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Concussions in Football

August 15, 2010

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Michael Craig Miller, MD, Senior Editor, Mental Health Publishing, Harvard Health Publishing

Michael Craig Miller, M.D., was Editor in Chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter from August 2000 to March 2012. Published monthly, the Harvard Mental Health Letter was read widely by professionals and non-professionals alike. Dr. … See Full Bio
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Raymond Veguilla
September 14, 2011

What an interesting post, thanks for sharing!

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August 22, 2011

I think the effect of repetitive impacts in boxing can cause very long leaves from the sport.

Second City Jerseys
July 16, 2011

Football is a heavy contact sport and over the years i have watched it, there has always been heavy hits to the body and head. The players are paid a lot of money to play the game and know the risks involved. Maybe banning hits to the head in high school and college, but the NFL should allow it.

June 8, 2011

If you’ve ever played tackle football with gear, it is a tuff contact sport, and there is much intentional head banging going on just because of having a helmet, any other sport you don’t get that. People put on the gear and they think they are invincible. I would be curious to see head injuries in comparison with other sports.


jerry vanhorn
June 2, 2011

great article here you are a great writer here is a little something i found about the topic particularly concussions, in football players. Concussions are the most common injury in the sport of football. Each year, over 40,000 high school football players suffer from a concussion due to the sport. This number does not even take into account college and professional football players. Nationally, over 300,000 individuals suffer from a sports related concussion. As more and more football players suffer from multiple concussions during their football career, coaches and trainers are becoming more aware of the growing problem.
Over the years notable NFL players, such as Troy Aikman and Steve Young, have retired from the sport after suffering from multiple concussions. Multiple concussions in an individual greatly increases the risk of permanent brain damage and even death. Brain injuries often show different symptoms each time one occurs because of the complexity of the brain. The symptoms of a concussion vary in each instance and in each individual. This makes it extremely difficult to diagnose a concussion, thus making an individual more prone to multiple injuries.
DETECT (Display Enhanced Testing for Cognitive Impairment and Traumatic Brain Injury) is a devise that works in as little as 7 minutes to diagnose a concussion after an injury. The helmet-like device works by quantitatively comparing the player’s response time after the injury to response times recorded when the player was not injured. Researchers working on DETECT are optimistic that the device may also be used to detect other brain trauma related conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, with the device. DETECT is still in its initial stages, but researchers hope to have the product on the market within 2-3 years. thans so much J.V.

migraines causes in children
April 30, 2011

football with brain health turns out to have a close connection, this is important information for me, because my brother likes all of football. This information will I tell him to be more careful. thank info.

Melbourne Website Designers
April 9, 2011

I totally agree with your views ..Football is a wonderful game and interesting …

Richard Cooper
February 16, 2011

The public has only recently become aware of the long-term damage suffered by former football greats because of injuries sustained during their playing career. This is long overdue.

February 6, 2011

This is a big concern for today’s players. Well maybe not the players as many think they are invincible, but every time I saw a big hit from the sidelines while coaching, I cringed and held my breath.

It was not uncommon for me to pull a kid when the slightest hint of head trauma was suspected. I played the game a long time and feel blessed to have left with most of my faculties in place, but with every new headache, I worry.

keep informing the masses of such a silent killer.

Great Post!

clint herman
February 3, 2011

I agree with your post. Football is a great game but there’s really a risk whenever they hit the ball using their head.

Dr Nathaniel Popp
November 28, 2010

This remains a serious issue in my country also. Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) accounts for the majority of traumatic brain injuries in Melbourne and across the Australia. People often sustain concussion as a result of injuries sustained during a car accident or sports. Research has also demonstrated that a considerable number of people who have sustained concussion or a mild brain injury actually show brain damage on brain scans.

Following a concussion it is common to experience a number of symptoms.

On the positive side, in the majority of cases, concussion or mild brain injuries tend to resolve themselves through a natural recovery process. Indeed, the likelihood of a full recovery from a single, uncomplicated alteration in consciousness is high

Unfortunately, in a number of instances (like these serial concussions), these difficulties can be persistent. Factors that are potentially related to persistent problems include longer periods of loss of consciousness, brain scan reports of brain damage, a lower Glasgow Coma Score, the duration of PTA, premorbid problems suggestive of reduced cerebral reserve and trauma.

When difficulties persist, it is often worthwhile to conduct a formal neuropsychological assessment to understand the impact that the concussion or mild brain injury has had on a persons functioning. In some cases, treatment can be provided or recommended to help with a person’s recovery. Treatment can include the development of tailored compensatory strategies as well as working through emotional issues when they are present. While things can be done after a head injury, the most sound advice, as put forward by Dr Miller is: try to prevent the injury occurring at all. Appropriate safety standards are essential.

Dr Nathaniel Popp (Consultant Neuropsychologist)

July 3, 2011

A wonderful job. Super helpful ifnmoraiton.

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