13 Mar NHL’s Brenden Morrow Prevents CTE
Former Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow came to Cerebrum Health Centers Dallas earlier this year to receive treatment for post-concussion symptoms. By receiving treatment sooner rather than later, Morrow hopes to prevent the more severe degeneration associated with the condition known as CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) at bay. Click this link to watch the video or read the full story covered by CBS 11.
His story, unfortunately, is not an uncommon one, as incidences and effects from post-concussion syndrome in athletes continues to rise. Similar to how the issue of CTE became a point of contention for the NFL, the NHL is now facing a similar controversy. The devastating impact for affected athletes and their families, however, is just as drastic.
A 2011 study published by the Canadian Medial Association Journal on concussion stats in the NHL over seven regular seasons from 1997-2004 revealed the following:
- 559 reported concussions during regular season games (11% of these were reported by players after the incident to avoid being taken out of the game)
- 5.8 concussions for every 100 players
- 1.8 concussions per 1,000 player-hours
- 71% of reported post concussion symptoms included headaches
- 34% of reported post concussion symptoms included dizziness
- 24% of reported post concussion symptoms included nausea
- 23% of reported post concussion symptoms included neck pain
- 22% of reported post concussion symptoms included blurred vision
- 20% of reported concussed players experienced amnesia
- 18% of reported concussed players experienced loss of consciousness
Such incidences are not just limited to football and hockey either. According to a study published in Frontiers of Neurology last year, 22% of all soccer injuries are concussions.
While the benefits of athletics certainly include developing friendships, team building, agility, coordination, strength, and many other positive aspects of sports, it is important to understand the risks associated with full contact sports just as with any other high risk activity. If you or someone you know is suffering from symptoms of post-concussion syndrome, don’t just hope it doesn’t develop into CTE, make sure to take preventative measures by receiving treatment now.