Threat of Concussion Worth the Risk in Youth Sports? (This Mom Says Yes.)

I’ll be the first to admit that I can be a helicopter parent. I’ve said, "Be careful!" and " and “Get down before you get hurt!” more than my fair share of times. I’ve hovered below her on the monkey bars, I’ve slowed her down on the ice, and I’ve told her "no" just because "it scares mommy." But then I pull back and remember that she knows her boundaries. She knows what she is and isn’t capable of. ...more
No. Not really. But wait, I did let the youngest swing from the rafters of a very large building ...more

Higher elevation means fewer concussions for athletes

I live in the heart of the Rocky Mountains so I found this especially interesting.A new study from the Colorado School of Public Health found that high school athletes who play at higher altitudes have fewer concussions thair those closer to sea-level.Why?Apparently, it's because the at higher altitudes, there are physiological changes (i.e., mild edema) that make our brains fit more tightly in our skulls. Less room to move around means fewer concussions....more

Soccer and My Daughter’s Concussion: What’s A Good Mother to Do?

At first, I didn’t even realize it had happened. My sixteen-year-old daughter was playing goalie for her premier soccer team at a college scouting tournament during Thanksgiving break this past November. As a player from the other team charged the goal, by daughter went in for the save. They both missed the ball and hit each other head-on. The other player fell down and then got up and brushed herself off. My daughter stumbled but didn’t fall. She then managed to capture the ball and save the goal....more
Would love to get an update on your daughter.  I read your story and its so similar to what I've ...more

Mom, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be NFL Players

Yes, I am a major sports fan; yes, I bleed Cardinal and Gold and attended almost every home football game for the USC Trojans since the late 1960s; yes, I spend my weekends in the fall watching college football on Saturday and professional football on Sunday.  But, would I let my son play football?  No!  And, I urge all sensible parents to follow my lead.  Goodness knows, there’s plenty of information out there to support my position....more
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Meet the Mob

by Lianne Castelino The utter hypocrisy of it all makes me want to vomit, truthfully. For almost 5 days now I've been watching coverage of the Stanley Cup 'riots' in Vancouver.  And everyday another disturbing layer of the story is revealed.  Hopefully we are done now, but probably not.   ...more

Brain Matters by Lianne Castelino Everyday there seems to be a compelling new story, disturbing new statistics, a new face in the growing list of those affected, and a new name added to the fight to reduce concussions. It's a wonderful thing.   ...more

Recognize Concussions on World Alzheimer’s Day

Today is a day for recognizing the devastating impact Alzheimer’s disease has on families.  As organizations all over raise awareness for World Alzheimer’s Day -  I have to stop and think of the impact the disease has had not only in my work in Congress but in my own life as well. Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia, is a disease that now afflicts more than four million people in our nation.  Families, including my own, are very much aware of the effects and the serious need for more research, education, and resources.  I read today that the population with dementia ...more

Not many realize the magnitude of the crisis we face when young concussed athletes become ...more