Think Out Loud on OPB about concussions: David Kracke and Dr. Jim Chesnutt join experts

The OPB program called Think Out Loud featured a conversation today on concussion policy and science. The discussion looked at Max’s Law and Jenna’s Law, both co-authored by lawyer David Kracke and Dr. Chesnutt who is Director of the Concussion Program at Oregon Health & Science University. They also discussed the recent NCAA settlement where former athletes sued the association regarding how poorly the players’ concussions were managed over the years. Experts also talked about walking and balance and how some new tests are being researched that might help coaches and trainers protect players from returning to play too soon.

The two experts were joined by Li-Shan Chou, a Biomechanics Professor at the University of Oregon and Doug Aukerman, a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Oregon State University.

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No matter what people thought or said about concussions in the past, new research and science are showing us that a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. While getting one concussion might or might not leave lasting difficulties, the experts talked about ways that getting repeated concussions might lead to troubles later in life.

If you get a concussion, even if it feels mild, Dr. Chesnutt talked on the podcast about resting and staying away from TV, video games, computers, school, work, and rigorous exercise at least for a few days. Don’t rush back to activity, especially if you still don’t feel well! And see a doctor right away to make sure that you’re on the right track to healing.

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

David Kracke 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:

http://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 serves 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