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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Proposed Bill Seeks to Make Football Helmets For Young Athletes Safer
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

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 […]

Sudden Deaths Among Youth Athletes Raise Questions About Heart Screenings
Monday, March 14th, 2011

    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 […]

CDC Launches Campaign to Educate Coaches, Parents and Players Concerning Concussion Injury from Hockey
Monday, March 15th, 2010

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 […]

The NFL Institutes a New Concussion Policy
Monday, December 7th, 2009

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 […]

Congress Holds Hearing on Link Between Football and Brain Injury
Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Reports on Congressional hearing related to head injuries from football

Canadian study finds concussion effects can last decades
Friday, February 20th, 2009

In a Canadian study, researchers found that a single concussion can lead to memory lose, slower reflex times and attention problems 30 years later. "This study shows that the effects of sports concussions in early adulthood persist beyond 30 years post-concussion and that it can cause cognitive and motor function alterations as the athletes age," […]