Traumatic Brain Injury

NC Takes a Step Backward on ATV Safety Regulation

North Carolina lawmakers passed a bill loosening the safety rules for adult riders of all-terrain vehicles, commonly known as ATVs. This means that when the bill goes into effect on October 1, 2011, adults will be exempt from wearing helmets and eye protection while riding on private property. This is just plain goofy. Governor Beverly Purdue …

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Cheerleaders Are Athletes, part 2: Just Chunk It

Last week, in part one of this 3-part blog on Cheer safety, we told you about why it was important for Cheer to be recognized as a sport: namely, safety. Schools are required to provide trained coaches for athletes, and “real” sports are provided with the space and equipment necessary for safe practice. Cheer squads …

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Engineers Develop Portable Test for Concussion

This is not generally available yet, but engineers at Georgia Tech may have developed a simple way to diagnose concussion. If tests are as conclusive as expected, we may soon be seeing these devices on football fields and many other athletic events. The test goes like this:  The person who received a head injury walks …

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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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