Check Up from the Neck Up
Insights and perspectives on injury prevention, rehabilitation, health and fitness
What are the most common myths and misconceptions regarding concussions according to Dr. Robert Cantu, the world’s foremost authority on concussions and brain trauma in sports? Unfortunately coaches, parents and kids have not fully grasped these important facts as of yet. The number one most serious misconception is that you have to be rendered unconscious to have suffered a concussion. More than 90 percent of athletic concussions occur without any loss of consciousness. The loss of consciousness is only one of the 26 symptoms associated with concussions. Another very common myth is...
Just a heads up for all of you soccer players out there….Repetitive soccer ball ‘heading’ could lead to brain injury. In the past decade, the focus has been primarily on football players and military personnel who have sustained concussions and/or mild to severe brain injuries. According to an article by Loren Grush from FoxNews.com, another kind of athlete could potentially be at risk for similar types of brain abnormalities which have a lasting impact on cognition and memory: Soccer players. Researchers utilized (MRI) techniques and found that numerous repetitions of the soccer move, ‘heading’ is associated with adverse brain changes comparable to those found in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Active soccer players will head the ball an average of five to six time during a match, however the bulk of soccer heading occurs during practice sessions, when a player could repeatedly head the ball up to 30 times or more. The more heading players did, the more likely they were to have abnormalities in brain microstructure and worse cognitive performance. This is the ugly truth, and another good reason to strengthen your neck to prevent a concussion. After all, it COULD hurt not to.
Read the entire article at: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/06/11/repetitive-soccer-ball-heading-could-lead-to-brain-injury/