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CTE Found in Brains of Retired Soccer Players

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) has been found for the first time in the brains of retired soccer players in a new study published in the Feb 14th edition of the journal Acta Neuropathologica.

Researchers examined the brains of six retired soccer players who were diagnosed with dementia. All six were found to have Alzheimer’s disease and four of the six were found to have evidence of CTE.

Although prior studies have found links between CTE football and boxing caused by repetitive head trauma, this study confirms the link between CTE and soccer.

February 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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NFL Players Must Register to be Eligible for NFL Settlement Benefits

The federal judge presiding over the NFL concussion settlement case at a hearing earlier this week reminded players that they must register for the settlement by August 7th to be eligible for any benefits. Awards cover ALS, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and some deaths for players diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The settlement does not provide any cash benefits for those players suffering with the post concussive syndrome, but players should still register and be tested to be eligible for benefits if their conditions worsen. Registration information is available by at the official settlement website

February 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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National Hockey League (NHL) Disputes Research on CTE--Give Me a Break

The National Hockey League is taking a page from big tobacco in challenging the research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and its link to repetitive head trauma. See article from New York Times, The N.H.L.’s Problem With Science. How can NHL condone fighting as part of sport? Time for Congress to shine the spotlight on NHL!

February 10, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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NFL Concussion Settlement: Players are again being victimized

Vultures are circling to take advantage of NFL players in concussion settlement. Read article in today’s New York Times ,Lender Deceived Ailing N.F.L. Retirees, Suit Claims  including my comments on these predators.

February 8, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Repeated heading of the ball in soccer is major risk factor for long term brain damage

According to a new study published online in the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, soccer players who repeatedly head the ball are three times more likely to have concussion symptoms than players who do not. The study is entitled:  Heading in soccer: More than a subconcussive event?

The study raises important implications for heading in the ball in soccer, since these players at risk for concussion symptoms are suffering sub-concussive blows to the head.

Most recent research implicates repeated sub-concussive blows as a major risk factor for long term disability.

You can read more by clicking here.

February 2, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Conference

A conference reviewing developments in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy will be held at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center on November 3rd & 4th, 2016.

Boston University, Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Way, 9th floor, Boston, MA 02215

More information can be obtained by clicking here.

October 14, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Congressional Brain Injury Caucus Briefing Scheduled for Tuesday Sept 13 on CTE

Neuroscience Caucus to Hold Briefing on CTE Next Week

On Sept. 13, 2016, the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus and the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, in partnership with the American Brain Coalition, the American Academy of Neurology, and the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators, will present a briefing that explores our current understanding of sports-related injuries and research efforts aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of these injuries on the human brain. The briefing, "Sports-Related Brain Injuries: From the NFL to the Laboratory," will be held from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Capitol Visitors Center H-201A-B. This briefing will feature Chris Borland, a linebacker formerly of the San Francisco 49ers who stunned the sports world by retiring after one year in the NFL due to concerns about CTE. Chris is now forming a foundation to work with high school athletes who serve their communities. Dr. Ann McKee, a professor of Neurology & Pathology at Boston University, who is a renowned brain researcher and one of the leading authorities on TBI and CTE in the nation, will also be presenting information.

September 9, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Are the number of concussions growing or is there just better recognition?

The number of adolescents diagnosed with concussions is growing, according to researchers at UC San Francisco. They recommend that adolescents be prioritized for ongoing work in concussion education, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

The study found that 56 percent of concussions were diagnosed in the emergency department, 29 percent in a physician's office, and the remainder in urgent care or inpatient settings. As such, outpatient clinicians should have the same confidence and competence to manage concussion cases as emergency physicians, Zhang said.

A 60 percent increase in concussions occurred from 2007 to 2014 (3,529 to 8,217), with the largest growth in ages 10-14 at 143 percent and 15-19 at 87 percent. Based on classification, 29 percent of concussions were associated with some loss of consciousness.

The findings appear online August 16, 2016, in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. Click here to read full article.  

 

August 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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NFL to Impose Penalties for Teams that Fail to Follow Concussion Protocols

Borrowing from what i have frequently lectured and written about, the New York Times has reported today that the NFL has finally decided that the only way to enforce their concussion protocols is to impose strict penalties upon teams that fail to follow them. 

The New York Times article, NFL Introduces New Rules to Back It's Concussion Protocols reports that the league intends to punish teams that do not follow concussion testing measures and allow players to return to play prematurely by imposing heavy monetary fines and other penalties including losing draft picks. 

The NFL has a long history of failing to provide adequate protection to players following a concussion.  Just creating protocols with no enforcement is not sufficient. 

The NFL still needs to go further and enforce its own rules pertaining to illegal hits and other conduct which promotes head trauma. Players who engage in prohibited conduct need to be ejected from the game, fined and perhaps even suspended for the remainder of the season.  Brain injuries and conduct that causes these injuries must become a league priority.  Five yard penalties are not enough. 

July 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Strucutural damnage to brain following a concussion confirmed by new studies

A new  study establishes lasting structural damage to brain long after concussion symptoms improve. You can read further information here:   Brain changes persist in student athletes six months after a concussion, study suggests

July 8, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)