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New Head Injury Rules for Youth Football

December 7, 2010

The Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF), chaired by Alan Quasha, strives to increase awareness of head injuries, an understanding of how to prevent them, and the importance of ensuring proper treatment when such injuries do occur.

The BTF is now publicizing a major achievement for head injury awareness in the area of youth sports, with a media report that Pop Warner, the oldest and largest youth football organization in the U.S., has announced a new requirement: Any player who has suffered a head injury will be permitted back on the field only after submitting a physician’s note. Pop Warner has also created a national medical advisory board to guide the organization in safeguarding the health of its members.


When a Family Member is in the ICU

November 17, 2010

The brain injury of a family member is usually the first time that many people have been introduced to the Intensive Care Unit, or ICU, of their local hospital. It is important to remember that family and friends of the patient also need care, to provide for their basic physical and emotional needs. If you are spending an extended period of time in and around the ICU, there are important things you need to do to provide for your own health. A few suggestions include:

Contact organizations that provide information and support – The Brain Trauma Foundation, chaired by Alan Quasha, is a good resource for brain trauma patients and their families.
Let your family and friends help you – if they offer to bring you fresh clothes from home, a hot lunch in the afternoon, or your package from the post office, don’t hesitate to say yes.
Take care of yourself – you can help your family member better if you are in good health. As hard as it is, try to sleep and eat normally, and to go outside daily for some fresh air and exercise.
Use your energy wisely – Initially, adrenaline will be keeping you going, so use this time to set up a system to deal with the situation most efficiently. A primary suggestion is to buy a notebook or personal phone book. Every time you get the number of a medical care provider, an insurance carrier, a support group, or any other contact you may need again – write it down. You will save yourself a lot of time being able to flip back to the relevant number instead of trying to get it again.

High School Head Injuries

November 9, 2010

This video focuses on head injuries and brain trauma in high school football. Organizations like the American Brain Trauma Foundation, with Chairman Alan Quasha, work to promote concussion and brain trauma awareness as well as early identification and treatment.

The Importance of Brain Trauma Awareness

October 30, 2010

On September 12th, over 28 million people watched Stewart Bradley of the Philadelphia Eagles take a hit on the football field. He stood up uncertainly, tripped, and then crashed back down to the turf. Everyone watching, including the announcers, were immediately concerned. Barely four minutes later, Bradley was back on the field as if nothing had happened.  Only at halftime was his injury diagnosed. When asked, the Eagles explained that they had not removed him from the field for more time because no concussion had been detected while he was on the sidelines, and because the medical staff had not seen the hit or Bradley’s collapse on the field.

This incident was very public, and yet the concussion was only diagnosed and cared for long after it happened. This has made people realize how many concussions must go unnoticed on a regular basis. Most schools do not have medical staff standing by during recess or athletic activities, and some who do are lacking doctors who are qualified to deal with head injuries. The American Brain Trauma Foundation, with Chairman Alan Quasha, is one of many organizations working hard to promote awareness of concussions and their potential danger.


Fall Foliage – Nature’s Classroom for Kids

October 28, 2010

Autumn is the time for nature walks – a perfect opportunity to introduce your children to fall foliage. Use the season of falling leaves as a time to teach your kids to identify your local flora by examining the leaves and the bark of each tree and matching them up with pictures of trees. This will spark your kids’ interest in learning about their local environment – an interest you can capitalize on by buying a children’s science or ecology magazine from the National Magazine Exchange. Your kids will look forward to receiving a publication in the mail that will provide a fun and easy way to learn more about scientific and environmental topics on their own level.


October 20, 2010

The beginning of the school year means different things to different families. Whether it is Little League baseball or the junior football league, thousands of boys and girls throughout the country participate in team sports at every age and grade level. In an era where fitness levels are going down and youth obesity is going up, that is good news.

The bad news is that, according to a September 23rd article in Education Week, the number of sports-related head injuries reported by young athletes is on the rise. The annual number of brain injuries suffered by people of all ages during sports ranges from 1.6 million to 3.8 million a year. Further studies on high school football players specifically range from 43,200 to 67,200 each year.

Numbers like these are the reason that the Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF), chaired by Alan Quasha, seeks to increase awareness of the causes, effects, and best ways to cope with concussions, which while accounting for 90% of all Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) issues, remain severely underreported and under-diagnosed. Learn more important information about concussions by visiting the BTF website.

Matters Discussed at Compagnie Financière Richemont SA AGM

October 8, 2010

Some of the smaller topics discussed at the recent AGM of the Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, included the election of the proposed board of the company’s directors as well as amendments to the Company’s Articles of Incorporation; these gained the approval of the company’s shareholders.  As well, shareholders appointed the following individuals to the board: Mr Josua Malherbe, Dr Frederick Mostert, Mr Guillaume Pictet, Me Dominique Rochat and Mr Gary Saage.  Chairman of the Board announced the earlier approval of the recommendations of its Nominations Committee vis-à-vis the responsibilities of certain directors to start immediately. “Mr Yves-André Istel had been appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board; Mr Yves-André Istel had been appointed Chairman of the Board’s Audit Committee; Josua Malherbe had been appointed to the Board’s Audit Committee; and Lord
Douro had been appointed to the Board’s Compensation Committee.”  Alan Quasha is a non-executive director on the board, who was appointed over a decade ago.