Category: Robert Cantu

Childhood Concussion Studies Butt Heads

Scientific American Robert Cantu, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy 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 […]

Experts urge special brain autopsy for Boston bombing suspect

Boston Globe (subscription required) Robert Cantu, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy Robert Stern, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy Two pioneering researchers of brain disease among athletes in violent sports recommended Saturday that investigators conduct special autopsy tests on amateur boxer Tamerlan Tsarnaev to determine whether […]

Helmets Preventing Concussion Seen Quashed by NFL-Riddell

Bloomberg Robert Cantu, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy With a device called ProCap, Bert Straus says he invented headgear that could reduce concussions in National Football League games… Expert quote: “The ‘official helmet’ deal has given Riddell an unfair advantage.” View full article

Non-concussion football head hits can cause brain changes, Cleveland Clinic-led study finds

Plain Dealer Robert Cantu, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy In practices and games, amateur and pro football players regularly experience head blows that don’t cause obvious concussion symptoms… Expert quote: “This is a very strong study to suggest that you don’t have to have any recognized concussions to have brain […]

It’s time for the NHL to stop the fights

Boston Globe (subscription required) Robert Cantu, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy Despite his tough-guy image, crusty exterior, and wit sharper than a skate blade, Bruins forward/enforcer Shawn Thornton is one of the genuine nice-guy athletes in this town… Expert quote: “I shudder every time I think of Shawn Thornton. The […]

The Football Nanny State

Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Robert Cantu, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy In his 2012 book “Concussions and Our Kids,” Boston University neurosurgeon Robert Cantu left little mystery about his tome’s intended target: The photo on the cover shows a pack of little kids playing tackle football. Inside its pages, […]