Tug McGraw Foundation News Feed 2017-11-16T10:51:00Z Tug McGraw Foundation News Feed http://tugmcgraw.org/feed.php?id=4 Landmark Discovery in CTE with Living NFL Patient tug:kapelle:news-233 2017-11-16T10:51:00Z

Researchers in Chicago report that they have detected evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE, in a living patient for the first time.


Currently, CTE, a degenerative brain disease found in those with a history of repetitive brain trauma, can only be formally diagnosed after an autopsy. But a new study indicates researchers may be one step closer to being able to diagnose the disease while a patient is still alive by detecting deposits of tau proteins.


Scans performed on 14 retired NFL players while they were still alive indicated the presence of tau, a type of protein that clumps up over neural cells that have been damaged, according to a study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. The protein slowly spreads throughout the brain, killing brain cells, according to the Concussion Legacy Foundation.



When one of the former players died, doctors were able to determine whether the "distinctive CTE pattern" that resulted in his scan actually indicated the presence of the disease.

Once the man's brain was examined after his death, doctors made the official CTE diagnosis, according to the study.



The man was 59 when his brain was scanned, according to the study. Two years later, at age 61, the man's wife noticed that he had been experiencing progressive motor deficits, such as the inability to button his shirts, zip his pants or tie his shoes. Eventually, he was no longer able to feed himself. He had also developed muscle twitching in his arms and decreased muscle mass in his shoulders and arms, the study states, and in addition to what doctors presumed was CTE he also suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.


In the final months of his life, the man was admitted to a nursing home for dehydration, failure to thrive, progressive dysphagia, incontinence, progressive neck and limb weakness, and slurred speech, according to the study.


The man began playing football at 11 years old and continued until he retired from the league at 33, which placed his "cumulative lifetime risk exposure" at 22 years, according to the study.

While more research is needed to corroborate the result of the exam, the ability to identify CTE in the brain of a living patient is the first step toward understanding the development of the disease and developing a cure, the researchers said.


The findings from the study also confirmed that a "fingerprint" signature of CTE that was previously reported exists, according to the study.

One of the researchers, Julian Bailes, M.D., director of neurosurgery and co-director of NorthShore University HealthSystem Neurological Institute, told ABC News that his team was "pleased " with the study.


“The importance of this one today is that this is the first time to have a scan which shows brain degeneration of CTE in a living person and then to have that person die and it correlates with the autopsy,” Bailes said, adding it’s the first such case to his knowledge.


“We realize and always want to acknowledge that this is only one and more work needs to be done to verify the correlation,” he said, adding that for now the team is “very, very pleased.”

CTE is often found in athletes, military veterans and others with a "history of repetitive brain trauma," according to the ConcussionLegacy Foundation.


SOURCE: Julie Jacobo, ABC News

November 15, 2017
#CTE #Brain #Veterans #NFL

TMF Puts Veteran Artists on the Map at SF FleetWeek tug:kapelle:news-232 2017-10-06T09:54:00Z

Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting tug:kapelle:news-231 2017-10-02T10:46:00Z Over the course of the last few weeks, reports of mass violence and shootings have plagued the news. Although people are resilient and often bounce back after difficult times, these events nearly always interrupt our sense of order and safety. The impact often extends to individuals who live far outside of the affected area with no personal connections to the event. This is especially true when the event is human-caused with the intent of harming others. Even counselors with advanced training can become overwhelmed by the intensity of these tragic events. In the aftermath of recent shootings, ACA would like to provide some tips and resources for counselors and those they serve:


  • Attend to self care. While it may seem counterintuitive to think about taking care of yourself first, you cannot be of service to others if you are unstable. Monitor all of your physical health needs - being sure to eat, sleep, exercise, and (if possible) maintain a normal daily routine.
  • Pay attention to your emotional health. Remember that a wide range of feelings during these difficult times are common. Know that others are also experiencing emotional reactions and may need your time and patience to put their feelings and thoughts in order.
  • Try to recognize when you or those around you may need extra support. It is not uncommon for individuals of all ages to experience stress reactions when exposed (even through media) to shootings or mass violence. Changes in eating and sleeping habits, energy level, and mood are important signs of distress. Watch for regressed behaviors, such as clinging in children and intense emotional reactions, such as anxiety or a strong need for retribution in adults. When necessary, point individuals to licensed professional counselors who can provide needed support.
  • Avoid overexposure to media. While it is important to stay informed, media portrayals of shootings and mass deaths have been shown to cause acute stress and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Limit your exposure and take a break from news sources.
  • Maintain contact with friends and family. These individuals can provide you with emotional support to help deal with difficult times.
  • Focus on your strength base. Maintain practices that you have found to provide emotional relief. Remind yourself of people and events which are meaningful and comforting.
  • Talk to others as needed. It is important to ask for help if you are having trouble recovering and everyday tasks seem difficult to manage.


