Not all pain in sports is gain.
Brain injuries in sports are all too common.
Getting ahead of the injury through accurate diagnosis is key.
Studies show the average high school football player receives around 600 hits to the head per season. Although none of these may rise to the level of a full concussion, they can still cause brain injury. These multiple impacts to the head are called "subconcussions," which can cause the brain to shrink and potentially do permanent damage to someone's cognitive and physical well-being.
Brain Volume = Brain Health
NeuroGage offers athletes the opportunity to take their future before and after the season to look for evidence of brain atrophy due to subconcussions. Then the athletes, parents or coaches can make informed decisions about whether to continue playing next season.
Dr. Ross evaluated Willie Lanier, former NFL middle linebacker and Hall of Famer, using NeuroQuant and NeuroGage and found that his brain volume was quite normal. His longstanding health of his brain and body to a judo-style tackling method that some called the “honeybear” method.
Brain injuries are top news today
(CNN) - "Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, was found in 99% of deceased NFL players' brains that were donated to scientific research, according to a study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA."
In a convenience sample of deceased players of American football, a high proportion showed pathological evidence of CTE, suggesting that CTE may be related to prior participation in football.
The UNITE Brain Bank is the largest tissue repository in the world focused on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and CTE. Dr. McKee and her team of neuropathologists and other investigators have published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and studies focused on CTE in highly regarded journals, and written over 30 grants to support the daily operations of the brain bank.