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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Court concludes NFL concussion settlement

Court concludes NFL concussion settlement

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Judge Anita B. Brody has brought the lawsuit against the NFL by players to a conclusion. Of course, there could be an appeal, but pending that action the NFL could be soon settling claims filed by retired players. The original deal offered by the NFL was $675 million with players needing to demonstrate a connection […]

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Spalding Gray

Oliver Sacks and Spalding Gray’s Frontal Lobe Injury

Oliver Sacks, is a wonderful writer who uses his finely honed clinical skills as a Neurologist to add the texture to his stories about people. In his column, A Neurologist’s Notebook, which appeared in the New Yorker magazine he writes about the actor and writer Spalding Gray who experienced a frontal lobe injury in a […]

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George Visger: “Out of my Head: My Life In and Out of Football”

George Visger: “Out of my Head: My Life In and Out of Football”

NeuroNotes has reported on the problem of sports concussions over the recent years and has focused on the problems experienced by athletes who have had multiple concussions. Recently we wrote about Chris Borland’s sudden retirement and his concern for life devastating injury from the sport. Borland walked away from an extremely lucrative contract to save […]

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PET scan study may allow earlier recognition of CTE

PET scan study may allow earlier recognition of CTE

CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is usually confirmed after the death of an individual by autopsy. Recently PET scans have been used for the earlier detection of Tau plaques in specific areas of the brain which will support intervention for the cognitive, behavioral and physical symptoms which characterize CTE. People who experience multiple concussions like […]

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Craig Phillips tackles self-esteem after brain injury

Craig Phillips tackles self-esteem after brain injury

The issue of recovery of self after brain injury is important to the person with a brain injury, their family and loved ones and rehabilitation professionals. Following a brain injury, many are confronted with a profound and complex loss of identity and social role. As we consider the realities of living with a brain injury, […]

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Brain Injury Survivor or Thriver: Ask Craig Phillips

Brain Injury Survivor or Thriver: Ask Craig Phillips

People like Craig Phillips are a unique breed. I’ve known Craig for many years in the context of the brain injury community where he has been an active participant for many years. Craig has evolved as a teacher and a guide to people who are embarking on the journey of living their lives with a […]

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Basketball joins football and hockey with concussion risk

  Mike Aaman, a top rebounder with a history of seven concussions, has transferred to Wagner from Rhode Island where he was sidelined. Aaman, known for his aggressive play, was cleared by physicians to return to playing. Rhode Island sports officials allowed Aaman to take on a coaching role after his last concussion, and were […]

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Why doesn’t football learn?

I think we would all admit that the Super Bowl was a great game with two well matched teams and a cliffhanger ending. But, Julian Edelman, who may have had a concussion stayed in the game. Sure, Edelman was a key player to the Patriot’s victory, but at what expense if he had a concussion. […]

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Daniel Bax found his Endless Potential

Daniel Bax found his Endless Potential

I met Daniel Bax about nine years ago at the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario (NRIO). He was in the process of fighting his way back from a devastating motorcycle accident which almost took his life and physicians doubted that he would ever return to walking and talking immediately following the injury. Back when I […]

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Brains and football: A bad combination

Brains and football: A bad combination

Football is all over the news this week with the upcoming Superbowl game. This is America’s sport with the highest television viewership and a large economic engine is attached to the football at every level. Kids want to play the sport and are supported in joining youth leagues at an early age by their parents […]

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