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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Texas Physical Therapy Practice Embraces ImPACT

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS), a Central Texas physical therapy practice with more than a dozen offices throughout the state, will use the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) screening for concussions.

“ImPACT screening is a great mechanism for ensuring athletes are healthy before hitting the field again, no matter the sport,” said Jon Sams, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS. “If not treated properly, concussions are life threatening. Athletes who return to play without allowing for proper healing can experience staggering neurological injury and in some cases death. Bottom line, it’s not worth skipping one of these 20-minute screenings.”

The Certified Athletic Trainers and Sports Certified Specialists at TexPTS provide ImPACT screening during the pre-season to measure brain abilities and are also present at student athletic events. If an injury occurs they can immediately compare the student’s pre-season brain abilities to his or her current abilities. TexPTS can then refer athletes, as needed, to doctors who specialize in the treatment of these injuries.

TexPTS hs offices in Austin, Cibolo, Central Texas, Dallas, Georgetown, Hill County, Liberty Hill, Live Oak, Randolph Air Force Base, New Braunfels, Parmer/Pflugerville, Round Rock, San Antonio, San Marcos, Schertz, Selma, Spring Branch, and Universal City.


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