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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Football Safety Concerns Rise: Studies Link Head Injuries with Traumatic Brain Disorder

While the popularity of football has never been higher in the U.S., major concerns are being raised about the safety of the game from the highest professional level to the youngest youth leagues.  Alan Schwarz of the New York Times has written extensively on the subject.  Among his findings, doctors now say there is a… Learn More »

Scrutiny of Concussion Risk From Football Grows

As the football playoffs get underway, it behooves us to take note of the increasing publicity surrounding concussion injury among football players. Researchers from the University of North Carolina released the results of a groundbreaking study of concussion risk among football players in the December 2007 issue of Neurosurgery. The researchers had outfitted college football… Learn More »