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When and How ‘Not a Concussion’ Becomes a Concussion: Klay Thompson Injury

The Western Conference Finals not only provided an opportunity for the Golden State Warriors a chance at winning an NBA title it has provided a wonderful opportunity for people to learn more about concussions. The knee-jerk reaction to incidents like we have seen in Games 4 and 5 are often a mix of truth, hyperbole and […]

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“Contussiongate”*: The Steph Curry Incident

*I will admit that I could not come up with a catchy title for this post so I ripped this from Mike Freeman’s twitter feed (@mikefreemanNFL) last night: Contussiongate. — mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) May 26, 2015 But not only is this funny but it is about as accurate as it could have been when summing […]

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More Concussions in Practices or Games?

There was a recent study released that has turned some heads in regards to where all the concussions come from in sports. In this JAMA Pediatrics study appearing at the beginning of the month the investigators have concluded that American football practices were “a major source of concussions” for all three levels of participation studied […]

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Parkinson’s and Pilates

As I have written previously, I have found Pilates to be of great help to me and my long, ongoing recovery from my severe brain injury in 2003. Pilates teaches effective and efficient movement of your body. It’s not one formula for everybody. The point of Pilates is to concentrate on a movement and to […]

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For Many Of Us, Brain Injury Awareness Month Is A Daily Reminder

The article below is by George Visger, a former defensive lineman  for the San Francisco 49ers in 1980 and their 1981 Super Bowl winning season. He details his extensive traumatic brain injury history below. Along with his academic and consulting work since football, he has a website, The Visger Group, to bring awareness to concussions and […]

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Share your story!

I am happy to say that the first time I tried this it was very successful! Thank you Ryan, Jiri, Tim, and Christine! I want to keep doing this, so please, if you’re interested in writing about your brain injury/concussion, please contact me (Twitter, Facebook, email). Of course, Christine, Tim, Jiri, and Ryan are more […]

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The “Mild” Concussion

This post was written originally in 2011, but has been re-posted numerous times, it will continue to be posted until we all get the message… ========== Hogwash!  There is NOTHING mild about a concussion, period.  However media, teams, players and even medical staffs continue to use this nomenclature with this injury.  It is simply counterproductive […]

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Play Smart. Play Hard.

Today the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) launched a national initiative for overall student-athlete safety and participation in sport. It is called Play Smart. Play Hard.  The campaign will focus on education and equipping athletes, parents, coaches and schools on ways to better safeguard the heath and welfare of student-athletes, including minimizing the risk of […]

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Illinois Advisory Council on Player Safety

It was last month and I was routinely checking the inbox when I noticed a correspondence from the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) with the subject line “IHSA Request”. Of course this piqued my interest because it is not often I get information from the state high school organization and the ‘request’ portion may have […]

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Concussion = Brain Injury (revisited)

This post originally appeared in February of 2012, it is a good summation of the minutiae surrounding concussion. ========== For years we in the medical community have been struggling with the terms “concussion” and “traumatic brain injury”; is there a difference?  The simple answer is no.  As you have seen on the blog, we use […]

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