Omalu Study To Be Released In March

Irv Muchnick has been through a lot in digging up information about head trauma, steroids, and other issues related to what he terms “the cocktail of death” in pro wrestling.  However, the seemingly endless roadblocks has not stopped him from great fact-finding in an effort to make the issue of head injuries, in particular CTE transparent.

Muchnick has an exclusive find as posted today on his blog;

In his latest letter to me last year threatening to sue me for my reporting, World Wrestling Entertainment lawyer Jerry McDevitt pointed out that Dr. Bennet Omalu’s study of dead wrestler Chris Benoit’s brain was not published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal until 2010, and then only in “an obscure nursing journal.” See “New Threats From WWE Lawyer Jerry McDevitt,” December 17, 2010, http://wrestlingbabylon.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/new-threats-from-wwe-lawyer-jerry-mcdevitt/.

After wading through all difficulties he has found and praised Neurosurgery for their restructuring including changing editor-in-chief;

However, I understand that Oyesiku was named to replace Dr. Michael Apuzzo as editor of Neurosurgery with a mandate that included reversing the journal’s perception as a de facto NFL house organ for academic articles answering loaded questions, which in turn served the commercial interests of the league and its contract doctors and business partners. Apuzzo, a consultant for the New York Giants, had overseen the publication of a decade’s worth of controversial studies on aspects of brain trauma in sports – including the 2006 article on the Riddell helmet manufacturer’s new design, which was co-authored by the company’s chief engineer and by Pittsburgh Steelers team neurologist and imPACT software entrepreneur Dr. Joseph Maroon, and is now the focus of a Federal Trade Commission probe of Riddell’s allegedly misleading promotional claims.

Apparently Dr. Bennet Omalu’s third study of a professional football player (Mike Webster and Terry Long being the first two) about Andre Waters Continue reading

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Wrestling Season

With the winter sports comes wrestling.  No, not rassling, but the Olympic style (actually called Folk Style) in high schools and colleges.  Some inherent risks come with wrestling, and a lot of that risk is head/neck trauma, particularly because there is no head gear.  Yes, there is ear guards but not “brain” guards.  However, in this sport you have a greater chance of significant orthopedic injury versus a head injury, but they do occur like that of a Minnesota freshman.

Mansfield suffered the skull fracture after colliding with another student during wrestling practice on Monday afternoon, according to a report on The Guillotine.com.

After the accident Mansfield was transported by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar and airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center.

He is recovering well and doctors said the injury mainly affected his skull.  Read the entire story HERE.