traumatic brain injury http://wamc.org en New York: MMA's Final Frontier http://wamc.org/post/new-york-mmas-final-frontier <p>As proponents of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixed_martial_arts" target="_blank">Mixed Martial Arts</a> kick off what they call the 17th round of fighting for regulated professional MMA in New York, a new study says about a third of matches end in knockout or technical knockout, indicating a higher incidence of brain trauma than boxing or other martial arts.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:02:43 +0000 Dave Lucas 87488 at http://wamc.org New York: MMA's Final Frontier BIFF - Kevin Pearce - "The Crash Reel" http://wamc.org/post/biff-kevin-pearce-crash-reel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>22-year-old Kevin Pearce had just come off of the most successful competitive season of his snowboarding career, challenging the dominance of his friend and rival, snowboarding legend Shaun White. Kevin’s professional ascent came at a time when snowboarding tricks were becoming more and more breathtaking – but also more dangerous.</p><p>On December 31, 2009, while riding the slopes of Park City, Utah in final training for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin missed his landing and took a hard fall.</p><p>He was airlifted to the hospital, where doctors scrambled to save his life as his family flew from their home in Vermont to be at his side. When Kevin finally woke up from his coma - that was only the beginning of a long road to recovering from his Traumatic Brain Injury. From language to vision, motor skills to memory, Kevin had to come to terms with his new impairments.</p><p>This is the story told in <a href="http://www.thecrashreel.com/"><em>The Crash Reel</em> </a>- a film by two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Lucy Walker. <em>The Crash Reel</em> is screening at <a href="http://www.biffma.org">The Berkshire International Film Festival</a> on Friday at 6:30pm at <a href="http://www.thetriplex.com">The Triplex</a> in Great Barrington, MA.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 65886 at http://wamc.org BIFF - Kevin Pearce - "The Crash Reel" NY Veterans Counseling Program Expands http://wamc.org/post/ny-veterans-counseling-program-expands <p>A number of state and local elected officials will be on hand in New York’s Hudson Valley this afternoon to announce the expansion of a veterans counseling program.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 13:19:34 +0000 Allison Dunne 63683 at http://wamc.org NY Veterans Counseling Program Expands Brain Injury Support Group Will Open in Northern Berkshires http://wamc.org/post/brain-injury-support-group-will-open-northern-berkshires <p></p><p>Two organizations in Western Massachusetts have joined to create a support group for those suffering from brain injury, hoping to provide a needed service in Northern Berkshire County.</p><p>Scott Doane, a case manager with Berkshire Family and Individual Resources, or BFAIR, said that he didn’t see his own need for a support group for those living with acquired or traumatic brain injury, until long after he realized he was affected himself.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 56076 at http://wamc.org Alan Chartock...In Conversation with Joel Goldstein http://wamc.org/post/alan-chartockin-conversation-joel-goldstein <p></p><p>Alan is joined by New Paltz resident Joel Goldstein, who works as a transportation and logistics executive. The founding president of Southern Ulster YMCA, Goldstein is an adoption advocate and activist who has two adopted children. Goldstein is the author of <em>No Stone Unturned</em>, which chronicles the story of his son, Bart Goldstein, and his long recovery from traumatic brain injury after a 2001 car accident.</p><p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 53033 at http://wamc.org Alan Chartock...In Conversation with Joel Goldstein