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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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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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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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Ray Ciancaglini Has the Heart of a Champion

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Written by Rolf B. Gainer, PhD and M.J. Clausen, LPC We recently had the opportunity to interview Ray Ciancaglini about his work in preventing brain injuries from sports, specifically injuries which are caused by multiple concussions on top of an undiagnosed first concussion. Ray reflected on his boxing career and his own experience with concussions […]

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Ray Ciancaglini Has the Heart of a Champion

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Written by Rolf B. Gainer, PhD and M.J. Clausen, LPC We recently had the opportunity to interview Ray Ciancaglini about his work in preventing brain injuries from sports. Ray reflected on his boxing career and his own experience with concussions.  The following is part one of two and tells the story of Ray’s boxing career. […]

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A Champion for Prevention: Ray Ciancaglini

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Life takes people down some interesting streets. Last month, I was participating in the 2015 Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Conference when I met Ray Ciancaglini. Ray is a retired boxer who fought from 1966 to 1974 when his career was brought to an end due to the effects of multiple concussions which occurred in […]

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