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16
Mar

2015 NFL Season Begins - And So Do Concussion Concerns

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Football is a violent, yet popular sport. Head injuries continue to be a part of the game.

A concussion suffered in August forced linebacker Nick Roach to miss the entire 2014 season for the Oakland Raiders.

The injury may keep Roach for another full season as well.

According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Roach is still having headaches related to the concussion and is not expected to return to the Raiders for the 2015 season.

(ProFootballTalk.com)

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16
Mar

Anti-Seizure Medications May Be Necessary (for awhile) For TBI Recovery

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"Dear Friends, recovering from a TBI can be a very complicated process. We all hope for renewed strength and independance for our loved ones. There are many anti-seizure medications available, for Adam it was Keppra, which was prescribed on a cautionary basis only. He no longer is on it, as his nuerologist from several years ago, observed Adam and decided that Adam was helathy enough and exhibited no "seizure" symptoms.

However, seizures can be both frightening and deadly. Having a seizure while in the shower or swimming or driving a car can result in horrible consequences. Please, consult with your doctor/neurologist - Alex"

Recently a sky-diver had a seizure while free-falling...

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For 30 terrifying seconds, Christopher Jones plummeted through the air over Australia, unconscious and in free fall after suffering a seizure just seconds after jumping out of a plane.

It shows him prepping, then making the jump, then turning onto his back and convulsing shortly after the one-minute mark. The text under the video says the seizure started when Jones tried to make a left-hand turn at 9,000 feet; he passed out and hurtled through the air until his instructor, Sheldon McFarlane, was able to reach him and pull the parachute rip cord.

However, the CEO of the Epilepsy Association of Western Australia tells the station that even though people with epilepsy are usually allowed to drive if they haven't had a seizure in a year, he wouldn't recommend skydiving for someone with the condition, since such an extreme sport could be stressful enough to trigger a seizure.

(USAToday.com)

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20
Feb

2015 Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury Conference

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Dear friends, we were happy to help sponsor the 2015 SCVBIC. Professionals and family members gathered to educate and inform on issues relating to TBI/ TBI Recovery.

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20
Feb

Ann Mara "First Lady of Football" Dies From Leading TBI Cause/ A Fall

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(Dear friends, statistics indicate that both younger and older members of our families and communities are more prone to falling - the number one cause of a TBI. If possible, please take a little extra time to watch over them.)

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Ann Mara, the matriarch of the NFL's Giants for the past 60 years, has died. She was 85.

Giants co-owner John Mara announced his mother's death on Super Bowl Sunday. Ann Mara slipped in front of her home in Rye during an ice storm two weeks ago and was hospitalized with a head injury the following day. While there were initial hopes for recovery, John Mara said, complications developed, and she died early Sunday surrounded by her family.

(lohod.com)

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20
Feb

Causes And Prevention For A TBI

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Each year, TBIs contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability.

A severe TBI not only impacts the life of an individual and their family, but it also has a large societal and economic toll.

Falls are the leading cause of TBI and recent data shows that the number of fall-related TBIs among childrn aged 0-4 years and in older adults aged 75 years or older is increasing.

Among all age groups, motor vehicle crashes and traffic-related incidents result in the largest percentage of TBI-related deaths (31.8%).

Blasts are a leading cause of TBI for active duty military personnel in war zones. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates of TBI do not include injuries seen at U.S. Department of Defense or U.S. Veterans Health Administration Hospitals.While there is no one size fits all solution, there are interventions that can be effective to help limit the impact of this injury. These measures include primary prevention, early management, and treatment of severe TBI.

CDC’s research and programs work to reduce severe TBI and its consequences by developing and evaluating clinical guidelines, conducting surveillance, implementing primary prevention and education strategies, and developing evidence-based interventions to save lives and reduce morbidity from this injury.

(CDC.gov)

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25
Jan

Your Brain and Crafting

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Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging.

Little research has been done specifically on crafting, but neuroscientists are beginning to see how studies on cognitive activities such as doing crossword puzzles might also apply to someone who does complex quilting patterns.

"There's promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time," says Catherine Carey Levisay, a clinical neuropsychologist and wife of Craftsy.com CEO John Levisay. "And that's that creating -- whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography (or) cake decorating -- is beneficial to us in a number of important ways."

The reward center in your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine when you do something pleasurable. Scientists believe dopamine was originally designed to make us repeat activities that would help the species survive, such as eating and having sex. Over time, we've evolved so that the brain can also release dopamine while we're staining glass or decorating a cake.

