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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...f430_blog.html

Former MLS player Bryan Namoff files $12mm lawsuit against DC United

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The complaint, filed in D.C. Superior Court, alleges United was “negligent in its management, care and treatment” of Namoff after he was injured in a game at RFK Stadium on Sept. 9, 2009. He played three days later, which ultimately was the final appearance of his nine-year career.
Namoff, now 33, says he suffered brain damage and cognitive, memory and sensory loss. He also has permanent headaches and fatigue, sleep problems and hypersensitivity to motion, the lawsuit says.
Namoff’s wife Nadine is a co-plaintiff. They are seeking $10 million for medical negligence and $2 million for the impact on their marriage. Namoff has not been able to work in two years and has continued to incur medical expenses.

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http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/11/480...#mi_rss=Sports

NFL awarding $1.5m in medical grants to 15 organizations (with about $1m for concussions). Mainly to medical schools.

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This year's grants include research on stem cells and nervous system injuries; MRI methods after concussions; and the effect of temperature on the severity of potential brain injuries.
($100k/group means that 1-2 folks are working for about a year. Not insignificant for those getting the work, but not overly significant from a nine billion dollar organization.)

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jessespector 1:22pm via dlvr.it NHL concussions: As junior leagues adapt, documentary could move needle http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/stor...n=jessespector

Hopefully in a positive direction

"It shouldn’t be normal to have brain injuries in sport, and we have to appreciate how destructive this disease is.”

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http://www.tsn.ca/chl/story/?id=405652
OHL will be suspending any players who have more than 10 fighting majors in a season.



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Reuters looks at the "Head Games" documentary (see also above post)

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LeBrun: NHL will be keeping eye on new OHL fighting rule

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http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/09/19/...vis-qb-to.html

Local story of high school QB forced to "retire" due to concussions.

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NHLPA co-sponsored video on concussions, hosted by Eric Lindros.

How to recognize concussions, what to do (get off the ice, seek medical treatment)

"When in doubt, sit it out"

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http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/10/22...ssion-symptoms

21 months and Savard still battling concussion symptoms.

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USA Hockey releases conconssion prevention/awareness vids


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chrismpeters 9:53am via Web It appears the OHL's new fighting rules are working for the most part in this early stage. Color me impressed ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/jrhockey…



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Concussion questions? Hockey Canada has an app for that http://t.co/5KBtCG9G

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Dr. Michael Cusimano Neurosurgery at St. Michael's Hospital (Toronto) was on HTM @SiriusXmNHL Tuesday talking about a systematic review on the Effectiveness of interventions to reduce aggression and injuries among ice hockey players.

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12-06-2012, 09:08 PM
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Concussions an Issue?

Are concussions a big enough issue that helmet manufacturers should step in? Is there a large enough demand for the reinvention of the standard hockey helmet? I mean the companies do put out small attempts to solve problems, but no helmet has been revolutionary or industry-changing. I'm furious about this issue, due to my 3 concussions to date, leaving me with symptoms for a long time.

Let me know what you think!

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Are concussions a big enough issue that helmet manufacturers should step in? Is there a large enough demand for the reinvention of the standard hockey helmet? I mean the companies do put out small attempts to solve problems, but no helmet has been revolutionary or industry-changing. I'm furious about this issue, due to my 3 concussions to date, leaving me with symptoms for a long time.

Let me know what you think!
I believe Mark Messier's come out with a new line of helmets, launched 2 or 3yrs ago that purportedly do offer considerably more protection than those that were or are currently available from various manufacturers. And no mistake, this is a very serious issue, as post concussion syndrome can be an incredibly debilitating & life altering condition with extremely grave consequences for those affected by it.... and my sympathies to you & yours. Cant be an easy thing to deal with almost every waking minute. Beyond sad really.

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@Killion "I believe Mark Messier's come out with a new line of helmets, launched 2 or 3yrs ago that purportedly do offer considerably more protection than those that were or are currently available from various manufacturers. And no mistake, this is a very serious issue, as post concussion syndrome can be an incredibly debilitating & life altering condition with extremely grave consequences for those affected by it.... and my sympathies to you & yours. Cant be an easy thing to deal with almost every waking minute. Beyond sad really."

Thanks a lot and yeah I agree. Except, I was once told that the Messier helmet is actually one of the helmets on the market that is said to reduce concussions, however it is like any other helmet today. Its too bad; I guess no one has really found the solution yet.

