Posts Tagged ‘concussion’

By On April 27th, 2018

Are “headers” worse than hits?

When it comes to brain injuries in sports, you’d think it is the big collisions you need to watch out for. However, a growing body of evidence suggests the smaller bumps – like “heading” a soccer ball – may be more dangerous. A new report, published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, looked specifically at…


By On March 5th, 2018

Brett Favre says he suffered concussions from 90% of tackles

Brett Favre has infamously only been knocked out once in his 20-year professional football career. The moment came on his very last play, capping off a record-breaking career with a devastating blow. However, it wasn’t his only concussion. Losing consciousness is considered one of the trademark signs of a concussion, but loss-of-consciousness only occurs in…


By On February 21st, 2018

What can woodpeckers teach us about brain injury?

The people working on treating and preventing brain injuries often look toward the woodpecker. These birds smack their heads against trees thousands of times a day, yet they don’t get brain injuries. Or, do they? Because woodpeckers don’t show any signs of behavioral changes or memory issues as they age, we have all assumed their…


By On February 13th, 2018

Defending gold medalist backs out of Olympics after head injury

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has many world champions defending their titles across a wide range of sports this week, but one defending gold medalist won’t be seen. Olympic halfpipe champion Iouri Podladtchikov decided he wouldn’t be competing over the weekend, citing the effects of a recent head injury. Unfortunatly, my brain needs time to recover…


By On November 27th, 2017

Young athletes show subtle brain changes after concussion

With the increasing awareness of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), many are beginning to recognize the long-term risks of playing football. However, two recent studies suggest we may be underestimating the short-term effects the game can have on the brain. Two separate reports presented at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas at the annual meeting…

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