(Cnn.com)

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25
Jan

Wrestling May Not Be "Real," But The Injuries Can Be

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Parents and friends, professional wrestling may be deemed as fake, however, watch over your youngsters as they pretend to be their favorite wrestling superstar with kicks, punches and body slams.

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Two former World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers are suing the WWE, alleging their old employer ignored or downplayed signs of brain damage and other injuries while it raked in millions.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Philadelphia by Vito LoGrasso, who is best known for wrestling under the moniker Big Vito, and Evan Singleton, who wrestled under the name Adam Mercer.

WWE is known for over-the-top events, outrageous story lines and matches putting wrestlers against each other and involving high-flying stunts. A lawyer for WWE called the lawsuit without merit, like a "virtually identical one filed by the same lawyers in Oregon."

As a result of his wrestling injuries, the suit alleges, LoGrasso suffers from serious neurological damage, which includes severe headaches, memory loss, depression, anxiety and deafness.

The court documents say Singleton suffers serious symptoms including tremors, convulsions, migraines, memory loss and impaired ability to reason.

WWE forces wrestlers to do stunts "in a matter that dramatically increases -- often to a near-certainty -- their chances of sustaining brain damage," the suit says.

(Cnn.com)

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24
Dec

Dear Friends, From Us to You - May Your Holiday Season Shine Bright!

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Love those that are dear to you - don't take them for granted. Life can change ever so quickly. We wish you all the best in 2015!

Adam always says, "do your best and never give up."

We wish TBI Recovery for all!

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12
Dec

Dear Friends - If Giving a Bike/Skateboard This Holiday Season - Please Don't Forget to Include a Helmet.

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Dear Friends,

There are are over 1.7 million head injuires a year, just in the United States alone - every year. Please protect and love your "little ones" this Holiday Season, by including a helmet with any bike/skateboard purchase.

Helmets can make a difference by protecting your loved one.

Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!

From Adam, Alex and Jill

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09
Dec

This Busy Holiday Season Give "Yourself" a Healthy Gift - Sleep!!!

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We all know what it's like to get a lousy or short night of sleep: Tempers shorten, snacks become more tempting, attention gets harder to sustain.

Researchers are just beginning to understand the long-term consequences of a lifetime of those rough mornings — and it doesn't look good.

Poor sleep has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression. Newer research has drawn connections between bad sleep and Alzheimer's. A study released last year showed that the better 700 participants slept, the less likely they were to develop Alzheimer's over the next 3.5 years.

A growing body of research suggests that during sleep, the brain appears to flush out harmful chemicals such as the beta amyloid that builds up in Alzheimer's.

"The brain requires a kind of cleanup process that we're beginning to glimpse," Collins said. "Without taking out the trash, you're going to find that the next day, your brain is not functioning at its best."

(USAtoday.com)

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20
Nov

Adam was Recently Invited as a Guest Speaker for CSUN's Speech Language Pathology Program Regarding TBI Recovery

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Adam was honored to meet students/members of CSUN's (California State University of Northridge) Speech Language Pathology Program - Giving Insight to Therapists Regarding His Recovery from a TBI.

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(Adam and Sarah Cathcart/ SLP/ CSUN Faculty Member at recent CSUN Speech Pathology Seminar)

Adam provided inspiration and insight to potential Speech Pathologists at the invitation from Sarah who was one of his Speech Therapists that aided him in his recovery!

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03
Nov

Hacking Your Brain vs TBI Recovery (Science Wants To Control Your Brain) - Dear friends, I believe our minds are our own!

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The technology sounds simultaneously fake and dangerous: Strap on a headset and send targeted electrical currents into your brain for about 15 minutes to get more energy, improve your focus or calm down.

Now Silicon Valley is hoping it can turn brain stimulation tech into sleek wearable devices for consumers. Is it really possible to make the jump from the lab to Best Buy shelves?

The latest company to attempt to create a consumer brain stimulation product is Thync, a start-up with a serious pedigree. Founded by entrepreneur Isy Goldwasser and neuroscientist Jamie Tyler, who has a PhD in psychology and behavioral neuroscience, Thync has been working on its device secretly for the past three years. It's a portable headset that will offer three settings to start: energy, relaxation and focus.

"For some people it would be their third cup of coffee, for some people it would be their afternoon nap," said Goldwasser.

One of the primary technologies Thync is based on is transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS, which uses a weak electrical current to change the sensitivity of neurons in the brain. Neurons are cells in the brain that send electrical signals to each other, resulting in the release of chemicals that impact what a person is thinking or feeling. When targeted to the right area, the tDCS currents can create changes in how a person's brain is functioning.