Here are some resources counselors can use to find out more about coping with mass violence:

ACA Disaster Mental Health Resources: http://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/trauma-disaster

ACA has numerous disaster mental health resources which help familiarize counselors with some of the skills needed for working with survivors. Some useful fact sheets for crisis and disaster response:

  • Helping Survivors with Stress Management Skills
  • Disaster and Trauma Responses of Children
  • Disaster and Trauma Effects on Parents


National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder:

Impact of mass shootings on survivors, families and communities: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/newsletters/research-quarterly/V18N3.pdf

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration

Coping with Mass Violence and Shooting: http://www.samhsa.gov/trauma/

Stephanie F. Dailey, Ed.D.
ACA Member


Source: American Counseling Association

Meet Tug's Fall Team Ya Gotta Believe! tug:kapelle:news-230 2017-09-30T15:54:00Z


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Reserve Your Free Ticket For Field of Dreams & The Uni Reveal tug:kapelle:news-226 2017-09-15T17:35:00Z

Reserve Your FREE Ticket for a Community & Veterans appreication movie night on the Historic Borman Field.

Get in the “1915” spirit and join us for a screening of “Field of Dreams” starring Kevin Costner. The Veterans Home's Mixed Nutts Team and the Buckneers will be strutting their 1915 uniforms they will be wearing for their 2017 Fall Ball schedule. So grab your blankets and outdoor chairs and come celebrate with us!
and be entered to win (2) tickets to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul2Soul show in Fresno on September 29th.
(Must be present to win)
There will be fun activities such as:
  • The Reveal of our 1915 Era Fall Ball Uniforms for our 2017 Fall Ball Season
  • Raffles-Prizes-Trivia
  • Free Hot Dogs and Tug McGraw Bracelets with reserved tickets through the gate
  • Drawing for Soul2Soul Tickets for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Tour in Fresno (must be present to win)
Concessions including Beer and Wine will also be available.
Wear your favorite baseball team jersey and get in the team spirit!
Who are the Mixed Nutts? Click Here
Why is Borman Field so Speical? Click Here
Why it's Important to Veterans and Community, Click Here
For further information or contact us at info@tugmcgraw.org or by phone at 707-947-7124
To Learn More about us vist us at www.tugmcgraw.org or the www.mixednutts.org

2017 Fall Schedule


Sep 29, 2017
5:00 PM Movie Night and 1915 Uniform Reveal


Oct 06, 2017
Veteran's Home 1915 Vintage Team

Oct 13, 2017
5:00 PM
Veteran's Home 1915 Vintage Team

Oct 20, 2017
5:00 PM
Veteran's Home 1915 Vintage Team

Oct 27, 2017
5:00 PM
Veteran's Home 1915 Vintage Team

Little Hoover Commission Makes Recommendations for VHCY tug:kapelle:news-225 2017-09-05T18:39:00Z In this report, the Commission calls for calls for bold and innovative approaches to transform the historic 615-acre campus in the heart of Napa Valley to better meet the changing needs of veterans statewide. This report builds on recommendations the Commission made in its 2016 report, A New Approach to California's Veterans Homes, in which the Commission identified critical infrastructures issues on the historic Yountville veterans home that pose a public safety risk to residents and others.


This update report acknowledges efforts by the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) to address some of these issues, particularly to fix the faulty elevators. However, despite repairs, the problems persist. The report calls for CalVet to develop ongoing and proactive strategies to monitor and repair structural problems immediately as they arise, while at the same time evaluating and re-configuring, as necessary, its homes program to ensure that the levels of care offered meet the needs of California’s veterans population.


The Commission recommends that California establish an independent entity to plan, design and manage the use of the Yountville property, beyond the current veterans home program. New uses could include affordable housing for veterans home employees and others, park space for residents and visitors, modernized office space in formerly underutilized buildings and a hotel and restaurants to serve the community while providing jobs for returning veterans. Though the Commission recommends the property should maintain a strong veterans focus, state law should be adapted to expand the use of the campus to allow long-term leasing agreements that generate revenue to be used for other veterans services across the state.



