Much of what we've heard is wrong. Here's the latest lowdown on these brain injuries plus new ideas about how to treat them
New data suggests blows to the head are on the rise among U.S. adults and kids, but definitive diagnosis remains elusive
Heads Up—a much hyped new approach to tackling—seeks to avoid the most ferocious helmet-to-helmet collisions of football
Concussion Is a Serious Problem for Child Athletes
Concussion in children is a serious problem that deserves more attention
Helmet Sensors Reveal the Real Impact of Head Injuries
More comprehensive scanning shows that even “minor” hits could be as damaging to players’ brains as concussions.
Head Injury May Cause Mental Illness
A single blow to the head may increase the risk of subsequently developing a disorder
24-Year-Old NFL Player's Retirement Reignites Brain Injury Topic
Chris Borland's decision has provoked discussion of the types of brain damage that can occur including a severe degenerative disease abbreviated as CTE
Controversy: Can Repeat Concussions Cause Lou Gehrig's Disease?
Football players diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease may suffer from the effect of repeated blows to the head, controversial new research says
How Brains Bounce Back from Physical Damage
After a traumatic injury, neurons that govern memory can regenerate
Self-Worth Shattering: A Single Bomb Blast Can Saddle Soldiers with Debilitating Brain Trauma
Brain tissue from deceased military veterans exposed to explosions shows signs of the same neurodegenerative brain disorder that strikes football players who have sustained multiple concussions...
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...
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
Catching Concussions Early
A new test could help coaches identify head injuries on the sidelines
Concussions Exact Toll on Football Players Long After They Retire
A leading researcher discusses how on-the-field head injuries can lead to neurological disorders in players even after they hang up their cleats
The Aches of War: Some Iraq and Afghanistan Vets Suffer Frequent Headaches
About one in seven soldiers has suffered a mild brain injury, and a new study finds that the effects can linger
Sensor-Rigged Helmet Gives Football Players a Heads Up on Concussions
An Illinois high school ponies up $60,000 for helmets designed to protect players against brain and spinal injuries
More Than One Blow for a Concussion in Football
A recent study shows that it's multiple blows to the head that lead to a concussion in football. Christie Nicholson reports
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...
Boxing Batters Brain Even With Headgear
Amateur boxers, wearing headgear, still suffered insult to the brain in some cases equivalent to a small stroke.
Simple Salves for Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
Low-tech emergency room therapies can stem the damage from traumatic brain injuries
Hockey and Concussions
Researchers are asking hockey players to give up their brains to study the long-term impact of concussions. Christie Nicholson reports
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
Brain Injury's Toll
Aging veterans with head trauma experience faster cognitive decline
Bike Helmet Laws Translate To Less Kid Brain Damage
A review of good-quality studies finds that legislation making bike helmets mandatory for kids causes significant reduction in head trauma cases.
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...
What happens to the brain during a concussion?
How the NFL Worked to Hide the Truth about Concussions and Brain Damage [Excerpt]
The NFL not only publicly denied evidence that long-term brain damage could result from concussions suffered by its players, but worked to undercut it
Inside Story: What Happens When Brain Hits Skull
Watch the frightening mechanics of a concussive blow to the head
Smart Helmets Could Flag Players at Trauma Risk
Force sensors in headgear could signal whether a hit is strong enough to cause concern should the player receive a second serious blow. Larry Greenemeier reports
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 Ensemblestudiotheatre.org, site of the new play Headstrong about the brain injury issue...