With the potential to replace everything including a soda habit, yoga class or pharmaceuticals for mental disorders, the market for brain stimulation devices that are proven to work is potentially huge. The U.S. military has even experimented with it as a way to improve pilot training. Thync is focusing on small improvements for already healthy minds.

"The users are going to be people who really have busy lives and really need tools besides chemicals, drugs or alcohol," said Goldwasser. "They'd like another approach to change their mental state."

Thync has already tested its product on more than 2,000 people in as many trials. After using Thync, the subjects answer questions about how they feel and the researchers measure their vitals. If it wants FDA approval down the line, Thync will need to go through extensive clinical trials. Thync plans on having its first product ready by 2015. The California-based company recently secured $13 million in venture capital funding.

It's still too early to know how effective Thync or other future brain stimulation devices will be when they are released. But supporters of the technology think we're just at the beginning of a consumer neurotechnology revolution. Tyler thinks soon these products will be commonplace:

"It is inevitable."

(CNN.health.com)

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21
Oct

TBI Recovery, Means Therapy. (Don't Give Up!)

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"With TBI, therapy is the most clear way to recovery.  Every little bit of therapy really does count.  I know!"   - Adam

 

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Therapy for a brain injury will normally begin at the hospital, then continue at a rehabilitation facility.

Physical therapy for brain injured patients includes treatments that help improve coordination, walking, reducing pain and restoring function for everyday tasks.

Occupational therapy for brain recovery provides assistance in regaining daily living tasks such as eating, dressing, bathing and writing.Read more :  http://www.ehow.com/way_5588970_brain-recovery-therapy.html

Occupational therapy for brain recovery provides assistance in regaining daily living tasks such as eating, dressing, bathing and writing. Also, speech and recreational therapy can be vital to recovery. Even music therapy has been proven to soothe and improve TBI recovery.

Many brain recovery patients suffer from depression as their inability to function the way they used to leads to frustration and sadness. Sessions with a psychiatrist or psychologist and the use of anti-depressants such as Prozac may help the patient improve their moods which will also help with their rehabilitation efforts.

Depending on the amount of damage and where the damage is located in the brain will determine the extent of recovery. Mild damage to the brain may be able to heal completely. Recovery for extensive damage may mean only partial recovery. Each individual is different and recovery depends on your doctor's recommendations.

(eHow.com)

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08
Oct

Dear Friends, Would You Let Your Son Play Football? (3 HS Football Players Die In A Week!)

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A varsity football player from suburban New York high school died after colliding with an opponent during a game, a school official said.

Tom Cutinella, a 16-year-old student at Shoreham-Wading River High School, suffered a serious head injury during Wednesday night's game against Elwood-John H. Glenn High School, according to Suffolk County Police spokeswoman Joan Jesinger.

He was the third high school football player to die in the last week, according to published reports.

Jesinger said police were investigating Cutinella's death.

"It was the result of a typical football play," Superintendent Steven Cohen told reporters Thursday. "It was just a freak accident."

Cutinella stood up after the collision and then collapsed, Cohen said. The player had been blocking for a teammate, Newsday reported.

 

In Alabama, Demario Harris Jr., 17, of Charles Henderson High School in Alabama died Sunday -- two days after making a tackle in a football game, accordin to AL.com.  The official cause of death was not immediately known.  And contrary to various media reports my son had a brain hemorrhage, not an aneurysm, that was caused by a hit he took during Fridays game. He may have had a pre existing condition but there is no way to tell now."

 

On September 26, Isaiah Langston, a 17-year-old student at Rolesville High School in North Carolina, collapsed on the field before a game, according to CNN affiliate WTVD. On Monday, his family confirmed he had died. The official cause of death is not known but his older brother told WTVD that his collapse on the field "had something to do with a blood clot in his brain."

(CNNsports.com)

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18
Sep

3 Out Of 10 NFL Retirees Face Alzheimer's/TBI Recovery

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The NFL estimates that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and at least twice as often as the general population.

The NFL report said the ex-players' diagnosis rates would be "materially higher than those expected in the general population" and would come at "notably younger ages."

"This report paints a startling picture of how prevalent neurocognitive diseases are among retired NFL players," lead player lawyers Christopher Seeger and Sol Weiss said in a statement.

Critics also lament that the settlement plan offers no awards to anyone diagnosed with CTE in the future, and that the Alzheimer's and dementia awards are cut by 75 percent for players who also suffered strokes.

(ABCnews/sports.com)

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18
Sep

Tips To Keep YOUR Brain Healthy!

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1. Use your vacation/time off. Brains think more clearly when not overworking. Give your brain a "timeout." Not using your brain to focus on endless tasks.

