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08
Apr

Snowboarder Kevin Pearce and TBI Recovery. "My Brain Is So Fragile Now."

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b2ap3_thumbnail_kevin-pearce.jpg With the Winter Olympics having recently ended, ex-Snowboarding champion Kevin Pearce comments on his TBI recovery. World champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce was a strong contender to win gold in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics when an accident during a training session changed his life forever. A botched trick attempt left Pearce in a week-long coma and in critical care for 27 days. He shared the story of his recovery on HuffPost Live. “It was crazy how I just kind of had to relearn everything,” he told host Nancy Redd. “I had to learn how to talk and walk and swallow and eat and do everything all over again.” He continued, “I was one of the best in the world at competitive snowboarding, and to be one of the best in the world and then be dropped down and you know, not even to be able to walk anymore — it was so crazy how quickly this happened. And how such a huge shift in my life had to happen so drastically, so quickly.” “It’s just been kind of amazing having gone from being so good and such a top-level athlete at something to being so low and, you know, at the very bottom.” Pearce has worked to raise awareness about traumatic brain injuries and Pseudobulbar affect (PBA), which affects a large number of brain injury survivors. “It’s this condition where you have uncontrollable laughing and crying. That’s awkward. If you try and go out with your friends, and you just start laughing when they tell a joke and you can’t stop, it gets really awkward and really weird,” he explained to Redd. (HuffingtonPost.com) Continue reading
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08
Apr

Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien Suffers Through TBI Recovery

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b2ap3_thumbnail_mark-RYPIEN-SUICIDE-ATTEMPT.JPG With the 2018 NFL Draft fast approaching players from the past comment on their health today. Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien said he has attempted suicide, hired prostitutes and suffers from persistent depression. Now, he's wondering if he sustained brain injuries while playing football. "My story is impactful because people see me in a different light. I want them to see me in an accurate light," Rypien said. "I've been down the darkest path. I've made some horrible, horrible mistakes. But I've given myself a chance to progress forward." Rypien, who led the Redskins to victory in the 1992 Super Bowl over Buffalo and was picked as the MVP, said he played organized football for 26 years and figures he suffered several concussions. "People think you have to be knocked out to have a concussion," Rypien said. "There are hundreds of times you shake it off and get back in there. It's all about the cumulative hits. That's what cause brain damage." Rypien said he suffers from depression, anxiety and isolation. Outwardly social, "I can't wait to get home and be alone," he said. (USAtoday.com) Continue reading
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08
Apr

"The Lookout." It's Rare When Hollywood Sets Its Lead Character As Someone In TBI Recovery Mode.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_the-lookout.jpg Joseph Gordon-Levitt is excellent in the crime-drama "The Lookout" as a young man trying to adjust back into society after suffering through a horrible accident. Continue reading
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28
Jan

Recreational Therapy Can Help With TBI Recovery

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TBI Recovery can be a long and hard process. However, playing games can make TBI recovery more fun and help stimulate the brain. One easy, fast moving game that our family has rediscovered is "5 Second Rule." For instance, in 5 seconds "Name 3 states that begin with the letter C."b2ap3_thumbnail_5-second-game.jpg Continue reading
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28
Jan

Penn State Fraternity Hazing Leads To Fatal TBI - No Recovery

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b2ap3_thumbnail_timothy-piazza.jpg Eighteen Penn State fraternity brothers have been charged with crimes ranging up to involuntary manslaughter in the case of a pledge who authorities say repeatedly fell down a flight of stairs after he and others were made to run a gantlet of drinking stations where they guzzled vodka, beer and wine. Fraternity members at Beta Theta Pi resisted getting help for 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, causing him to suffer for hours and possibly making his injuries worse, a prosecutor said Friday in announcing the results of a grand jury investigation. The grand jury, aided by security camera footage, said the fraternity was heavily stocked with booze for the Feb. 2 ceremony at which Piazza, a sophomore engineering student from Lebanon, New Jersey, and 13 others accepted pledge bids. The pledges were pressured to chug vodka, shotgun beers and drink wine at different stations. Piazza tumbled down a long flight of stairs that night and fell several other times, injuring his head, Miller said. The next morning, he fell down the same steps and was unconscious when help was finally summoned. Piazza died Feb. 4 as a result of a traumatic brain injury.(witf.org/news) Continue reading
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