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Michael Phelan

Former Cowboys Star’s Condition Highlights the Dangers of Concussions

I can remember watching N.F.L. Hall of Famer Rayfield “Big Cat” Wright in the 1970s and being in awe of his size and skill.  Back then, an offensive lineman standing 6 feet 7 inches and weighing  255 pounds seemed big.  […]

Michael Phelan

Local Football Coaches Strive to Reduce Richmond Traumatic Brain Injuries

A number of recent, local football-related tragedies have resulted in former football players, Richmond doctors, Richmond coaches, and others  pushing for football safety measures, including rule changes, better equipment, and a different approach to practice.  As  many people know, there have […]

Michael Phelan

Defending Traumatic Brain Injury Cases With Innuendo and/or Junk Science-Part I

What drives big trial verdicts?  Defense trial lawyer organizations are buying into the theory that if a plaintiff lawyer is able at trial to trigger jurors’ survival instincts, that jury is far more likely to return a big verdict in favor of […]

Michael Phelan

BRAIN Initiative

President Obama proposed $100 million in federal funding toward the Brain Research through Advancing Neurotechnologies Initiative (BRAIN Initiative). The President likened the BRAIN…

Michael Phelan

NIH Finds Junior Seau's Brain Damaged

Junior Seau's suicide last May shocked the sports world. In addition to being one of the greatest NFL linebackers of all time, Seau appeared to be a friendly, happy person. He was a…

Michael Phelan

Concussion Crisis in America

Paul Woody is a journalist for the Richmond Times Dispatch who happens to cover sports. There are not many sports writers these days whom I would call 'journalists. Starting today, the RTD is…

Michael Phelan

Why are Teens More Susceptible to Concussions?

It turns out that it is true that teenage behavior can sometimes be explained by underdeveloped frontal lobes. This also explains why teenagers are more vulnerable to concussions or mild…

Michael Phelan

Brain Injury News: New Imaging Techniques May Help Prove Brain Damage

Most patients with mild to moderate traumatic brain injury have normal CT scans and MRI scans. Advances in structural brain imaging promise to provide objective proof of brain damage in cases where…

Michael Phelan

Mounting Evidence Linking Brain Injuries to Dementia Later in Life

Two new studies — one in veterans and the other in retired football players — add to the mounting evidence linking brain injuries to an increased the risk of dementia later in life.
In…

Michael Phelan

Steelers Legend Reveals Concussions Left Him With Memory Loss and Depression

Legendary Steelers QB and current star of Fox NFL’s pre-game show, Terry Bradshaw, is courageously sharing his personal hell in the wake of concussions suffered while playing for the Steelers. He…