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Reflecting on the Past Three Years with PCS

Recently in my college writing class, I was assigned to write a paper on a learning experience. Naturally, I chose to write about living with a brain injury. I hope that this can be of help to anyone suffering, or any caregivers who may need hope. Sunglasses on, and slumped in my seat, I awaited […]

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Jamaal Charles; No Different Then Vast Majority of Competitive Athletes

Last week when the Chiefs played the Chargers running back Jamaal Charles scored a touchdown and was blasted in the end zone by Brandon Flowers.  A shot that Charles bounced up from and headed to the sideline while Flowers was slow to get to his feet.  The hit was helmet to face mask and the […]

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Terry Ott: Concussion Coverage from Canadian Media is Woefully Lacking

The original purpose of The Concussion Blog was – and still is – to inform those that choose to look about concussions.  Part of this goal has been looking deeper into issues and “lip service” given to the brain injury we know as concussions.  In 2010, when the blog began, this was a novel idea […]

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Constantly Learning and Watching: There is a Time to Act

It has been a truly busy season – in regards to injuries – where I perform my “day job”.  I was going over some records that I keep and this season has been the busiest in my 15 years.  In fact, when discussing with peers they too have had a high volume of injuries in […]

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Concussions at School: Are You Ready?

Concussion lawsuits have now extended beyond the NCAA to high school and youth sport organizations. While it is not possible to eliminate the occurrence of concussions, it is possible to learn ways to better manage the symptoms and those who are affected. Recently, the NCAA was hit with a flurry of lawsuits—some of them class […]

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Can Sport Exist Without Abuse and Bullying?

The world of sports has been riddled with sexual abuse scandals and incidents of harassment and bullying for many decades. These negative behaviors can come from trusted coaches, peers, parents or anyone else in contact with young athletes. Sadly there is no consistently collected data on the prevalence of these transgressions. There is reason to […]

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Detour

Detour – that’s the title of my ebook (available here). I self published it, via Leanpub, on August 1, 2014, 11 years after my accident (coma and brain injury too) and almost 12 years after the completion of a two month bike trip across Canada. That’s what the book is about. I have sold 68 copies […]

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Leigh Steinberg: Injuries Plaguing Sports

Professional athletes have been known to play with collapsed lungs, broken legs, concussions and countless numbers of other injuries. Some have fought with team doctors following an incident to get back into the game without delay. Players have even been known to deceive coaches and trainers on the sidelines when they are injured just to […]

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Weighing in on Michigan Situation

If you follow college football or listen to sports radio there is a good chance that you have been exposed to the story of Michigan quarterback, Shane Morris, and the apparent failure to keep him from the field after sustaining a head injury.  The official story from the University is that it was a communication […]

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NCAVA: Building Positive Athlete Role Models and Reducing Violence

By the time college athletes arrive to campus, many have already been personally exposed to incidents of violence. Whether against women – through a teammate, friend or family member, most victims were never taught to understand, process or prevent situations from happening. The full impact of violent encounters is often extreme for victims and can […]

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