NFL changes concussion protocol after controversial calls this season …

Dec 26, 2017

 NFL changes concussion protocol after controversial calls this season …

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  1. Mike Boryla
    December 26th, 2017 at 11:29 am #

    As a former Pro Bowl quarterback and a former 20 year attorney I know what the NFL is trying to do… Since they can not possibly win the ‘public relations war’ on sub concussive blow, they only talk about concussions. The real danger to the NFL players that causes CTE is the thousands of sub concussive blows. The NFL can not stop these so they refuse to talk about them. They will not let the former player NFL shill announcers talk about them on TV either…

  2. Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, NCSP
    December 28th, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    Some oft hidden and/or not frequently discussed concussion/brain injury information found in professional / scientific literature:

    1928 — Marland, H. S.: Punch Drunk , JAMA 91: 1103 ( (Oct. 13)
    Brain injury as a result of boxing related concussions –concepts of BOTH concussive blows and subconcussive blows to the head were discussed

    1934 — Strauss and Savitsky are credited with coining the phrase postconcussion syndrome (Evans, 1994), and they posited that not only may a concussion occur without a loss of consciousness, but that it has an organic basis.
    In their extensive 63-page review of the topic, they emphasized the importance of documenting clinical observations and of not quickly attributing vague or unusual findings to functional/psychological origins.

    1935 — C P Symonds, MD – Disturbance of Cerebral Function in Concussion – The Lancet
    [Concussion] symptoms will need to be estimated on their own merits. They may reasonably be regarded as evidence of structural damage (cerebral contusion), and, as Trotter (1923) was the first to emphasize, they quite commonly develop after a head injury without concussion.
    In every case of head injury with or without concussion, therefore, such symptoms should be watched for, and it should be remembered that a latent interval, often of some days, may precede their development.
    1938 — Dr. A. Thorndike — New England Journal of Medicine…

    ….recognized as the Father of Sports Medicine

    Thorndike exclaimed that “ The ignorance of the laity of the serious complications that may follow a simple concussion of the brain is to be deplored. ” (p. 464)

    1940 — The term chronic traumatic encephalopathy was coined by Bowman & Blau during 1940 when they described the case of a 28-year-old professional boxer in their chapter “Psychotic States Following Head and Brain Injury in Adults and Children” (see Brock 1940 & P. 311 of below CTE citation]

    Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Historical Origins and Current Perspective on … CP11CH12-Stern ARI 3 March 2015 13:32.
    Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, NCSP Licensed Clinical Psychologist

  3. Mike Boryla
    December 29th, 2017 at 7:58 am #

    As someone who has practiced law for 20 years, I truly believe deep in my heart that the NFL’s concealment of the dangers and risks of subconcussive blows is and was CRIMINAL ACTIVITY on the part of the NFL. I sincerely believe that in the coming years the NFL will be recognized as a massive CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE!!!

  4. Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, NCSP
    December 29th, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

    Mike, The professional literature I listed above is merely the tip of an iceberg of revealing information re the adverse effects of concussions/brain injuries that has been readily available in the professional literature for multiple centuries…
    and that was also shared by me during November 2014 with the presiding Federal Judge, Anita Brody, as part of my Objections and Concerns re the then proposed NFL Concussion Settlement.
    As I have opined in the past, if I as a graduate student in a PhD program can unearth and bring to light this extensive info via my Dissertation research period, seems organizations whom possess both enriched financial and human resources should have easily had access and privy to these multitude of facts.
    Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, NCSP Licensed Clinical Psychologist

  5. Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, NCSP
    December 30th, 2017 at 8:05 am #

    Mike, During 1988 I wrote a boxing paper for a Sociology of Sport graduate class at Syracuse University. This paper was subsequently published on ERIC and is entitled:
    Should Individuals Who Possess Only One Brain Be Allowed to Box? ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Personnel Services, July, 1989. (Document # ED 304435)

    Unsurprisingly, during the 1980’s there existed Dr. No’s of the boxing world re ” see no evil ” perspectives on boxing “.

    Surprisingly, Dr. I. Casson and colleagues (Casson et al, 1984 – JAMA) adhered to the ” Yes ” positions re the serious adverse effects of boxing blows to the brain.

    In the Journal of the American Medical Association published research of almost 40 years ago, Casson et al (1984) examined via 18 boxers (15 professional boxers and 3 amateur boxers).

    Components of their assessment follow:

    – a neurological evaluation;

    – an EEG

    – a CT scan of the brain

    – neuropsychological testing

    Casson et al (1984) subsequently reported:

    1- evidence of severe cerebral function in 13 of 15 professional boxers;

    2- that a direct relationship existed between the severity of brain damage and the length of the boxer’s professional career;

    3- that a CUMULATIVE EFFECT of multiple SUBCONCUSSIVE blows to the head is a likely etiology (p. 2666) for more severe brain damage for the remaining 5 boxers examined.

    Casson later became a member to the NFL’s Concussion Committee and eventually became known as the infamous “Dr. No”.

    In his role on the NFL mTBI committee his expressed views re concussions and subconcussive blows….did a 180 as he subsequently denied any adverse effects of concussions / blows to the head…

    This boxing paper of mine is also of value re my recommendations that include:

    1- baseline neurological and neuropsychological testing for boxers, and

    2- concussion references….that note Dr Dorothy Gronwall and Dr. Philip Wrightson’ 1975 Lancet article re the Cumulative Effect of Concussion…and the 1928 citation of Dr. Martland’s Punch Drunk.

    Researching this boxing paper during the 1980’s and the serendipity of conducting such research…that is, discovering unexpected brain injury info…partially served as the impetus for my ground breaking 2004 dissertation research re Active and Retired NFL Players’ Knowledge of Concussions.

    Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, NCSP Licensed Clinical Psychologist

  6. Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, NCSP
    December 30th, 2017 at 8:10 am #

    PS…oooops typo error… In the Journal of the American Medical Association published research of almost 40 years ago ……….
    the above should read — In the Journal of the American Medical Association published research of almost 30 years ago…

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