Posts Tagged ‘subconcussive hits’

By On May 25th, 2018

Expert says concussions are not needed to develop CTE

It is commonly believed that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is the result of concussions, thanks to football’s current issues handling concussions on the field and the high rate of CTE being found in former players. However, concussions and CTE might not be as closely related as believed. In fact, a prominent brain researcher suggests concussions…


By On April 10th, 2018

Brain changes in contact sports may be caused by “microconcussions”

Much has been said about the connection between concussions or traumatic brain injuries and dangerous changes to the brain such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  However, a new study from Indiana University suggests even athletes in contact sports who don’t experience clinical concussions show signs of brain changes. According to the report published in the…


By On January 19th, 2018

CTE may not require a history of concussion

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a permanent neurodegenerative brain disease brought on by repeated head trauma. Often, people interpret this to mean CTE is caused by concussions, however, a recent study shows concussions don’t necessarily have to be a part of the equation. “The concussion is really irrelevant for triggering CTE,” Dr. Lee Goldstein, an…


By On December 21st, 2017

Female soccer players show more brain damage than male players

When it comes to concussions, it is starting to look like women may have it a lot worse off than men. Research has suggested women may be more susceptible to brain injuries, and could take longer to recover. Now, an unpublished study presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, D.C., indicates that…


By On December 13th, 2017

Bostonian of the Year: Ann McKee CTE Researcher

Recently McKee’s published study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that of 202 brains of former football players, 177 had CTE. Dr. McKee also served as the pathologist for the study of Aaron Hernandez’s brain. Hernandez, the former Patriot, was a convicted murderer serving a life sentence for killing his friend. Hernandez ended his life six months into his sentence. The autopsy revealed that Hernandez had advanced CTE.


By On September 6th, 2016

Football’s “Concussion Crisis” Isn’t Just About Concussions

The NFL’s issues around brain injuries and how the league can keep players safe from a seemingly invisible but serious injury is often referred to as football’s “concussion crisis.” However, the NFL’s problems extend much further than how it handles the frequent mild concussions occurring on the field each Sunday. While concussions are serious injuries…


By On April 9th, 2014

Impacts Cause Brain Changes Even Without a Concussion

While the NFL has been fighting a “concussion crisis”, more worrying findings have been coming out of other sports, and now the issue of so-called subconcussive hits is reaching the most popular sport in the United States. A new study claims the more hits a football player’s head takes over the course of a season,…


By On March 24th, 2014

Can You Suffer a Concussion With No Symptoms?

Despite recent headlines proclaiming otherwise, we are still years away from a definitive test for concussions or traumatic brain injuries reaching the markets and the hands of healthcare professionals. Without a reliable diagnostic test, we are forced to identify and treat mild traumatic brain injuries based on symptoms such as headache, nausea, memory problems, dizziness,…


By On April 17th, 2013

Too Much Soccer Heading Leads To Brain Injury

New evidence is making it more and more clear that heading a soccer ball could be a problem over a prolonged period of time. Previous research has suggested this, and now researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University are taking that study further. “It’s not only the overt concussions where someone…

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