All concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury. They can result from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head – or to the body. Below are links to find more information.


BlueHelmetThe Helmet Conundrum

The ultimate symbol of football doesn’t offer the ultimate in protection, and there are no simple answers to the biggest threat to the future of high school football. To learn more, click here.

_part4Solving the Unsolvable

Helmet manufacturers, with help from Roger Staubach and other Hall of Famers, are trying to find new innovations to reduce the risk of concussions. To learn more, click here

Concussion Experts Educate Football Coaches at Cowboys Clinic

Faculty researchers and physicians affiliated with UT Southwestern's Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute recently co-hosted a clinic with the Dallas Cowboys to educate youth football coaches about concussion awareness and prevention. To learn more, click here. 

maldjian-joseph-thumbNew Study Reveals Damage from Playing a Single Season of Football

Repeated impacts to the heads of high school football players cause measurable changes in their brains, even when no concussion occurs. To learn more, click here. 

UT Southwestern Patient Care Information on Concussions

A comprehensive resource for concussion information. To learn more, click here. 

What Parents Should Know About Concussions

Should parents pull their kids out of sports to prevent long-term brain damage? What are the effects of repeated concussions? What are the signs of a concussion? Hunt Batjer, MD, answers these questions and more about how to keep kids safer on the field. Dr. Batjer is the Chair of UT Southwestern’s Department of Neurological Surgery and the Co-Chair of the National Football League’s Committee on Head, Neck and Spine Injuries. To learn more, click here. 

Brain Experts Discuss Concussions at Dallas Festival of Ideas

UT Southwestern faculty members and a former NFL star and coach engaged in an informative discussion of concussion, and how parents, athletes, and coaches can identify and deal with suspected concussions at the Dallas Festival of Ideas, sponsored in part by the Foundation, held February 20 at Fair Park.

Panelists included Dr. H. Hunt Batjer, Chair of Neurological Surgery; Dr. Kathleen Bell, Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; and Dr. C. Munro Cullum, Professor of Psychiatry, and Neurology and Neurotherapeutics. Former NFL star and coach Mike Singletary also sat on the panel, which was hosted by WFAA sports anchor Dale Hansen.

To learn more, click here.

Tips on Reducing Concussion

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 3.8 million recreational and athletic concussions occur annually in the United States.

SWMed_BellDr. Kathleen Bell, Co-Director of the Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair, Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and holder of the Kimberly-Clark Distinguished Chair in Mobility Research—which is held at Southwestern Medical Foundation—offers ideas to help lower the risk of sports-related concussions.

To learn more, click here.

The Concussion Registry

UT Southwestern’s Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair has initiated one of the nation’s first concussion registries for student athletes and others aimed at improving treatment for this all-too-common sports injury.

The registry, called CON-TEX, is designed to capture comprehensive, longitudinal data on individuals age 5 and over who have suffered sports-related concussion or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).

“There is so much we do not know in the area of concussion,” said Dr. Munro Cullum, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern, and Principal Investigator for the CON-TEX study. “We will study the natural history of concussions, obtain information about how and where they take place, and then conduct rigorous clinical research designed to improve the treatment of this common injury.”

The Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair is part of the Simmons Comprehensive Center for Research and Treatment in Brain and Neurological Disorders established by Harold and Annette Simmons.

To learn more about the registry, click here.

The Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute

UT Southwestern recently established the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute with a $36 million gift from Peter and Edith O'Donnell. The Institute is a comprehensive initiative dedicated to better understanding the basic molecular workings of the brain and applying these discoveries to the prevention and treatment of brain diseases and injuries.

To learn more, click here.