Bicycle Helmets and Safety Suggestions

Welcome to Fall and Season’s Greeting From the Offices of Roger Light, Ph.d., ABPP/Cn  The Offices of Dr. Light would like to extend to you the warmest wishes for the upcoming holiday season.  As the days grow shorter a few reminders on the bicycle safety is in order.  Remember to wear light obvious attire at all times while riding, even in daylight hours.  Inattentive or impaired drivers need all the cues possible to increase the odds of them seeing you and your family.  While there is no federal law regarding bicycle helmet use, 22 states including California have laws mandating the use of helmets for at least some riders.  California law states that all those under 18 years of age must not operate [nor ride as a passenger on] a bicycle, a non-motorized scooter, a skateboard, or in-line or roller skates unless they are wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that meets the standards of either the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), or standards subsequently established by those entities.  This also applies to a person who rides upon a bicycle while in a restraining seat that is attached to the bicycle or in a trailer towed by the bicycle.  Some municipalities in California mandate helmet use for all cyclists regardless of age.  A helmet is the best protection of the brain from injury in an accident and all individuals regardless of age should never ride without one! … Continue reading

Head Injuries and the High School Athlete

Head Injuries and the High School Athlete  The news is full of information (and misinformation) regarding concussions and head injuries in athletes.  Given the hysteria surrounding Frontline’s “League of Denial” and the possibility of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) among long retired pro football players many parents are concerned about letting their child or adolescent play not only football but any sport that can heighten their chances of their suffering a traumatic head injury.  While traumatic head injuries can be devastating and all that can be done to protect the only brain you have is critical, it is important to dissociate fact from conjecture. Regarding CTE it does not take much imagination to envision that a situation in which 300 pound players beat each other up with the goal of knocking opposing players out of the game may have some type of deleterious effects. The mind set in pro football for many years of having “your bell rung” meant you sit out for a play or two and then return to the game was certainly bad advice.  This does not mean that anyone who played high level football will suffer devastating brain pathology in their later years.  There are many other factors that differentiate NFL players of past generation from the “normal population” including steroid use, drug and alcohol use, bad nutritional and other habits, etc.  While further research is clearly warranted the conclusion that concussions are the proximal cause of later CTE is far from established. So what does all … Continue reading

Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology in Los Angeles, California

Neuropsychology Assessments are critical to identifying and dealing with a host of psychological conditions and disorders.  In many cases, the expertise of a neuropsychologist is not required until after a traumatic, life-changing event or accident has occurred.  At this point, family or friends do not know where to turn or how to get the proper assistance that they need to begin assessing and dealing with the situation. Dr. Roger Light and his associates have been assisting patients with Specialized Clinical Evaluations, Intervention and Rehabilitation Services for over 20 years in Los Angeles, California.  Dr. Light and his staff are prepared to assist with the proper diagnosis and recommended treatments and services to help individuals and families understand and deal with these circumstances. If you have questions or would like more information, please visit our “Services” page or Contact our office directly.    

Welcome to the Blog of Dr. Roger Light Ph.D., ABPP/CN

  Dr. Roger Light Ph.D., ABPP/CN Dr. Roger Light’s practice is located in the South Bay of Los Angeles in Manhattan Beach California.  Dr. Light is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and licensed clinical psychologist who currently operates a private practice in Manhattan Beach specializing in pediatric, adult and geriatric neuropsychology.  Dr. Light it also fully licensed to practice in Hawaii and has a part time practice on the island of Maui.