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Are Children Who Play Sports in Danger of Suffering CTE?

A recent US News article featured the story of a high school football player who in seconds went from a top college football and lacrosse prospect to a victim of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). However, the story is just as much about how his suffering CTE is changing the world as it is about how it changed his life. What Is CTE? CTE is a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that results from repetitive head trauma. It is often found in athletes who play contact sports, such as football, hockey or boxing. CTE involves repeated brain trauma, like concussions, eventually leading to brain tissue degeneration. In some cases, CTE symptoms may not appear until decades after a person has stopped playing a sport for good. In other instances, CTE can show up while an athlete is still active. Brain degeneration due to CTE can result in dementia, poor judgment,…
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Former Olympic Soccer Player Raising Awareness About the Dangers of Concussions

As a goalie for the US women’s soccer team, Briana Scurry captured both a World Cup title and two Olympic gold medals. Unfortunately, her career came to a screeching halt due to complications from a neck injury and concussion. However, instead of dwelling on the end of her dynamic career, Briana has chosen to use her status as a world champion athlete as a platform for raising awareness about concussions. If It Can Happen to Briana, It Could Happen to Any of Us Briana suffered the concussion as well as a neck injury that ended her soccer career during a professional game. She was going after a low ball when she was kneed in the head. After Briana was kneed in the head, she fell to the ground and blacked out for an instant. Briana was diagnosed with a mild concussion and was told she would be fine after resting….
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Why It’s Important the Military Changed How It Treats Brain Injuries

The turning point when the military changed how it treats brain injuries came during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It was then that US armed forces began requiring soldiers exposed to blasts and other incidents that could lead to brain injuries to undergo traumatic brain injury (TBI) screening and TBI treatment, if necessary. Prior to the military’s about face, soldiers exposed to blast injuries were generally returned back to active duty without brain injury testing or treatment, which is dangerous to say the least. If a person has suffered a concussion or other type of TBI and it is not allowed time to heal before he or she suffers another brain injury, it can lead to second-impact syndrome (SIS). According to the Mayo Clinic, the consequences of SIS can include rapid brain swelling and death. Information about conditions such as SIS coming to light is what ultimately led to…
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Are the Food and Rides Safe at the Indiana State Fair?

It has now been five years since the tragic Indiana State Fair stage collapse that claimed the lives of seven people and left nearly 100 fairgoers injured. However, many of those who survived the incident are still dealing with its aftermath today. Our blog featured the story of a woman who suffered a concussion during the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, which led to her suffering a severe brain injury called global retrograde amnesia. This TBI has left her with no memory of her life before she suffered the concussion. With stories such as that still playing out, before considering visiting the fairgrounds, you probably have a lot of questions that need answers, such as: Are the rides safe at the Indiana State Fair? Could there be another stage collapse? Is the food safe? According to WTTV-TV, inspectors did their best to ensure that this year’s Indiana State Fair would…
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