October 28, 2013 |
After Krista Rickards' daughter Sarah suffered a severe concussion on a high school volleyball court in September 2010, the teenager returned to school in a matter of days. Sarah looked just fine. But she quickly became a regular at the school nurse's office, complaining of dizziness and severe headaches triggered by the noise and chaos of the halls and lunchroom, by overhead projections used in classrooms, and by long days and nights of books and homework. The nurse in her New Jersey high school would let her lie down for a while but eventually dispatched Sarah back to classes.
October 6, 2013 |
Four-time IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti fractured two vertebrae, broke his right ankle and sustained a concussion when his car went airborne into a catch fence during the final lap of the Grand Prix of Houston on Sunday, with flying debris injuring 13 spectators and a series official. Franchitti was transported to a hospital where the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner would be held overnight, and a series official was treated for minor injuries. Houston Fire Department spokesman Ruy Lozano said 11 of the 13 injured fans were treated on site at Reliant Park.
September 5, 2013 |
During the pregame show before February's Super Bowl in New Orleans, Deion Sanders shared his thoughts about the thousands of former football players filing concussion lawsuits against the National Football League. "The game is a safe game," the television analyst and Hall of Fame cornerback said. "I don't buy all these guys coming back with these concussions. I'm not buying all that. Half these guys are trying to make money off the deal. " What Sanders didn't say was that more than two years earlier he had filed a workers' compensation claim in California, alleging head trauma and other injuries incurred while playing for the Dallas Cowboys.
September 4, 2013 |
One week after the NFL and several of its retired players reached a $765-million settlement in a concussion lawsuit, three former college football players are suing the NCAA, saying it failed to educate them about the risks of concussions and did not do enough to prevent, diagnose and treat brain injuries. Chris Walker and Ben Martin, who played for Tennessee from 2007 to 2011, and Dan Ahern, who played for North Carolina State from 1972 to 1976, filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Wednesday.
August 30, 2013 |
As children return to school this fall, parents likewise return to worrying about ailments, both physical and emotional, that might befall their children on their way to - and in - the classroom. Whether it's bullying or head lice, thinking about what could go wrong can be overwhelming. But not all school-related issues are created equal. In order to maintain their own sanity and the sanity of their kids, parents should try to think objectively about what issues truly warrant their attention.
August 30, 2013 |
From his home in Kalispell, Mont., Jim Wegener was anxiously watching Thursday night's college football game between Tulsa and Bowling Green. Heart in his throat, he was anticipating the big hits -- but not because he revels in such violence. The registered nurse was monitoring his invention, which he hopes will cut down on the number of concussions and head injuries on the field of play. The 68-year-old Wegener has developed a safety latch for football helmets, preventing them from popping off during play.