More details are emerging about the devastating effects of repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries on the brain of late Chicago Bears great Dave Duerson. (See our previous coverage.) Last week's piece in The Guardian takes readers into the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE), commonly known as the NFL Brain Bank. Read more in "The NFL star and the brain injuries that destroyed him" on guardian.co.uk. We recommend the article to anyone interested in the history and future of sports-related traumatic brain injury. Those of you with stronger stomachs may wish to begin with this 2-minute video, as fascinating as it is disturbing.
In related news, a group of 75 former players have sued the NFL for failure to inform them about the risks and harmful long-term effects of concussion. Helmet manufacturer Riddell is also named in the lawsuit.
We worry that ongoing research on hyperbaric oxygen and TBI may be slowed by recent findings of dysfunction and mismanagement at the DCoE. Let's hope new challenges bring new focus and purposeful acceleration instead.
O2.0 is the news blog of HyperbaricLink, the independent web guide to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.