What’s at Stake; the Story of Brittni Souder and the Danger of Girls Soccer

While concussion in sports discussions often focus on football, in high school by far the biggest culprit is girl’s soccer. While the explanation for this gender gap in concussion risk is debated (some claim a later neck muscle development in girls), the difference of 12.1% more concussions in girls than boys is shocking (34.5% to 22.4%).

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New research on light therapy shows promise for patients who have suffered repetitive head impacts and may have CTE based on their medical history

Dr. Margaret Naeser has presented two case studies with retired professional football players who had suffered repetitive head impacts and had possible CTE based on their medical history. The case studies showed that the LED and red light therapy had significant positive effects, confirmed with clinical tests, and fMRI brain scans.

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The Invisible Wounds of War

In a video of her recent presentation at UW Medicine/Gonzaga University, researcher Christine MacDonald PhD shares several important discoveries about the impact of combat concussions on mental health. The EVOLVE study, for which she is the lead researcher, found that those who suffer combat concussions worsen over the course of their 1-year and 5-year follow-ups.

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CrashCourse

The nonprofit TeachAids.org, which was spun out of Stanford University, has been working to create “concussion education reimagined for today’s generation.” Their first product is a CrashCourse, a 10-minute video which was filmed in Virtual Reality and HD. The viewer is set on the field during a football game and must choose whether to leave the game after a significant hit.

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