The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic
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The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic

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FOR FAR TOO LONG, the menace of concussions has been hidden in plain sight. On playing fields across America, lives are being derailed by seemingly innocuous jolts to the head. From the peewees to the pros, concussions are reaching epidemic proportions. This book brings that hidden epidemic and its consequences out of the shadows.

As frightening as the numbers are—estimates...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Simon & Schuster
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This book is truly horrifying. Not in the fun, haunted house kind of way, but the kind that makes you feel sick and disgusted with humanity for ignoring or downplaying the dangers of head trauma.

Of course everyone knows that getting hit on the head can be dangerous, but it had long been assumed that concussions were just minor injuries. They're not, as this book goes into great depth to explain. Even head trauma that doesn't lead to a diagnosed concussion can have long term effects, particularly...more
I almost gave this book 4 stars, because in addition to being wonderfully informative, the author does a great job of giving this problem a human face, so much so that you wince with the families of those affected when they are hit again. This book is about what has been learned about concussions over time. In the same tradition as The Emperor of All Maladies, this book starts tells the story of concussions in FOOTBALL--starting before the 1900s when they didn't even wear helmets and the violenc...more
Jason Saunders
This book is a great read for any parent, teacher or athlete it brings a face to concussions. The Authors chronicle the experiences of multiple athletes, ware veterans, and accident victims. It is clear to see that a concussion or any head trauma should be taken very seriously in any situation and at any age.

We live in a culture where athletes are conditioned to "Play through pain" or "Walk it off" with the ultimate goal of getting back into the action as soon as possible. This certainly should...more
I think this is a relevant book for anyone involved in youth sports. It aims to develop a dialog about concussions and their consequences and I feel it did achieve that purpose. Unfortunately, I believe that many are in denial about the potential severity of traumatic brain injuries and the ones likely to read this are those already suffering TBI or their loved ones that are trying to support them. I still feel this provides a good wake-up call and may be helpful in beginning a local cultural ch...more
I read this book for the 2013-2014 MUHSD Battle of the Books.

I honestly liked this book, but I felt like it could have been better. I would have preferred more science to balance out the deluge of anecdotes. Like I said in a status update, I felt example/anecdote fatigue while reading. I do understand the need for all the examples because people need to know all the variety of ways that brains can be injured. Nevertheless, I grew a little bored by the boxing chapter.

I think that this is an ext...more
Barb Wiseberg
Well research, well documented.

The Concussion Crisis is a thorough overview of the issues, discussions and potential resolutions.
Anne Nelson
An incredibly important subject, with a less than perfect treatment by the authors. The individual profiles, many of them of NFL football players, are strung together without a coherent structure. The passage on the neuroscience of sports concussions comes relatively late in the book. The reader is left wondering at allusions to the implications of the concussion studies beyond professional football. There are frightening allusions to how they might apply to children's and high school sports, bu...more
I've become interested in concussion science ever since I had a serious one this summer. I think this is definitely a book with a bias-- you'll come away thinking everyone on earth who's ever bumped their heads has a TBI (traumatic brain injury) leaving them certain to face early dementia. But on the other hand, concussions really are serious business (as I well know) and the story of how science caught up to the high incidence of brain injury in boxing and football, particularly, is quite inter...more
Anthony Doyle
This books was eye-opening and shocking. The scope of the problem is so huge and it affects athletes in almost every sport at every level. Every coach player and parent should read this. How many more Junior Seaus will have to die before we begin giving head injuries the serious attention they deserve?

This is my nonfiction pick for the 2013-14 MUHSD Battle of the Books.
Brad Morgan
A great read that offers the long history of complete misunderstanding about this injury.
Kaitlynn S
I loved this book. It made the plight of the moderate brain injury a big deal.
This book made me want to not love football.
couldn't put it down. great book.
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