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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Doctor Suggests Headguards Add to the Concussion Problem, Not Solve It

Before you go out and lay down all that money for headguard or other protective equipment, like liners, that are supposed to shield athletes from concussions, you may want to consider an article that ran this month in the Telegraph in the UK.

The article quoted Dr. Mike Loosemore, the doctor for the British boxing team and a leading member of the medical team at the London Olympics, that Headguards contribute to the concussion problem, not lessen it.

“Look at the NFL, where the risk of brain injury is extremely high despite the helmets that they wear,” he told the newspaper.

He continued, noting that Headguards give “an illusion of safety. If you think you are protected by a headguard, you are more likely to put your head where it shouldn’t be.”

Elaborating, he told the Telegraph that the NFL has “weaponised the helmet and it is routinely used as part of the ‘hit.’”

For the full article, visit:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/news/11150094/Headguards-in-rugby-would-add-to-the-concussion-problem-not-solve-it-says-doctor.html 1/3

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