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The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic Hardcover – September 13, 2011

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“The parents of teenage athletes should take a careful look at this book.”

—Abigail Zuger, M.D., The New York Times

“Thoughtfully passionate and comprehensive…. Quite a devastating testament. It lays it all out and forces us to ponder how a civilized people can blithely accept an entertainment that does such damage to young men’s minds.”

—Frank Deford, The Washington Post

The Concussion Crisis should be required reading for players at all levels, parents, and coaches…. [One of] the 10 best [sports] books of the year.”

The Boston Globe

“In The Concussion Crisis, health writer Carroll and sportswriter Rosner team up to offer a jolt on the head—intellectual only—to those who’ve tended to dismiss blows to the noggin as innocuous…. The book is a clarion call to take full measure of the broken brains and bodies among us.”

The Globe and Mail of Canada

“Important…. A book everyone involved with football or concerned about the sport must read.”

—Gregg Easterbrook,

“A very hot topic…. This noteworthy book issues a challenge to the ‘macho play-through-the-pain’ sports culture and urges a rethinking of safety versus spectacle.”

Publishers Weekly

“A powerful call for action on the part of parents, coaches, and older athletes…. A good primer for parents whose kids play contact sports such as football.”


The Concussion Crisis puts a human face on traumatic brain injury through real-life stories of athletes and soldiers. The authors define the problem, explain the science, and accentuate the need for prevention. This informative book sounds a much-needed alarm for medical intervention, continued research, and a reassessment of how we play sports.”

—Michael J. Stuart, M.D., co-director of the Mayo Clinic’s Sports Medicine Center and chief medical officer of USA Hockey

“There is no injury I worry about as a coach more than concussions, and this book shows why. It’s a must-read for athletes and their parents.”
—Anson Dorrance, coach of the USA’s first World Cup women’s soccer champions and of UNC’s 20-time NCAA champions

“Carroll and Rosner tell some utterly heartbreaking stories, but their book, ultimately, offers hope by giving readers the information and resources they need to confront a public health crisis. They show us that a concussion does not have to be a life-altering event, but it can be if it is not properly recognized, respected, and treated.”

—Michael Sokolove, author of Warrior Girls: Protecting Our Daughters Against the Injury Epidemic in Women's Sports

About the Author

Throughout her two decades as a nationally respected health and fitness writer, Linda Carroll has mastered the art of making complex subjects entertaining and accessible for the average reader. She has written for a wide range of prominent publications, including The New York Times, SmartMoney, Health, and Currently, she is a contract writer for NBC News, covering health and business. An accomplished equestrian, Carroll brings more than thirty years of experience in breeding, training, and showing horses. For the past two decades, she has owned and operated Fiery Run Farm, where she has hands-on control of breeding and training her twelve Arabian and Oldenburg sport horses. For more information, visit the farm’s website at

For three decades, David Rosner has worked as a sportswriter at major metro newspapers and national magazines. As an award-winning staff writer at Newsday in New York, he spent twelve years covering the full gamut of pro sports—including horse racing. He has covered racing since the spring of ’77 when his first bylined stories as a cub reporter chronicled the harrowing Belmont spill that hospitalized the teen sensation Steve Cauthen. Rosner earned national Associated Press Sports Editors Association awards for investigative reporting and for deadline writing as well as New York State AP and UPI awards for enterprise journalism. He also served as editor-in-chief of the national hockey magazine Rinkside and coauthored The Official Illustrated NHL History.                    


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145162722X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451627220
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Team coach from TX on September 21, 2011
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Linda Carroll and David Rosner's book is simply outstanding! Written in powerful understandable prose, even the mushiest NFL or NHL head will get the point that this book makes clearly and repeatedly: that concussions are far more insidious and serious than we could ever imagine.

The stories they use to highlight the immense damage concussion ignorance has done to many great people will break your heart. And open your mind.

You should buy this book and get copies for anyone, especially young people, who play competitive team sports.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Booksmom on September 16, 2011
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TEN STARS!!!! A great read with a lot of important information. Everyone should read this book.

This is not just for parents with children playing sports or for people who have suffered concussion or for those who know someone with concussion, although I think this is a must read for all of these readers. Once someone picks up this book and starts to read, it will be difficult to put it down. Each reader will relate to the victims whose stories are told in the chapters of this book

The facts are there. The newest diagnostics are explained and the latest treatment options are outlined. The cases that the authors chose will touch the reader while exemplifying thousands of other cases. If not the reader him- or herself, it is probable that at least one of the case histories will call up a concussion case the reader knows personally.

This is not a clinical textbook. It is written for and will be helpful to anyone interested in knowing the facts. It will help everyone to have a better understanding of concussion and its prognosis both short term and long term.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nickd on October 21, 2011
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Great read for anyone looking to educate themselves on concussions and their compounding effects that often take a decade or two to fully manifest, often tragically. Concussion awareness is a relatively new concept but the scientific evidence is beginning to emerge more and more as technology improves. Found it fascinating that some schools are putting sensors in football helmets to measure the force of contact as well as the number of hit in a game, season, etc.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Corey Rennolds on October 5, 2012
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Linda Carroll and David Rosner are certainly journalists, and this tome very clearly illustrates that. Those looking for a detailed, technical exploration of the science behind traumatic brain injury, mild or otherwise, are advised to look elsewhere. What "The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic" presents to its readers is not so much an overview of the neuroscience involved in head injuries as an indictment of society, particularly how the pervasive "macho" culture leads to unnecessary tragedy and slow progress in diagnosis and treatment of the condition. That's not to say that the science is completely overlooked; it just takes a backseat to all the storytelling. Rather than inform you of what goes into diagnosing and treating concussions, including the various tools, techniques, and neurology, the authors go for the heart by describing the daily lives of those too ignorant of the reality of concussions to prevent them. Sometimes they learn too late to prevent any permanent damage, which is where the tragedy takes center stage--often as those in the know can only look on helplessly.

The majority of the book takes shape as accounts of those affected by concussions, and not just the immediate victims. The early chapters focus more on young athletes and display their general lack of knowledge regarding concussions as well as the environment that fosters such a lack of knowledge, created by coaches, teammates, the victims themselves, their parents, and even team physicians. These stories are written in the style of a news magazine unearthing a dark and disturbing underground culture where player safety is sacrificed in the name of the game, be it soccer, hockey, football, or others.
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"The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic," by Linda Carroll and David Rosner outlines the dangers and risks of concussions and other brain trauma that go undiagnosed or ignored. Both Carroll and Rosner are journalists. Carroll has written for, Newsday, and The New York Times over the past twenty years with many of her articles covering women's health and investigative stories on brain science. As for Rosner, he was also a writer at Newsday at one time but his interest and experience with the human brain has come from working as an editor for Neurology Now; a magazine for patients from the American Academy of Neurology. "The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic" is the first book to be authored by either Carroll or Rosner, and it is obvious that they are journalists in the way they divided up the different topics within the book. The chapters are on various topics, and each chapter is broken into several segments of stories of people with traumatic brain injuries. Each of the segments within is written in a style similar to a journal article that follows the patient from induction of the injury to present day, and how they are coping with their newly acquired impairments. I really enjoyed the book because of the journalistic approach within each chapter allows for a unique flow and allows for the authors to group together people whose traumatic brain injury, and it's side effects, share a resemblance.

The book gave innumerable examples of concussions, second impact syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, "punch-drunk" syndrome, and also chronic traumatic encephalopathy. All of these examples of diseases were humanized with several examples of people suffering from them.
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