In Retrospect not the First Concussion for Catcher

Sometimes sustaining a concussion can bring back memories of other similar injuries, that at the time did not register as concussions, the most recent case is Josh Thole of the New York Mets, Andy Martino of New York Daily News;

Josh Thole returned to Citi Field Tuesday for the first time since suffering a concussion in Philadelphia last week, bringing news both positive and alarming: The catcher has been symptom-free since Friday, but estimated that he has already suffered three or four concussions in his professional career.

“I don’t know the grading system of a concussion, but I got whacked pretty good in ’07 and ’08,” said Thole, 25. “The one in 2007 I think was more significant, just because I had vomiting and stuff like that. In 2008, it was more whiplash than anything, but I think it was still graded a concussion.”

Thole obviously needs some education Continue reading

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The Reaction in Media to Seau’s Death

We have seen a snippet of what the former players have said, in this post I will pass along articles and samples of them.  The underlying current is troubling for football.  We have posted and posted and posted about this from the word go here, caution and education seem to be the tenants to keeping football safe, however it will never be completely “safe” but in regards to traumatic brain injuries there are answers.

If one wants to really divest themselves of emotion over the sport of football then the answers are clear.  However the current answers are only a STEP in the right direction.  Eventually finding all independent information about repeated blows to the head in sport may be a doomsday for some.

The first article to highlight is by Andy Staples of SI.com; Continue reading

This is a Problem!

Opening up the email today I saw several articles sent in from various readers, a lot are very intriguing and wish I could comment on all of them, like the recent Grantland article about football collapsing, from the view of economists Tyler Cowen and Kevin Grier.  As you all know this blog is a hobby/devotion based upon free time away from job and family so I try to do my best.

HOWEVER, once in a while there are articles that I must find time for; hopefully good, but in this case a complete head scratcher.  I would like to thank a fellow athletic trainer, Brett Gustman, from Virginia for sending this my way.

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If your doctor tells you that because your heart is exposed to greater danger due to some factor, he would suggest that you not eat Big Mac’s any more; would you listen to him/her?  How bout your doctor told you that going jogging on a broken ankle is a bad idea; would you listen?

How about a doctor telling you Continue reading