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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 […]

Critical safety issues at trampoline parks
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Indoor trampoline parks are under scrutiny after a series of high-profile injuries and deaths lead to questions about their safety.   A 30-year-old man died after breaking his neck in a foam pit at Sky Park in Phoenix.  New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain sustained a career-threatening injury at trampoline center in Florida when he suffered an […]

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 […]

Help Kids Avoid Common Bicycle Crashes
Saturday, April 7th, 2012

About 400,000 children are treated in emergency rooms every year for bicycle-related injuries. Some crashes are inevitable, but you can prepare your kids to avoid the some of the most common bike crashes. 1.       Get Ready Properly fit and adjust the bike helmet to your kid’s head. Most bike crashes will just result in scraped […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]