Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Role of the Neck in Concussions

The Brattleboro (VT) Reformer published an interesting article written by the parent of high school soccer player, which touches on everything from research to testing to equipment.

One of the more significant areas involves Brattleboro Union High School’s head athletic trainer, Josh Underwood, and the research he did concerning girls soccer players and concussions in preparing his doctoral dissertation, which focuses on the use of manual therapy in reducing symptoms reported by patients with concussions.13521446093fm3m

“When you have a concussion, there is dysfunction in both the neck and the musculature,” he said in the article. “It’s not just the brain rattling, although the general thinking is that the brain is generally hurt.

“But we also think that the neck and the muscles surrounding the head act as a tuning fork. The pain and vibrations hit the area, and that makes the pain that much worse.

“Our theory is that the concussion causes some sort of dysfunction in the neck and surrounding musculature that increases some of the symptoms reported by patients.”

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Prep Football Team Cancels Season After Death Follows a Concussion

Friday nights used to be a big deal in Brockton, N.Y., as the Westfield/Brocton football team took the field ready to represent their community.

Now they are just a painful reminder of what happened to player Damon Janes earlier this month when he suffered a severe head injury during a game that led to his death three days later.

In fact, the pain is so overwhelming, the Westfield Academy and Central School Board of Education unanimously approved superintendent David Davison’s recommendation to cancel the five remaining games on the team’s schedule.

What follows is the statement:

The pending motion was shared with players from both teams at a team meeting on Monday. During the meeting, players shared creative and positive ways to honor Damon Janes through our athletic programs and school communities for the remainder of the year and into the future. This will be a student driven effort and allow Damon’s friends and teammates to continue the grieving process off of the playing field.

Both Brocton and Westfield continue to offer support to students and players through district counseling departments. For parents and family members in need of assistance, grief counseling is available through several agencies and local churches.

Section VI has been notified of District’s decision to not complete the season.

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NHL Players Find Loophole in Helmet Rule Designed to Prevent Concussions

An interesting story emerged earlier this week about the National Hockey League’s well-intentioned helmet rule, which is designed to prevent its players from suffering concussions, while

Specifically, NHL Rule 46.6 provides as follows:

Helmets — No player may remove his helmet prior to engaging in a fight. If he should do so, he shall be assessed a two minute minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Helmets that come off in the course of and resulting from the altercation will not result in a penalty to either player.

The flaws in the rule were revealed recently when Brett Gallant of the New York Islanders and Krys Barch of the New Jersey Devils removed each other’s helmets before a fight.

Here’s the surreal video:

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