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The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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—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, ESPN.com
“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.”
“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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very, very important book. I read it about 5 years ago (so around 2010). As a family physician, it educated me far more than any course, book, grand rounds, etc. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Doctor Seeking Truth
Nice mix of personal stories, case studies and research. Awesome overview of concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Well worth the read.Published on March 21, 2014 by M. Souza
This book was one of the worst books I have ever read in my life. If I could return it I would. The author enjoyed telling stories of athletes who suffer from PCS but that is all... Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by glue
As a mother and a coach, I highly recommend this book. My son suffered 2 concussions this summer - and although he was treated incorrectly after the first one, the information in... Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Michele M. Lawrence
This book is an exceptional wealth of information for parents, athletic coaches, trainers, Drs. and anyone working with individuals at risk of head injuries...which is all of us.Published on March 4, 2013 by Barbara Bertrand
We are all dealing with the reality. This book offers some valuable insight on a subject that has a lot of bad information surrounding it.Published on February 14, 2013 by Sam J. Trusner
I have long horrified by the intentional violence I have observed in watching professional football and hockey occasionally. Read morePublished on March 23, 2012 by Steve
This book addresses, clearly and in magnificent detail, an important subject that has been ignored for too long, concussions. Read morePublished on November 24, 2011 by Bookworm
Excellent review of details pertaining to the concussion problems. I recommend this publication for every high school and youth football coach.Published on October 21, 2011 by Michael H. Webb