For a long time the “father” of CTE, the first pathologist to find/identify the disease in an American football player, Bennet Omalu has been relatively quiet; going about his normal business and continuing his work with CTE. Last week he was highlighted on the ESPN Outside the Lines/PBS Frontline story about the Junior Seau death aftermath.
Even more recently Dr. Omalu was invited to speak at the 2013 Football Veterans Conference – a sport specific event put on by Dave Pear and his blog;
Well, we just wrapped up our 2013 Football Vets’ Conference in Las Vegas at the South Point Resort and it was our best yet! In two packed days, we covered everything retired football players need and want to know, from concussion lawsuits to CTE to visual rights and everything in between. Our sessions were packed and no one wanted to miss a single discussion. And thanks to the amazing Jennifer Thibeaux, all of our discussions from Friday are already processed and uploaded so you won’t have to miss a minute of it either!
Thanks to Dave we can bring you the entire talk by Omalu – although over an hour its worth your time.
Here is a TEDx Talk with Kevin Guskiewicz
There are some good moments and some moments that make one scratch their head. Take a watch (bout 17 minutes) and comment below…
This is a re-post, sort of, of a video created by Bryson Reynolds a neuroscience graduate student. His area of study is concussions and mTBI. He shortened the original video for easier consumption, it still holds the essence of what makes it a good too for us to use; stark and striking objective mechanisms of injuries, across all sports.
It is barely over a minute in time, again this is a great teaching tool for those trying to understand the mechanisms of concussion. If I counted correct only 4 of the clips show head-to-head contact. THIS IS EXTREMELY NOTEWORTHY, as concussions occur without direct blows to the head. Also note the concussions (presumed by the filmmaker due to descriptions of the original videos) that occur due to contact with the ground or ball. Perhaps the most disturbing videos are the last two, youth sports.
Neurologists at Mayo Clinic in Arizona have taken a promising step toward identifying a test that helps support the diagnosis of concussion. Their research has shown that autonomic reflex testing, which measures involuntary changes in heart rate and blood pressure, consistently appear to demonstrate significant changes in those with concussion.
Appearing on their website, the information researchers are delving into is a new angle on concussions. It is widely known that traumatic brain injured (TBI) patients have autonomic system (ANS) deficits/abnormalities. However the group from Arizona thought an investigation into concussed patients was worth the effort. Low and behold their findings are a promising first step in possible assessment and management of the concussion.
One interesting note, was this notion on dizziness;
“Contrary to popular belief, the symptoms of ‘dizziness’ that patients feel just after a concussion may, in some cases, be symptoms of autonomic system impairment rather than a vestibular or inner ear disturbance,” says Bert Vargas, M.D., a Mayo neurologist.
No one is telling you to take blood pressures with assessment (ergo baselines), yet, but with this information could come not only objective testing but biomarkers associated with ANS changes;
“This study shows a possible electrophysiological biomarker that indicates that a concussion has occurred — we are hopeful that with more research this will be confirmed and that this may also be a biomarker for recovery,” he says.
Here are a couple concussion videos that I have found recently…
This first one from Mayo Clinic is an AWESOME example of what happens at the lower levels when you try to push through a concussion and keep doing what you were doing;
I was watching this video and looking at good example of how NOT to hit. Most of these hits are from 2010 or before, and you know what, I really feel like we seeing less and less of these hits in the game. Perhaps the rules actually being enforced are making a change?
Stephania Bell of ESPN absolutely knocked this teachable moment on concussions out of the park. I really appreciate her discussing not only the qualifiers/labels on concussions – BTW Eagles just as there is no such thing as a “mild” concussion there is no such thing as a “significant concussion” they are all significant brain injuries – but the recovery time associated with concussions. Thank you for listening Stephania and thank you for this great segment!
FWIW, from my sources around the league the NFLPA may want a specialist on the sideline, but the owners are resistant to this for two primary reasons: 1. cost and 2. unfamiliarity with the players. The second would be more of a player issue rather than an owner issue, however it seems we will not see any owner override his MD’s on the sideline. Again this all boils down to possible conflicts of interest.
USA Football has put together a series of concussion education videos. They can be found on YouTube but here are all five of them;
This video was posted to YouTube and – merely guessing here – it seems it was for an English 2 project. Other than the occasional spelling error and “liberties” taken with the information about players taking their lives it really is a fine piece. So take five and give it a watch, as of last week there was 11 views.
There are many places that provide modules for concussion education. One of the newest entries in this area is the University of Michigan and Michigan NeuroSport. Watch this video and once again see an example from a high school athlete.
Apparently it is video day here at TCB. This video appears to be a class project, it may not be the best quality, and they did not cite all of their sources (ahem), but the information is solid and can be useful for parents/general public.
This video is from Fox Sports and is a quick editorial from Dr. Mark Adickes (@jocktodoc) about the concussion issue, particularly the Dave Duerson case;
Look at #81 at the top of the screen after a hit by a Bronco defender. Not only the hit, but him trying to get back up.
Tony Moeaki Stumbles After Hard Hit
Thanks Coach F. for alerting me to this video.
If anyone knows how I can embed this, previous setting not working, simple paste of embed code in HTML page is resulting in just a link.
Via YouTube. A side note, for some reason the videos are not embedding like they used to. If anyone has a clue as to how to fix that, can you let me know?
For all those that may have missed it here is the video of Stewart Bradley after the hit that he sustained the concussion on…
THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHAT REFEREES, COACHES, AND OTHERS SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL…