NFL Concussion Megasuit: Let the Medical Literature Bibliographies Begin

Published June 8th, 2012, Uncategorized

Perhaps you’ve heard that plaintiffs’ attorneys in the scores of lawsuits representing thousands of former National Football League players just filed multi-district litigation consolidation papers.

This impending Sports Trial of the Century could be the platform for exposing just how long and how well medical science has known the essence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The blocking, tackling, and fudging of the dissemination of that knowledge is the shame of both the football establishment and its bought-and-paid-for doctors and research journals.

These Hippocratic practitioners include the top editors of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ journal Neurosurgery. As others reported long before me, Neurosurgery published captive studies with phony conclusions through the 1990s and much of the 2000s.

As only I have reported, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons gave the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, an unprofessional standing ovation at its convention earlier this year.

But the brain surgeons group – for whom the simple concepts of critical distance and conflict-of-interest ethics are, it seems, quite literally “brain surgery” – isn’t alone. Our federal government’s Centers for Disease Control has a “concussion awareness” public education initiative underwritten by the NFL!

Upstate New York psychologist Don Brady wrote about the skewing of traumatic brain injury information in his 2004 doctoral dissertation. Though I have passed along some of his wisdom from time to time – including cites of the Australian researchers who authored a smoking-gun concussion study for Lancet as far back as 1975 – I have not gotten around to doing full justice to Brady’s work.

Below, courtesy of Brady, is a list of the concussion-related papers he has presented since 1989.

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Irv Muchnick

 

DON BRADY PAPERS:

 

Should Athletes Who Possess Only One Brain Play Sports?  Paper presented at the 24th annual NY State Association for Counseling and Development Convention, Syracuse, NY; October 1989

 

Minor Head Injury is Not Minor.  Paper presented at the annual New York State Association for Counseling and Development Convention, Albany, NY; October 1991

 

Minor Head Injury is Not Minor.  Poster presentation at the annual New York Association of School Psychologists’ Conference, Bolton Landing, NY; November 1992

 

The Post Concussive Syndrome:  Reflections on a Personal Experience.  Paper accepted for the 28th annual NY State Association for Counseling and Development Convention, Binghamton, NY; October 1993

 

Concussions in Sports:  It is Time to Take Brain Injury Serious.  Paper presented at the 32nd annual New York State Association for Counseling and Development Convention, Albany, NY; October 1997.

 

Sports-related concussions:  It’s Time to Take Brain Injury Serious.  Paper presented at the annual New York Association of School Psychologists’ Conference, Syracuse, NY;  October 1998

 

Soccer Participation: Athletes at risk for sustaining a concussion. Paper presented at the New York Counseling Association’s 33rd Convention, Albany, NY; October 1998

 

A Preliminary investigation of Active and Retired NFL Players’ knowledge of concussions:  initial findings.  Paper presented at the annual New York Association of School Psychologists’ Conference, Buffalo, NY; October 2000

 

The need for baseline data and follow-up assessment for sports-related concussion management.  Invited speaker at the Upstate Medical Center Health System 2001 Sports Medicine Symposium, Syracuse, NY; March 2001

 

A Preliminary Investigation of Active and Retired NFL Players’ knowledge of  concussions:  final report.  Paper and poster presented at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System Center’s Concussion Symposium Pittsburgh, PA; July 2002

 

Sports-Related Concussions:  Much More than sports-related injuries.  Paper presented at the Annual New York Counseling Association’s Convention, Glens Falls, NY; October 2004

 

A Preliminary Investigation of Active and Retired NFL Players’ Knowledge of Concussions.  Paper presented at the Annual New York Counseling Association’s Convention, Glens Falls, NY; October 2004

 

Sports-related concussions: much more than sports–related injuries.  Paper presented at the annual New York Counseling Association’s Convention, Buffalo, NY; October 2005

 

A Preliminary Investigation of Active and Retired NFL Players’ Knowledge of Concussions.  Poster Paper accepted at the annual International  Neuropsychological Society’s Convention, Boston, Mass; February 2006

 

The Interwovenness of TBI / concussions and PTSD, & corresponding neuropsychological and counseling implications. Invited Speaker at the Mental Health Association of Onondaga County’s conference entitled: Veterans Services…Mental Health Matters, Syracuse, NY; April 2009