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Studying Concussion Impact

From CBC.ca:

The Saskatoon Blades are trying out something new during training camp this week — tracking the force of on-ice hits using helmet-mounted sensors.

Any time a player on the Western Hockey League team is hit, a chip records the strength of the hit and where it happened.  The information will be sent back to a researcher at the University of Alberta.

This team says any new information on concussions is a good thing.

“It’s pretty important,” said Connor Cox, a defenceman on the team. “You see lots of guys like [Sidney] Crosby in the NHL. There’s three guys [on the Blades] that had concussions last year. I was one of them, so it’s pretty important to learn a little bit more about it and to see how much you can take before you get a concussion.”

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Data from the O9 Hershey Bears, players with prior concussion, has shown a great improvement from the prior season. In O9 players were fit with a corrective orthodontic appliance developed with boxers and used by the NFL’s lowest concussion rated team, the N.E. Patriots. A protocol that identifies imbalances in the temporal mandibular joint or the boxers “Glass jaw”. Is the basis behind this protocol. The question must be answered. Why do some boxers become prone to MTBI later in their careers and are these the individuals who become demented. Pugilistica dementia has been around for decades, yet now the very same disease has been renamed CTE. What parallels have been drawn between the development of this problem and where do the lines cross, linking the cause in all sports. Common tooth protecting mouth guards are not constructed the same as a balancing orthotic. No mouth guard has ever shown a consistent result in concussion testing. This new data is peer reviewed by a Harvard TMD expert and published in a major medical journal. http://www.mahercor.com

Neuro guards cost up to $2000 and have not been found in any research connecting them to concussion prevention. Articles that suggest so, are doing a disservice to an orthotic guard already in use with the N.E. Patriots and published in preliminary data to be effective.  An evaluation protocol that identifies imbalances in the bite prior to construction is where others fail. The U.S. Army is now researching this for the prevention of concussion in its troops, not neuro or chip guards. These orthotics are about $200 and effective in those with both temporal mandibular joint dysfunction ( boxers glass jaw) and concussion history. Allowing players to play with TMD is a huge problem that needs to be addressed. http://www.mahercor.com

linked study peer reviewed by a Harvard tmd expert


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19614931

Posted by Steve from Boston on 08/27/11 at 02:13 PM ET

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interesting Steve, i didn’t know that… found you on google

Posted by London on 08/28/11 at 06:10 AM ET

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More than just interesting, it’s ludicrous that most NFL, NHL and AHL players where nothing at all to protect their jaw/chin. The NCAA and NFHS have mandates for mouth guard use, but no standards of care or fitting guidelines for those with temporal mandibular dysfunction in relation to their concussion history. Savard and Crosby were struck directly in the chin when injured. Chris Bourque with Hershey had four concussions in two years prior to fitting. He has been injury free since. It was reported that Patrice Bergeron has benefited from this protocol, yet players like Savard and Crosby are not being told of this by any of the NHL medical staff. Even stranger, CHUBB, the workers comp provider to the NHL funded the fitting of the bears and have data ready for research, yet nothing from any of the key investigators.

Posted by steve from Boston on 08/28/11 at 10:19 AM ET

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