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“Our culture seems obsessed with violent sports…Don’t mess with a brain!”

Question by Janet:
Given the growing concern about sports-related concussions, what do you think schools should be doing? abolish or severely reduce varsity teams? sponsor only “safe” sports? Is there research on how concussions may interfere with learning and academic results?

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Answer by Dr. Robert Sylwester:
I don’t know how to respond responsibly to your question, except that I share what I think are your concerns. Our culture seems obsessed with violent sports (and perhaps making sports that aren’t necessarily violent into becoming violent). To be frank, as much as I enjoy watching sports, I’m pleased that none of our grandchildren have gotten into any of the more violent school-level sports.

I expect that changes will occur, and they’e overdue. Don’t mess with a brain!

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Update: Four Essential Yet Overlooked Facts About Your Brain

brainstormingTime for Sharp­Brains’ December 2013 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a vari­ety of resources, brain teasers and articles. Enjoy the reading…and Happy Holidays!

Featured resources:

Brain teasers:

Research and industry news:

Please remember that we are hosting a number of webchats in January to discuss your impressions and questions about  The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (284 pages; 2013), so we hope you can spend some time reading the book over the holidays, and perhaps even discuss it with friends and relatives.

We wish you Happy Holidays and a Prosperous 2014!

Update: From Drugs and Helmets to Digital Brain Health toolkits

10 Predictions clip

Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter. This time we focus on how much the brain health and behavioral health fields are changing, as they upgrade traditional toolkits with digital platforms to better monitor, assess and enhance cognition. Often driven by a growing consumer demand for improved brain fitness, as you can see in this 3-minute clip (opens YouTube video).

We are proud to report that our latest market report is proving to be valuable to a range of executives and innovators working along those lines, as you can read here.

New Science

New Tools

New thinking

Have a great month of April!

Beyond helmets: concussions require proactive, individualized monitoring and rehab

footballNew Concussion Guidelines Stress Individual Treatment (The New York Times):
“The American Academy of Neurology said Monday that it had revised its guidelines for handling concussions to emphasize treating athletes case by case rather than according to a predetermined scale…In noting that more than a million American athletes Read the rest of this entry »

10 Predictions on How Digital Platforms will Transform Brain Health in 2013

Just a quick note: we’ll host a webinar on January 30th to discuss key market predictions based on “The Digital Brain Health Market 2012-2020: Web-based, mobile and biometrics-based tech­nol­ogy to assess, mon­i­tor and enhance cog­ni­tion and brain functioning”, our new market report.

Here are 10 predictions, many of which will likely be realized before the end of 2013: Read the rest of this entry »

NFL donates $30 million to improve concussion & brain injury care

NFL donates $30 million to National Institutes of Health (press release):

“The National Football League will provide $30 million in funding for medical research to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today Read the rest of this entry »

Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery and Cognitive Rehab Insurance Coverage Gap

Giffords’ recovery renews focus on coverage gap for veterans (Miami Herald):

– “Doctors and rehabilitation specialists have learned a great deal from the treatment of traumatic brain injuries in combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. One in five veterans of those wars has suffered some form of traumatic brain injury, most commonly concussions from roadside bombs.”

– “Yet veterans’ health care doesn’t consistently cover cognitive rehabilitation therapy, the same therapy that’s helped Giffords and other well-known figures – such as Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota and ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff – get their lives back to normal after major brain traumas.”

– “Cognitive rehabilitation can include speech and communication therapies, and therapies to boost memory and social skills and relearn routine tasks such as getting dressed and shopping at the grocery store.”

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