Study on Brains of NFL Players Shines Light on Effects of “Blows to the Head”

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Study on Brains of NFL Players Shines Light on Effects of “Blows to the Head”

concussion in footballA neuropathologist has examined the brains of 111 N.F.L. players — and 110 were found to have C.T.E., the degenerative disease linked to repeated blows to the head.

This disturbing news was part of a feature published last week in The New York Times, which highlighted a study conducted by Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, who examined the brains of 202 deceased football players, including 111 NFL players.

“It is no longer debatable whether or not there is a problem in football — there is a problem,” Dr. McKee said.

“We are learning more about concussion every day as we continually study the short-term and long-term effects of “blows to the head,”  said New York Sports Medicine’s Dr. Carolyn Thompson, who is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), and is fellowship trained in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine. “This New York Times article discusses new research showing the pathological effects of repeated injuries to the head in NFL players and reminds us to be vigilant in evaluating every potential head injury.”

Symptoms of concussion can include headache, dizziness, blurred vision, difficulty concentrating or remembering, balance problems, sleep and mood disturbance, among others. Initial symptoms may be difficult to define since every concussion presents differently and symptoms can be mild or severe and usually evolve over a few days.

“Any symptom should be evaluated as soon as possible,” said Marie Serina, a Family Nurse Practitioner at NYSMI, specializing in concussion care. “Early diagnosis and treatment of concussion is key to recovery. Concussions can occur in people of all ages and during a variety of activities.”

The NYSMI office sees children and adults with concussions from every sport — including basketball, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, field hockey, cheerleading, and cycling — as well as car accidents, accidents in the home, and even falls at work.

“Concussion in youth sports is a critically important matter affecting players both athletically and academically,” said NYSMI founder Dr. Neil Roth. “NYSMI’s Concussion Care was developed as a comprehensive center with expertise in assessment and treatment of individuals with concussions and head injuries. NYSMI has a team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physical therapists specializing in concussions, all of whom are dedicated to educating and treating treating young athletes who suffer concussions and allowing them to return to play and school in a safe and timely manner.”

To make an appointment at NYSMI’s convenient White Plains office, please call  914-220-8711.