Archive for September, 2009

Conan O’Brien Concussion – Amnesia without Confusion

Posted on September 30th, 2009 · Posted in Brain Injury

As I have been discussing for much of the last month on this blog, amnesia and confusion are not the same thing. An example more vivid than even a football quarterback was the concussion Conan O’Brien suffered on camera on his show last week. See for one of the multitude..
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Brain injury is a Process, Not an Event

Posted on September 15th, 2009 · Posted in Brain Injury

“Brain injury is a process, not an event.” That one phrase has guided my advocacy with respect to concussion as much as any one thing. The author? Thomas Gennarelli, M.D. I am not sure when the first time he said it, but one such place he says it is the..
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Sport Concussion Guidelines Should Apply to Real World Brain Injury

Posted on September 11th, 2009 · Posted in Brain Injury

Continuing with our football quarterback analogy about the difference between confusion and amnesia, lets also focus on another material area where the brain injured athlete gets better diagnostic methods directed towards them than the average member of the public: serial follow-up exams. A little over a decade ago, the Brain..
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Brain Injury – Amnesia and Confusion – A Probing Inquiry is Needed

Posted on September 11th, 2009 · Posted in Brain Injury

This series of blogs started with the quarterback analogy, discussing all of the things an amnestic but not confused quarterback had to do on every play. If we were to design a protocol to determine whether a quarterback was amnestic of the events of a game, any sports writer could..
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Brain Injury – Amnesia and Confusion – An Important Distinction

Posted on September 10th, 2009 · Posted in Brain Injury

My last blog concluded with the statement that amnesia and confusion are not the same thing. One does not have to be confused to be amnestic for an event. Why is this distinction important? Because amnesia, the presence and length of it is the single most important predictor of outcome..
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Brain Injury – Confusion and Amnesia – Not the Same Thing

Posted on September 9th, 2009 · Posted in Brain Injury

I began both of my last two speeches holding a nerf football, asking the question of those in the audience, what it was an NFL quarterback did before he snapped the football. It took a couple of minutes each time, but among the answers were the following: Listened for the..
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Back from Summer Recess

Posted on September 4th, 2009 · Posted in Brain Injury

Blogging is one of those job responsibilities that never seem to quit and it is so easy to get behind on. Well, Congress is back soon, the kids are in school, and I better get back to this job as well. It has been an important summer for my brain..
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