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On Feb. 23, Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier was introduced along with the rest of the roster before the team’s spring training opener. The next day he sustained a concussion and has not played since.
TAMPA, Fla. — Two weeks after he twice crashed into an outfield wall, Clint Frazier could not keep the names of his cats — Papi and Phoenix — straight. He gave up driving to work at times because his depth perception was off. And when he swung a bat, his head became muddled.
“Foggy,” Frazier said last week when asked to describe how he felt. “It’s the word of the day.”

The symptoms did not change the prescription for the young Yankees outfielder: keep on swinging, running and throwing, and get back on the exercise bike, which he estimated riding 30 miles in the previous week.

“I’m killing it on the bike,” he said.

Such a recovery program is a reflection of how rapidly knowledge of brain injuries is increasing and how treatments for athletes are evolving.

“It’s not just go sit in a dark room anymore,” said Michael Collins, the director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center sports medicine concussion program.

There are six types of concussions: vestibular, ocular, fatigue, anxiety/mood, migraine headaches and cervical. Each of those concussions’ symptoms has different triggers. For example, symptoms of an ocular concussion, which affects visual tasks and the ability to track moving objects, can be prompted by being in the bright light of a cellphone or being in a long passageway, Collins said. The Yankees, citing privacy laws, have not said what type of concussion Frazier has.
Each type of concussion has distinctive therapies.

“If you can have 30 different types of knee injuries, why do we think there’s one type of concussion?”

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HOUSTON, Texas -- A patient at a Texas hospital underwent surgery on her brain with her favorite musical instrument in hand: the flute.

Anna Henry was wide awake while doctors performed a deep brain stimulation procedure at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Henry suffers from a hereditary problem with tremors.

During surgery, she tested her ability to play the flute by giving surgeons a concert.

The procedure could help reduce her problem with tremors by 50 to 90 percent.

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Former New York Giants linebacker and Montana State star Corey Widmer has declined his nomination to the Montana Football Hall of Fame, saying the sport "destroyed my life."
Widmer said after numerous concussions, he fears he suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease. He has depression, memory problems, suffers from mood swings and seeks to isolate himself. Recently, he said, his thumb has started twitching.

"I'm 49 years old, depressed to the Nth degree but have a lot of money, and some people might say it's still worth it. I just tell them to watch what they wish for," Widmer told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle . "If someone could've explained all of this to me when I was 14, I would've given it all back in a heartbeat. I would've wished for something else."

The Bozeman native said he couldn't in good conscience be a part of Saturday's banquet in Billings celebrating a sport that caused great suffering among his friends and that he believes endangers children.

"When I refused entry I had to give an explanation, and my explanation is concussion," Widmer told Lee Newspapers of Montana.

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We teach toddlers to identify colors, numbers, shapes, and letters—but what about their feelings?

By illustrating such common emotions as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calm, this sensitive book gently encourages young children to open up with parents, teachers, therapists and daycare providers.

And kids of all ages will LOVE the bright illustrations and amazing 3-D pop-ups on every page!

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
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