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The location of impact is not predictive of concussion outcome in football collisions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that annually, up to 3.8 million sport-related concussions occur in the United States.1 For adolescents and young adults, sports, such as football, account for a substantial proportion of these concussions.

There has been little research assessing the role of impact location on concussion outcome.  A recent study published online, August 14, 2014 in the Journal Pediatrics, Impact Locations and Concussion Outcomes in High School Football Player-to-Player Collisions, attempts to answer this question.

The study concluded that, “among high school football players who sustained concussions due to player-to-player collisions, concussion outcomes were generally independent of impact location.”

Pediatrics 2014;134:489–496

August 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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VA develops concussion app to assist in concussion management

The Veterans Administration has developed a new mobile app that provides information on concussion symptoms and the self-management of the common symptoms following a concussion.

The concussion app’s main goals are:

  • To provide education about a concussion
  • To provide a 22 question inventory about symptoms that may develop following a concussion including dizziness, balance problems, headaches, memory and concentration impairments,
  • To provide tools to assist individuals properly manage the symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury when they develop
  • To provide resources and support for professional care and web sites with information about traumatic brain injury.
  • The app can be used by anyone and is not restricted to veterans. 

More information is available by clicking here



July 31, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Post Concussion Sleep Issues-Department of Defense Issues New Recommendations

New recommendations from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) advise that all patients with concussion symptoms should be screened for the presence of a sleep disorder and patients.  Additionally, patients should be asked if they are experiencing frequent difficulty in falling or saying asleep, excessive daytime sleepiness or usual events during sleep.

These new recommendations were released this month by DOD along with support tools to assist in the identification and treatment of sleep disturbance in persons following mild traumatic brain injury, also known as a concussion.

Sleep disorders are a frequent symptom following a concussion and must be identified and treated as soon as possible.  According to many medical experts, a good sleep cycle is critical to the brain’s ability to heal and recover following a concussion. 

The new Management of Sleep Disturbances following Acute Concussion/Mild TBI Recommendations suite is composed of clinical recommendations, a clinical support tool, a provider education slide deck and a patient education fact sheet.  More information can be obtained by clicking here.

July 24, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Social Workers Can Assist Patients to Recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury

A 20 minute conversation with a social worker has the potential to reduce the functional decline of persons diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury according to a recent study published in May in the Journal, Brain Injury: The emergency department social work intervention for mild traumatic brain injury.  A pilot study.  Brain Injury, 2014; 28 (4): 448

Mild traumatic brain injury is often difficult to detect and may go undiagnosed in the emergency department of a hospital.  Common symptoms of a concussion or mild traumatic brain include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, blurred vision, fatigue and sleep disturbances.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) not everyone gets all of these symptoms and not all symptoms appear at once.  Some individuals do not develop some or all of these symptoms for days or even weeks after the initial brain injury.


If a patient does go to the emergency room to be evaluated, he or she may go home thinking they’re OK, but then begin to develop these physical symptoms including problems with memory, concentration and multi-tasking when doing routine tasks. 


That’s why it is important that all individual with seen in the emergency department receive a consultation with a social worker before they are discharged.  The social worker can provide patients with information about what may happen to them over the next several days or weeks.  The social worker can suggest potential coping strategies, provide resources in case these symptoms develop for proper follow up care and ease the mind of the individual.   

July 15, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Almost Half of Homeless Men Had Traumatic Brain Injury in Their Life

In a study investigating traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the homeless population of Toronto, it was determined that almost half of all homeless men who took part in the study had suffered at least one traumatic brain injury in their life and 87 percent occurred before these men lost their homes. The study is published in the journal CMAJ Open.  "Traumatic brain injury among men in an urban homeless shelter"

Another study published by Dr. Stephan Hwang in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation found that the number of individuals who are homeless or vulnerably housed and who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may be as high as 61 percent-seven times higher than the general population.  Almost half of homeless men had traumatic brain injury in their lifetime  

The important question raised by these studies: Is TBI a risk factor for homelessness?



July 10, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Traumatic brain injury and risk of dementia in older veterans

Traumatic brain injury and risk of dementia in older veterans

An important study was published today, Traumatic brain injury and risk of dementia in older veterans in the Journal Neurology. The study has important implications for all those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, but most importantly for individuals including athletes who have sustained repetitive head trauma. 

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is common in military personnel, and there is growing concern about the long-term effects of TBI on the brain; however, few studies have examined the association between TBI and risk of dementia in veterans.

The study concludes: “TBI in older veterans was associated with a 60% increase in the risk of developing dementia over 9 years after accounting for competing risks and potential confounders. Our results suggest that TBI in older veterans may predispose toward development of symptomatic dementia and raise concern about the potential long-term consequences of TBI in younger veterans and civilians.”

You can read more by clicking here.


July 1, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Large increase seen in emergency departments visits for traumatic brain injury

Between 2006 and 2010, there was a nearly 30 percent increase in the rate of visits to an emergency department for traumatic brain injury, which may be attributable to a number of factors, including increased awareness and diagnoses, according to a study in the May 14 issue of JAMA.

May 21, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Karl Rove Needs to Apologize for His Derogatory, Uneducated and Misleading Statement About Traumatic Brain Injury

Karl Rove’s statement regarding a brain injury sustained by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is derogatory, uneducated, and misleading, and should be condemned.

Karl Rove should apologize to the millions of Americans who are living with the lifelong consequences traumatic brain injury related disability.  His cavalier attitude and complete ignorance about  the silent epidemic of brain injury is an affront to those suffering from this disease.  This ought not to provide fodder for a political agenda.

According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, “approximately 5.3 million Americans are living with a TBI-related disability and the consequences of severe TBI can affect all aspects of an individual’s life.”  This includes the ability to work, be employed, perform household tasks, drive, and/or participate in other activities of daily living, and endangers relationships with family and friends.


May 13, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Comprehensive Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury-Brain Injury Association of America Webinar Program

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) will be sponsoring a webinar examining the questions,  What is the current scientific perspective surrounding mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI)? What are the necessary elements to a comprehensive approach to concussion management?

The webinar will take place on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. Eastern, 12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific

The scheduled speakers are Kevin Crutchfield, M.D., Vascular Neurologist and Director of the Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program at LifeBridge Health, and Jessica McWhorter, Ph.D., ABPP/RP  Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist at The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute, will discuss current controversies in the treatment of concussion and diagnostic dilemmas in working with patients who experience persistent symptoms. They will also present a comprehensive model of care. Register by 5:00 p.m. (ET) May 6, 2014.

Click here to register.

May 2, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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New study sheds light on how the brain is injured

A promising new study at the University of Rochester may provide useful information in understanding how a concussion affects the brain and why persons who have sustained a concussion develop an array of problems including memory impairment, sleep disturbances, depression and impaired judgment.

If the medical profession can understand the mechanism of concussions and brain injury, they will be in a better position to develop new and effective ways to treat individuals suffering from the post concussive syndrome and the long term consequences of brain damage.

The study is report in the online edition of the Journal of Neurotrauma.  It shows that mice with mild, repetitive traumatic brain injury (TBI) develop many of the same behavioral problems, such as, that have been associated with the condition in humans.

A statement released by the University of Rochester reported,  “This new model captures both the clinical aspects of repetitive mild TBI and CTE,” said Anthony L. Petraglia, M.D., a neurosurgeon with the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and lead author of the study.   “While public awareness of the long-term health risk of blows to the head is growing rapidly, our ability to scientifically study the fundamental neurological impact of mild brain injuries has lagged.”

You can read the entire press release by clicking here.


April 30, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack