PNG's diverse expertise and innovative research culminate in a unique perspective on mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). This perspective has generated interest in the public media, particularly with regards to our research concerning hidden brain impairment in football. Our appearances in the popular press are listed below. If you would like to schedule an interview with PNG or one of its researchers, please contact Evan Breedlove.

Television Appearances

Hits on athletes are harder than you think. Samantha Thieke, WLFI. May 29, 2014.
New helmets could make football a safer sport. WLFI. Nov. 19, 2013.
Making Stuff Safer. David Pogue, NOVA / PBS. Nov. 6, 2013.
Purdue researchers studying brains of college football players. Teresa Mackin, WISH/WNDY-TV. Aug. 28, 2013.
Neurotrauma researches to evaluate Purdue football injuries. Kent Erdahl, FOX59 WXIN-TV. Aug. 28, 2013.
Professors Patent New Football Helmet Liner. Bill Benner, Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick. Feb. 10, 2013.
Purdue researchers unveil new helmet to limit football concussions. Rich Van Wyk, WTHR Channel 13 News. Feb. 7, 2013.
Purdue researchers develop helmet technology to better protect brain. Derrik Thomas, WRTV Channel 6 News. Jan. 30, 2013.
Purdue researchers: Seau brain disease offers lesson for football players, parents. Kent Erdahl, FOX59 WXIN-TV. Jan. 11, 2013.
Real Sports 188: Concussions. Bryant Gumbel, HBO Sports. Nov. 20, 2012.
Guest appearance by Evan Breedlove with Bill Simpson of SGH. WXIN Channel 59 News. November 7, 2012.
Purdue Helmet Liner Designed to Mitigate Football Head Injuries. David MacAnally, WTHR Channel 13 News. May 5, 2012.
Researchers Uncover Concussion Revelations. Stacia Matthews, WRTV Channel 6 News. May 4, 2012.
Daily Planet: February 6, 2012: Part 4. Daily Planet, Discovery Channel. Feb. 6, 2012.
Football High. PBS Frontline. April 12, 2011.
Changes found in football players thought to be concussion-free. H. Feldmeyer, University Showcase - Boiler Bytes, Big Ten Network. Nov. 24, 2010.
Research Measures Power of Football Hits. Dan Spehler, WRTV Channel 6 News. Oct. 29, 2010.
Deep Impact. Robert Bazell, NBC Nightly News. Oct. 27, 2010.
Hard tackles just as bad as concussions for football players. CNN American Morning. Oct. 27, 2010.
Purdue researchers track football concussions. D. MacAnally, Eyewitness News, WTHR. Oct. 9, 2010.
Football hits affect without symptoms. WLFI Channel 18 News. Oct. 3, 2010.
Purdue and Jeff High School teaming up. J. Krizen, WLFI Channel 18 News. Aug. 7, 2009.

Magazine Appearances

The Purdue Neurotrauma Group could help revolutionize football through safer helmet technology. William Meiners, Purdue Alumnus, Volume 102, Sept/Oct, 2013.
The Big Fix: Smarter helmets curb concussions. Joshua Saul, Popular Science, Sept., 2011.
The National Brain-Damage League. Shankar Vedantam, Slate. Jan. 18, 2011.
Head Game. Josh Dean, Hemispheres Inflight Magazine. Jan. 1, 2011.
Blows to the Brain: Insight from Tragedy. signaPULSE. Autumn, 2010. ppg. 64-67.
The Damage Done. David Epstein, Sports Illustrated. Nov. 1, 2010.
Head Injury Study Scores Early Touchdown. K. Mayer, Purdue ECE Impact. Spring 2010.

