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12-18-2012, 12:37 PM
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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?
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Ken Dryden calls for folks to know more about concussion


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sport...medium=twitter
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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http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=413213
Seau's brain tests positive for CTE.

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PBS's KQED science news podcast January 7, 2013 edition includes 6 minutes on Stanford University investigating the hits that cause concussions.

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darrenrovell 10:02am via Web AP: Seau family suing NFL over concealing information related to brain injuries that resulted in Junior's suicide.

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ESPN. Brain scans find CTE in living ex-NFL players.

This is the first possible diagnostic test for CTE. Until now it can only be confirmed after death by examining brain tissue samples.

They tested 5 players -- all 5 showed CTE in their brains. Interesting that one of them who revealed he was part of the study claims that he has no symptoms of CTE. 3 were anonymous.

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01-24-2013, 12:24 PM
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Many people fight in the military to fight for your freedom many come in a bag or with limbs missing this in america and canada they are heroes.But as a soldier friend of mine who is from Kamloops told me it's their choice and most have no regrets.If you don't want to play physical sports don't play.Go to your public library and you can find many books written in the 1970's and 80's about brain trauma due to sport.It's nothing new COACHES WOULD FORCE YOU TO PLAY HURT THE LATE RICK MARTIN'S CAREER WAS ENDED DUE TO SCOTTY BOWMAN FORCING HIM TO PLAY WITH A BAD KNEE.

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I was thinking about starting a similar thread after the results of Seau's brain examination showed signs of CTE. I suspect, if it hasn't been done already, Seau's name will be added to the class action suit pending against the NFL in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

True enforcers have slowly been going the way of the Dodo bird since the 2005 Lockout. That being said, if the NHL rules committee ever decided to eliminate fighting, and by eliminate I mean change the punishment from a simple 5 minute major to something more deterrant, like a game misconduct and automatic 1 game suspension, it'll be to pre-emptively protect themselves from negligence or wrongful death suits.

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In hockey, I'm skeptical the brain damage is done mainly by fighting. The force of being checked and your head and neck whiplashed is much, much more than the force from a punch thrown from a guy on skates.

Two guys colliding at full speed does much more damage than a punch.

There's consensus getting punched in the head does some damage. But how much is an open question.

There's some data indicating soccer players suffer mild brain damage from all the headers.

What about the simple act of running? Does that mild shaking and jostling of the head from running do a tiny amount of damage with each jostle? There's so much we don't know.

Most humans lose cognitive functioning with age. This happens to nearly all of us if we live long enough. Any activity that involves rattling your brain seems to accelerate this process. By how much we don't know.

A friend's father got early onset dementia. He was 49. He wasn't an athlete, just a regular guy. What caused that?

If you were going to get dementia at age 70, but played pro sports and got it at age 65 instead -- is that a fair trade-off?

One theory is that the brain trauma destroys neural connections. But like a spider web, the web still functions despite losing some strands.

But the natural aging process destroys neural connections in all of us. For people who've had brain trauma when younger, they don't have the same reserve capacity as a regular person. So when the normal neural loss from aging starts -- and it starts in your 40s I'm sorry to say -- they hit the wall earlier. They hit the point where the brain can't recruit reserve capacity or route around damaged areas earlier than the rest of us and start displaying overt cognitive deficits.

It's a tough problem. Mainly we need a better understanding of the brain and what happens when it suffers mild and moderate trauma. It's increasingly clear that cumulative sub-concussive events can cause serious damage. But what is the limit of sub-concussive? How small of a force can cause damage? We don't know.

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http://www.latimes.com/sports/footba...,2712318.story
LA Times on the future of the NFL (and by extension, all sports) with concussion issues hanging over.
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But fissures have formed in the once-pristine NFL edifice. More than 2,000 former players are suing the league over head injuries, and what they were and weren't told about the long-term damage of concussions. Junior Seau, among the greatest linebackers in league history, committed suicide last spring and was later found to have a concussion-related brain disease. Seau's family this week filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the league. A study released last week shows signs of an ailment similar to Seau's in five living NFL alumni.
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"There's an uneasy feeling around the NFL, because although the league is arguably more popular than it's ever been before, there are also these glaring areas of deep concern about player safety on the field, and the players' health off the field and after their careers are over," said Michael MacCambridge, author of "America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation."

"I'm convinced that the NFL gets it, and is working very hard to make the game safer. But if you're a fan, you have to be concerned about some of the trial balloons that have been floated: an 18-game regular season is not just a bad idea for the people who play the game and watch the game, it's also totally out of step with the cultural mood of the moment. You want to believe that the owners are guided not only by revenue figures but also the greater good of the game."

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Puck Daddy compares how the NFL handles concussions, compared to the NHL (in light of the Super Bowl just played, and associated pressers).

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Therefore, Roger Goodell, a commissioner who somehow almost makes Gary Bettman seem likable, goes out and talks at length about the NFL's concussion problem during his annual State of the League address, but anyone paying the slightest attention sees that it's all lip service. Nothing he has to say, or will force the league to do, actually does anything to change the culture that lends itself so readily to the problem. Hall of Famers like Deion Sanders saying that guys who get concussions are just milking it to keep drawing a paycheck just underscores the horrible problem the league has with how it views injuries in general. That the horrific Dan Le Batard story of Jason Taylor just about dying, and playing with a catheter so as not to miss a single game, didn't scare anyone into action tells you everything you need to know about the problem, and the NFL's myopic approach to the issue — which is to say, not doing anything — is troubling to say the least.

