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08
Jul

Phillies Fan Hurt After Being Hit In The Face By A Hot Dog! Luckily No TBI or TBI Recovery Needed.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Phillies-hot-dog-cannon.jpg Philadelphia Phillies fan Kathy McVay was injured after being hit in the face with a hot dog during Monday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, per Sarah Bloomquist of 6ABC. The Phanatic mascot launched the hot dog into the stands in between innings. "It just came out of nowhere. And hard," McVay said about the hot dog. "And then the next thing I know he shot it in our direction, and bam! It hit me like a ton of bricks. My glasses flew." Although she didn't suffer a concussion, she ended up with a small hematoma in her eye and a bruised face. (Bleacherreport.com) Continue reading
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01
Jul

Be Careful! TBI Can Result From ATV & Dirtbike Accidents

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b2ap3_thumbnail_atv-and-dirtbike.jpg This month we brought you the News-Times story of five different all-terrain vehicle accident injuries in the state of Maryland - that all happened in just one day. In the three separate accidents, all involving teens, ATVs, and dirt bikes, summer fun was suddenly replaced with tragedy as five young people were rushed to Cumberland Memorial hospital with serious head injuries. Why do ATVs and dirt bikes often lead to closed head injuries and traumatic brain injuries? Often times, those riding off-road do not wear protective gear such as helmets. Helmets can significantly reduce the severity of a head injury, even if they cannot prevent head injuries altogether. Secondly, riding vehicles off-road also often means riding vehicles over bumps, rocks, and ditches - these varied terrains can make for a fun day of adventure and fun, but all too often these difficult paths can lead to vehicle rollovers and passenger ejection. Thirdly, riding an ATV or dirt bike off road mean that there are no official "rules of the road." In many cases, drivers have to decide for themselves what the speed limit is and what is considered reckless driving. Those on dirt bike courses may collide with each other. Those on ATVs may drive faster than is considered safe, resulting in serious injury. Finally, off-road vehicle drivers may try "stunts" with their ATVs or dirt bikes, sometimes involving jumps or other obstacles. All too often, these dare devil moments can lead to serious, debilitating, and even deadly head injuries and brain damage. (LewisandThompkins.com) Continue reading
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01
Jul

Animals That Live In National Parks Are Not Pets. Elk Kicks Woman In The Head! Possible TBI.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_elk-wallpaper.jpg A woman visiting Yellowstone National Park was taken to the hospital Tuesday after the second elk attack on a human in three days. Penny Allyson Behr, 53, from Cypress, Texas, was walking between two cabins behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in Wyoming when she was surprised to discover a female elk with a nearby calf, according to the National Park Service. Behr tried to back away but the elk kicked her in the head and body. "It’s very common for cow elk to aggressively defend newborn calves and hide them near buildings and cars," the Park Service said in a statement. "Be extra cautious anywhere elk and calves are present: approach blind corners slowly and maintain a safe distance." On Sunday, Charlene Triplett was also attacked by a female elk near the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel where she works. In this instance, the elk was protecting a calf hidden by cars, the Park Service said. The elk reared up and kicked Triplett several times in the head, back and torso. She was badly injured and flown to the trauma center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center about 150 miles away. The Park Service said it is unknown if the same elk was responsible for both attacks. (USAtoday.com) Continue reading
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10
Jun

Therapy Leads To TBI Recovery - Which Leads To Adam's Story To Help Others

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After Adam's accident he went back to school to earn a degree in Sociology from California State University at Northridge. Adam chose this major because of all the people who helped him recover, he wanted to give back and help people in similar situations.b2ap3_thumbnail_Stevenson-Ranch-cover_20180610-221958_1.jpg Continue reading
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05
May