2. Sleep. Helps consolidate memories. Lack of, can affect your reaction time and how you process information. Also, lack of sleep can speed up the aging process.

3. Intense Mulit-tasking. We/humans are not computers...no matter what society says. Pair one task that requires less thinking with one that doesn't require as much. (Watching a game on TV....while preparing an appetizer.)

4. Get Vitamin D. Improves brain health! Supports healthy blood vessel function and growth of neurons.

5. Drink Green Tea. Improves attenion span. Caffenine in the beverage helps with memory recall processing.

6. Exercise your brain. Working on a new - challenging skill (language, ceramics, auto shop.)

(cnn/health.com)

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02
Sep

Tom Brady, Elite NFL Quarterback Decides Not Only To Work Out His Body - But Also His Brain!

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Tom Brady is no different than most superstar athletes. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to improve his performance on the field. The past few years, that’s even meant using innovative methods to keep his brain in top shape.

With the help of his longtime “body coach” Alex Guerrero, who has kept the Patriots quarterback’s physique finely tuned, Brady has undergone extensive testing and state-of-the-art brain training geared toward sharpening his decision-making skills.As a baseline measure, Brady underwent a functional neuro-cognitive image (FNCI) — or brain scan — that consisted of a half-dozen different cognitive tests.

The technology is such that Guerrero can devise cognitive exercises specifically geared to anyone, be it an NFL quarterback, or a CEO of a large corporation. In Brady’s case, the exercises honed in on what happens after a play is radioed in, and the swiftness with which he must process the information, read the defense, and get everyone on the same page, especially if adjustments need to be made at the line of scrimmage.

Said Guerrero: “We can make (the exercises) position specific, sports specific and be able to train the brain to do what we want it do to.”

So after the deficient areas in Brady’s brain were identified, the nine-time Pro Bowler began doing the appropriate exercises to get back into what is considered the median range. That’s helped the Patriots quarterback become even more adept at reacting and making the necessary split-second decisions.

(BostonHearald.com)

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02
Sep

When Are 3 Concussions Too Much???

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 (Wes Welker wore an oversized helmet -Left- last season after suffering two concussions.)


     For the third time in 10 months, Wes Welker has been diagnosed with a concussion. The latest head injury for the Broncos wide receiver happened in the second quarter. Welker suffered the concussion after taking a hit from Texans safety D.J. Swearinger with under a minute left to play in the first half. After taking the hit, Welker waved to the sideline for help.

     After the game, Swearinger said he wasn't trying to hurt Welker, "I led with my shoulder; that's the only thing I can do," Swearinger said. "He's a short guy. I led with my shoulder. The results are the results and that's all I can do on that play."

     As for Welker, it's almost impossible to say when he'll return. The Broncos receiver suffered his first concussion of the 2013 season in Week 10 on Nov. 17 and returned to play to the following week.

     The 33-year-old then suffered his second concussion on Dec. 9 and didn't return until the Broncos first playoff game on Jan. 12.

(CBSsports.com)

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02
Sep

NFL Player Suffers Severe Brain Illness, Yet Desire Motivates Him, Despite Possible TBI.

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    Amobi Okoye, a defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys, is fighting overwhelming odds to play in the NFL again.  Diagnosed with a serious brain injury, he hopes to pursue the sport that he loves.

     Okoye first was identified to suffer from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, an autoimmune syndrome that causes brain inflammation, in 2013 and it caused him to fall into a coma and suffer a 145-day memory gap that not only threatened to end his NFL dreams but also almost cost him his life.A former first-round pick of the Houston Texans who showed signs of early dominance before his career tailed off, Okoye last played in an NFL game in 2012 with the Chicago Bears. A few months after that, at the start of free agency in 2013, he suffered from a series of seizures in his hometown of Houston. He had just finished a workout and was with his father, Augustine, when Okoye started to convulse.

     Okoye continue to suffer from seizures in three different hospitals, losing his speech in the process, and eventually was placed in a medically indcued coma in an intensive-care unit. It was there that the results of a spinal tap revealed Okoye's rare disease, which Dr. Benjamin Greenberg, an associate professor of neurology and neurotherapeutics and pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, describes as being "probably in the one-in-a-million range."

     Although Okoye emerged from his coma in July of 2013, he had lost most of his ability to speak and had dropped 78 pounds. Okoye has no memory of anything from March 15 to Aug. 7 of that year. After being released from the hopsital last August, Okoye needed to relearn basic human functions.Even if he doesn't make the Cowboys' roster this season, Okoye's survival and recovery to this point has been an achievement worth a lifetime of praise.

(yahoosports.com)

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Aug

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