Tag Archives | Multiple Concussions
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Russell Allen and a stroke of bad luck

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Russell Allen, a linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars, played his last game on December 15, 2013. Up against Buffalo, Allen “had his bell rung” but continued to play on in the game with a searing headache and vision problems. A trip to the Emergency Room and three days of testing revealed that Allen had suffered […]

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Can sports concussions be monitored?

Can sports concussions be monitored?

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Reebok unveiled a new device called Checklight which indicates if sufficient force to cause a concussion has been received by the wearer. The Checklight consists of a skullcap equipped with sensors to measure rotational forces and impact and provides information via green, yellow and red lights visible under the helmet. Selling for $150 the Checklight […]

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Can football prevent concussions?

Can football prevent concussions?

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With the upcoming Super Bowl we all are experiencing the pre-game hype, pushing for our favorite team, wondering about the ads and the half-time show and probably not really thinking much about concussions and CTE. Since 2012, the NFL has worked to reduce the risks which lead to concussions and has seen a 12% reduction […]

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RayField Wright, retired Dallas Cowboy faces dementia

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Rayfield Wright, a retired Dallas Cowboy and Football Hall of Fame member, faces dementia. Wright, now 68, played for the Cowboys from 1967-1979. He has two Super Bowl rings in size 16 through which a quarter can easily pass. His retirement was brought on by the effects of multiple concussions which was affecting his memory. […]

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A picture is worth a thousand words

A picture is worth a thousand words

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We have been writing on this blog for some time about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE and its relationship to multiple concussions. As we know from the airing of The League of Denial, the diagnosis in the early days was considered controversial and Dr. Omalu’s identification of the problem was seriously questioned by the NFL-linked […]

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It started with Mike Webster’s brain

It started with Mike Webster’s brain

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The understanding of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE as the outcome of multiple concussive brain injuries began in 2002 when Bennet Omalu, MD conducted an autopsy of Mike Webster’s brain. Omalu noted that Webster’s brain didn’t look like any fifty-year old that he ever examined as he observed the changes in Webster’s brain brought about […]

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The League of Denial title can extend to benefits for ex-players

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The NFL settlement of $765 million sound good on the surface. But, if we consider that there may be over 20,000 former players involved the amount of money available per person will fall far short of what is a realistic cost associated the lifetime, long-term effects of brain injury. The NFL is a behemoth organization […]

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NFL Agrees to settle player lawsuit: good or bad news?

NFL Agrees to settle player lawsuit: good or bad news?

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The NFL agreed to settle the lawsuit brought forward by former players with brain injuries. While the initial amount of the settlement, $765 million plus legal fees, appears to be a lot of money; we need to ask is that adequate to cover the present and future needs of all players who have experienced multiple […]

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UCLA Football Player Makes Tough Decision

UCLA Football Player Makes Tough Decision

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Patrick Larimore, a UCLA football player, made a tough decision to give up college football and his dream of playing in the NFL after sustaining his sixth concussion. Patrick started playing football in the fifth grade and focused his life around the game. Even at Halloween, Patrick dressed as a football player. With each concussion […]

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Heading towards brain injury: soccer study points to needed changes

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A small study of soccer players and the potential for brain injury has indicated that the potential exists for players who “head the ball” over 1400 times a year. Now that sounds like a lot, but when you consider the training drills which rely on repetition it’s actually quite easy to reach that number in […]

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