Traumatic Brain Injury

We at The Johnny O Foundation would like to announce Harley Rose Taich as a supporter of our foundation. She is an active surfer on the USA Women's Surfing Curcuit.

"Before my accident in August 2011, I had just made the USA team and I was so excited to go represent the USA in the ISA games in Panama and Nicaragua in hope of bringing home a gold medal."

On August 20th 2011, Harley's life changed forever, while csurfing at Point Mugu, California.

"I was told I went headfirst into the sand as the wave bottomed out. There was no water, just sand. I do remember coming in and coughing up so much sand that it was coming out of my lungs and nostrils, and it was quite painful. There was only five minutes left in the heat and I was winning by a wide margin and decided to go in before it was over because I didn’t feel well. I was walking up the beach and started feeling like I was going to pass out."

She has experienced Traumatic Brain Injuries first hand. She has a passion for Action Sports and still pursues per goal for professional surfing.

Please support her new Facebook page for concussion awareness:

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Wired Magazine - August 30, 2012

It is too early to say, as many have, that brain trauma Junior Seau suffered during 19 seasons in the NFL had nothing to do with his suicide on May 2. Although autopsy results released by the San Diego County coroner showed nothing amiss with the linebacker's brain, the question cannot truly be answered until the National Institutes of Health examines his brain tissue.

Psychology Today - August 30, 2012

A profoundly disturbing report came out a couple of months ago, one that has ominous implications for hundreds of thousands of vets.

Basically, it says that everyone who suffered a brain injury — even a mild concussion — could be at risk of developing degenerative brain diseases later in life that can lead to memory loss, bad judgment, depression, outbursts of anger, thoughts of suicide and potential dementia.

The CSTE was created in 2008 as a collaborative venture between Boston University School of Medicine and Sports Legacy Institute (SLI). The mission of the CSTE is to conduct state-of-the-art research on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) through the study of its neuropathology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, disease course, genetic and environmental risk factors, and ways to prevent this progressive dementia.

The New York Times - October 2012

This fall, about three million children younger than 14 are playing organized tackle football in the United States. Is that a good thing?

For many parents and coaches, that means three million children are getting some pretty serious exercise, hanging out with old friends and making new ones, and unplugging from technology, for a few hours at least.

The brain damage to soldiers who have experienced a blast injury during combat may be similar to damage sustained by some athletes, according to new research by scientists at Boston University's School of Medicine.

Autopsies of four U.S. military veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan reveal features of the same neurodegenerative disease found previously in athletes, researchers report. Experiments with mice suggest that the underlying mechanisms may be similar.

Memorial Day is not simply about the past and honoring those who died. The wounds of war are carried by every person who has served. Two recent announcements mark an important shift in how the government identifies, treats, and prevents brain injuries sustained in war. A recent study by Boston University researchers about the dangers of combat concussions, coupled with the Army's almost simultaneous decision to review all diagnoses involving post-traumatic stress disorder since 2001, should prompt an overhaul in the military's treatment of brain injuries.

Scientists who have studied a degenerative brain disease in athletes have found the same condition in combat veterans exposed to roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, concluding that such explosions injure the brain in ways strikingly similar to tackles and punches.

CBS News - May 16, 2012

New research suggests that the brain damage suffered by soldiers on the battlefield is similar to that endured by athletes on the football field. Dr. Jon LaPook reports.


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