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Former Colts Player Shares What It Is Like To Get A TBI In The NFL

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Before 2010, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie was set to become a leading player for the NFL team, but a series terrible concussions between 2010 and 2012 instead made Collie the face of the NFL’s “concussion crisis.” The brain injuries ended Collie’s career in football, but today he works as a care coordinator and […]

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Staying In The Game After Concussion Can Mean Being Sidelined Longer

Staying In The Game After Concussion Can Mean Being Sidelined Longer

Sports leagues across the country have instituted policies which pull players from play if they are suspected of experiencing a concussion, but there is plenty of evidence to show the rule isn’t foolproof. There have been several high-profile cases where athletes have endured brain injuries on the field without being pulled from the game, and […]

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Sleep Disturbances Are Common After TBI, Often Go Unnoticed

Sleep Disturbances Are Common After TBI, Often Go Unnoticed

By now, most people are aware that concussions can have a long-term impact on a person. In particular, it has been established that memory and cognitive problems can occur for years after a concussion. However, some more subtle issues are still being discovered. A study recently published in the journal Neurology suggests sleep problems can […]

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Researchers Pinpoint Risk Factors For TBI In Older Adults

Researchers Pinpoint Risk Factors For TBI In Older Adults

While the NFL and other intense contact sports get the most attention for their explosive collisions and subsequent brain injuries, the truth is that the majority of people who experience brain injuries are not professional athletes. In fact, children and older adults are much more likely to experience traumatic brain injury and have worse outcomes. […]

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Could This Ultrasound Helmet Be Used To Diagnose Concussions?

A new test using ultrasound waves to diagnose concussions may soon make it easier and cheaper to accurately evaluate brain injuries immediately after they happen, according to research presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th Annual Meeting this month. The researchers from Neural Analytics have designed a portable helmet capable of quickly and accurately […]

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Court Upholds The NFL’s Concussion Settlement While Seemingly Admitting Faults

Court Upholds The NFL’s Concussion Settlement While Seemingly Admitting Faults

The settlement between the NFL and former professional football players over the long-term risks of brain injuries was upheld today by the U.S. Third Circuit court of appeals. The appeal was filed last August over numerous concerns, chiefly that the settlement did not cover chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease linked to repeated brain injury. […]

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Scans Find Signs of Long-Term Brain Damage in 40% of Ex-NFL Players

Scans Find Signs of Long-Term Brain Damage in 40% of Ex-NFL Players

It may not be a secret that the NFL is in the midst of a concussion crisis, but we are only starting to understand how bad the problem really is. A recent study found that 40% of retired NFL players show long-term signs of traumatic brain injury, a substantially higher rate than what is seen […]

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Encouraging Study Suggests Blood Tests May Be Viable For Concussions

Encouraging Study Suggests Blood Tests May Be Viable For Concussions

It is looking increasingly likely that a simple blood test could be widely used to diagnose concussions in the relatively-near future. New research shows that a protein linked to head trauma is detectable in blood up to a week after a brain injury, indicating the protein could be a reliable biomarker used to diagnose concussions. […]

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equestrian sports and traumatic brain injuries

Equestrian Sports Are The Leading Cause of Sports-Related TBI

When we talk about brain injuries in sports, most people think about football, or possibly hockey. Maybe if you are more of a traditionalist you think of boxing, where chronic traumatic encephalopathy first started being recognized. These sports stay at the heart of the conversation of how to protect athlete’s brains. Despite this, a new […]

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Kristi Whitaker

A Day at the Pool: What Successful Brain Injury Rehabilitation Looks Like

Written by Kristi Whitaker, LMSW, CBIS As Brain Injury Case Manager, I don’t usually get to see how former patients of ours are doing after they leave our care here at NRI at Brookhaven Hospital. I recently had that rare opportunity while away at a conference. I was approached by a former patient, also a […]

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