As the Vikings prepare to play the Saints in the playoffs, Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre is making news for his comments about the last time the two teams met in the 2009 playoffs, telling KFAN radio about what he considers an undiagnosed head injury.
A novel experimental trial, led by one University of Minnesota professor, is working to treat traumatic brain injuries and concussions — without surgery.
When the 15-year-old ninth-grader first met Dr. Uzma Samadani, her back pain was so severe she couldn’t participate in gym class at Richfield High School. Climbing stairs was a chore and she couldn’t tie her own shoes. Her right leg was showing signs of paralysis.
An electric stimulator, placed twice daily on a patient’s neck, could end up providing effective treatment for moderate traumatic brain injury — a disorder that currently has no proven treatment.
Two decades after the NFL brushed off concussion concerns as being of interest only to journalists, the issue is at the forefront of any discussion about player safety and unlikely to go away anytime soon.
Concussions are a problem. Everyone agrees on that. But it is rather less apparent how to define a concussion accurately, or how to diagnose, track and follow-up post-concussion. Effective treatment is based on the understanding of a clear problem that we are treating and assessing this requires accurate diagnostics, classification schemes, outcome measures and a single definition — all of which have eluded us to this point.
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In Minnesota, as in the rest of the nation, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the greatest cause of death and disability in people under the age of 35. Nationally, according to the CDC, TBI leads to almost 2.5 million hospitalizations, emergency department (ED) visits, and deaths.
Before the start of the 2015 season, Breck football coach Jon Martin held his usual meeting with parents of his players, giving them the lowdown on how he runs the program and trying to soothe fears stoked by media-fueled horror stories about head injuries.
According to Dr. Uzma Samadani, a University of Minnesota associate professor of neurosurgery and an attending neurosurgeon and brain injury researcher at HCMC, these are three key factors to football and brain health.