One of the byproducts of the Concussion Awareness Summit in Minneapolis run by Brewer Sports and visionary Jack Brewer last month was a smartly written column by legendary sports agent Leigh Steinberg called “Finally—Light At the End of Concussion Tunnel” for the Forbes.com website.
Steinberg, who was the keynote speaker, noted in the piece that “breakthroughs in brain research and extensive testing of retired athletes has made it clear that our society is about to witness an epidemic of symptoms and damage in athletes in a variety of sports.” He went on to attribute this, in part, to the creation of “a new breed of robo-athletes able to run more quickly at greater size with unprecedented power.
“Pioneer researchers like Dr. Robert Cantu, Dr. Julian Bailes, Dr. Robert Hovda and Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz have conducted studies, which seem to point towards three or more concussions as a trigger point. Multiple concussions can cause exponentially higher rates of ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, premature senility and dementia, elevated rates of depression and Chronic traumatic encephalopathy.”
Steinberg added that “after being involved with six concussion seminars and understanding the depth of this danger we never have been able to find a way to stop the concussion from occurring or do much to treat the consequences.”
But there is “hope,” according to Steinberg. “One of the organizers of the concussion event, Gerald Commissiong is CEO of Amarantus BioScience, is searching for a way to cure the symptoms.”
He also highlighted “Dr. Jacob VanLandingham, who’s Florida based firm Prevacus is getting close to a solution. Former athlete Christopher Nowinski has done groundbreaking work in this field. There are many groups across the country racing to find a cure for concussion impairment.”
And for this reason and others, there is hope.