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The concussion crisis : anatomy of a silent epidemic

Author: Linda Carroll; David Rosner
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2012. ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Simon & Schuster trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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The Concussion Crisis brings an explosive but largely unseen epidemic out of the shadows. It puts a human face on a pressing public health crisis through poignant stories of athletes (from the peewees to the pros), soldiers, and others whose lives have been forever changed by jolts to the head and brain. Weaving their cautionary tales with a clear and accessible explanation of the advancing science and medicine, The
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Carroll; David Rosner
ISBN: 9781451627459 1451627459 9781451627220 145162722X
OCLC Number: 779159046
Description: xiii, 320 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Just a bump on the head --
The emerging epidemic --
Head games --
Sudden impact --
Through the cracks --
Playing defense --
Anatomy of a brain injury --
Deciphering the damage --
A pocketful of mumbles --
Ticking time bombs --
Seeds of change --
Epilogue --
Appendixes: I. Concussion symptoms --
II. Resources for patients and families.
Responsibility: Linda Carroll and David Rosner.

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The Concussion Crisis brings an explosive but largely unseen epidemic out of the shadows. It puts a human face on a pressing public health crisis through poignant stories of athletes (from the peewees to the pros), soldiers, and others whose lives have been forever changed by jolts to the head and brain. Weaving their cautionary tales with a clear and accessible explanation of the advancing science and medicine, The Concussion Crisis is the definitive exploration of the invisible injury behind today's alarming headlines. Journalists Linda Carroll and David Rosner sound an urgent wake-up call to every family and argue for changing a macho culture that refuses to treat concussion seriously as the traumatic brain injury it is. - Back cover.

For far too long, the menace of concussions has been hidden in plain sight. On playing fields across America, lives are being derailed by seemingly innocuous jolts to the head. From the peewees to the pros, concussions are reaching epidemic proportions. This book brings that hidden epidemic and its consequences out of the shadows. As frightening as the numbers are, estimates of sports-related concussions range from 1.6 million to 3.8 million annually in the United States, they cannot begin to explain the profound impact of a hidden health problem that can strike any of us. It is becoming increasingly clear that concussions, like severe head traumas, can rob us of our memory, our mental abilities, our very sense of self. Because the damage caused by a concussion is rarely visible to the naked eye or even on a brain scan, no one knows how many millions might be living lives devastated by an invisible injury too often shrugged off as "just a bump on the head." This book puts a human face on a huge public health crisis. Through narratives that chronicle the poignant experiences of real people struggling with this invisible and often unrecognized brain injury, the authors bring home its potentially devastating consequences. Among those you will meet are a high school football player whose college dreams were derailed by a series of undiagnosed concussions, a hard-driving soccer star whose own struggles with concussions pushed her to crusade for safety reform as a coach and soccer mom, and an economist who lost her career because of lingering concussion symptoms from a fender bender. This book weaves these human dramas with compelling stories of scientists and doctors who are unraveling the mysteries of how an invisible injury can wreak such havoc. It takes readers into the top labs, where scientists are teasing out what goes wrong in the brain after a jolt to the head, and into the nation's leading concussion clinic, where patients get cutting-edge management and treatment. The authors analyze the cultural factors that allowed this burgeoning epidemic to fester unseen and untreated. They chronicle the growing public awareness sparked by the premature retirements of superstars like NFL quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Steve Young. And they argue for an immediate change in a macho culture that minimizes the dangers inherent in repeated jolts to the head. The book is an exploration of this heretofore-silent health crisis. It sounds an urgent wake-up call to parents, coaches, trainers, doctors, and the athletes themselves. It should be required reading for every parent with a child playing sports, in fact, by everyone who has ever suffered a hard bump on the head.

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