Introduction of Guest Blogger George Visger



I first met George Visger in 2010 when he responded to a blog I wrote about brain injury and the NFL. He introduced himself as a former NFL player who experienced multiple TBI’s, brain surgeries, dealt with the consequences of his football-related brain injuries and was working as a professional biologist in his own company as well as in the role of an advocate for brain injury. George even volunteered to speak with a patient we were treating at the time who had two brain injuries while playing high school football and, because of the residual brain injury issues, was not able to take advantage of his football scholarship and realize his dream of playing pro-football. At the Santa Clara Brain Injury Conference in 2011 I heard George as a keynote speaker and I introduced myself. Since then I’ve kept in touch with George and followed his work in brain injury advocacy.

The NFL brain injury problem has been an ongoing aspect of NeuroNotes, our blog. Recently I asked George if he would consider being a guest writer for NeuroNotes and, much like I’ve come to understand about George, he graciously accepted. We look forward to featuring George’s contributions and his personal view. Studs Turkel, the writer who chronicles America through the stories told by the person, offers that the best narrative is from the person. I think that the view George Visger will provide the readers of NeuroNotes with the personal narrative that is so important to understanding TBI and how it affects people.


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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