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It’s just a head ache right? Why should we be so concerned about concussions? Every one of my coaches in high school and college have reminded me that I am a student-athlete and follow it with this overused quote, “The student is first because you’re a student first and then you’re and athlete.” What...

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Knock Knock Who’s There? Concussion!

If you wondered what many Americans were doing Sunday afternoon, I could give you an answer. They were watching football. Baseball claims that its America’s pastime, but it has to be football. There’s high school ball on Fridays, college ball on Saturdays, and professional on Sundays. This country is obsessed with the game. We...

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For generations our parents have been telling us to “just walk it off” or “rub some dirt in it”.  However, recent studies have suggested that this may not be the best motto to go by for people today. With many competitive sports injuries and situations related to those injuries occurring, research is being conducted...

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  Recently, the long term effects of repeated concussions suffered by NFL players has been huge news because of the increasing number of suicides that are being committed by former and even current players.  What is disturbing about most of these suicides by former NFL players is that they make sure to preserve their...

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Concussions seem like such a common thing. It happens because we fall off the jungle gym on the playground as kids or because we run into the walls during a basketball game. If we haven’t had a concussion ourselves, we know a handful of people who have had at least one. I understood that...

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Rub Some Dirt In It..?

October 20, 2014 by
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Concussions are a problem in today’s athletes.  Concussions are difficult to diagnose and their severities can vary greatly.  The long term effects of frequent concussions in athletes (especially football and boxing) are starting to be known with the growing number of former athletes found to have permanent brain damage.  With this knowledge becoming more...

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Paul Oliver, Andre Walters, David Duerson, Junior Seau, Ray Easterling, Shane Dorness and Terri Long have three things in common. They are all former NFL players, they all have taken their own lives and they all suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  CTE is caused by repetitive traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and usually does...

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It seems as though every time we turn around some prominent NFL retiree is committing suicide, tired of being afflicted by the effects of the repeated concussions from his glory years. Yet while the dangers of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) such as concussions are well known, sports such as boxing and football have done...

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Alzheimer’s disease has always been a disease that older generations get and us youthful people don’t need to worry about it until later. That is what many Americans believe at least. I also believe this unfortunate misconception of the truth until recently when I discovered the role of insulin in Alzheimer’s disease. There is...

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Is your sweet tooth breaking down your brain? Insulin’s role in Alzheimer’s Pathology

Living in a society where overindulgence of food is commonplace and obesity rates are rampant, we are well aware that too much sugar and fat in our diets is bad for our health, as it can lead to diabetes and heart problems. But it’s not just our hearts that we should be concerned about:...

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