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Did CTE drive Aaron Hernandez to murder?

From the start of his 2013 trial for murder to his death by suicide earlier this year, one question has loomed silently in the background of Aaron Hernandez’s troubled life: were brain injuries to blame for his increasingly violent and erratic behavior? His early life was relatively calm. While Hernandez was a widely-liked and respected […]

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Smartphone app may diagnose brain injuries based on just your eyes

A team of researchers, computer scientists, and engineers say they have created a powerful tool to quickly identify concussions soon after they happen, and you likely have the technology in your pocket already. The team says they have developed an app called PupilScreen capable of using the average smartphone camera to track imperceptible changes in […]

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Youth Football can be the cause of brain dysfunction in later life

Youth Football can be the cause of brain dysfunction in later life

The formative years in brain growth and development can be negatively affected by repetitive impacts to the brain. Football has been at the cross hairs of this problem due to it’s popularity and the early age at which football is introduced to children.

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Girls are 5 times as likely to ignore the signs and keep playing after concussions

The phenomenon of athletes ignoring the signs of a concussion and staying on the field after an injury is a well-known problem usually attributed to machismo. The boys are just too afraid of being labeled “weak” or “girly” for sitting on the sidelines, according to most brain injury experts. However, a new study suggests that […]

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Concussion worries aren’t changing fans minds on the NFL according to new survey

America officially agrees that brain injuries are a big problem for football, but don’t expect to see any big changes anytime soon. A recent survey shows that while the majority of fans say they’re concerned about brain injuries in the NFL, but few are tuning out. Of the 1,000 Americans questioned in the survey by […]

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“Bolloxed” says McGregor, Concussion likely per Referee

“Bolloxed” says McGregor, Concussion likely per Referee

Conor McGregor called his wobbly legs and dazed look “bolloxed”, but Referee Robert Boyd identified McGregor as unable to continue the fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. due to what may have been the signs of concussion. A veteran ringside physician, Darragh O’Carroll, MD,  confirmed that the signs of concussion observed by the referee were consistent […]

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Surprise – Professional fighters show signs of brain injury and CTE

Before football’s “concussions crisis”, brain injuries were associated with a different violent sport – fighting. The effect of repeated blows to the head during boxing or other forms of fighting was well-recognized as “boxer’s dementia pugilistica,” even before CTE was ever discovered in an autopsy. However, the recent focus on football – America’s most popular […]

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Concussion concerns and decreasing youth participation spell trouble for football

You don’t have to look far to find people proclaiming the end of football right now. Vocal critics like Malcolm Gladwell and respected medical experts such as Bennett Omalu are quick to say they believe the NFL should be disbanded in light of the risks for repeated head trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. But, you’d […]

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ESPN college football broadcaster Ed Cunningham retires because of traumatic brain injuries

Over the past 20 years, Ed Cunningham has become one of the most recognizable voices in college football by providing color analysis and commentary on both ABC and ESPN. But this week he is walking away from one of the most prominent jobs in sports broadcasting because of his conscience. “I take full ownership of […]

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Not every TBI is obvious – a high-school football player is in a coma after a “routine play”

When people think about traumatic brain injuries in football, they typically imagine highlight reel worthy collisions or spectacular tackles. Few realize even the most routine hits could trigger a life-threatening injury. A California high school football player provided the world with an unfortunate reminder of this reality recently, after he had to be placed in […]

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