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Head Injuries

There Is No Neat Solution to Head Injuries in Sports

Victoria M. Chun | Posted 12.18.2014 | Sports
Victoria M. Chun

From my playing days when nothing short of requiring medical assistance was considered a concussion, to today when a seemingly mild knock to the head is and should be treated with an abundance of care, I have experienced different perspectives.

Sport and Society for Arete-Acceptable Violence

Richard Crepeau | Posted 08.02.2014 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

There are times when marginally related events converge and raise questions about issues related to sport. Such a convergence occurred in my corner of...

Obama To Spotlight Risks Of Head Injuries In Sports

Reuters | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will host a conference highlighting the risks of head injuries to young athletes on Thursday, se...

Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Concussions?

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D.

American football is in the midst of a concussion epidemic, and many people are looking for solutions. We figured that one possible place to look for solutions is Mother Nature.

Why the NFL Needs to Have Its Head Examined

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

The NFL continues to fund misleading head injury studies on animals that will not get the league closer to identifying the precise causes of brain trauma in football players and how to prevent and treat it.

The True Math on the NFL Concussion Settlement

James Grundvig | Posted 10.30.2013 | Sports
James Grundvig

The NFL got off cheap. They will pay the settlement as an annuity, thus drive down the actual costs, which won't be nearly as much as the total amount settled on paper.

The Fate of the Helmet: When a Brain Injury Lasts a Lifetime

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.01.2013 | New York
Steve Mariotti

Citibike represents, in theory, a wonderful effort and one that will bring efficient means of exercise and transport to many New Yorkers. What's a shame, though, is that the bicycles come without helmets.

A Serious Bump On The Head Turned This Mother Of Two Into A Best-selling Author

Posted 04.10.2013 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Concussions Take Out 3 Quarterbacks In 1 Day

AP | HOWARD FENDRICH | Posted 11.13.2012 | Sports

-- Next week's big, nationally televised "Monday Night Football" showcase could feature a quarterback matchup of journeyman Jason Campbell of the Bea...

Concussions: Is Your Child Safe Playing Youth Athletics?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Concussions in children and adolescents over 10 years of age are more likely to occur in organized sports than other activities. It is sometimes amazing that our children survive their early childhood.

NFL Head Injuries: Creating Recovery With Lessons From the Battlefield

Peter Abaci, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Abaci, M.D.

Besides a post-game recovery regimen of icing, stretching, and cortisone shots, it's time football players have access to "brain rehabilitation" as well.

Big Hits, Broken Dreams

Dr. Sanjay Gupta | Posted 03.26.2012 | Sports
Dr. Sanjay Gupta

2012-01-25-footballcuncussion.jpgI love the game of football. I went to a Big Ten school, and my wife and I still return to our alma mater for games. But the game can and should be safer.

Fort Carson Focusing On Brain Injury Detection

AP | DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 10.14.2011 | Denver

FORT CARSON, Colo. — A group of infantry just back from Afghanistan sat down before computers at Fort Carson and began answering a series of que...

NFL Players Discuss Head Injuries, Mental Health Stigma

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — WNBA superstar Chamique Holdsclaw once sat silently in her apartment with the blinds closed, refusing to answer telephone c...

As Awareness Increases, Solutions Near for Football's Concussion Issue

Stephen Montemayor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Stephen Montemayor

What we don't know can hurt us, sometimes fatally. So it is encouraging to see a continued increase in dialogue on concussions in football.

Boise State and Post-Traumatic Field Goal Syndrome

Gordon Marino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Gordon Marino

Last night, the football fates put an end to the Boise's BCS dreams. And justified or not, it all seemed to fall on the back of one young man with the number 35 on his jersey.

Why Motorcyle And Bicycle Helmets Should Be Mandatory

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

We know that bicycle helmets reduce serious traumatic brain injuries by 95 percent, yet fewer than 35 percent of all cyclists wear helmets all of the time.

Football Players as Battering Rams

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

I am constantly disappointed that for all the biomedical and neurological research identifying the dangers to athletes when they charge head first at one another, there has not been a coordinated effort response to remedy. Where is the public outcry?

School of Hard Knocks: The Day Our Daughter Learned an Important Lesson in Assertiveness

Tina Traster | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tina Traster

I was distressed that my daughter was put in the compromised position of not knowing whom to obey: her teacher or her parents.

Con Games: Football Playing Head Games

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Michael Conniff

Football on the pro and the collegiate level is on the brink of a catastrophe that you can see coming a mile away: somebody is going to die. Don't you think it might help if helmets wouldn't fall off?

Head Games And Youth Sports: Have We Gone Too Far?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

We have to ask, what is the risk of letting our children participate in contact sports and what can be done to protect them?

Pop Warner Football And Head Injuries

Sheila Lirio Marcelo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sheila Lirio Marcelo

Sports can be such a key component to a child's development. We're big supporters of that. But as parents, we're also concerned about the safety of both our boys.

A Mother Plays Monday Morning Quarterback

Elizabeth Donoghue | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Donoghue

Last week, my ten-year-old son, Mikey, suffered a concussion in third game of his first season of tackle football. I'm in a quandary: do I end tackle football now and forever, or let him play?

A Shock to the Brain

Lee Woodruff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Woodruff

The odd juxtaposition between Bob's near-death blast from a roadside bomb and his subsequent recovery against a Mom's simple fall on a bunny slope resulting in death is the very thing that makes brain injury so hard to comprehend.

If a Simple Mouthguard Can Prevent Concussions, Why Isn't the NFL All Over It?

Paula Duffy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Paula Duffy

While a concussion policy in the league has been instituted to prevent players from being forced back onto the field without regard to their health, prevention seems to be the solution in the long run.