SOURCE: California Little Hoover Commission


How To Get Help After Harvey tug:kapelle:news-224 2017-08-31T11:00:00Z Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Coast, and has left Houston — the nation's fourth-largest city — grappling with unprecedented flooding. Do you need help? Or do you want to help those in need? Check out the resources below.

If you’re a victim of Hurricane Harvey ...

Rescue and evacuation

  • Find an open shelter near you by texting SHELTER and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362). You can also use the FEMA mobile app.
  • If you’re considering evacuating your home, the Houston Chronicle is compiling a map of flooded streets.
  • Several counties have issued mandatory or voluntary evacuations. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is keeping a running list of those counties on his website. Keep in mind, the director of the federal Hurricane Harvey relief efforts has warned people in flooded regions not to get into their cars, which could put more lives at risk and drain resources that could be used to rescue citizens elsewhere.

Shelter and relief

  • The U.S. Department of Education activated its emergency response contact center Tuesday. Education stakeholders seeking informational resources and relief from Department-based administrative requirements are encouraged to email HarveyRelief@ed.gov.
  • Following reports that several Texans are missing in midst of the storm, the Red Cross is encouraging people to list themselves and their families as safe by clicking here. You can also receive disaster assistance from the Red Cross by calling 877-500-8645, or find a list of open shelters here.
  • Check out this app to help locate people who may be missing in the flood.
  • Call the United Way Helpline at 211 for information on shelters and other forms of assistance.
  • Check this Facebook page for an available place to stay.
  • The Texas Association of Business has established a hotline to provide resources to business owners affected by the storm. Call 512-637-7714 or see the website.
  • Call the State Bar of Texas legal hotline at 800-504-7030 for toll-free answers to basic legal questions in English, Spanish or Vietnamese. If you need a lawyer, call the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service at 800-252-9690.
  • If you lost your job because of the hurricane, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Apply here.
  • To report a missing child, call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-866-908-9570.
  • For those looking for refuge, Texas State Park camping is free to hurricane evacuees.
  • Talk to a professional about emotional distress by calling the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or texting “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
  • Harris County: Call 713-308-8580 to locate your towed car.
  • TekDry is headed to Houston shelters to help victims dry and recover their wet cellphones and other devices. Representatives plan to be at the George R. Brown Convention Center by 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. For location updates, follow them at @TekDry or call CEO Adam Cookson at 720-625-1984.
  • DriveSavers is offering free data recovery services to people who have lost files due to water damage.
  • Victoria: Grocery store H-E-B has a host of emergency measures in place, including a mobile kitchen serving meals today in Victoria.
  • Dallas: Mayor Mike Rawlings announced Monday that the city will start receiving people flown out of the flooded region this afternoon. The city will also open three emergency evacuation shelters at Samuell Grand Recreation Center, Walnut Hill Recreation Center and Tommie Allen Recreation Center.
  • San Antonio: Several shelters are open for storm refugees, according to the governor’s website. Both San Antonio Shelter Hub and San Antonio’s American Red Cross Shelter are hosting those who have evacuated from the floods.
  • Austin: The Austin Disaster Relief Network also activated a call center to provide both resources and information to families impacted by the storm. You can reach that hotline at 512-806-0800.


Click here, for full list of resrouces and how to give


SOURCE: Texas Tribune by Alex Samuels and  Emma Platoff


TMF Announces Vintage League for Veterans and Community tug:kapelle:news-223 2017-08-04T19:30:00Z On Monday, August 7th, The Tug McGraw Foundation announced their Mixed Nutts Fall Ball Schedule but with a twist! Veteran residents and the home's veteran baseball team learned they are getting a new uniform for the fall season. A replica of the home's original 1915 uniform. Yes, they are turning back time and going vintage all the way...jersey, hat, belt and all the bells that go with it. The Tug McGraw Foundation will not only provide vintage uniforms for the home team but for the community partners that come out to play against the Veteran's Home Team. Visitors uniforms will be replicas of the 1915 era as well. However, that too has a twist. It will bear the original team name that Cleve Borman had intended to call his team.  The vintage uniforms will be revealed including Cleve's original name on Friday, September 22 at Borman Field for an evening at the "Field of Dreams."

