The arrival of fall sports season is a reminder that coaches, trainers, athletes and parents should be on alert for signs of concussion. Although awareness and management of concussions has improved, symptoms are often not clear-cut and may be overlooked. As many as 1.9 million sports-related concussions happen to kids every year in the United […]
Many people are talking about the bombshell that was dropped during yesterday’s congressional hearing. NFL executive Jeff Miller admitted to a link between CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and NFL football. To me and I think many in the medical world, it’s not a huge deal. We’ve been studying CTE in football players for the past […]
Putting all the madness aside, Johnny Manziel recently suffered what’s called in the sports medicine world a Monday Morning concussion. With this type of head injury, a player who takes a hard hit during a game — whether it be football, lacrosse or soccer — his symptoms may take 24 to 48 hours to present […]
Last week, I had the opportunity to watch the Boston premiere of Concussion with other sports medicine specialists from coast to coast. The movie depicts the controversial story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, played by Will Smith, who performed brain biopsies on former NFL players and discovered neurological deterioration due to repeated head injuries. He published […]
Just last week, 2 doctors from the University of Minnesota released a preprinting of an article in the American Journal of Bioethics boldly calling for all public high schools to discontinue their tackle football programs. Though they stated the number of deaths and catastrophic injuries continue to decline, they fear the long-term cognitive effects of […]
Concussions continue to be a major topic not only in professional sports, but also now in the college and high school ranks. So, why are we focusing so much on concussion?
There’s now evidence to show that concussions can sometimes cause irreversible changes to the brain. So what was once thought of as a minor, short-term injury has become a much bigger deal due to concussion’s long-term effects.