Newspaper Appearances

In Defense of Football. Max Boot, The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 16, 2013.
State lawmaker wants to limit tackling during high school football practice. John Keilman, Chicago Tribune, Feb. 11, 2013.
By analyzing violent hits, researchers at Purdue hope to reduce concussions. Nathan Baird, Journal & Courier, Aug. 19, 2011.
Athletic trainers give their brains a workout for a winning edge. Tammy Nunez, Times-Picayune, June 25, 2011.
Lesser blows now the big concern with regard to concussions. Tammy Nunez, Times-Picayune, June 22, 2011.
Gray Matter: Attitudes toward brain injuries changing with more knowledgefMRI gauges concussions in high school football players. Scott Sandsberry, Yakima Herald, online ed. Oct. 29, 2010.
Undiagnosed brain damage possible: Purdue study finds players can suffer injury without showing concussion symptoms. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, Oct. 7, 2010, Sec. C, Pg. 1.
Purdue study sheds light on football-related trauma. Nathan Baird, Journal & Courier, Oct. 7, 2010, Sec. A, Pg. 1.
Friday night lights' risk: 1,800 hits to the head. Rex W. Huppke, Chicago Tribune, Oct. 6, 2010, Sec. 1, Pg. 1.
E. Weddle, Journal & Courier, Aug. 21, 2009.

Radio Appearances

New Football Helmet Liner Developed by Purdue University Engineers. Cleveland Dietz, WFHB 91.3FM, Feb. 15, 2013.
New Football Helmet Technology Can Decrease G-Force. Stan Lehr, WIBC 93.1FM, Jan. 31, 2013.
Live interview B. Wilhelm, WATD 95.9FM, Marchfield, MA. July 1, 2012.
Live interview G. Gross, KKSF 910, San Francisco, CA. May 4, 2012.
Measuring High School Football Injuries. Dr. Moira Gunn, Tech Nation, Oct. 4, 2011.
Purdue University: New Research about football related head injuries. Beth Mendenhall, WIBC 93.1FM, Sept. 13, 2011.
Head Games. R. Meyer, InfoTrak, TalkZone Talk Channel. Nov. 5, 2010.
Interview. Joe Staysniak, Big Joe Show, 1070 The Fan, Indianapolis, IN. Oct. 27, 2010.
Interview. S. Klemet, WBAA 920 News, West Lafayette, IN. Oct. 27, 2010.
Live interview KRLD 1080, Dallas, TX. Oct. 4, 2010.

Online Appearances (Selected)

Professor Thomas Talavage of the Purdue University Neurotrauma Department to discuss both the short and long effects of prolonged head traumas in all levels of football. Michael Failla' Podcast - Episode 10, Feb. 15, 2013.
Purdue Professor Touts Football Helmet Technology., Jan. 30, 2013.
Helmet research is resulting in reduction and prevention of brain injury. L.A. Richardson, BoilerBytes, Apr. 17, 2012.
Concussion-Sensing Chin Strap Raises Questions. Kyle Stack, WIRED Magazine Online. March 26, 2012.
Little Blows to Head Add Up To Big Risk: Study Shows Brain Changes in High School Football Players. Matt McMillen, ed. Laura J. Martin, MD, WebMD Health News. Feb. 3, 2012.
Many Hits, Rather Than A Big One, Pose Greatest Concussion Risk. Nancy Shute, NPR's Health Blog. Feb. 3, 2012.
Football Findings Suggest Concussions caused by Series of Hits. ScienceDaily. Feb. 2, 2012.
Silence no option with Purdue head work. John Doherty, NWI Times. Nov. 7, 2011.
Unique study explores cumulative effect of hits in high school football. David Epstein, Sports Illustrated Online. April 13, 2011.
The Use of fMRI Imaging in Football Concussion Research. Colin Miller, Bioclinica. Dec. 2, 2010.
Brain Changes Found in Football Players Without Concussion. Lisa Collier, healthymagination. Nov. 29, 2010.
fMRI gauges concussions in high school football players. Wayne Forrest, Nov. 22, 2010.
Ten Things I Think I Think. Peter King, Monday Morning Quarter Back. Nov. 1, 2010.


Contact Information

Larry J. Leverenz, PhD, ATC
Clinical Professor
Department of Health & Kinesiology

Eric A. Nauman, PhD
School of Mechanical Engineering
Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Basic Medical Sciences

Thomas M. Talavage, PhD
School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering

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