SLI Seeks Former Athletes with Concussions and CTE Symptoms for Registry

Concussion research is often stymied by high costs and difficulty in recruiting patients. SLI is launching a new registry to assist researchers across America recruit patients more cost-effectively for studies on concussion and CTE.

“Everyone qualifies – we need former athletes with concussions and CTE symptoms, but we also need healthy controls,” according to SLI. “If you care about solving the concussion crisis, sign up today! Members of the registry will periodically receive emails with currently enrolling studies.”

Some of our currently enrolling studies include:

  • LEGEND study at BU
  • VICTORS study at NYU (New York City) & ICO (Chicago)
  • Brain Donation Registry for the VA-BU-SLI Brain Bank

Click here to register today!

 

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Dutch Gold Develops Neuroprotective Protocols for Athletic Concussion Treatment

Dutch Gold Resources, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: DGRI) (http://dutchgoldinc.com) has announced that it has developed treatment protocols for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) using Cannabidiol (CBD). The company will begin offering certification programs for physicians, athletic trainers, and other healthcare professionals on December 4, 2014.

DGRI noted that CTE is a progressive neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated brain trauma. Mild concussions and sub-concussive blows as well as concussions with loss of consciousness cause TAU protein expression (Tauopathy), according to the company. Professional athletes such as football players, hockey players and soccer players are at risk for CTE. Additionally, collegiate and high school players may be at risk.

The Endocannabinoid System in the human brain normally protects the neuronal cells and regulates immune responses. CTE causes an endocannabinoid deficiency, which causes a significant decrease in circulating cannabinoids and damages CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors that bind to the endocannabinoids. Cannabidiol has been shown to provide anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and anti-convulsive effects.

“In developing the Medical Cannibis Manual, we have realized the need to a separate manual that focuses on the benefits of CBD,” said Daniel Hollis, CEO of the DGRI. “Our research has led us to develop protocols that can be immediately used by patients to address CTE. This is a serious condition that impacts athletes of all ages and anyone who has been subjected to brain trauma such as our veterans.”

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Study Concludes Isometric Cervical Muscle Strength May Mitigate Concussion Severity

The British Journal of Sports Medicine has published an abstract from the 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport, which addresses how Isometric Cervical Muscle can mitigate the risk and severity of concussion.

After testing 21 American collegiate football players, the authors of the study concluded that “the cervical musculature may play a role in mitigating head impact severity among collegiate football players. Sports medicine professionals and strength and conditioning coaches should continue exploring the potential benefits of cervical strengthening programmes on head injury prevention.”

For more on the study, visit: http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/47/5/e1.47.abstract

 

 

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