Brain Injury Resources & Links

A team of Canadian concussion specialists created an online concussion library full of information and resources for both the public and research and medical professionals. The Sport Concussion Library includes more than 2,300 peer-reviewed journal articles, 61 book chapters, entries on thesis research, concussion legislation on the federal, state and provincial levels, filmed documentaries, and a downloadable SCAT2 test, the standard sideline concussion assessment tool.
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I found a video online which I think may be of great interest to the readers of my blog. The video, Memory and the Brain, features Dr. Jeanette Norden, a neuroscientist and award-winning professor at Vanderbilt University explores the different categories of memory, the areas of the brain involved in creating and shaping memories and the ways that our synapses change based on experiences in the world.
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Bruce Stern, Chair of Stark & Stark’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, put together a video presentation entitled Concussions….Not to be Ignored. The presentation focuses on the importance of classifying concussions as traumatic brain injuries, and, making people aware of the fact that although a brain injury may have been classified as “mild” there are in fact serious potential dangers associated with these injuries. Mr. Stern also discusses the physical, cognitive and behavioral changes associated with mild traumatic brain injuries and how these changes can affect a patient’s life in the future.
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New Jersey recently received federal funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to serve moderately and severely brain-injured members of the armed services. Nearly one in four injured service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered a traumatic brain injury, and the need for adequate care has only increased along with the number of injuries. This grant would assist the Department of Veterans Affairs in teaching soldiers some of the most basic skills, such as walking, talking and meeting daily challenges of life.
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A new book, The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic, by Linda Carroll and David Rosner explains a constant theme in our society: protect the sport, not the players. The truth is, for a long time, people just didn’t want to believe that sports-related concussions were an actual danger posing life-threatening injuries to players. However, in recent years, the amount of new information being released highlighting the devastating effects concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries could have on players has brought this long-hidden trend to the forefront of not only the medical community, but also the nation as a whole.
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Dick’s sporting goods is giving away the ImPACT baseline concussion evaluation software free of charge to local schools courtesy of their PACE program. The PACE program–Protecting Athletes through Concussion Education – encourages the medical staffs at schools to better understand concussions, and to test and check young athletes throughout sports seasons.

Through the PACE program, Dick’s Sporting Goods will be offering 3,335 eligible middle and high schools the opportunity to have the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) computer software available at their schools for a free, 12-month subscription. This will allow up to one million athletes the opportunity to get a baseline concussion test, which is one step in ensuring the safety of the next generation of athletes. Parents, athletes, and coaches can apply for the ImPACT software by visiting www.DicksSportingGoods.com/pace starting August 2 through September 12.
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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs recently began awarding contracts under the Assisted Living for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury Pilot Program. The Program will allow veterans with moderate to severe brain injuries to access a wide range of post‐acute services and support that will help improve and maintain their skills and allow them to reside in non‐institutional settings.
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I was very excited to receive today the second addition of “Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management” edited by Susan Reddick-Grisham and Laura M. Deming. Besides being an outstanding book with regard to life care planning, the book contains an update of my chapter entitled “Use of the Life Care Plan in a Lawsuit Involving a Child.”
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