Brain Injuries in Sports

A new study out of the University of Colorado-Denver found that regardless of the location of impact of high school football players who sustained a concussion, there was no difference in the outcome. Researchers, noting that “little research has examined concussion outcomes in terms of impact location (i.e., the area on the head in which the impact occurred), utilized the National High Schools Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study dated between 2008/2009-2012/2013 to calculate rates and describe circumstances of football concussion (e.g., symptomatology, symptom resolution time, return to play) resulting from player-to-player collisions by impact location.”
Continue Reading Impact Location and Concussion Outcomes in High School Football Players

An evidence- based guideline from the AAN for evaluating and managing athletes with concussions recommends that athletes who are suspected of having a concussion be removed from the game immediately and not be returned until assessed by a licensed health care professional trained in diagnosing and managing concussion.
Continue Reading AAN Guideline Recommends Removal of Player If Concussion Suspected

A new study published online at PLOS One found that “the brain degeneration observed among professional football players could result from an out-of-control immune response, similar to what multiple sclerosis patients experience. “Consequences of Repeated Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption in Football Players, Nicola Marchi, Jeffrey J. Bazarian, Vikram Puvenna, Mattia Janigro, Chaitali Ghosh, Jianhui Zhong, Tong Zhu, Eric Blackman, Desiree Stewart, Jasmina Ellis, Robert Butler, and Damir Janigro.
Continue Reading Brain Injury May Be Auto Immune Phenomenon, Like Multiple Sclerosis

The researchers, interested in whether frequent sub concussive blows to the head in soccer players could lead to traumatic brain injury, evaluated concussion-naïve soccer players using high resolution DTI, which “is highly sensitive for detecting alterations in white matter architecture.” The researchers utilized forty soccer players, all right handed males, from two training groups of an elite-level soccer club in Germany.
Continue Reading White Matter Integrity in the Brains of Professional Soccer Players

A recent article in the New York Times highlights how researchers are working on a new, relatively inexpensive way to spot injuries and monitor brain diseases using magnetic sensors that can spot changes in brain waves. This compact and portable detection device, part of the field of optical magnetometry, is constructed as a form of headgear roughly the size of a sugar cube, and works by having sensors measure changes in the brain’s magnetic field.
Continue Reading Early Detection Technology for Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is among the earliest illnesses described in human history and remains a major source of morbidity and mortality in the modern era. More than 2% of Americans currently lives with long-term disabilities as a result of a previous brain injury, and incidence and prevalence rates are even higher.
Continue Reading Link Between Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Dementia Increases

Junior Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker who led the San Diego Charges to a Super Bowl victory and played in a second Super Bowl with the New England Patriots, was found dead from an apparent suicide earlier this week in his California home. Seau was only 43.
Continue Reading Another NFL Death Caused by Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) released a Concussion Policy Survey which states that although New Jersey has implemented the Concussion Law, some schools are delaying in their compliance with the new regulations. The survey examined 110 high school athletic trainers throughout the state of New Jersey and states that while most districts have a board approved policy, others do not and those without blame the Law stating that it is difficult to interpret certain provisions.
Continue Reading Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey Release Report Stating High Schools’ Lack of Compliance with New Jersey Concussion Law