It is that time to take questions/comments from readers and answer/comment on them to the best of my ability. Remember that any information given should be conferred with your doctor. This information does not take place of actually seeing your doctor. Don’t be dumb see your doc and use this information to ask further questions. Without further ado…
From: Hockey Guy, Subject: Stop scaring people
just wanted you to know that what you write about concussions is scaring people into not playing, enough information already, we don’t even have all the information. i played for 17 years and i am fine.
That is awesome Hockey Guy, the fact that some of my information is actually sinking in makes me smile. Good luck to you in the future.
From: Concussed, Subject: Letter from reader
My problem is that i have had concussions before, I dont really know how many because I was probably about 18 before I learned what a concussion was. In all honesty, I still dont really know what a concussion is because the symptoms are so broad that its tough to analyze them. My problem now is that I suffer either from symptoms of multiple concussions or I suffer from the anxiety I feel about getting another concussion. There are a lot of similar symptoms with anxiety and post concussion syndrome. Then there is this whole thing about CTE and Im only twenty but I sometimes feel like maybe Im dealing with that. Its just a whole lot of I don’t know and the doctors I go and see all seem to not be very worried. I have had two cat scans and an mri and both came back negative. If you could post this for discussion that would be great and if you know anyone I could talk to that would also be appreciated.
Concussed, it seems that you are definitely in tune with the effects of repeated concussions. I would highly suggest that you find a neuropsych to address any cognitive issues then find yourself a psychologist to discuss the issues going on. The fact that your MRI/CT scans are clear is normal. What may not be normal is your cognitive and behavioral/emotional aspects of your brain.
From: Pop Warner Guy, Subject: Wussy Football
Just wanted you to know that by suggesting that youth football should be flag you are by defintioin “wussing” down the sport, something you said you wouldn’t do. I think you and the research people are going way overboard on this, until awareness became better there weren’t as many “concussions”. I think the problem is too much information.
I don’t think changing a sport that was never invented for the youth to even play would be “wussing” it down. Football was created for grown men to play, never were there designs to let physically immature bodies go out and ram skulls. Sorry if taking tackle football away from the youth may cost money for some business, if you want to keep the sport around it’s the only best option.
From: Ashley, Subject: Thanks
Dustin thank you for taking time to run the blog very informative, your commentors are very good too.
You can send in your questions/comments anytime… Thanks!