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Former Milwaukie cheerleader files lawsuit in brain injury case
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

A $20 million lawsuit has been filed against North Clackamas School District by a former Milwaukie High School cheerleader who claims she suffered brain damage when she fell in a cheer stunt and hit her head on a floor mat. Alexis Lisle, now 16 years old, was held at shoulder height by four teammates when she fell backwards and hit a mat. The lawsuit claims […]

Teen dies typing a text message
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Her cap and gown were still in her car: Mariah West was going to graduate from high school the next day. She was responding to a text message while driving, and her car veered off of the road and hit a concrete bridge. She was partially ejected from the car, and her head hit the […]

Football players at much higher risk for brain diseases
Friday, September 7th, 2012

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 […]

NFL brain injury lawsuits lead to questions about the league’s future
Sunday, April 29th, 2012

"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 […]

Sports and the Danger of Repetitive Brain Injury
Thursday, March 1st, 2012

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 […]

Protecting Young Athletes through Hit Counts
Friday, February 3rd, 2012

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 […]

New Devices Promise Faster Detection of Brain Injuries
Friday, January 6th, 2012

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 […]

Brain Injuries in Young Athletes
Friday, November 18th, 2011

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 […]

High School Football Player Dies From Head Injury Suffered During Game
Monday, October 17th, 2011

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 […]

NFL to Study Concussions and Brain Injuries
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

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 […]