Brain injuries Category Archives

Researchers Develop “Holy Grail” Concussion Test

Researchers at the University of Western Ontario have published research in the Metabolics Journal showing a very promising blood test to identify whether someone has sustained a concussion. The researchers tested a series of blood samples, measuring 174 metabolites, molecules that are produced or involved in cell metabolism. Rather than trying to identify changes in individual metabolites, they looked at the picture as a whole. …

Concussion Research Strengthens Case for Youth Sports Safety Legislation

Image of a football game with concussion brain scans superimposed

New research published in the Journal of Neurotrauma provides compelling evidence regarding the long-term effects of concussion on the brain. The results are relevant and informative to all who have suffered a traumatic brain injury; they highlight the importance of moving forward with legislative initiatives such as Rowan’s Law, which will further protect those who engage in sport.

Back to School, Back to Sports

Back to School, Back to Sports September brings kids back to school and back to the sports field. Very soon, teams of kids will be racing onto football fields and begin crashing into each other with the all the wild abandon of bulls on the streets of Pamplona. The reality of a sport like football is that a good number of kids will walk away from the …

Head injuries in professional sports raise awareness for concussions and traumatic brain injuries

Earlier this month, we saw Germany take home the 2014 World Cup with a beautiful goal by Mario Gotze. However, during the same game, Christoph Kramer’s head first collision with Argentina’s Ezequiel Garay arguably received just as much attention. The replay shows Kramer’s head violently strike the shoulder of Garay and whip backwards causing him to collapse on the field. After the hit, Kramer continued …

Setting a good example for safety

I think maybe–just maybe–this never-ending winter has finally come to an end. The snow is almost gone and temperatures are rising to the double digits. With the warmer weather comes more kids out on the streets riding bicycles. In Ontario, kids are required to wear helmets when cycling on public roads. This law has been in place since 1995. Unfortunately, there are still too many …

Diffusion MRI technology demonstrates neurological abnormalities months after mild concussion symptoms have faded

Image via Flickr user Reigh LeBlanc: http://www.flickr.com/photos/reighleblanc/3854685038/sizes/o/ Brain injuries are often referred to as “invisible injuries” due to the limitations of brain imaging technology. That may be changing with the advent of Diffusion MRI technology. In a study published in a recent issue of Neurology, researchers revealed that abnormalities from a mild concussion can be seen to linger up to four months after the actual …