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Pretty complicated & complex issue. Though it speeded up the game a lot, the removal of the centre ice red line created a real killing zone between the two blue lines, even more steam on the rush, and you get a guy who knows how to hit playing defence at the top of the hash marks and concussions are just gonna happen. Better helmets, soft capped shoulder & elbow pads & sadly, the reintroduction of the centre ice red line should in my opinion be implemented & mandated. No game is worth someones life.

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@Killion "I believe Mark Messier's come out with a new line of helmets, launched 2 or 3yrs ago that purportedly do offer considerably more protection than those that were or are currently available from various manufacturers. And no mistake, this is a very serious issue, as post concussion syndrome can be an incredibly debilitating & life altering condition with extremely grave consequences for those affected by it.... and my sympathies to you & yours. Cant be an easy thing to deal with almost every waking minute. Beyond sad really."

Thanks a lot and yeah I agree. Except, I was once told that the Messier helmet is actually one of the helmets on the market that is said to reduce concussions, however it is like any other helmet today. Its too bad; I guess no one has really found the solution yet.
There is no helmet capable of reducing concussions as no helmet can stop the brain from hitting against the inner walls of the skull during a high impact collision.

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There is no helmet capable of reducing concussions as no helmet can stop the brain from hitting against the inner walls of the skull during a high impact collision.
Yep. The main way to reduce concussions is to reduce sudden stops and starts. Sudden acceleration and deceleration of the brain is just bad for the brain.

Helmets are great for preventing skull fractures, but of limited value in preventing concussions.

It also seems that side-to-side acceleration and whipping the head back are especially problematic. Race car drivers wear head and neck restraint systems.

Crazy idea, but could players wear some sort of neck restraint that prevents the whiplash effect and maybe even limits side to side movement?

Ideally the system would allow full movement and activate or stiffen when it senses sudden acceleration.

Another crazy idea. Neck and helmet airbags that deploy on big impacts. Holds the neck in place, prevents whiplash, and cushions impact.

Probably silly, unworkable ideas. Ah well. Unfortunately, the best way to limit concussions is probably to slow the game down and severely limit hard checking.

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First person account from Rob Zamener on his concussion experience.

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Big paper on concussions in sports from British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Amazing Cause

Here's a group of guys who want to fight against the current standard of today's helmets and bring a substantially safer helmet to market. I found found them while searching for a safer helmet to buy.

https://twitter.com/saferhelmets
http://www.facebook.com/SaferHelmets

Like and follow them to support their cause! I think if we all team up together, we can make a difference in the sports world and force the production of better helmets. We wont just be helping professional sport players, we will also be helping the tens of millions of kids aspiring to be pro sports players too!

I applaud them on their hard work and support them along their journey!

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Just found their cause video... check it out! I love it... and your opinions?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGLvP2-QcCc/

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Ken Dryden calls for folks to know more about concussion


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More from Dryden -- looking at comparisons of concussions in non-hockey sports

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A local Peewee hockey team has 5 kids out with concussions. And this is in a non checking league!

What I' ve noticed about about players compared to when I played 40 years ago is that offensive players play faster and are more reckless when crashing the net and around the boards. They don't slow down when moving onto those areas, but expect to be able to turn or otherwise manouver their way out with no consideration of what might happen if they lose an edge or get contacted by a player... in some cases from their own team.

Don't know if this akin to blaming **** victims rather than the rapist.


I would have no problem with making penalties more of a deterrent. Rather than call more or longer penalties, simply waive the no icing rule for the penalized team.

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New study published on JAMA Neurology looks at the cognitive "health" of 34 former NFL players
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Objectives To assess cognitive impairment and depression in aging former professional football (National Football League [NFL]) players and to identify neuroimaging correlates of these dysfunctions.
Design We compared former NFL players with cognitive impairment and depression, cognitively normal retired players who were not depressed, and matched healthy control subjects.
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Results Of the 34 former NFL players, 20 were cognitively normal. Four were diagnosed as having a fixed cognitive deficit; 8, mild cognitive impairment; 2, dementia; and 8, depression. Of the subgroup in whom neuroimaging data were acquired, cognitively impaired participants showed the greatest deficits on tests of naming, word finding, and visual/verbal episodic memory. We found significant differences in white matter abnormalities in cognitively impaired and depressed retired players compared with their respective controls. Regional blood flow differences in the cognitively impaired group (left temporal pole, inferior parietal lobule, and superior temporal gyrus) corresponded to regions associated with impaired neurocognitive performance (problems with memory, naming, and word finding).
Conclusions Cognitive deficits and depression appear to be more common in aging former NFL players compared with healthy controls. These deficits are correlated with white matter abnormalities and changes in regional cerebral blood flow.

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