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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?


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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