Turning Back Time 2017 BASE BALL SCHEDULE

September 22 @ 5pm (Kick-Off Party) Arrival of Uniforms, dinner, and a movie (Field of Dreams)
September 29 @ 5pm (Hat Day)

October 6 @ 5pm (A Surprise Day)

October 13 @ 5pm (Jelly Belly Day)

October 20 @ 5pm (Sock Day)

October 27 @ 5pm (Season Closer)

If You have Love for the Game and for Our Veterans... We Will Suit You UP


If you have a nine member team that would like to go back in time to 1915 and play with us this fall. Please contact us at 707-947-7124 or by email at info@tugmcgraw.org. To learn more about the program visit www.tugmcgraw.rog


Study: CTE Found In Nearly All Donated NFL Player Brains tug:kapelle:news-222 2017-07-25T14:07:00Z
Source: Tom Goldman, NPR


Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Lamaar Thomas (center) is hit in the head by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Brandon Magee as cornerback Kip Edwards helps make the tackle a 2014 preseason game. Magee was penalized for the hit. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP

As the country starts to get back into its most popular professional team sport, there is a reminder of how dangerous football can be.


An updated study published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association on football players and the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy reveals a striking result among NFL players.


The study examined the brains of deceased former football players (CTE can only be diagnosed after death) and found that 110 out of 111 brains of those who played in the NFL had CTE.

CTE has been linked to repeated blows to the head — the 2015 movie Concussion chronicled the discovery of CTE's connection to football.


In the study, researchers examined the brains of 202 deceased former football players at all levels. Nearly 88 percent of all the brains, 177, had CTE. Three of 14 who had played only in high school had CTE, 48 of 53 college players, 9 of 14 semiprofessional players, and 7 of 8 Canadian Football League players. CTE was not found in the brains of two who played football before high school.


According to the study's senior author, Dr. Ann McKee, "this is by far the largest [study] of individuals who developed CTE that has ever been described. And it only includes individuals who are exposed to head trauma by participation in football."


The fact that we were able to gather this many cases [in that time frame] says this disease is much more common than we previously realized. A CTE study several years ago by McKee and her colleagues included football players and athletes from other collision sports such as hockey, soccer and rugby. It also examined the brains of military veterans who had suffered head injuries.

The study released Tuesday is the continuation of a study that began eight years ago. In 2015, McKee and fellow researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University published study results revealing 87 of 91 former NFL players had CTE.


McKee is chief of neuropathology at VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the CTE Center at the BU School of Medicine. Speaking about the new numbers, she says it's "startling to be able to gather 177 examples of CTE" in a relatively short period of time (the past eight years).


"While we still don't know what the incidence is in the general population or in the general population of football players," she says, "the fact that we were able to gather this many cases [in that time frame] says this disease is much more common than we previously realized."


McKee cautions, however, that researchers cannot extrapolate from the numbers and come to conclusions about CTE. All the brains studied were donated, she says. "Families don't donate brains of their loved ones unless they're concerned about the person. So all the players in this study, on some level, were symptomatic. That leaves you with a very skewed population."

Still, McKee is adamant about one point. "We're seeing this [CTE] in a very large number that participated in football for many years. So while we don't know the exact risk and we don't know the exact number, we know this is a problem in football."


Longtime concussion expert Dr. Munro Cullum says the study is helpful for several reasons. "It obviously adds to the cases in the literature," he says. "It has expanded the age range [of those with CTE] beyond just retired NFL players. And [researchers] did find increasing CTE pathology in the cases [of players] who were older. That's all useful information."

But Cullum, a neuropsychologist with the O'Donnell Brain Institute at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who has studied concussions at all levels of sport for nearly three decades, says it's still too soon to definitively declare CTE a problem in football.


"It seems to be, perhaps, more common in people who play football," he says, "but we don't know why. We actually don't know what the causative factors are or the risk factors [for CTE]. There still are probably yet to be discovered genetic and environmental factors that could be contributing as well."

Cullum notes all the attention is on football right now.


"It depends on where you're shining the light," he says. "We have to be very careful. If all I study is condition x or y, and I find that in the sample that I'm sent, what about the 99 percent of all the other samples?"


Cullum and McKee agree on one thing: There has to be additional studies and more money for research. "We need a very well-constructed longitudinal study," says McKee, "looking at young individuals playing these sports. We need to follow them for decades. We need to take measurements throughout their lives and playing careers so we can begin to detect when things start to go wrong. If we can detect early changes, that's when we could really make a difference." McKee says researchers need tens of millions of dollars, even $100 million, to conduct the necessary research. "We need a lot of funding," she says, noting that the researchers are working with a grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke that ends in December. "It's always tricky for us to get funding."


She has submitted applications for funding into next year, she says, but she is not sure they will be granted. "There's so much discussion of this disease not existing that funding agencies are reluctant to consider this a real neuro-degenerative disease. "But I think we've proven beyond a doubt this is."

