Non-Sport Head Injuries Also Problem

I know we usually focus on the concussions and head injuries in sports, however head injuries, especially those that go unchecked can create very dire situations as well.

According to the Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois), a 42 year-old man shot and killed his wife before fleeing and taking his own life.

What makes this an interest to us:

It all may have started with a head injury from a car crash that led to a personality change in the man, police said.

If the police are saying that, this early in the investigation there may be something there.  The key point of this part of the story is the “personality changes” as it related to post head injury.  As we have seen with research into CTE, former high-profile athletes have also had similar anecdotes prior to their deaths (Andre Waters, Chris Benoit come to mind).

Sports can be our vehicle to take steps to stop this kind of stuff.

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Doing Something Good In Memory of Their Son

VIDEO HERE (for some reason it will not embed)
The parents of Matt Gfeller have started a concussion “institute” in North Carolina to make all aware and prevent what happened to there son.  This story appeared on the CBS Morning Show.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

CTE or Dementia Pugilistica is becoming more and more prevalent as we dive deeper in the realm of concussions.

We ran a story about a mother looking for changes in football after her son’s suicide.  That death was as a result of CTE as found by researchers at Boston University.

CNN.com ran a story on Wednesday about this individual and CTE.

6th Grader Dies in Playground Accident

Evan Coubal of Muskego, Wisconsin died after hitting his head during a playground accident September 4th.  What makes this important to this blog is that Evan sustained a diagnosed concussion about one week prior playing football.

Although official reports have not been made, it looks as though Evan suffered from 2nd Impact Syndrome and a freak accident.  Thoughts are with his family as they grieve and try to understand all of this.

Click HERE for coverage from TMJ4 Milwaukee

Sobering Research from the Past

First appearing in the Journal of Athletic Training in 2001, Frederick O. Mueller found that;

A football-related fatality has occurred every year from 1945 through 1999, except for 1990. Head-related deaths accounted for 69% of football fatalities, cervical spinal injuries for 16.3%, and other injuries for 14.7%. High school football produced the greatest number of football head-related deaths. From 1984 through 1999, 69 football head-related injuries resulted in permanent disability. Sixty-three of the injuries were associated with high school football and 6 with college football. Although football has received the most attention, other sports have also been associated with head-related deaths and permanent disability injuries. From 1982 through 1999, 20 deaths and 19 permanent disability injuries occurred in a variety of sports. Track and field, baseball, and cheerleading had the highest incidence of these catastrophic injuries. Three deaths and 3 injuries resulting in permanent disability have occurred in female participants.
 
 
I would be interested to see this study reproduced in 2010 or 2011.  There have been some deaths recently associated and blamed on high school football the most recent was Andrew “Drew” Fremont Swank, of Spokane, Washington.