A Surprise Sport is Ranking High For TBI and TBI Recovery

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Greece-olympics-equestrian.jpg When we talk about brain injuries in sports, most people think about football, or possibly hockey. Maybe if you are more of a traditionalist you think of boxing, where chronic traumatic encephalopathy first started being recognized. These sports stay at the heart of the conversation of how to protect athlete’s brains. Despite this, a new study published in the journal Neurological Focus, says none of these sports are responsible for causing the most traumatic brain injuries. In fact, the sport which causes the most cases of TBI isn’t even a contact sport. It is horseback riding. According to data collected from the National Trauma Databank between 2003 and 2012, equestrian sports was by far the source of the highest percentage of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in adults. Nearly half (45.2%) of the TBI cases in the database were related to horseback riding, absolutely dwarfing contact sports related TBI’s which made up just 20.2 percent of TBIs. While this may be surprising if you’ve been following the news about brain injuries in the NFL, the researchers are sure to point out that equestrian sports have consistently been the highest risk for dangerous brain injuries compared to other sports. (tbi.net) Continue reading
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08
Apr

Snowboarder Kevin Pearce and TBI Recovery. "My Brain Is So Fragile Now."

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b2ap3_thumbnail_kevin-pearce.jpg With the Winter Olympics having recently ended, ex-Snowboarding champion Kevin Pearce comments on his TBI recovery. World champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce was a strong contender to win gold in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics when an accident during a training session changed his life forever. A botched trick attempt left Pearce in a week-long coma and in critical care for 27 days. He shared the story of his recovery on HuffPost Live. “It was crazy how I just kind of had to relearn everything,” he told host Nancy Redd. “I had to learn how to talk and walk and swallow and eat and do everything all over again.” He continued, “I was one of the best in the world at competitive snowboarding, and to be one of the best in the world and then be dropped down and you know, not even to be able to walk anymore — it was so crazy how quickly this happened. And how such a huge shift in my life had to happen so drastically, so quickly.” “It’s just been kind of amazing having gone from being so good and such a top-level athlete at something to being so low and, you know, at the very bottom.” Pearce has worked to raise awareness about traumatic brain injuries and Pseudobulbar affect (PBA), which affects a large number of brain injury survivors. “It’s this condition where you have uncontrollable laughing and crying. That’s awkward. If you try and go out with your friends, and you just start laughing when they tell a joke and you can’t stop, it gets really awkward and really weird,” he explained to Redd. (HuffingtonPost.com) Continue reading
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08
Apr

Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien Suffers Through TBI Recovery

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b2ap3_thumbnail_mark-RYPIEN-SUICIDE-ATTEMPT.JPG With the 2018 NFL Draft fast approaching players from the past comment on their health today. Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien said he has attempted suicide, hired prostitutes and suffers from persistent depression. Now, he's wondering if he sustained brain injuries while playing football. "My story is impactful because people see me in a different light. I want them to see me in an accurate light," Rypien said. "I've been down the darkest path. I've made some horrible, horrible mistakes. But I've given myself a chance to progress forward." Rypien, who led the Redskins to victory in the 1992 Super Bowl over Buffalo and was picked as the MVP, said he played organized football for 26 years and figures he suffered several concussions. "People think you have to be knocked out to have a concussion," Rypien said. "There are hundreds of times you shake it off and get back in there. It's all about the cumulative hits. That's what cause brain damage." Rypien said he suffers from depression, anxiety and isolation. Outwardly social, "I can't wait to get home and be alone," he said. (USAtoday.com) Continue reading
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08
Apr

"The Lookout." It's Rare When Hollywood Sets Its Lead Character As Someone In TBI Recovery Mode.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_the-lookout.jpg Joseph Gordon-Levitt is excellent in the crime-drama "The Lookout" as a young man trying to adjust back into society after suffering through a horrible accident. Continue reading
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28
Jan

Recreational Therapy Can Help With TBI Recovery

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TBI Recovery can be a long and hard process. However, playing games can make TBI recovery more fun and help stimulate the brain. One easy, fast moving game that our family has rediscovered is "5 Second Rule." For instance, in 5 seconds "Name 3 states that begin with the letter C."b2ap3_thumbnail_5-second-game.jpg Continue reading
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28
Jan

