About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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Hitting a Wall at 30 MPH: Concussion sensors measure brain damage

Hitting a Wall at 30 MPH: Concussion sensors measure brain damage

The G-Force data from mouth guard sensors can tell us about what happens to different structures of the brain during impact and the transmission of shock from the impact through the corpus callosum. The impact of a single hit is comparable to hitting a wall in a car at 30 miles per hour.

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Football Player’s “Silent Struggle” ends in suicide

Football Player’s “Silent Struggle” ends in suicide

In December 2015, Zac Easter shot himself ending what he called his “Silent Struggle” from the effects of multiple concussions he sustained from football. A month earlier, Zac had planned to end his life either by his own hand or suicide-by-cop, but was stopped and hospitalized. The reality was that Zac had tired of watching himself deteriorate and he knew that the cause of his problems was CTE or Chronic Trauma Encephalopathy.

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NeuroNotes Blog Attains National Recognition

The Editors at NeuroNotes are proud to havebeen selected among the Best Traumatic Brain Injury Blogs of 2016. Maegan Jones of Healthline.org , who recognized NeuroNotes as one of the Best TBI Blogs of 2016, noted that the award was based on each blog’s ability to “…educate, inspire and empower their readers with frequent updates […]

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Laurie Rippon Changes Her Narrative of Self

Laurie Rippon Changes Her Narrative of Self

In late November I interviewed Laurie Rippon for NeuroNotes. I had followed Ms. Rippon through her blog, TBI to LIFE many of which addressed issues of loss of self and reinventing oneself after brain injury. Ms. Rippon, a successful and extremely competent editor and mother of two, enjoyed a great career in publishing until a […]

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The Fight for High School Football

The Fight for High School Football

The fight over high school football is ongoing, after all it’s the American sport. The reality is that the American sport exposing athletes to high risks of brain injury which may not appear until later in life. We know how boxing has lost it’s fan base and we readily acknowledge the risk of that sport, but somehow football remains immune from players, parents, coaches, fans and school officials accepting the risks of football.

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Disabled Lives Matter

Disabled Lives Matter

Much comparison has been made of the shootings this week in Tulsa and Charlotte. In both deaths of Terance Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott by police this week, the factor of disability ties these events together. In Tulsa it was vision and hearing loss, and in Charlotte, it was brain injury. In the video of […]

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Losing Oneself in Brain Injury and a Life beyond Depression

Losing Oneself in Brain Injury and a Life beyond Depression

Over the last few years, I have been writing and presenting on the topic of Loss of Self. My awareness of the role of loss has grown from my work with people living with brain injury and the depression which many of them experience and the long term outcome studies we are operating where loss […]

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Pop Warner Football takes a hit on concussions

Pop Warner Football takes a hit on concussions

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Pop Warner, the youth football league, for neglecting to exercise caution and standards to prevent and manage concussions. Pop Warner has a relationship to Football USA, the youth division of the NFL. I remember my eldest son getting suited up for Pop Warner football when he was […]

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Double Your Trouble By Playing with a Concussion

Double Your Trouble By Playing with a Concussion

Athletes who get back into the game after experiencing a concussion take twice as long to recover as athletes who are removed from the game and wait to be evaluated and cleared before returning. In a study of 69 athletes with head trauma who were seen at the Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program […]

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Brain mapping comes of age

Brain mapping comes of age

  This short video provides a peek into the world of brain mapping and serves to heighten interest into how this area of science is evolving. The human brain has been studied for years, but its only now that we’re on the edge of learning more about brain regions, their inter-relationships and functions. Fascinating! Click […]

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