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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Brains and football: A bad combination

Brains and football: A bad combination

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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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Dondre Ransom: Marine vet taken out of action with TBI from semi-pro football

A former Marine who served in Iraq is fighting to get back in the game after suffering a severe concussion while playing football for the Sacramento Wildcats. Now, hooked to ventilator and blind, Dondre communicates with eye blinks. He and his wife are the parents of two small children. While Dondre is hospitalized his wife […]

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A retired pro football player asks Roger Goodell to explain the limited NFL settlement

On Saturday, October 25, 2014 I heard George Visger, a former San Francisco 49’r, speak about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in a panel discussion about the subject at the American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners conference in Atlanta. I’ve known George for a few years through the brain injury community where he is a […]

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Throwing the switch in our brains with mindfulness: Melissa Felteau Contributes to NeuroNotes

Throwing the switch in our brains with mindfulness: Melissa Felteau Contributes to NeuroNotes

Melissa Felteau is a researcher, teacher and practitioner of mindfulness. I have had the privilege of working with her on the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation funded research project in mindfulness to treat depression following brain injury and I look forward to our joint presentation this coming week at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine , ACRM, […]

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