Ken Stabler Found to Have Had CTE

Former quarterback Ken Stabler passed away from cancer in July of 2015. His family submitted his brain for study at BU, and results were just released. He also had CTE, and at a high level. This has surprised some, as the sense is that a quarterback would have fewer instances of collisions than say, a lineman would.

Dennis Wideman of Calgary Flames Suspended 20 Games for Hit on Ref

At a game this past week, Dennis Wideman inflicted a strong hit on a ref at the side of the rink. The ref fell to the ice and experienced some difficulty. As a result, the NHL suspended Wideman for 20 games. He is appealing and saying that he sustained a concussion before hitting the ref, and the concussion is the cause. Look at the video yourself. It's quite a hit.

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Support Options

It's Ok to need help or assistance if you're dealing with a recovery or are a caregiver. It's common for concussees to feel alone, or that they're the only one dealing with such a situation. That's not the case. You're not alone. I've pulled together many resources for help, both online and in-person. My comprehensive Big List spreadsheet has many listings:

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Concussion Symptoms

For information about symptoms, see my CDC HEADS UP microsite page. It has much information for you about symptoms, prevention, and has materials you can download and customize. Information is direct from the CDC.

Important: A concussion can change in the first several days. Even if you've been cleared by a doctor or an emergency room, symptoms could change or worsen. If you have several concussions within a few days or a week or two, it could result in second impact syndrome (SIS), which could be fatal. If you have any questions or are wondering if you should call a doctor or go to the emergency room, review the information from the CDC on my microsite page to help make that determination. If you are a teen and are wondering what to do, tell someone: a parent, caregiver, family member, friend, coach, teacher or someone else.

- Posted in memory of Rowan Stringer