More Information About Study NCAA Gave Grant For

Nicholas Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports wrote about the consortium called National Sport Concussion Outcomes Study that the NCAA awarded $400,000 earlier this year.  In Cotsonika’s article there is a depth and breadth to the research and it actually has a very good design upon first glance;

A new study hopes to deepen our understanding of brain trauma by studying hundreds of athletes over a broad spectrum of sports, including professional hockey.

Researchers plan to follow players from high school to college to the pros, measuring their exposure to traumatic forces and their brain function along the way. They will keep following them into retirement, all the way to death.

Eventually researchers will Continue reading

It Happens on DWTS

Even though watching the performance you would have not noticed, because there was not a single event, Melissa Gilbert of Dancing with the Stars tweeted that she was concussed;

I’m alright. Mild concussion and whiplash. Very soon I will be safely home resting and being taken care of.

Hey Melissa no such thing as a mild concussion, LOOK HERE.

It will be interesting to follow her course of management/recovery.  And, yes…  I was watching…

The NFL Bounty-gate

Why is it that every happenstance of trouble gets tagged with ‘gate’?  I digress…  You may have noted that The Concussion Blog has been rather quiet on the issues surrounding the New Orleans Saints – namely Greg Williams – and their “pay-for-injuring” program.  There are some reasons for this: full information, previous experiences, not totally concussion related, etc.  However after hearing the talking heads around the country delve into the matter more after the explosive audio released (NSFW) yesterday, by Sean Pamphilon, I feel it is time to comment.

Perhaps this problem does not register very high on my meter because I have played sports, or that I have been in football meeting and locker rooms, or that I know and talk with several current and former NFL players.  Regardless this ‘gate’ was neither Continue reading

Carey Price and MTL Canadian Issues

A huge shout out to Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette for jumping on this story from the get-go and now he has exposed even more troubling issues with how this concussion was actually handled.  Lets remind people: that even though they call it “mild” there is nothing mild about any concussion.

Hickey has discovered that the Price injury did not occur recently (as they suggested in his previous story above), the Canadians actually mentioned his injury occurred on March 20th, this creates major issues;

That leads to the second issue and this one is a bit troubling. The March 20 date for the Desharnais hit means that Price played four games after suffering concussion. It means that he took seven flights, which any doctor will tell you isn’t advised.

The delay between the initial contact and Price’s decision Sunday to tell the team’s medical staff that he was having headaches and they weren’t going away indicates that the National Hockey League’s program to identify and treat concussions isn’t going to work if the players don’t recognize the fact they are injured. Continue reading

Some NHL Teams Live in the Absurd

What is so absurd about calling a concussion a concussion…  NOTHING.  However one example of a team going to the absurd to avoid the actual word is the Montreal Canadians.  Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette (via Yahoo! Sports) wrote about this ridiculousness occurring around Carey Price;

“He’s experiencing a lot of things that a lot of other guys are experiencing, and I think it’s still up in the air as to how to go about treating what we just term as headaches,” Cunneyworth said. “We’ve talked about this before, confusing the flu-like symptoms with the other things that go on. At this point, we’re just evaluating a guy that obviously we’re going to take our time with and make sure the process is taken care of.”

Yeah you are seeing that correct teams are now using the “flu-like symptom” tag on players experiencing dizziness, headaches and fatigue; interestingly Continue reading

Super Bowl: A View From an Athletic Trainer

I am sure many of you will see or have seen the documentaries of your favorite team winning the Super Bowl.  The past year the New York Giants won the coveted trophy and the Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) was able to catch up with the athletic training (AT) staff as part of National Athletic Training Month;

Working as an athletic trainer for a professional team requires a lot of time, dedication and frequently some personal sacrifices.  Their typical day starts at 6am and usually ends at 5-6pm, 7 days a week for 6 months.  It’s a very tough season for someone who doesn’t love what they do.   A few minutes spent with any of the Giants athletic training staff quickly reveals that they are very knowledgeable, professional and really enjoy what they do.  Each plays a vital role in keeping the Giants players healthy and functioning at a world championship level.

Eric Nussbaum wrote a good article that has a day-to-day account of what Continue reading

Wisconsin Adds Youth Concussion Bill

Governor Scott Walker signed concussion legislation yesterday in Wisconsin;

Walker signed the youth concussion bill, which has the support of the National Football League, at Lambeau. The measure, which passed the Legislature with bipartisan support, requires that athletes who suffer apparent head injuries during games or practices be immediately removed and not allowed to resume playing without the written clearance of a health care provider who has examined them.

It also requires the state Department of Public Instruction, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, to develop guidelines and other information to educate coaches, athletes and parents about the risks of concussions and other head injuries.

Wisconsin becomes the 33rd state (by our records) with concussion legislation.

NHL’er Recovers and Talks About it

John-Michael Liles of the Toronto Maple Leafs has had to endure the recovery from concussion in the midst of a playoff push by the team.  Having a concussion is nothing new to Liles – last year he sustained on for the Avalanche – but recovering mid-season is a whole new experience.  A process that is littered with many pitfalls; the greatest of which is pushing too hard and delaying the already arduous return to play.

Liles spoke to Jonas Siegel of TSN Canada about the problems;

For a series of seemingly endless mornings after the concussion, Liles would awake and obsessively check for symptoms, hoping they would finally disappear and he could begin the recovery process.  “Maybe you wake up and you feel good and then 20 minutes later you’re like ‘Man, I don’t feel good’,” he recalled. “It’s little things that can trigger it … You walk up a set of stairs sometimes and you’re like ‘Ah man, that was dumb’. It’s not like something where you do it and all of a sudden you’re like laying on the ground, but it’s something that you notice  where on a normal day it would be something that you wouldn’t even think twice about.”

Liles points out something that needs to be clearly understood, Continue reading

Soccer Concussion from Russia

One of Europe’s top goal keepers was injured in a Russian Premier League game after taking a knee to the face (video below at 0:50 mark).  Andriy Dykan was attended to but continued to play, until things were bad enough he asked for a sub;

Spartak said Dykan had “broken multiple bones and suffered concussion” after being struck in the face by Zenit striker Alexander Kerzhakov’s knee.

The 34-year-old decided to play on following the collision early in the second half but 10 minutes later he asked to be substituted.

Perspective and Exposure Driving Concussions up on Canadian Water Polo Team

As I was looking at the recent articles about concussions – the number of which has increased tremendously over the life of the blog – I noticed a write-up in thestar.com, out of Canada, regarding the Woman’s National Water Polo team;

But eight members of the 20-member training squad have suffered concussions at various times in the lead-up to their important Olympic qualifier, April 15-22, in Trieste, Italy.

“It’s really hard for a team to find its groove, its chemistry when there’s always players in and out,” said the team’s star Krystina Alogbo. “And it’s hard obviously for other players because then they start worrying ‘Oh my God, what if I get hit in the head?’

The team has high hopes for a medal, pending the outcome of qualifying for the Olympics.  However with the exposure and relatively good perspective of concussions in Canada Continue reading

It may be Pee-Wee Football but there is nothing Pee-Wee about the hits

PBS will be airing a report today about the hits youth football players take while playing the sport that so many love;

Kids who play football make — and take — hits to the head just as hard as any high school, college or NFL player. That’s what the data show; it’s not partisan, it’s not political and it’s not trying to suck the fun out of recreational sports. Journalist Stone Phillips delved into never-before-conducted research by Virgina Tech that could have a long-lasting impact on how little kids suit up for football.

The report by Stone Phillips will be recounting the work done by the Wake Forest/Virgina Tech researchers, posted here in February.