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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Basketball joins football and hockey with concussion risk

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  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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George Visger: Working to make football  safer

George Visger: Working to make football safer

You would think that George Visger would be vehemently anti-football considering his multiple brain surgeries as a result of football-related concussions. But, instead Visger still loves football and just wants to make the sport safer to prevent other players from having to experience the life effects that he has from multiple concussions and subsequent surgeries. […]

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Patrick Donohue leads the way for parents of children living with brain injuries: a tireless and effective change agent

Patrick Donohue’s life took a new course upon the brain injury of his young daughter. He advocated for her and other children with brain injuries and eventually founded a school where his daughter could receive an education because there were no schools at the time that could meet her needs. I met Patrick Donohue several […]

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Can the NFL learn from its mistakes?

Can the NFL learn from its mistakes?

A more aggressive approach to the management of concussions has been implemented by NFL teams to prevent players from going back into the game once they have had a concussion. The new protocol brings a physician’s opinion early into the decision making process, and the use of spotters who see players who may be showing […]

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Mindfulness Teacher, Jaisa Sulit, provides a 3 minute stress reduction break

Jaisa Sulit has been a contributor to NeuroNotes on the subject of mindfulness meditation and its application to brain injury. Last week in Toronto, Jaisa spoke at the ABI Network Conference on mindfulness and has shared with me a 3 minute breathing space exercise which she recommends to do several times a day as part […]

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Long term brain injury problems a theme at conference

I just attended the ABI Network Conference in Toronto. I’ve been a participant in this conference for years and each time it is convened I appreciate how the conference organizing committee hits the right themes. I spoke about problems in social role return and one of the questions related to what are realistic resources to achieve long term outcomes. […]

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George Visger & Friends Arrange a Benefit

Last week we posted a blog about Dondre Ransom, a former Marine, father of two and a semi-pro football player who sustained a concussion which has left him blind and hooked to a ventilator. Dondre’s wife is receiving treatment for her military-related TBI in Atlanta. Several of our NeuroNotes readers have asked about what they […]

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