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Mark Gastineau deals with football’s aftermath

Mark Gastineau deals with football’s aftermath

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Mark Gastineau, a retired defensive end with the New York Jets, revealed that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson Syndrome and Dementia. Gastineau played 1o years with the New York Jets.

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Football Player’s “Silent Struggle” ends in suicide

Football Player’s “Silent Struggle” ends in suicide

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In December 2015, Zac Easter shot himself ending what he called his “Silent Struggle” from the effects of multiple concussions he sustained from football. A month earlier, Zac had planned to end his life either by his own hand or suicide-by-cop, but was stopped and hospitalized. The reality was that Zac had tired of watching himself deteriorate and he knew that the cause of his problems was CTE or Chronic Trauma Encephalopathy.

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Double Your Trouble By Playing with a Concussion

Double Your Trouble By Playing with a Concussion

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Athletes who get back into the game after experiencing a concussion take twice as long to recover as athletes who are removed from the game and wait to be evaluated and cleared before returning. In a study of 69 athletes with head trauma who were seen at the Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program […]

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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?

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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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Dr. Bennet Omalu identifies CTE

Dr. Bennet Omalu identifies CTE

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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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George Visger: “Out of my Head: My Life In and Out of Football”

George Visger: “Out of my Head: My Life In and Out of Football”

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NeuroNotes has reported on the problem of sports concussions over the recent years and has focused on the problems experienced by athletes who have had multiple concussions. Recently we wrote about Chris Borland’s sudden retirement and his concern for life devastating injury from the sport. Borland walked away from an extremely lucrative contract to save […]

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Florida’s Headgear Rule for Girls’ Lacrosse Creates Controversy

Florida’s Headgear Rule for Girls’ Lacrosse Creates Controversy

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Florida has incurred much debate with the state’s recent rule to require headgear for girls’ lacrosse. Boys’ lacrosse players have worn hard-shell helmets with face protection for years and goal tenders on girls’ team have worn helmets for several decades. The state’s new ruling requires a soft protective device and many of the players use […]

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For George Visger Brain Injury Awareness Day is Every Day

For George Visger Brain Injury Awareness Day is Every Day

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As the month of March draws to a close, the month dedicated to brain injury awareness also ends.  As our friend, George Visger, points out in a recent blog, for him, every day is brain injury awareness day.  George is a courageous brain injury survivor and former NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers.  He […]

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Brain Injury Survivor or Thriver: Ask Craig Phillips

Brain Injury Survivor or Thriver: Ask Craig Phillips

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People like Craig Phillips are a unique breed. I’ve known Craig for many years in the context of the brain injury community where he has been an active participant for many years. Craig has evolved as a teacher and a guide to people who are embarking on the journey of living their lives with a […]

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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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