox directs the Pediatric Surgical Translational Labora...

Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury

Amy Zellmer | Posted 04.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

People make assumptions that I must be fine because I have an "invisible injury" and they see me constantly working my butt off. What they don't see is the pain and exhaustion at the end of the day.

One Small Step for Me Can Be a Giant Leap for Another

BRAC | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
BRAC

Out of the blue it struck me -- why did somebody else have to take the first step for me? I could help this innocent child. Her successful future could be a reality if I had the courage to take a first step.

Still Alice, Still Greg, Still Enduring

Greg O'Brien | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

And so, we need to push back with a battering ram against the stereotype that Alzheimer's is merely the horrid, inevitable final stage. While the end stage is devastating, the beginning and middle stages become a lonely, painful journey, the long kiss goodbye, which often begins 15 to 20 years before diagnosis. It robs one of self. It infantilizes. Alzheimer's is not your grandfather's disease. It could be your story some day.

'Cold Cold Heart': A Talk With Tami Hoag

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.22.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Tami Hoag is a bestselling author who began her writing career penning romance novels. She is now known for crafting intricate psychological thrillers, probing the dark corners of her characters' minds. Forty million of her books are available in 30 languages.

Does Football Have a Future?

Marian Salzman | Posted 03.16.2015 | Sports
Marian Salzman

The Super Bowl is coming soon to big screens everywhere. I'll still watch the big game (being in advertising and marketing for three decades, I have to at least see the ads), but my mind is more and more on the minds of the players.

David Wood

When Giving Up 'Wounded Warrior' Status Helps Vets Heal

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

The 52,300 Americans wounded during the Iraq and Afghan wars are almost all home now. And while some are fully recovered, others will bear physical an...

Non-Profit Matches Veterans With Therapy Dogs for Life Changing Support

HooplaHa | Posted 03.09.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service dogs to warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of their military service (post 9/11).

Cathedrals Still Unknown: The Leigh Erceg Story

Maureen Seaberg | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Maureen Seaberg

Following her injury, Leigh was suddenly compelled to recite and write poetry, generate equations, paint and dance, not to mention get manicures and pedicures for the first time.

Brain-injury Program Working With NFL Players

AP | Posted 02.15.2015 | Sports

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A brain-injury treatment program originally designed for military veterans injured on the battlefield has been updated to incl...

Knock to the Head: A High School Football Player's Story of Traumatic Brain Injury

Journey Bailey | Posted 02.07.2015 | Sports
Journey Bailey

Something felt terribly wrong. At first I was just a little woozy. Five minutes later I threw up Taco Del Mar all over the locker room floor, and then had the unfortunate aim of collapsing in it. It was clear that this was unlike any concussion I had received in my past.