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 »

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 »

High School Football Player Dies From Head Injury Suffered During Game

The tragic news from New York is that a high school football player has died from a head injury following a hard hit by an opposing player during a game last Friday night. We have previously blogged about studies linking head injuries sustained during football games to brain disorders. We've also highlighted legislation introduced to… Learn More »

NFL to Study Concussions and Brain Injuries

The National Football League’s committee on concussion research is planning an in-depth study on the long-term effects of concussions on its players. Two years ago, a Congressional committee held a hearing on the link between football and brain injury, and the N.F.L. agreed to turn over players medical records to the House Judiciary Committee for… Learn More »

Proposed Bill Seeks to Make Football Helmets For Young Athletes Safer

A bill introduced last week in the House by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J) (co-founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force), and in the Senate by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), would give companies that manufacture helmets for young athletes nine months to improve safety standards. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) would then… Learn More »

Sudden Deaths Among Youth Athletes Raise Questions About Heart Screenings

    Students at Fenneville High School (MI) are mourning the loss of star athlete Wes Leonard, who collapsed and died just minutes after scoring his team’s game winning shot in a basketball game on March 3rd.  The medical condition that caused Leonard’s tragic death is dilated cardiomyopathy, a heart defect that causes an enlarged left ventricle… Learn More »

CDC Launches Campaign to Educate Coaches, Parents and Players Concerning Concussion Injury from Hockey

When playing ice hockey, young players can suffer concussions from falls, being struck in the head by the stick or puck, or from players colliding with the ice, with each other, or the boards on a hockey rink. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention teamed up with USA Hockey to develop the "Heads Up: Concussion… Learn More »

The NFL Institutes a New Concussion Policy

Last week, the National Football League instituted new rules regarding when players can return to play after suffering a concussion during a game or practice. Under the new policy, the following symptoms would preclude a player from returning to a game or practice on the same day: Being unable to remember assignments or plays or… Learn More »

Congress Holds Hearing on Link Between Football and Brain Injury

Reports on Congressional hearing related to head injuries from football