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Are Martial Artists at Risk for TBI?

Posted on October 7, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

When recreational brain injuries are discussed in media, frequently football is the lens of discussion. In some situations, you might hear of other sports – boxing, horseback riding on occasion. But any sport or activity that involves strenuous physical activity, especially ones that are competitive, present the players with the risk of traumatic brain injury. Martial artists face this risk. Take Brazilian jiu-jitsu, for example. This martial art is focused on self-defense through grappling and ground fighting. The idea is that practitioners of the art are more able to defend themselves against larger assailants using leverage and technique. But because of the nature of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, it is not uncommon for a participant to strike his or her head on the ground while practicing. Usually, mats protect the head from serious damage, but is it possible that ground fighting in jiu-jitsu could cause a traumatic brain injury? Any sport or activity…
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Can Brain Injury Cause Hypopituitarism?

Posted on October 4, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

Hypopituitarism is a rare disorder that occurs when a person’s pituitary gland, a structure in the base of the brain, fails to produce one or more essential hormones. It can result in dwarfism for children and premature aging in adults, amongst other debilitating symptoms. But can a traumatic brain injury lead to hypopituitarism? Studies over the past two decades have shown wildly different statistics regarding the incidence of TBI-related hypopituitarism. Some showed as little as 5.4 percent of victims with the condition, while others showed a stark 69 percent. TBI severity was identified as the key to determining whether a brain injury caused hypopituitarism, but even mild TBIs can cause the condition in up to 37.5 percent of patients. Based on these studies, it is clear that the condition is not as rare as once believed. If a brain injury does trigger hypopituitarism, it will become evident quite soon after…
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The Four Stages of CTE and the Concussion Epidemic

Posted on October 2, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

A new study of 91 deceased football players found a horrifying 87 of them were afflicted with the neurodegenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which can lead to long-term disabilities, including dementia and Alzheimer’s. The disease was first noted in 2002, when researchers noticed the strange structure of Mike Webster’s brain. Ever since, the disease has been found in over 100 other brains, including in football players as young as 17 years old. It is believed that the disease is caused by repeated trauma to the brain, something endemic to the game of football. According to Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, these are the four stages of CTE. Stage 1 – This symptomless stage begins when proteins, called tau, form around the brain’s blood vessels. They are mostly isolated spots and form around the frontal lobe. Eventually, normal function will begin to be affected as nerve cells die. Stage 2…
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