The changes in the brain from a concussion do not appear on conventional imaging tests such as CT scans or MRIs; nor are there any other tests to diagnose a concussion.
All parents should understand the symptoms of concussion, whether their child plays sports or not.
New brain cells can form after injury.
Brain injuries damage regions of the brain and this damage can extend post-injury. But other brain regions can pick up the slack, and there are things we can do to help.
One third of women will suffer violence at the hands of someone they love, sometimes resulting in traumatic brain injury. Here, women lay on the street to protest this violence, in Pamplona in northern Spain, in 2015.
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Globally, one third of women suffer violence at the hands of someone they love. And for those who survive domestic abuse, traumatic head injury can be the devastating outcome.
Wales player George North has been concussed several times in a handful of seasons.
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New research has found a tipping point which pushes the probability of rugby player concussion above 50%.
People with traumatic brain injuries, say after a car accident or an assault, can have behavioural problems long after their physical injuries have healed.
Survivors of traumatic brain injuries might have behavioural issues or have problems holding down a job for years after a blow to the head or a bad fall.
Young rugby players have a higher risk of sustaining a concussion and take longer to recover from the injury.
Parents play a vital role in managing concussions when their children play rugby.
England’s Courtney Lawes takes a blow against Italy.
As the RBS Six Nations rugby tournament begins, the risk of injury is back in the limelight.
Kids commonly have falls or are injured during sports, but we’re only now learning concussions in kids have severe consequences.
New research has found a link between concussion in childhood and adverse medical and social outcomes as an adult.
Research found that community coaches were unclear about the common signs and symptoms of concussion.
School and community sports coaches' lack of knowledge about concussion leaves players vulnerable on the pitch.
Are players victims of workplace hazards or willing participants in known dangers?
The 2016 State of Origin rugby league competition is over for another year and the focus has shifted to off-field events with claims for compensation for brain injury.
Concussions are common in sport, especially NFL, but few realise just how damaging a concussion is to the brain.
The link between concussion and irreversible brain injury is particularly troubling, especially given the dominance of Australia’s contact sporting culture.
Will Smith as Dr Bennet Omalu.
Once the stuff of tweeting birds and rolling cartoon eyes, bumps on the head are now linked to dementia. Will Smith's latest movie tells how sports authorities tried to cover it up.
Three threats loom before intercollegiate football.
Despite the huge attention to intercollegiate sports, is the day of reckoning approaching?
Cricketer Phillip Hughes was struck in the head by a ball at the SCG.
Life-threatening brain injuries are thankfully rare in cricket and other sports, even those that involve collisions. But Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes’ tragic accident yesterday shows how little…
Try and run but you can’t hide.
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Over the last year, around 200 per 100,000 Australian children suffered a blow to the head or face.
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Jonathan Brown is not the only professional football player to recently retire because of head injuries.
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Almost half of homeless men in Toronto have suffered traumatic brain injuries in the past, according to a recent study. Researchers…
Children who present signs of concussion are continuing to play on-field despite international safety guidelines. Of the…
The US$10 million allocated to chronic trauma encephalopathy research in the NFL settlement will not explain what this does to the brain.
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The US National Football League (NFL) recently paid US$765 million to settle a lawsuit with former players who claimed repeated head injuries and concussions while playing the sport led to brain degenerative…