Soccer Players file a Class Action Lawsuit against FIFA for Brain Injuries

A group of parents and soccer players has filed a class-action lawsuit in United States District Court in California against the Fèdèration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), as well as other U.S.-based soccer associations. The suit alleges that FIFA, and a few American soccer organizations, have been negligent in developing policies to evaluate, manage, and… Learn More »

Traumatic Brain Injury: Am I Ever Going to be 100 Percent Again?

Traumatic brain injury is appropriately named traumatic, as it is an extremely serious injury from which there is no predictable recovery time. The best answer to the question, “How long will it take me to get better?” is “It depends.” In the early stages of a head injury, it is impossible to predict what lies ahead. Each… Learn More »

Sports Head Injuries Gaining National Recognition

The prevalence of head injuries in sports and their devastating lasting effects is well documented. Football players’ head injuries have been a prevalent news topic in the past few months. As the face of football, the National Football League is being blamed for keeping this epidemic buried for so long. Despite claims by former professional… Learn More »

Progress in Treatment of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can happen in many different circumstances. Concussions in sports are obviously a big problem that has become more prevalent in the media recently, but most people don’t realize how easy it is to suffer a brain injury from a car accident as well. There may be hope for someone who has suffered from… Learn More »

Football players at much higher risk for brain diseases

I have been closely following the research on traumatic brain injuries in NFL players. Consequently, I am not surprised but still very alarmed by the details of a new study by the American Academy of Neurology. It shows what has long been suspected: former NFL players are four times as likely to die of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and ALS.… Learn More »

NFL brain injury lawsuits lead to questions about the league’s future

“This gladiator mentality may have allowed the NFL to generate enormous profits, but it has left its players with serious life-altering injuries, including various degrees of brain damage,”  – excerpt from complaint   To date, more than 1,000 former NFL players are suing the league. Some of the plaintiffs claim that the NFL had knowledge… Learn More »

Sports and the Danger of Repetitive Brain Injury

An extended piece in The Atlantic gives rare insight into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disorder that has historically affected athletes – particularly boxers – but has recently been found in others who have sustained serious head injuries. Brain traumas, especially chronic injuries sustained in sports, can lead to permanent brain damage. Surprisingly similar… Learn More »

Protecting Young Athletes through Hit Counts

The Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) has just released Hit Counts­, a report that advocates taking unprecedented steps to protect young athletes from concussions and traumatic brain injuries. The report suggests that “the fastest and most effective path to safer youth sports is to regulate the amount of brain trauma that a child is allowed to… Learn More »

New Devices Promise Faster Detection of Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries affected more than 155,000 men and women in uniform in just the past decade. Brain trauma can be very hard to diagnose, since the victim may not exhibit external signs of injury, and detecting equipment like CT scanners are not always readily available. ProPublica reports the advance of two potential solutions on… Learn More »

Brain Injuries in Young Athletes

A new study finds that young athletes that regularly take hits to the head could suffer brain injury – even if they do not experience a concussion. Researchers followed nine athletes and six non-athletes for one year. Then, they compared brain images taken before and after the season. Seven of the nine athletes had abnormal… Learn More »