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The Science of Concussion and Brain Injury

How medicine, sports and society are trying to heal and protect the brains of millions amidst the growing awareness of the long-lasting effects of traumatic head injury

  • May 13, 2014

Brain Injury Rate 7 Times Greater among U.S. Prisoners

Prisoners suffer disproportionately from past traumatic brain injuries. Researchers are hunting for the best tools to treat this population in an effort to help them reintegrate into society--and avoid re-incarceration

February 4, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Soccer Headings Can Harm Brain

A specialized form of brain imaging finds that soccer players who head the ball more than 1,000 times a year face risks similar to those with head trauma. Katherine Harmon reports

November 29, 2011

NFL gains yards in its treatment of players' head injuries

As early as this season's playoffs, National Football League players will have to get the approval of an independent neurosurgeon or neurologist before they can return to play following a head injury or concussion.

November 27, 2009 — Carina Storrs

Hockey and Concussions

Researchers are asking hockey players to give up their brains to study the long-term impact of concussions. Christie Nicholson reports

December 8, 2009

Impact and the Brain

Mild traumatic brain injury represents a silent but brutal plague among combat veterans and a hidden threat to the health of civilians

December 1, 2008 — Richard J. Roberts

Brain Injury's Toll

Aging veterans with head trauma experience faster cognitive decline

April 1, 2008 — Emily Anthes

New Head Protection for Footballers

A new high-tech helmet allows coaches and sideline doctors to spot concussions and other dangerous injuries on the football field, in real-time. The head gear has sensors that send impact measurements wirelessly. For more on this story, please read Larry Greenemeier's October 4 article on news.

October 4, 2007

The Football Concussion Crisis

NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson joins former NBC anchor Stone Phillips and pathologist Bennet Omalu for a discussion of chronic traumatic encephalopathy among football players. Recorded May 12th at the, site of the new play Headstrong about the brain injury issue

May 15, 2012 — Steve Mirsky

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