This ESPN 30 for 30 film is about Marcus Dupree. After showing his incredible athletic talent as a running back in the NCAA for Oklahoma (for example, in one game he gained 245 yards on 19 carries and not even a full game worth of work), Dupree was seriously concussed (you can see the helmet-to-helmet hit), when home to Mississippi the next day, and although he was scheduled to return to Oklahoma, he never did. The film examines Dupree’s potential, his burn out, and his eventual redemption. Therefore, it doesn’t focus on his concussion, but knowing what is known now about concussions, I would think that the effects of his concussion at least indirectly led to his ‘disappearance’.
Sidney Crosby’s concussion has definitely increased the spectre of concussions in Canada. The Globe and Mail has been addressing the issue of concussions in sports for a while now. Maybe now, attention will truly be paid. Good job Globe and Mail.
The US House of Congress is to set federal guidelines for managing concussions among student athletes. AP/ESPN: House approves concussions bill – http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=5632009
A good article in the Globe & Mail about concussions among some baseball players (Justin Morneau, Aaron Hill, Jason Bay…). The title of the article is the best advice and prognosis for returning from concussion: With head injuries, there’s nothing to do but wait – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/with-head-injuries-theres-nothing-to-do-but-wait/article1734035/
Concussions, Head Trauma Can Be Reduced, Experts Tell Conference -This article on fanhouse.com talks about the ‘2010 Head Trauma and the Athlete’ conference in Massachusetts.
Another good Globe & Mail article about concussions in youth in sports: Teen concussion treatments out of date: report
This Boston Herald article is also about the ‘2010 Head Trauma and the Athlete’ conference. There are excerpts from Don Hasselbeck’s talk at the conference. Hasselbeck was a Tight End in the NFL for 9 years from 1977-1985. His son, Matt Hasselbeck, is currently the starting Quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks: Concussion discussion
Concussion stats, info sources, treament policies – An article on indystar.com that gives very basic facts about the number of concussions provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in the US. It then talks about the policies of the NFL, NCAA, NFHS and USA Football.
Another NY Times article about brain injury and football. This is about a 21 year old junior lineman at the University of Pennsylvania and the early development of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Suicide Reveals Signs of a Disease Seen in N.F.L.
This article from The State Journal Register in Illinois is about imPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing): Local trainers sold on merits of imPACT system for concussions
More to come…