Brain Injury

Cheerleaders Are Athletes, Part One

What do you call an activity requires strength, stamina, flexibility, agility, planning, and coordination with team members?  What if the participants were required to train with weight-training and aerobic exercises?  And what if that activity was performed in gymnasiums, in stadiums, and on outdoor fields?  And what if teams competed regionally and nationally? That sure …

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Terry Bradshaw Speaks About His Lifetime of Concussions

Terry Bradshaw is one of the most celebrated football players in NFL history. He played 14 seasons as a quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is a four-time Super Bowl champion–including leading the Steelers to their first Super Bowl win during Super Bowl IX. In 1996, he was voted into the Football Hall of Fame. …

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Athletes' Dementia: New Name For an Old Disease

Decades ago, everyone knew that boxers had brain problems from taking too many hits to the head. The average person called it being punch drunk. Doctors called it dementia pugilistica, or dementia of fighters. Now, we understand that permanent brain injury can happen to anyone who takes a lot of hits to the head–people such as …

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Concussions Affect Women More Than Men

A recent article in The Globe and Mail (a newspaper out of Toronto, Canada) reports on new research  that suggest that: Women are more likely than men to suffer a sports-related concussion; Women have more severe symptoms in the days immediately following the concussion; Women may experience symptoms for a longer period of time than …

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Will NHL Take Action Against Concussion?

With Brain Injury Awareness month coming to a close, there is one final bit of good news: Pro hockey may finally recognize that game violence puts players at risk for concussion, and–here’s the exciting part–there are talks about how to curb head injuries. Perhaps they could take a lesson from the National Football League (NFL) …

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NFL to Diagnose Player Concussions on the Sidelines

The National Football League (NFL) has issued new guidelines about concussion diagnosis during games. Basically, team doctors will use a new standardized assessment protocol on the sidelines if concussion is suspected. This tool allows immediate evaluation of injury so that athletes with concussion or other serious brain trauma so that players can be removed from …

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