Pee Wee Football and Brain Injury

A number of news outlets, papers, and blogs are covering a recent pee wee football game that left five pre-adolescent boys with noticeable brain injury from concussions. Below is a link to one article. Please notice at the end they point out that if five youngsters were diagnosed with a concussion, there were likely more who sustained a mild injury to the brain as well.

It is harder to regulate something like pee wee football than teams associated with schools. Can we find a way to extend Max’s Law to these boys?

New York Times article: A 5-Concussion Pee Wee Game Leads to Penalties for the Adults

 

 

David Kracke, Max Conradt and Max’s Law

Max Conradt is a lovely individual involved with BIRRDsong for many years. Max sustained multiple concussions in a very short time period playing high school football. That led to severe brain injury. It also led to his father and others taking action to find ways to protect our young athletes from the same situation in the future. This is how we got Max’s Law, a law that has been passed in more than half of the States in the U.S.!! This law made it mandatory for coaches to get training in how to recognize a concussion and how to know when a player simply must stay off the field or court to recover fully.

There are many articles in the papers and online about Max. We will be posting some of those here soon!

This one is a heartfelt article written by lawyer and brain injury advocate David Kracke. This article is several years old, and Max has a new story to tell now in 2012. But it’s very important to read this article to see what was going on in 2009 and to understand that his series of concussions led to severe, permanent brain injury.

Click on this link to read the article online:

www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2009/06/maxs_law_one_tragedy_that_need.html

David Kracke successfully represents many individuals with traumatic brain injury and is an expert in that area. He served on the Board of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon and is co-editor of their newsletter, The Headliner. We appreciate that he takes time from his busy practice to write these articles for the public. He helps us greatly with our work of raising awareness about brain injury.

You may contact Mr. Kracke at 503-224-3018 (preferred)

or david@craignicholslaw.com

Military Brain Injury Survivors Speak Out

We hear a lot on the news about our wonderful soldier returning from war with all leves of TBI. Let’s hear some stories right from the veterans themselves.

Listen to Tim Maxwell and his wife Shannon share their experience with blast type brain injury following his military assignment in Iraq. Tim is a retired Marine Corp Lieutenant Colonel.

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/metro/traumatic-brain-injury/#/maxwell/

 

Soldier Tim Lynch shares his expereince.

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/metro/traumatic-brain-injury/#/lynch/

Brain Injury Talk Radio online

Blog Talk Radio gives you a chance to listen to a radio program through the internet. You can also call in and be on the show!

Each episode is hosted by someone with a brain injury. When you go to the Blog Talk Radio page, you will see the phone number to call to be on the show. Just be aware that sometimes you have to wait for your turn for a long time. If the call is long distance for you, just think about the cost!

If you do not want to call, or can’t call in, there is a chat window where people can type in messages and hold a conversation.

▪   Listen to what other survivors are feeling, thinking about and doing to positively change their lives.

▪   Listen to stories of what kinds of changes people would like to see in the community.

▪   Ask questions, share your story and connect

Started by Craig Sicilia and hosted by brain injury survivors every Monday night from 7-8 PM Pacific time.

www.blogtalkradio.com/braininjuryradio