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

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Editorial Reviews


“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, 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.”

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 MSNBC.com. 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 FieryRunFarm.com.

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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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