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How Did a Formula One Driver Sustain a Brain Injury?

Posted on October 19, 2014 by Doehrman Buba

During a Formula One race in early October at the Japanese Grand Prix, an F1 driver sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after crashing off course and into a tractor. Many wonder if the situation could have been avoided and if race officials should make safety changes. Jules Bianchi, the 25-year-old driver for Marussia was left with a “diffuse axonal injury,” says Reuters. During the race, rain was pouring down and Bianchi’s car aquaplaned off the wet track at a high rate of speed. When it went off the track, his car plowed into the back of a tractor that was in the process of removing another broken down car. F1 cars have an open cockpit, so the only protection drivers have for their head is a helmet. Bianchi’s car went underneath the tractor, which caused his head to impact the bottom of it. Are Formula One Helmets Safe? As…
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How Do Football Teams Monitor Players for Possible Injuries?

Posted on October 17, 2014 by Doehrman Buba

Brady Hoke, the head football coach for the Michigan Wolverines has come under fire for playing his starting quarterback who appeared to have a concussion from a previous play. The University of Michigan’s athletic director apologized to fans and the media for the mishandling of the situation. Hoke told the media that he did not know Morris was injured, which is why he allowed him to continue to play. According to the AP, the sideline is the worst place to watch a football game, because there “can be 100 players and dozens of assistants and staffers packed into an area 50 yards long, all zipping from play to play.” Do All Major College Football Programs Have Athletic Trainers and Doctors on the Sideline? All major college football programs have doctors and athletic trainers on the sideline with the team. Additionally, there is usually a group of student assistants. While all…
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How Many Deceased NFL Players Had a Brain Disease?

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Doehrman Buba

According to PBS, “new data from the nation’s largest brain bank focused on traumatic brain injury has found evidence of a degenerative brain disease in 76 of the 79 former (NFL) players it’s examined.” Sadly, this represents double the number of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) cases of players, which are recorded at another brain repository. At the Department of Veterans Affairs’ brain repository, researchers have examined the brains of 128 deceased players who played professionally, in high school or in college. Of those players, 101 tested positive for CTE. In other words, about 80 percent of those players had the disease. How Is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy diagnosed?    Unfortunately, CTE is only diagnosed posthumously. Meaning current technology cannot discern whether a person has the disease while he or she is alive. Doctors can only diagnose a brain after the fact. Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the brain bank tells PBS…
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