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Stop Calling It a Mild Concussion

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It isn’t uncommon for professional football players to get hit hard enough to forget where they are, what the score is, or what quarter it is. That’s what happened to the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III on Sunday, when he incurred a concussion. Specifically, as Mike Shanahan calls it, a “mild” concussion. By proclaiming Griffin’s injuries […]

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Why Concussions Are So Hard To Diagnose

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Eight years ago, 11-year-old Zack Pope got beaned during a little league game. He finished the game strong and everything seemed fine. It wasn’t until a month later he began to complain of feeling dizzy, and migraine headaches became a regular problem for Zack. Five months later, a neurologist finally connected the dots. Zack had […]

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New App Can Help Diagnose Concussions

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There’s been plenty of coverage about the risk for concussions while playing football. The biggest issue is the cumulative nature of concussions. Georgia Health Sciences University Sports Head Trainer Time McLane described the problem as “they occur and add up over time if you don’t watch it.” The moments immediately following a concussion are a […]

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The Latest Brain Trauma Research Has Surprising Findings

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With all the latest coverage about football related head trauma, one of the biggest questions has been how safe it is for kids to be playing the game. Luckily, the latest research says that there is little evidence playing high school football can lead to the type of brain trauma we are seeing in NFL […]

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The Quick and Simple Guide To Concussions

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Anyone involved in sports should be able to spot when an athlete might have had a concussion and get them to the appropriate medical attention. There are three main signs of a concussion, and if any are present after a hard knock to the head, you should definitely seek out a doctor. Loss of consciousness […]

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Canadian Football Injury Has Doctors Speaking Out

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A Canadian football player’s recent helmet-to-helmet hit is causing neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Tator to speak out about the issues surrounding concussed athletes and their injuries. The specific injury occurred in a game September 29th, where the Winnipeg Blue Bomber’s quarterback Buck Pierce took a heavy hit. Yes, Canada has a professional football league, and it is every […]

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Students & Sports, More to Consider

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Recently, I blogged about the military and their testing program for brain injury. Today I learned that high schools may be doing a better job than the military in testing and in using those results to prevent brain injuries in student athletes. In 2010, 41.2% of the student concussions were evaluated with computerized testing a […]

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Protecting Our Soldiers from Brain Injury: A Flawed Plan

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  An investigation by ProPublica and National Public Radio (NPR) has revealed that the military program to test soldiers’ brain function before and after deployment may be inadequate. Through a rushed effort by lawmakers to respond to Traumatic Brain Injury as “the signature wound” of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metric or […]

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Football Highlights Concerns About Multiple Mild Brain Injuries

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Concussions while playing football—they just sort of go with the territory, right? Maybe, but there could be dangers in that territory that don’t always get the attention they deserve. While many people might not give a lot of thought to head injuries and football—the rough and tumble nature of the contact sport lends itself to […]

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