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‘Head Contusion,’ But Not a Concussion for Curry … OK

Did Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors suffer a concussion in that horrific fall on his back and neck last night in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals?

We may never know the real truth.

What we do know is that Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Curry did not have a concussion. “If he did, he wouldn’t have played,” he told the media. “That’s a pretty hard line.”

The Warriors, like other teams, test for “brain function, via a neurological and cognitive assessment,” after a suspected concussion. The results of this are supposed to be compared to a baseline test taken during the pre-season.

The point is, basketball is not like football, or even soccer, where the risk of second-impact syndrome is significant for a concussed athlete. Therefore, the return-to-play options for a superstar basketball player may not be as stringent as for other sports.

The Warriors ultimately said Curry suffered a “head contusion.”

Regardless of what was the real diagnosis, Curry should have never returned to the game as he did last night. It was not worth the risk.

You be the judge. Here’s the video: http://www.sportsgrid.com/nba/steph-curry-takes-brutal-fall-on-his-head-in-houston/

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Ash to Return as Longhorn Starter after Multiple Concussions

It was a blow that probably cost Mack Brown his job as the Head Football Coach at the University of Texas.

Nine months later, Longhorn quarterback David Ash was cleared to practice and named as a starter this fall.

Ash was in the middle of a controversy last fall, when he suffered a concussion early in the season and then played the following game against Brigham Young University . He suffered another concussion and was lost for the year. So was the team.

While he was cleared for spring practice, he suffered a leg injury that shelved him until July 21 when Head Football Coach Charlie Strong made his announcement.

It was probably a good thing he suffered the leg injury, as we are increasingly learning that the brain is still healing long after the symptoms dissipate, especially after suffering multiple concussions in a span of two weeks.


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College Soccer Player Sues NCAA Over Concussions

(Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared in Concussion Litigation Reporter. For the full story and details, please subscribe to CLR)

A  former college soccer player has sued the NCAA in state court, arguing that the association didn’t do enough to educate athletes on the dangers of head trauma.

The plaintiff claimed that a concussion she suffered while playing soccer in 2010 prematurely ended her career.

She had a history of concussions in high school, suffering one her sophomore year and another while participating on a select team. Given that history, she claims the NCAA should have done more to educate her on the dangers of continuing to play soccer.

“The NCAA has for years known about the risks with concussions,” the attorney said. “Whether they’re football related or any sport. They’ve conducted, had access to and have funded studies. They’ve been in a position to protect student athletes and to educate them and they haven’t done that.”

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