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Concern over traumatic brain injuries has contributed to a dip in participation of youth football, while flag football participation at all levels rose by just more than 16% between 2014 to 2018.

Arizona parents have expressed apprehension about allowing their children to play contact football - and while football remains king among popular high school sports, concern over traumatic brain injuries has seemingly resulted in a dip in overall participation. Read more»

Sanders at a late June campaign stop.

A look at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ talking point that 500,000 veterans came back from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD or traumatic brain injuries. Read more»

Veteran Lance Cpl. Nunez Ortiz served in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. This photo shows him at a Marine Corps birthday celebration in Al Asad, Iraq.

In the 12 years since American troops first deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, more than 2.6 million veterans have returned home to a country largely unprepared to meet their needs. The government that sent them to war has failed on many levels to fulfill its obligations to these veterans as demanded by Congress and promised by both Republican and Democratic administrations. Read more»

Phoenix fire captain Ernie Lizarraga suffered traumatic brain injury in a traffic that killed four other motorcyclists. He has recovered enough to be able to drive again.

Nearly three years after he survived a traffic accident that claimed the lives of four other motorcyclists, former Phoenix fire captain Ernie Lizarraga knows how lucky he is to be alive – let alone able to drive again. Read more»

Iraq veteran Erik Castillo (left) suffered a major traumatic brain injury during his service in Iraq. After years of surgeries and therapy for an injury that would have likely proved fatal a generation ago, Castillo has enrolled at the University of Arizona. Dr. Susan Lucht of the VA Medical Center speaks at right.

Those who suffer traumatic brain injuries need better diagnosis and treatment, according to experts who spoke at a virtual town hall meeting organized by the office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Wednesday morning. Read more»

The office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will hold an interactive town hall meeting on traumatic brain injuries Wednesday at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Tucson. Read more»