Sports and Brain Injury

Learn about the risks of brain damage from youth sports, and what can be done to protect our young athletes. Dr. Robbins launched a public awareness campaign in December 2012 to warn people that despite the many benefits of youth sports, we are increasingly learning about the headaches, memory problems, and other health impacts being inflicted on young people.

Football Head Injury

Learn about the risks of brain damage from youth tackle football, and what can be done to protect our young athletes. Dr. Robbins launched a public awareness campaign in December 2012 to warn people that despite the sport’s many benefits, we are increasingly learning about the headaches, memory problems, and other health impacts being inflicted on young people by tackle football. 

Ban Tackle Football Under Age 12

Children should just play flag or touch football until at least age 12. The evidence is compelling that early exposure to tackle football may permanently harm the brain.  Intuitively, it’s just not a terrific idea for a child to use his head as a battering ram.

“Can Animals Help Limit Concussions?”

While more retired N.F.L. players continue to announce they have (or had) progressive neurodegenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the N.F.L. playoffs have started. Gregory D. Myer, director of research in sports medicine at Cincinnati...

Boy Scores Moving Touchdown

Payton, a 9 year old Ohio boy suffered severe brain damage at the age of 5, and lives with just half a heart. Yet, he recently scored a touchdown for his football team. Check out the video at www.frequency.com/video/9-year-old-ohio-boy to be inspired by Payton and his...

Cycling Tops Football for Head Injuries

While football tends to dominate discussions around sports-related head injuries, there are far more traumatic brain injuries occurring each year due to biking accidents. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons reports that biking accidents played a role in...

NHL Star Chris Pronger Has a Headache

Chris Pronger, former captain of the Philadelphia Flyers suffers from severe headaches since two head injuries he suffered on the ice 18 months ago. Brian Cazeneuve, a writer for Sports Illustrated recently reported on his progress - the following is part of his...

Concussions and Headaches

We do see a # of younger people with sports concussions, with resulting headache syndromes(among other post-concussion problems).....often it is after the 2nd(or 3rd or 4th) concussion, with lingering symptoms. Thse can be tough to treat, as they often do not respond...

Dr. Robbins on Radio: Christmas Nite

I am scheduled to be on WGN 720 AM (Chicago) Dec 25th at 8:10 or so; we will be discussing football, concussions, and what to do about head traumas in football; recently I wrote an OPED (on Realclearsports.com several Thursdays ago) on "Save Brains: Stop Football"..as...

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