IndyStar Simpson Story

Phillip Wilson of IndyStar wrote a story about the helmet with the first comments from players about it.  Wilson has uncovered some interesting players that may be donning the helmet, even if in practice;

Defensive end Dwight Freeney tried one Monday for about 30 minutes. Tight end Dallas Clark, who has had multiple concussions in his career, has been fitted. So, too, have center Jeff Saturday and offensive lineman Ryan Diem.

“Clark loved it,” said Simpson, who is in a partnership with accomplished auto racing team owner Chip Ganassi on the venture. “It’s significantly better in impacts than what they have been using.”

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Questionable Actions Lead To Concussion

In Indiana, 6′ 5″ sophomore Alex Etherington of Hamilton Heights High School suffered a “serious” concussion (they are ALL serious) after he was pushed from behind on a dunk, has the story;

He lost control in the air and his head careened hard off the floor. He was taken out on a stretcher and rushed to a Peru hospital, then by ambulance to Fort Wayne for advanced tests.

His season has ended prematurely but correctly by the necessary medical professional, a neurosurgeon in this case;

His father, Brett Etherington, said a neurosurgeon diagnosed Alex with a “serious” concussion and a small amount of bleeding on the frontal lobe of his brain.

The family spent the night in Fort Wayne before Alex was released Sunday. “The scariest part was that he had temporary paralysis,” Brett Etherington said. “He couldn’t move anything. But once he could start to move his arms and legs, we knew it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.”

With any amount of bleeding in/on the brain this was an emergency situation, and correctly has made a return this season out of the question.  With the proper care Etherington should be able to continue his basketball dreams.

New Purdue Study

The Journal of Neurotrauma will be posting results of a new study on concussions.  Performed at Purdue University, the study looked into possible brain disruption in the absence of concussion symptoms.

The study was limited due to the low number of participants (21), but it may well lead to the expansion of these “sub-clinical” concussions and long-term effects.

One noteworthy case is Owen Thomas; his CTE and suicide, and the fact that he had never been diagnosed with a concussion.

Read the story Nat Newell wrote about this study at