The Brain Moves: Traumatic Brain Injury in 21st Century Athletes and Combat Veterans

In The Brain Moves, author C. Mark Riden, M.ED., B.A., B.A. provides the artillery needed to repel the epidemic of brain trauma sweeping through American athletic and military culture like an Oklahoma storm ripping and tearing its way across a landscape.

Riden’s investigative work in TBI looks at distinct populations affected by closed blunt force trauma (CBFT): Current and former athletes who play or have played contact sports and military combat veterans home from war looking for a new sense of belonging.

CBFT refers to an object, person, or blast wave impacting the head or helmet causing the brain to move inside the cranium. When the brain becomes overwhelmed by closed blunt impact, ungovernable acceleration and deceleration forces inside the cranium obtrusively contort the brain causing immediate and long-term neuronal damage.

Passionate about providing empirical confirmation on TBI during a time of injurious uncertainty in sports and military service where athletes and soldiers are bigger, stronger, and faster, Riden’s propositions, solutions, and theories are directed at reducing CBFT frequency, social maladaptation, and cognitive disruption.

Supported by data, Riden’s book delivers a unique synthesis on the underpinnings of TBI associated with social competition, human nature, and cultural history. Drawn to amphitheaters of opposition, awkwardly the environments in which we have selected to compete are now killing us. Clearly, it is a gladiator’s future we have chosen for ourselves. Confronting and adapting to TBI through education will be part of that future.

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