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Researchers find former NHL star Bob Probert had traumatic brain injury

Researchers at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Brain Encephalopathy have discovered that another professional athlete suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a degenerative brain disease that is often found in players who suffer repeated blows to the head. Studies conducted at the center confirmed National Hockey League forward Bob Probert, who died suddenly last September while on a family outing, had been living with the disease. Although Mr. Probert may not have known that this debilitating disease was impairing his brain, his family must have suspected something was wrong. After his death, Mr. Probert’s wife Dani ... Read More

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley declares March Brain Injury Awareness Month

MONTGOMERY, AL – Governor Robert Bentley has proclaimed March 2011 as Alabama Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Alabama Head Injury Foundation (AHIF) announced today. Each year in the state, almost 10,000 people receive a brain injury, 500 die and 1500 become disabled as a result of injuries. By making this designation for the State, Alabama joins the national observance of Brain Injury Awareness this month. The leading causes of head injuries, also known as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), are falls (28%), motor vehicle crashes (20%), struck by/against events (19%) and assaults. Other TBI sources include military incidents and athletic injuries. ... Read More

Bill aims to protect young ATV riders from brain injury

Charleston, South Carolina’s WCSC reports that one local emergency room physician is giving his support to a proposed bill that would toughen restrictions for young riders of all-terrain-vehicles in that state. Dr. Keith Borg, an emergency room physician at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, told WCSC he would like to see less kids admitted to his hospital with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) caused by ATV accidents. “We can fix broken bones,” Borg told WCSC. “But we don’t have good treatments for traumatic brain injuries and those losses are devastating and life long.” According to South Carolina’s health ... Read More

NFL star’s suicide note requests his brain be studied for injury

Former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson took his own life last week after a long struggle with some debilitating symptoms he believed to be caused by traumatic brain injury. Duerson, a two-time Super Bowl champion, reportedly shot himself in the chest rather than in the head to keep his brain intact. Just before taking his life, Duerson sent out text messages to family members asking that his brain be donated to Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. The retired 50-year-old player apparently believed that he might have had the condition, which has been linked to dementia, depression, ... Read More

Football concussions lead to future problems for many players

A number of football players from the high school and college level all the way to the NFL have been in the news recently, not for throws completed or yards run but for concussions and other types of traumatic brain injury (TBI) they received during play. Doctors and safety advocates have called for better safety measures for football players, ones that would decrease the likelihood and severity of head injuries. But how that translates on the field has been a source of confusion and contention for players and fans alike. After all, football is an aggressive contact sport. Most people ... Read More

FTC investigates football helmet company for false safety and marketing claims

Football helmet manufacturers have been making fraudulent claims about the ability of their products to keep players safe on the field, New Mexico Senator Tom Udall asserted in a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month. Udall’s letter took aim at Riddell and Schutt Sports for their “misleading marketing claims,” and requested the FTC investigate the company’s claims. Riddell supplies the official helmet for the National Football League, but is also a leading helmet manufacturer of football helmets for high school players and younger. The company’s helmets are in use by athletes of all ages and ability ... Read More

LOLs that kill: the life and death of texting-while-driving crash victims portrayed in new video

A young woman named Mandi sends a brief text message to her sister Ashley, who is driving her truck. Ashley receives the message — “yeah” — then clips the median on the left side and loses control of the vehicle. Her truck flips and she is ejected from the driver’s seat. She dies in the ditch where her body lands and now Mandi lives with the guilt of believing she killed her sibling with those four “little letters.” “Just having a highway patrol officer write in a report that a text message sent at 12:05 is the reason that she ... Read More

Young artist makes miraculous recovery after being hit by 18-wheeler

On October 8, 2010, 21-year-old Emilie Gossiaux’s life changed in an instant. A painter and sculptor whose life was filled with light and color, Ms. Gossiaux’s world plunged into darkness and silence after she was struck by an 18-wheel semi truck while riding her bike near her home in Brooklyn, New York. The truck had been attempting a right turn when it collided with Ms. Gossiaux. The damage was extensive and doctors at the Manhattan hospital where she was taken didn’t pin too much hope on her recovery. Ms. Gossiaux suffered from multiple fractures to her head, pelvis, and leg. ... Read More

Behavior more than anything determines safety on ski slopes

A skiing accident claimed the lives of a 5-year-old girl and a 23-year-old man at Hogadon Ski Area in Casper Wyoming on Christmas Eve, prompting a debate amongst sporting enthusiasts and safety advocates over the effectiveness of helmets on the slopes. According to an ABC News report, Elsie Johnson and her mother Kelli were stopped on a trail at the ski area when Craig Shirley zipped down the slope at a high speed and collided with them. All three were rushed to a local hospital, where both Shirley and Elsie were pronounced dead. Kelli Johnson remained in stable condition with ... Read More

Four simple tips can take a lot of danger out of sledding

A blanket of fresh snow turns the world into a child’s playground. What was once just a grassy hill becomes a thrilling slope for kids of all ages with sleds, tubes, and snow disks in hand. But a first-ever analysis of emergency room reports has found that sledding accounted for at least 20,820 injuries to children and teens in the U.S. last year. Medical investigators estimate that about 230,000 children and teens age 19 and under were treated in emergency rooms for sledding injuries between 1997 and 2007. The numbers may seem small compared to activities such as bicycling or ... Read More