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Brain Injury Turns Deadly for Georgia High School Football Player

An undetected brain injury turned deadly for a 16-year-old Georgia high school football player who complained of feeling unusual during a Sept. 28 game before he collapsed on the sidelines. Dylan Thomas, a junior at Pike County High School and linebacker on its home team, the Pirates, took a hit during a play in the second quarter against Peach County High School. Some fellow players said Dylan seemed unfazed until into the third quarter when he said he wasn’t feeling right. Head coach Brad Webber told reporters at an Oct. 1 news conference that the game was stopped in the ... Read More

Hoverboard Craze Sent Nearly 27,000 Kids to ER

Hoverboard injuries sent nearly 27,000 children and teens to emergency rooms in 2015 and 2016 amid a craze that saw millions of the self-balancing scooters flooding into the country, according to a new study. Researchers for the study, published in the April edition of the journal Pediatrics, pulled data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System for both the years. Data included demographic information, body regions injured, and admission status. Of the 26,854 kids treated in emergency rooms in 2015 and 2016, all but three patients suffered injuries related to falls, with wrists being the most commonly injured body part, ... Read More

Michigan Motorcyclist Who Sustained Brain Injury May have Had Defective Helmet

A Michigan man who sustained a traumatic brain injury July 2 after crashing his motorcycle into a Detroit-area car wash may have been wearing a defective helmet, authorities say. The 30-year-old man, whose name was not disclosed in a report, was riding his motorcycle in the right lane of Utica Road southbound when he veered into the parking lot of the Royal Touch Car Wash in Clinton Township and lost control of the vehicle. The man had reportedly been traveling home from a friend’s house when the crash occurred around 10:38 p.m. The bike toppled over and the ejected motorcyclist ... Read More

Helmet design could help reduce concussions in football players

The Super Bowl is just days away and marks the end of National Football League season, during which players suffered a total of 121 concussions, an average of more than seven per week. Some experts say that helmets could be redesigned to be safer and ultimately reduce the number of head injuries sustained during play. Head injuries in professional football players and the long-term effects of these injuries have become as talked about as the Super Bowl itself. Recent studies have revealed that in many cases concussions have not been properly diagnosed or treated and that many players have retuned ... Read More

NFL player quits midseason over sport’s toll on his health, says money isn’t worth it

Denver Broncos guard John Moffitt has made national headlines for quitting his lucrative National Football League (NFL) career midseason, a move that has elicited criticism from many who claim the player must be crazy. But for Moffitt, 27, the decision to leave wasn’t as difficult as some might imagine because he says the game has been taking an enormous toll on his health. As the New York Times explains, “in parts of three seasons as a guard with the Seattle Seahawks and the Broncos, Moffitt … blew out his knee, had elbow surgery and hurt his shoulders. Sleep apnea left him exhausted. ... Read More

Former college players file concussion lawsuit against Ridell, NCAA

Two former University of Oregon football players have proposed a class-action lawsuit against helmet maker Riddell Inc. and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) earlier this month, alleging they fraudulently concealed their knowledge of concussion risks from players, thereby exposing them to Alzheimer’s disease and other potentially debilitating brain disorders. The lawsuit was brought by John DuRocher and Darin Harris, both of whom say they were diagnosed with concussions after games. Mr. DuRocher claims that he has suffered frequent and severe headaches since his concussions, while Mr. Harris says that he suffers from memory loss, difficulty focusing, anxiety, and depression ... Read More

NFL settles concussion lawsuit with former players for $765 million

The National Football League (NFL) has agreed to spend nearly $800 million to resolve complaints brought by more than 4,500 former professional football players who accused the league of concealing its knowledge of concussion risks from players for decades. Many of the plaintiffs in the class-action case suffer from neurodegenerative disorders and disease linked by medical researchers to concussion and other forms of traumatic brain injury. Medical researchers are exploring links between repeated concussion and other brain injuries to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE); Alzheimer’s; and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – diseases which often result ... Read More

This Memorial Day, remember veterans struggling with traumatic brain injuries

On Monday, May 27, Americans will observe Memorial Day, remembering all the veterans who sacrificed their lives to shield us from foreign threats and protect the liberties upon which our nation was founded. It is also a good time to remember all the veterans who are still with us, especially those whose war injuries have left a deep and devastating impact on their lives and the lives of their family members. Many of the veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI), most of which have been brought about by concussive ... Read More

Awareness campaign to reduce brain injury risks in youth baseball underway

Some baseball helmet manufacturers are boosting standards for their head gear in the hope that better protection will help reduce the number of severe head injuries youth players receive on the field every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 9,000 children are sent to emergency rooms each year with concussions and more severe brain injuries after being hit in the head with a baseball, which even in little league games can be thrown at speeds of 50 mph. Sports equipment maker Rawlings is designing new age-oriented baseball helmets starting with those geared for ... Read More

Brain injury from 2005 motorcycle crash may have caused snowboard champ’s death

A traumatic brain injury from a motorcycle crash years ago has been blamed for the death of Chelone “Chilly” Miller, a 29-year-old snowboarding champion and the younger brother of Olympic gold medalist alpine skier Bode Miller. Chelone Miller, a resident of Mammoth Lakes, California, had been staying at a friend’s house in the area when he passed away. ABC News reports that the friend found Mr. Miller unresponsive in his van and called 911. The call was relayed to paramedics, the fire department, and the Mono County Sheriff’s office around 12:45 p.m. Sunday. Responders determined Mr. Miller to be deceased ... Read More