Concussions

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A concussion is a traumatic injury that effects the way your brain functions. It occurs when there is trauma to the brain or body that causes the brain to collide with the skull.  The symptoms can include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Excess fatigue
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Vomiting

There is a new device that wraps gently around the neck to help reduce the “slosh” of the brain inside the skull it appears. It is shown on the athlete’s neck below.

Bailes, a neurosurgeon from the North Shore Neurological Institute and his partners were inspired by the woodpecker to create a device to help reduce concussions. A woodpecker slams its head more than 80 million times over its lifetime without concussions.

The bird’s long tongue wraps around its head, compressing the jugular vein.

Bailes replicated that with a collar for humans that gently presses the vein like a necktie, reducing blood flow out of the brain. That creates a backflow, about a teaspoon of extra blood, making a tighter fit in the skull.

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Bailes says it’s like bubble wrap for the brain — and there’s no downside that doctors know of to increasing the volume of blood inside the skull.

Dr. Gregory Myer from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is leading a study on the collar.

Researchers equipped high school players and found 1,000 routine head impacts in one season.Researchers will publish the MRI results this month. They show a dramatic difference in the high school athletes not wearing the collar — the red shows changes to the brain over the season — compared to the players wearing the collar.

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Images from MRI tests show the difference in brain changes between high school athletes who wore the collar and athletes who did not.

CBS NEWS

 

 

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