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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Witnessing the end of football

Witnessing the end of football

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In the Op Ed section of the New York Times of Friday, February 5, 2016 Dr. George D. Lundberg, MD, a pathologist raised the question about the end of football approaching much like the end of boxing. Dr. Lundberg wrote about his reaction to the 1982 boxing match between Larry Holmes and Randall “Tex” Cobb […]

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Retired NFL player found to have CTE

Retired NFL player found to have CTE

In this week, just days prior to the Super Bowl, the results of Ken Stabler’s autopsy indicated that he had Stage 3 CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Stabler died from cancer, but requested that his brain be studied at the Boston University Center where much of the research on CTE is taking place. The former […]

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Part 3 of Our Interview with Ray Ciancaglini: How Can We Prevent Brain Injuries in Sports?

Part 3 of Our Interview with Ray Ciancaglini: How Can We Prevent Brain Injuries in Sports?

In the conclusion to our interview with Ray Ciancaglini, we discussed how to prevent brain injury in sports. Ray also reveals some interesting communication he had with Sony about the movie production of Concussion, the recent film in which Will Smith plays Dr. Omalu, who discovered the first case of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in […]

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NFL’r Dead at 27 from CTE

NFL’r Dead at 27 from CTE

Tyler Sash, a 27 year old, died in September from an accidental overdose of pain medication. Sash had played for the New York Giants as a Safety. Dr. Ann McKee of the Boston University School of Medicine confirmed that the former NFL player had Stage 2 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE which is unusual for […]

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Apple Pie or Violence: Which is the American Tradition? Part Two of Our Interview with Ray Ciancaglini

Apple Pie or Violence: Which is the American Tradition? Part Two of Our Interview with Ray Ciancaglini

In Part Two of our conversation with Ray Ciancaglini, we explore the connection between violence and brain injury in sports. Sports related concussion is an ongoing theme here on NeuroNotes. We want to capture different views of concussion. The following interview shares perspective on sports as a cause of brain injury. Are we hooked on violence? […]

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A champ speaks candidly about sports, violence and injury

A champ speaks candidly about sports, violence and injury

MJ Clausen and I interviewed Ray Ciancaglini on November 20, 2015. Our interview with Ray focused on sports and concussions in both boxing and football. Specifically, we spoke about the future of sports like boxing and football in which violence is an inevitable part of the game.  Ray Ciancaglini is the Founder of The Second […]

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Concussion Scorecard

Concussion Scorecard

In 2015 there were 166 concussions in the NFL. Frontline conducted a study of concussions in the NFL over recent years which demonstrated mounting numbers. The data is available by Position, Team and Player for a several year period. Click here to review the NFL Concussion Scorecard. For readers of NeuroNotes who have seen the […]

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A view into another world: Brain surgery

A view into another world: Brain surgery

Karl Ove Knausgaard, a Norwegian novelist,  observed Henry Marsh, a British neurosurgeon and author of “Do No Harm”, perform several brain surgeries to remove tumors with awake patients in a hospital in Albania. As a novelist, Knausgaard, approaches the experience as a journey into another land and provides a fascinating narrative to the procedures he […]

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Domestic violence, brain injury and psychological trauma

Domestic violence, brain injury and psychological trauma

A cause of brain injury that has been under-reported is domestic violence. Often the victims of domestic violence do not seek health care after the assault or they live in areas where the healthcare services lack the expertise and resources to identify brain injury. The nature of the victim’s relationship with the perpetrator may further […]

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Dr. Bennet Omalu identifies CTE

Dr. Bennet Omalu identifies CTE

The movie “Concussion” is set to open in a few days and, with the opening, the discussions around the effects of multiple concussions and sub-concussive hits are expected to increase.  “Concussion” is surrounded in controversy about the role of the NFL in pressuring the producers to tone down the presentation of the NFL and its […]

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