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Ray Ciancaglini “Keeps on Punching”

Ray Ciancaglini “Keeps on Punching”

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Ray Ciancaglini is a wonderful friend to us here at NeuroNotes. Ray is a tireless advocate for concussions awareness and prevention of The Second Impact Syndrome. A retired boxer living with the long-term effects of multiple concussions, Ray has made preventing other athletes from experiencing the problems associated with multiple concussions his Number 1 priority. […]

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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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Losing Oneself in Brain Injury and a Life beyond Depression

Losing Oneself in Brain Injury and a Life beyond Depression

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Over the last few years, I have been writing and presenting on the topic of Loss of Self. My awareness of the role of loss has grown from my work with people living with brain injury and the depression which many of them experience and the long term outcome studies we are operating where loss […]

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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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Witnessing the end of football

Witnessing the end of football

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In the Op Ed section of the New York Times of Friday, February 5, 2016 Dr. George D. Lundberg, MD, a pathologist raised the question about the end of football approaching much like the end of boxing. Dr. Lundberg wrote about his reaction to the 1982 boxing match between Larry Holmes and Randall “Tex” Cobb […]

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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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Apple Pie or Violence: Which is the American Tradition? Part Two of Our Interview with Ray Ciancaglini

Apple Pie or Violence: Which is the American Tradition? Part Two of Our Interview with Ray Ciancaglini

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In Part Two of our conversation with Ray Ciancaglini, we explore the connection between violence and brain injury in sports. Sports related concussion is an ongoing theme here on NeuroNotes. We want to capture different views of concussion. The following interview shares perspective on sports as a cause of brain injury. Are we hooked on violence? […]

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A champ speaks candidly about sports, violence and injury

A champ speaks candidly about sports, violence and injury

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MJ Clausen and I interviewed Ray Ciancaglini on November 20, 2015. Our interview with Ray focused on sports and concussions in both boxing and football. Specifically, we spoke about the future of sports like boxing and football in which violence is an inevitable part of the game.  Ray Ciancaglini is the Founder of The Second […]

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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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A Class in Concussions: Does boxing make better soldiers?

A Class in Concussions: Does boxing make better soldiers?

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The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, The Naval Academy in Annapolis and the Air Force Academy still require a class in boxing  which in some cases is “a class in concussions” for the cadets. Lt. Col. Nicholas Gist, the Director of Physical Education at West Point refers to the required course: “We want to […]

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