And the attention should extend beyond football, McKee adds. "I think any sports organization that has participants that are exposed to head trauma needs to endorse this research and support it." The organization on the CTE hot seat, the NFL, says it has done so. In a statement provided to NPR, the NFL said it values what McKee is doing and is committed to supporting CTE research: "We appreciate the work done by Dr. McKee and her colleagues for the value it adds in the ongoing quest for a better understanding of CTE. Case studies such as those compiled in this updated paper are important to further advancing the science and progress related to head trauma. The medical and scientific communities will benefit from this publication and the NFL will continue to work with a wide range of experts to improve the health of current and former NFL athletes. As noted by the authors, there are still many unanswered questions relating to the cause, incidence and prevalence of long-term effects of head trauma such as CTE. The NFL is committed to supporting scientific research into CTE and advancing progress in the prevention and treatment of head injuries."

The statement continues, "In 2016, the NFL pledged $100 million in support for independent medical research and engineering advancements in neuroscience related topics. This is in addition to the $100 million that the NFL and its partners are already spending on medical and neuroscience research." But McKee is skeptical of the NFL's promises to fund research. "I will be extremely surprised if any of the 100 or 200 million comes my way," she said in response to the league's statement. "The NFL directs funding only to research they approve of."

The NFL has funded a portion of her past research, but in McKee's view, there will be "no continued NFL support" because "the results are considered too damaging."

Despite the NFL's statement supporting McKee, the league wasn't always a willing partner of CTE research. Many accused the NFL of denying, or even covering up, the link between football-related head injury and brain disease. As part of a massive concussion lawsuit settlement with thousands of former NFL players, reached in 2013, the league didn't have to acknowledge any wrongdoing.


But the NFL has responded to the concussion issue, instituting new policies and enforcing existing rules to better protect players.The moves to protect football players are important, says Cullum, despite the uncertainties still surrounding CTE and concussions. "Obviously any brain injury is not good," he says. "But right now, we don't know how many concussions are too many or for whom." McKee anticipates her study will become part of the ongoing discussion about football's future and whether young people should play the game.

"I'm worried about these numbers steering the conversation in that these numbers are of a very biased brain donation research," she says. "But the fact that we found [CTE in 177 players] is cause for concern." "While I'm not willing to say football is doomed and I also am unwilling to make a decision [on a young person playing football] for other individuals ... I think there's a risk to playing football," she adds.

McKee says she does suspect the "longer and higher" the level a player goes, the more likely it is that player gets CTE, but reiterates that more research is needed "to really come up with the answers."


Cracking The Code In the Gym with Unconventional (Ret) Forces tug:kapelle:news-221 2017-07-06T13:04:00Z Cracking the Code in the Gym with Unconventional Forces (Ret) experts. Tug McGraw exercised throughout his chemo treatments to help improve his short-term memory loss from chemo and radiation fog. Equally important he wanted to keep his body strong and his spirit up. So what does exercise do for those with TBI and PTS? Research shows us that we can have cognitive improvement through exercise, diet, and nutrition. During the month of July, TMF will be spending time with Virginia High Performance's No Fail Mission Program. A peer to peer program for Speical Operation Forces and their support teams. We will be updating our visit on program facebook,twitter,and Instgram.


Ya Gotta Believe in the Magic of Disney and Others tug:kapelle:news-220 2017-07-03T15:06:00Z Reflecting on our week with American Airlines, Envoy, Airpower Foundation, Gary Sinise Foundation, Disney Heroes, Tug McGraw Foundation and the USO-Metro. Together we created memories for 17 families who have a parent serving in the military with a cancer diagnosis and or a spouse. Ya Gotta Believe when you meet a little boy named Tugger who offers up his autograph and lets you know he is available if Tim would like to meet with him. Ya Gotta Believe when you meet an Army soldier dgn with a brain tumor and the back of his shirt says believe. Ya Gotta Believe when a Marine dgn with a brain tumor tears up and says, "Tug was one of my favorite players." Ya Gotta Believe when one of the Disney artists goes backstage to learn the song Live Like You Were Dying for a music request. Just because it was important. Ya Gotta Believe in the power of working together with others to help improve the quality of life for others.  WE BELIEVE.


Learn, Share, and Connect on PTSD tug:kapelle:news-219 2017-06-27T15:12:00Z A mental health problem that can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like war, assault, or disaster. Click Here, to learn more from the NIH on symptoms and treatments..