The NFL and GE announced 16 winning groups in the first round of their $20 million “Head Health Challenge” just six days ago. Looking at the list of winners, three are from outside the United States. Among the American groups, 12 states are represented.
For all the ongoing angst involving concussion, the injury is almost always far less debilitating than a torn ACL in the knee.
This column was supposed to be a follow-up to last week's regarding mental health issues among collegiate athletes. However, recent events sometimes have a way of taking over one's best laid plans.
What do these three things have in common: boxing, nausea and contusion? Had this article no headline, this might prove to be a riddle of great merit. However, all three of these have some connection to minor traumatic brain injury, more commonly known as a concussion.
First, let’s be clear, Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) is extremely rare. I know of only one documented case in the last 25 years in Indiana.
Are we seeing concussions way more than we used to?
BOSTON | Dave Duerson, a former NFL player who committed suicide in February, had "moderately advanced" brain damage related to blows to the head, according to the researcher who made the diagnosis.
NEW YORK | Blindside hits to the head are down in the NHL, yet concussions are up. Now general managers have to decide if more rules are needed to make pro hockey safer.
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