Penn State Fraternity Hazing Leads To Fatal TBI - No Recovery

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b2ap3_thumbnail_timothy-piazza.jpg Eighteen Penn State fraternity brothers have been charged with crimes ranging up to involuntary manslaughter in the case of a pledge who authorities say repeatedly fell down a flight of stairs after he and others were made to run a gantlet of drinking stations where they guzzled vodka, beer and wine. Fraternity members at Beta Theta Pi resisted getting help for 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, causing him to suffer for hours and possibly making his injuries worse, a prosecutor said Friday in announcing the results of a grand jury investigation. The grand jury, aided by security camera footage, said the fraternity was heavily stocked with booze for the Feb. 2 ceremony at which Piazza, a sophomore engineering student from Lebanon, New Jersey, and 13 others accepted pledge bids. The pledges were pressured to chug vodka, shotgun beers and drink wine at different stations. Piazza tumbled down a long flight of stairs that night and fell several other times, injuring his head, Miller said. The next morning, he fell down the same steps and was unconscious when help was finally summoned. Piazza died Feb. 4 as a result of a traumatic brain injury.(witf.org/news) Continue reading
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28
Jan
29
Dec

Thank You All For Your Continuing Support For TBI Recovery

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sea-sunrise.jpg Dear Friends, may your New Year be a peaceful one. Our site is a small one, however, our intent is huge. A TBI can occur at any moment of our lives. "Adam Reborn," wants to be there to inform and inspire people towards the pathways of TBI Recovery. Your support keeps our hopes moving forward. Bless you all, Alex Continue reading
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22
Nov

TBI Recovery Leads To Happy Thanksgiving Wishes And A New Job Helping the Community

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_20160714_132907943_HDR.jpg Dear Friends, I just got a job from Indelife, as a Disability Trainer, that helps out people with developmental disabilities. I was SO happy getting this job because it is exactly what I want to do. I get to help out other people and make their lives easier for them to re-establish themselves back into the community. Thanks for all your support and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. -- Adam Continue reading
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10
Nov

Part 2: NFL TBI Recovery. Brain Scientist Says That He Would Let His Son Play Football

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b2ap3_thumbnail_brain-doctor-and-son.png My name is Peter Cummings. I am a forensic pathologist and a neuropathologist, which means I study brain trauma for a living. I am also a football coach and I let my 11-year-old son play football. I may be the only neuropathologist on Earth who lets his kid play football. Before I began this journey, football was banned in my house. I wouldn’t even watch it on TV because I didn’t want my son to see it and develop a desire to play. Despite my efforts, he discovered football via a video game. He immediately fell in love with the sport and I was forced to do some serious soul searching: Should I allow him to pursue his interest and play? CTE stands for “chronic traumatic encephalopathy”; in real words it means damage to the brain caused by repetitive injury. The hallmark of CTE is the deposition of a protein called ‘tau’ in the brain. Tau has a number of functions, including stabilizing the structure of nerve cells. When nerves are injured, tau builds up and can cause problems. You may have a read about a recently published paper reporting the presence of CTE in the brains of 99 percent of former National Football League players examined. The findings of this study sent the media into a frenzy and produced a lot of negative press toward football. As a result of the media attention, people are now saying there should be no more youth football; there are even people who are insinuating I am abusing my son by allowing him to play football. So, when you hear “99 percent of football players had CTE,” that doesn’t mean that almost every football player will get CTE, and it doesn’t mean your child has a 99-percent chance of developing CTE if he or she plays football. It means 99 percent of a specifically selected study sample had some degree of CTE; not 99 percent of the general football population. This is an important distinction. (Sports.yahoo.com) Continue reading
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10
Nov

Part 1: NFL TBI Recovery. Bob Costas Says NFL/Football Destroys Brains

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Bob-costas.jpg As far as longtime sports broadcaster Bob Costas is concerned, the future of football in the United States is clear — and bleak. “The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains," he said Tuesday night. “The cracks in the foundation are there,” Costas said. “The day-to-day issues, as serious as they may be, they may come and go. But you cannot change the nature of the game. I certainly would not let, if I had an athletically gifted 12- or 13-year-old son, I would not let him play football.” Costas said the NFL’s apparent defense mechanism — to seek more information and continue to study the dangers of the sport — will only hurt its own cause. “The more information (that) comes out, the worse it looks,” the 28-time Emmy Award winner said. He added that existing literature and research will eventually lead families to what he called a “common-sense conclusion," that children should not play tackle football until they’re 18, if they play at all. (USAtoday.com) Continue reading
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19
Oct

