Category: Chris Nowinski

CTE expert encouraged by MLB’s actions in aftermath of Ryan Freel diagnosis

December 17th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Chris Nowinski, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Chris Nowinski, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

On the same day he told a grieving family why a father and husband and son might have killed himself, Chris Nowinski found a measure of solace in knowing he may have helped prevent many more from doing the same…

Expert quote:

“Home-plate collisions were a lot of fun to watch when we didn’t think there were consequences down the road. But I think it was a very responsible decision for everyone in baseball. They did this before there was knowledge of any CTE cases in baseball. It’s nice to see what we’ve learned in the research embraced.”

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Ban children from heading a football, urges campaign group

December 14th, 2013 in 2013, BBC, Centers & Institutes in the News, Chris Nowinski, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Chris Nowinski, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

A leading campaigner on head injuries in sport has called for a ban on children heading the ball when playing football…

Expert quote:

“If we have so many other options out there, like we get them running and being active, why play sports which include hundreds of blows to the head, knowing how bad the consequences are?”

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Expert says concussed players hide injuries out of fear

November 19th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, Centers & Institutes in the News, Chris Nowinski, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Chris Nowinski, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

A leading concussion expert from the United States says players in high-level contact sports still are often fearful of sitting out games after head injuries because they might lose their positions on their teams…

Expert quote:

“There still has to be a culture change with the players, they need to take that time off. They still have that impression that their job or role might be at risk. And I’m still not sure that players anywhere, even now, appreciate or understand the risk they are exposing themselves to.”
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WWE to be honored by Sports Legacy Institute for work on concussions

October 22nd, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Chris Nowinski, Newsday, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Chris Nowinski, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

In 2007, WWE disputed Sports Legacy Institute findings that a degenerative brain condition caused by repeated blows to the head may have contributed to former champ Chris Benoit killing his wife and son before taking his own life…

Expert quote:

“I started working with WWE back in 2001. Back then, you know, concussions weren’t discussed much among the wrestlers. I didn’t understand how dangerous they were. No one across my athletic career had really taught me the right things. So I lied about my concussions. WWE, like everybody else, was following the guidelines that said it was OK to have people go back if the symptoms went away.”

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Head tests for trauma close: expert

September 12th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Chris Nowinski, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Chris Nowinski, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

The American concussion expert who is conducting post-mortem analysis on the brain of an elite Australian rugby league player says a test to detect a head trauma-related disease on living athletes is ”very close”…

Expert quote:

”There’s been more funding allocated to CTE research in the last year than in the history of the world, I think. It’s exciting to see that more researchers are working on this because it’s a big problem.”

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Does CTE, The Brain Disease Found In NFL Players, Really Exist?

August 13th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Chris Nowinski, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Chris Nowinski, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

Last week, an autopsy revealed that Cullen Finnerty, a former college quarterback who in May went missing in the woods of Lake County, Michigan, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the degenerative brain disease at the forefront of the debate over connections between head injuries, professional football and brain damage…

Expert quote:

“This paper shows a lack of understanding of neuropathology.”

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Childhood Concussion Studies Butt Heads

June 10th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Chris Nowinski, Newsmakers, Robert Cantu, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Chris Nowinski, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

A long overdue and growing body of research on concussions is providing today’s young athletes, parents and coaches with more information about identifying and treating head injuries—but not all of that research is reliable…

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Advocates: Student athletes need bill of rights

February 6th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, Centers & Institutes in the News, Chris Nowinski, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Chris Nowinski, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

Student athletes need access to health care professionals, better-trained coaches and up-to-date equipment, a coalition of groups recommended Wednesday in a call to action aimed at protecting the nearly 8 million students participating in high school sports each year…

Expert quote:

“We need to try harder to protect these student athletes. Think about this: You get an injury in the NFL, you have two guys at your side right away. We do not provide a single professional medical person to half of high schools. … Every time we don’t have an athletic trainer, we’re leaving 80 percent of concussions on the field. The number one place where we’re failing them is we aren’t getting them off the field.”

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N.F.L. Joins With G.E. in Effort to Detect Concussions

February 3rd, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Chris Nowinski, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Chris Nowinski, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

The N.F.L., faced with increasing concern about the toll of concussions and confronted with litigation involving thousands of former players, is planning to form a partnership with General Electric to jump-start development of imaging technology that would detect concussions and encourage the creation of materials to better protect the brain…

Expert quote:

“We’re so close to having tracers to be able to diagnose this in living people with accuracy. Who knows what the next 10 years looks like? The clinical trials we may be able to start soon, and the actual hope for effective treatment, it’s all real.”

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Is college football doing enough about head injuries to protect players?

January 4th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Chris Nowinski, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Chris Nowinski, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

Some chilling images of head injuries loom over this college football season…

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