Our research, conducted on elite rugby players, may someday mean concussions can be diagnosed right on the pitch.
Thankfully treatment has moved on from the cold sponge of the amateur era. But brain damage continues to be a serious risk in many sports.
Cycling remains a leading example of athletes sacrificing their bodies for sporting glory.
Although a great deal of research is still required, it may one day be possible to identify and treat people either with CTE, or at risk of it.
Every year, about 70 per cent of long-term care residents have at least one fall, and half of those result in injury. Wearable gear and changes to living spaces aim to prevent falls and limit injury.
Every year, about 10 per cent of youth athletes experience a concussion. Research shows there are steps we can take to help prevent these injuries, but we can’t be afraid to make changes.
Usually people recover from concussions in a few days, or weeks at most. But 1-10% will still have symptoms three months later.
More needs to be done to manage concussions in road cycling.
Football could take a leaf from rugby union’s book on how to treat head-injured players, pitch side.
All parents should understand the symptoms of concussion, whether their child plays sports or not.
As students return to school and prepare to join sports teams, here’s what they and their parents need to know about concussions.
The myth that a blow to the head can both cause and cure amnesia – a common one on TV and in the movies – may have begun during the 19th century.
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.
The death of a 23-year-old boxer has prompted a call by the Queensland branch of the Australian Medical Association for the sport to be banned in Australia.