The NFL hosted their very first Veterans Combine, in Arizona, this past March. The combine included some players who, despite suffering concussions in their career, are working to return to the very game that caused those injuries. However, NFL players aren’t the only ones impacted by this ongoing concern in the sports world. From high school to the NFL, current and former players, as well as coaches, weigh in on how brain injuries have changed the game at all skill levels.
This map documents concussions reported as a result of sports-related injuries. Patients were treated at Arizona hospitals, but some patients reside outside the state, according to a Cronkite News analysis of data from Arizona Department of Health Services. (Graphic by Aimee Cash and Langston Fields)
[caption id="attachment_1513" align="alignright" width="800"] ASU Head Athletic Trainer Dr. Rodger McCoy is working with the Barrow Neurological Institute to develop new equipment that will detect and monitor head injuries. “No helmet, no head device ever can protect you from a concussion completely,” Dr. McCoy said. (Photo by Ben Margiott)[/caption]Accelerometers. Mouthpieces that turn blue. IV dye. PET scores. Phone apps.
Brian Brooks still remembers the first time he watched his son sustain a head injury playing tackle football. The hit left 10-year-old Carson down on the field, injured – and Brian with a parent’s worst nightmare.
Valley fever is a potentially debilitating disease that affects Arizonans more than anywhere else in the country, with 60 percent of all cases occurring in the Phoenix metropolitan area. But this non-contagious disease could be eradicated if scientists at the University of Arizona succeed in creating a vaccine.
[caption id="attachment_912" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Peter Ax, founder and managing partner of Scottsdale-based Phoenix Capital Management launched PRJKT RUBY to allow women in the United States to purchase affordable birth control and generate proceeds for women’s health in Third World countries.[/caption]After his teenage daughters visited Africa and Asia, the head of a venture capital firm decided to start offering affordable birth control in the U.S. and putting the proceeds toward reproductive health in the Third World.