The Hot Topic in Football
Many news organizations are reporting on the hot topic in football right now, concussions. Lawsuits, questions of safety and a call for new research from many organizations is daily being reported.
The Toledo Blade is reporting that Ohio State University’s Dr. Russell Lonser is setting off on one of his biggest concussion research projects yet. OSU hopes to launch a long-term concussion study that would track selected Buckeye football players — and a broad range of other subjects — long after they leave campus.
Dr. Lonser, hired by the university in November as chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery, recently formed a multidisciplinary concussion work group.
The study comes with football at a crossroads as concussions become increasingly linked with damaging long-term effects.
More than 4,000 former players have filed concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL while a growing number of voices have questioned the future of the sport.
Dr. Lonser has seen first-hand the potential damage inflicted by a football life. As chief of neurological surgery at the National Institutes of Health, he supervised the study of Junior Seau’s brain after the former star linebacker committed suicide last year. Seau, 43, showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, a degenerative brain disease tied to repeated head injuries that has been found in dozens of former players.
“Not everyone who gets concussions or who has multiple concussions goes on to long-term subsequent issues, but some do,” Dr. Kaeding said. “So part of the question now is trying to identify who does and who doesn’t, who’s at risk.”
That’s why the Ohio State study aims to track many volunteers for years, even decades. OSU will coordinate with other schools to ensure uniform benchmarks and data.
What Causes the Lingering Effects of Football Concussions?
At Suwanee Spine and Wellness we have found that natural relief of football related concussions is possible. We have had the opportunity to help many professional, college and high school athletes struggling with the lingering effects of concussions.
The approach we take is to thoroughly evaluate the head and neck area to determine if the athlete is suffering from an undetected brainstem injury. Frequently as a result of head and neck injuries athletes have severe misalignments in the bones in their upper neck. These upper neck misalignments change the flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid to and from the brain. These fluid changes can lead to increased intracranial pressure, and severe consequences for the health and healing capabilities of the brain.
Once this undetected brainstem injury is addressed by precisely realigning the upper neck, proper blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow is restored to the brain and many people suffering with post-concussion syndrome or mild traumatic brain injuries recover completely.
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Dr. Tymothy Flory, Dr. James Weiss and Dr. Jameson Wong of Atlas Spinal Care in Upland, California are Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora and surrounding areas. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, vertigo, whiplash and auto injuries.