Again, the NFL isn't doing anything now, but it's at least getting some wheels in motion on the matter. Over the weekend, it announced a partnership with General Electric to develop ways to better protect against concussions, and detect whether they've occurred. Part of that includes contributions of $50 million over the next four years. In addition, the NFLPA finally pushed through its efforts to have independent neurologists present on sidelines during games to better assess whether players have suffered concussions during play; this after a PA survey found that 78 percent of NFLers trust their teams' medical staff "not at all," and only 43 percent consider their trainers to be "good."

So what does all this have to do with the NHL? It only scores to underscore how little the League is doing with regard to the rash of head injuries now being suffered league-wide, and to change the culture surrounding it.

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Hall of Famers like Deion Sanders saying that guys who get concussions are just milking it to keep drawing a paycheck
Are you freakin' kidding me?

This from a player who threw all of, what, two hits in his entire career?

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Might be helpful to know NASCAR has approved baseline testing as part of its medical procedure after the Dale Earnhardt, Jr. "rest" during the 2012 Chase

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Columbus Blue Jacket prospect Wade MacLeod, playing for their AHL affiliate Springfield Falcons, suffered a seizure after being hit into the boards. Reported to be stable and alert at hospital.

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Columbus Blue Jacket prospect Wade MacLeod, playing for their AHL affiliate Springfield Falcons, suffered a seizure after being hit into the boards. Reported to be stable and alert at hospital.
The good thing is (according to some tweet that I can't find now), convulsions are no worse than other symptoms in terms of severity.

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Columbus Blue Jacket prospect Wade MacLeod, playing for their AHL affiliate Springfield Falcons, suffered a seizure after being hit into the boards. Reported to be stable and alert at hospital.
http://www.tsn.ca/ahl/story/?id=416539
CT scan shows benign mass in brain. Treatment options being considered.

(Although, without biopsy, how can they determine if it's benign or cancer? )

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sn_nhl 11:38am via dlvr.it Ten concussions in 12 days; League touts 'transparency' http://t.co/FKV4FhPTC4

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NFL to use iPads to expand in-game concussion testing

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The mandatory postinjury sideline concussion assessment tool, instituted for the 2012 season along with a baseline test done during physicals at the start of preseason, will now be used in app form by all 32 teams, a method that was tried by a handful of teams in a pilot program last season. The hope is that being able to compare the results of a baseline test and a postinjury test side by side in real time will speed diagnosis and help doctors and trainers recognize when a player should be removed from a game. The league also plans to have independent neurological consultants on the sideline during each game to assist the team physician in diagnosing and treating players.

The players union, which had pushed strongly for independent doctors to be on the sideline, said it was encouraged by the technological advance the new test represented, but it still had questions about how much power the independent consultants would have to make decisions about players. The union wants the independent sideline concussion experts to have almost exclusive authority in detecting concussions and administering tests, in part because it believes team doctors are often busy attending to other injured players, while the concussion experts are there for one reason.
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The postinjury test is quick — it takes about six to eight minutes — and shares many elements with the baseline test to allow a comparison that might indicate a decline in function. Both include a section on the players’ concussion history and a 24-symptom checklist; players are asked to score themselves on a scale of 1 to 6 in categories like dizziness, confusion, irritability and sleep problems. Both note any abnormal pupil reaction or neck pain. There is a balance test and a concentration test, in which players, who are usually brought to the locker room to be evaluated, are asked to say the months of the year in reverse order, to recite a string of numbers backward and to remember a collection of words three times. Then they are asked to recall them again, without warning, at least five minutes later. The words and sequence of numbers may be changed from test to test, so players cannot memorize them from a previous test to mask concussion symptoms — a fact that has annoyed players, according to Dr. Margot Putukian, the director of athletic medicine at Princeton University Health Services and a member of the N.F.L.’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee.

On the postinjury tests, there is one different element: a series of five questions designed to test orientation and glean how confused a player might be at that moment. They are: Where are we? What quarter is it right now? Who scored last in the practice or game? Did we win the last game? Those questions, known as Maddocks questions, were developed in the 1990s by an Australian doctor who worked with players in Australian rules football.
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The tests are far from perfect tools for diagnosing concussions. Some doctors are concerned the N.F.L. tests are trying to reduce concussion evaluation to ticking items off a checklist, a problem Putukian acknowledged, emphasizing the importance of having doctors familiar with the players evaluate them. ...


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Something has changed. The broadcast I witnessed today I thought was really emphasizing the violent more physical aspect of hockey. The music was loud and tinny. The entire production felt garish. I watch a hit to the face not get called.

It was a pretty chippy game. Then when you get a comment like: "he bounced back wonderfully" it made me think of a rubber toy. This doesn't feel like the same hockey.

The ten concussions in 12 days is telling us that something is wrong. The players are dropping like flies.
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Touch screen tablet computers have given brain injury patients who have trouble speaking new ways to communicate at a fraction of the cost of speech synthesis equipment common just a few years ago.
The many medical uses of iPads and other tablet computers were showcased before some of the top brain experts in the nation, who gathered Friday for the Third Annual Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury Conference.

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