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Posts Tagged ‘Multiple Concussions’

By On March 9th, 2016

CTE claims a former college footballer

Ryan Hoffman, 41 ,a former lineman at University of North Carolina, drove his bicycle into oncoming traffic this past November and died on the way to the hospital. At 6′ 5″ and 287 pounds Ryan Hoffman was an imposing adversary on the line. Homeless for over 15 years, Mr. Hoffman drifted into the mental health…

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By On February 3rd, 2016

Retired NFL player found to have CTE

In this week, just days prior to the Super Bowl, the results of Ken Stabler’s autopsy indicated that he had Stage 3 CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Stabler died from cancer, but requested that his brain be studied at the Boston University Center where much of the research on CTE is taking place. The former…

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By On January 27th, 2016

NFL’r Dead at 27 from CTE

Tyler Sash, a 27 year old, died in September from an accidental overdose of pain medication. Sash had played for the New York Giants as a Safety. Dr. Ann McKee of the Boston University School of Medicine confirmed that the former NFL player had Stage 2 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE which is unusual for…

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By On January 5th, 2016

Concussion Scorecard

In 2015 there were 166 concussions in the NFL. Frontline conducted a study of concussions in the NFL over recent years which demonstrated mounting numbers. The data is available by Position, Team and Player for a several year period. Click here to review the NFL Concussion Scorecard. For readers of NeuroNotes who have seen the…

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By On December 22nd, 2015

Dr. Bennet Omalu identifies CTE

The movie “Concussion” is set to open in a few days and, with the opening, the discussions around the effects of multiple concussions and sub-concussive hits are expected to increase.  “Concussion” is surrounded in controversy about the role of the NFL in pressuring the producers to tone down the presentation of the NFL and its…

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By On July 27th, 2015

Junior Seau’s Family Not to Speak at Hall of Fame Induction

Junior Seau is being inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, his family has been prohibited from speaking at his induction. As football fans know, Junior Seau committed suicide in 2012 by shooting himself in the chest to preserve his brain much like Dave Duerson, another football player who struggled with the aftermath of…

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By On July 22nd, 2015

“Brain buckets” may not stop football concussions

Football helmets may not be able to stop concussions from happening due to the cause of football concussions being caused by a sudden rotation of the skull and brain. Research at Stanford University conducted by David Camarillo, an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, has produced results which indicate that current helmet testing techniques and equipment are…

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By On May 20th, 2015

Ray Ciancaglini Has the Heart of a Champion

Written by Rolf B. Gainer, PhD and M.J. Clausen, LPC We recently had the opportunity to interview Ray Ciancaglini about his work in preventing brain injuries from sports, specifically injuries which are caused by multiple concussions on top of an undiagnosed first concussion. Ray reflected on his boxing career and his own experience with concussions…

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By On May 19th, 2015

Ray Ciancaglini Has the Heart of a Champion

Written by Rolf B. Gainer, PhD and M.J. Clausen, LPC We recently had the opportunity to interview Ray Ciancaglini about his work in preventing brain injuries from sports. Ray reflected on his boxing career and his own experience with concussions.  The following is part one of two and tells the story of Ray’s boxing career.…

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By On May 18th, 2015

A Champion for Prevention: Ray Ciancaglini

Life takes people down some interesting streets. Last month, I was participating in the 2015 Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Conference when I met Ray Ciancaglini. Ray is a retired boxer who fought from 1966 to 1974 when his career was brought to an end due to the effects of multiple concussions which occurred in…

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