Cantu Now Following Us?

OK that is highly unlikely and very egotistical of us to think so, but really if you look at what is coming out of “Camp Cantu” (as Matt Chaney says), they seem to be touting what we have been saying since last year;

But Schneider said doctors on both sides of the table agreed on an important new theory on concussion recovery, one that may account for the extended absences of players such as Crosby and Staal.

“Dr. Ann McKee confirmed that she believes that you can probably heal from the first concussion given time, that you definitely can fully recover and come back and be 100%,” Schneider said . “So that’s what a lot of people are afraid of. They think once you get the big concussion, you’re scarred for life and can’t recover. But her belief — and obviously they’re still developing a lot of things, but she believes, and is in agreement with what our doctors really felt, that if you take your time out and get your proper healing time, then you can fully recover from the brain trauma.”

If these doctors are correct, and a person can completely recover from a concussion instead of forever being more sensitive to head injuries due to the initial hit, it likely explains why specialists, doctors and team trainers have put the brakes on allowing players such as Crosby and Staal to return.

Increased rest is an absolute must for those that have been concussed.  We have promoted this for the adolescent for some time, but have been pushing for the NFL and NHL to sitting players longer just to send a message to the youth.

Maybe not the first to think of it, perhaps we have been the first to call, loudly, for it.  Good to see that BU and Cantu et al., have taken up the thought process, but it has done nothing to this point.  And maybe we are bit egotistical around here about concussions.

2 thoughts on “Cantu Now Following Us?

  1. Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist November 16, 2011 / 00:09

    Wrightson and Gronwall (1999), pioneer clinicians in the area of SRC, perceived rest as an essential component of the treatment process.

    The notions of:
    1) rest;
    2) the importance of clinical judgment in assessing concussions; and
    3) that a concussion does not require a loss of consciousness
    may ALL be found in concussion literature exisiting in the 1900’s. Thus this information did not have its origin evolve from recent ‘expert panels’ viewpoints…

    In addition, since the brain influences 3 core areas of function:
    2-cognitive and
    then it seems reasonable that ALL 3 areas need to adequately rest to avoid further ‘short circuting’/damage to the brain after a person suffers a concussion.

    • Dustin Fink November 16, 2011 / 07:10

      Amazing that ‘expert panels’ have taken up the information that has previously been out there… A very important factor you make Dr. Brady is one of emotional recovery. We have addressed the first one (physical) and are starting to accept the second one (cognitive) but have not even scratched the surface of the third one (emotional).

      Personal belief is that if you take care of physical and cognitive then emotional aspect will be easier to address/manage. The emotional influence of the brain injury of concussion is very complex and not completely known. The more I see concussions and manage them on an almost daily basis I see this more and more.

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