Dietary Concerns and Concussions

I was given the name of a person who has some interesting theories on concussions through this blog.  I wanted to see what he had to say so I contacted him and asked that he write, in his own words, what he is thinking.  Not only does the below blog do a good job of that it also can explain why concussions are more of an issue now.  It would answer the comments “back in my day it wasn’t a problem”, this reader and now writer deserves our attention world!

With regard to the susceptibility to concussions occurring and the factors involved in helping the brain heal itself–I am reminded of a famous saying from the past by Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) “In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” In other words, today many can not see the forest for the trees!

I have spent the last 22 years of my life studying the interaction of essential fatty acid (EFA) metabolism and human physiology and the dietary manipulation of eicosanoids–all thanks to the deceased eminent researcher Dr. David Horrobin and his lovely wife Sherry Clarkson.  I would also like to mention Dr. Mehar Manku (current editor Medical Hypothesis), he was instrumental in the early 90’s in introducing me to essential fatty acids and disease.

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Who Said This?

Here is a Monday quiz/trivia for you, who said this:

“I was paid to be a warhead–and anyone who came near me should get knocked into Hell!”

“(In prep ball) I quickly learned that is hurt more to get hit than it did to actually do the hitting. … Most high-school defensive players are passive. They sit back and wait for the opposition to come to them. This is bad, because a young player can get seriously hurt. When you lay back, the offensive man builds up his momentum and is doing the hitting while the defensive man is getting hit.”

“In college [at Ohio State] I developed quickly. I grew stronger and faster, and became a more aggressive an vicious tackler. … An important part of body control was, as Woody [Hayes] called it, mind control. This meant no late hits or cheap shots out of bounds. It was still rough and violent football, but my style of aggressive play was within the rules and regulations of the game.”

“[NFL football] becomes a war, and I am simply a warrior in a very physical way. As a warrior I must discourage running backs and receivers whenever they attempt to gain yardage against the defense. It is a physical and violent job, and quite often the end results are knockouts or serious injuries to my opponent. But it is just part of a very risky business.”

Mind you, as vicious as this player was his hits were mainly within the rules, yet the damage levied was both intimidating and long lasting to his opponents…

Sarcatasball!!!

With the attention that concussions and injuries are garnering there are usually views of the situation that bring levity and humor.  You can only nod your head and laugh along with the masses, and understand that its part of the process.  This was the case in point for the South Park episode on this subject, Sarcastaball.

The opening of the episode does take a sarcastic look at the issue on and off the field with players, after that it just gets funny!  The episode is NSFW, but good for some laughs.  Click link at your discretion.

SARCASTABALL from South Park

Monday Quick Hits

Some interesting notes, not from this past Sunday, rather the week prior as two stories caught our eye.  The first is dealing with Houston Texan quarterback Matt Schaub and the handling of his injury evaluation after he got hit in Denver;

The Houston Texans were questioned by the league about the team’s handling of quarterback Matt Schaub’s return to action after one play in last week’s win over the Denver Broncos after he suffered a jarring blindside hit by linebacker Joe Mays, sources said.[…]

The recommendation from the league’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee is that a player involved in a significant collision should be removed from the field so the doctor can utilize the NFL Sideline Concussion Tool, which has six basic cognitive tests, all of which must be passed by the player. On average, a medical source said, the test takes about eight to 10 minutes to administer.

As I was watching the game I wondered out loud how he was not being evaluated for a concussion.  The blow was to his head and he grabbed his head and writhed in pain on the field.  The sideline assessment can take as short as four minutes but usually is longer as they take the player back in the tunnel or locker room for assessment.  Last Monday Will Carroll asked what I thought and I told him that I was very concerned that nothing was done, especially with how vigilant the league is trying to be.

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