TBI Recovery Exercises

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b2ap3_thumbnail_tbi-drive.jpg A brain injury can be devastating, not only with regard to physical disabilities and lack of function, but for memory, speech, cognitive thinking and reasoning processes as well. In some cases, you may be able to restore function and use of damaged areas of the brain through physical, speech or occupational therapy, according to the Brain Injury Recovery Network. Understand the basics of brain injury recovery exercises and what they do, to offer the best rehabilitation and restoration of physical and cognitive function as possible following a brain injury. Range of motion exercises are a type of physical therapy that keeps the joints mobile and functioning. Range of motion exercises can be done by the individual, or with help from physical therapies in a method known as passive range of motion. Engage in a variety of activities and exercises that help rebuild cognitive skills, suggests the University of Alabama Traumatic Brain Injury Model System. Such exercises may focus on writing skills through drawing shapes or copying shapes. Say a list of letters or numbers in a slow, steady tone of voice and ask the person who has suffered the brain injury to make a mark on the paper every time she hears a certain number or letter. Or, say letters of the alphabet or say short words with a certain sound, asking the patient to nod or raise his hand when he hears that sound, suggests the University of Alabama Traumatic Brain Injury Model System. Practice basic neurobics exercises every day, which helps create and develop neural cells and pathways in the brain, according to the Franklin Institute. Neurobics can be performed by literally exercising the brain. For example, instead of brushing your hair with your dominant hand, switch to your non-dominant hand. Such exercises help stimulate and challenge the brain, enhancing plasticity, or formulating new growth and development. (Livestong.com) Continue reading
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Oct
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Aug

9 Years Of TBI Recovery - I Don't Give Up - You Don't Give Up

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_20160710_170230941.jpg Dear Friends, August 18th is my anniversary for my accident date. Around 11:30PM was when I fell over 40 feet onto concrete and suffered a TBI! Glad that you are supporting me and the site because support from family or friends helps a lot. Tonight I will be going to Henry Mayo's Emergency Room and thanking them. I will bring them a couple boxes of doughnuts which is a good trade for saving my life. Bless you all. Adam Continue reading
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11
Aug

Michael Oher - "Blind Side" Movie Star/NFL Star Struggles With TBI Recovery

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b2ap3_thumbnail_brain-pills.jpg * The Carolina Panthers have terminated offensive tackle Michael Oher’s contract, the team announced Thursday in a news release. * Oher started the first three games of the 2016 season before a concussion caused him to be inactive for the next seven games and placed on injured reserve. * Oher tweeted Thursday afternoon, “The Brain is a scary thing. You have to be careful with it.” * Oher apparently is taking a lot of prescription pills and medication to help him during his recovery. Oher posted - and deleted - a picture of multiple pill bottles with a caption that said "All for the brain smh." (myFox8.com) Continue reading
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11
Aug

Girls and TBI Recovery

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Soccer-concussions.jpg * Girls who suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may be more susceptible to behavioral problems like psychological distress and smoking compared to boys, according to a new study. * Each year, TBIs cause 2.5 million emergency room visits, and so far research has consistently shown that they're more common among boys than girls. Girls still get them, though, and often in sports like soccer, basketball and cheerleading. A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE that surveyed 9,288 Ontario students in grades 7 through 12 reports that girls who suffered brain injuries—in sports, most commonly—were more likely to report having contemplated suicide, experienced psychological distress, been the target of bullying and having smoked cigarettes. * Overall, the new study reports that one in five adolescents had sustained a TBI that resulted in their loss of consciousness for at least five minutes or hospitalization at some point in their lifetime. Boys experienced them 6% more than girls. These young people who had experienced a lifetime TBI also reported behaviors in the last year like daily smoking, binge drinking, using marijuana, cyberbullying and poor grades. * Girls get TBIs most often playing soccer and basketball, but other sports—cheerleading, in particular—have very high risk for injuries. The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for more safety regulations for the cheerleading, even though it tends to not be included in national high school sports injury research. (Time.com) Continue reading
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