Mouth Gear Comments

If you have not been following the comment section you have missed a debate on mouth gear and concussions (Please feel free to enter into the conversation).  I believe that the information about how there is no current evidence that any oral device can attenuate concussions or help with symptoms related to the injury of concussions.  Here is a statement from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Sports Medicine Handbook – 4th Edition;

“The effectiveness of mouthguards for preventing or reducing the risk of sustaining a concussion remains controversial. Research continues to be done on the different mouthguards and their properties to answer this question, but there is currently no reproducible evidence supporting the use of any mouthguard to protect against concussion in any sport.”

For a health care professional dealing with sports injuries this should be a telling statement.  However there are those out there trying to push a product and make money on the misinformation about concussions.  Below you will see some of the exchange and the prime example of why there continues to be a problem. Continue reading

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Under The Category of “Really?”

Following up on the unfortunate story of Tre’ Newton having to stop playing football due to multiple concussions, his Longhorn teammates turn in two quotes that make you say “really?!”.

“I support Tre’ but for me personally, I’d die on that field,” Williams said.

“I always go 100 miles per hour and will worry about all that health stuff 10 years from now when I’m done playing,” Gideon said. “I’m making memories now. We all knew what we were signing up for when we started playing football.”

Williams is Aaron Williams and Gideon is Blake Gideon, both defensive backs on Texas’ football team. Both of these “non-forward” looking kids have sustained previous concussions. Maybe Tre’ is the only one with some common sense in Austin? It’s great the Gideon is making memories, but if he keeps it up they will not be HIS memories, because he will not remember them.

Listen up boys, you only get one brain. Someone ought to show them some videos and news stories of athletes that have had too many brain injuries.

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Thanks to @catch108stchs for this story. If you have any interesting concussion related stories feel free to email them in to theconcussionblog@comcast.net or send to @concussionblog