“There is no such thing as a safe blow to the head,” Dr. Bennet Omalu. The Doppler has been around since the 80’s but has been used for severe brain injuries where the injury is more obvious, a concussion is considered to be a mild injury as far as outside activity would show. A brain concussion is never a mild injury on the inside the Doppler measures cerebrovascular reactivity index and plasticity index as well as velocity and any variation of blood flow. The sport of football is entrtainment comparable to the Romans and the gladiator in the middle of the arena fighting to the death mathc.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is a progressive degenerative disease that affects the brain of athletes who have suffered repeated head traumas. Brain Dr. Omalu made famous by the movie Concussion in which Will Smith played the starring role performed the autopsy on NFL player Mike Webster to analyze his brain tissue saying the brain tissue resembled dementia pugilistica . CTE causes memory loss, impulsive and erratic behavior, and difficulty with balance, impaired judgement and behavioral disturbances like aggression, depression and increased thoughts and feelings of suicide.
What sports needs is to teach athletes young and old, the subtleties of self-care and being able to sense inward trauma. Relying on your own mind body spirit intellect and not on the outside wishes of the coach who was not involved in the accident would help with treatment immeasurably. The glory of football when they are building stadiums that cost half-a-billion dollars they want players on the fileld who will take to the max.
The tragedy of Fred McNeil is that he started out with things like forgetting to pick up his kids from school, concentrating and completing tasks and he would jump out of bed at night with nightmares and complaining of headaches. Similar issues have happened in other NFL players. When McNeil was playing the most he ever worried about was a spinal injury and being carried off the field with paralysis. For Tia McNeil when she heard about Dr. Bennet Omalu and his finding it all started to make sense, She found his number and called him on the telephone and as she would tell him what was going on the doctor would finish her sentences.
Dr. Omalu said the big business that is football and the fans at large are to blame for the traumas the NFL players face in their old age. You play you pay and chronic brain damage as a way of death for the players has to change. The prevailing attitude is killing incredible men with families. Mike Webster was so overwhelmed by his own illness and his behaviors he tried to kill himself on three separate occasions.
“The business of sports entertainment is not about the players health but somewhere somebody needs to draw the line. As we wallow in the intoxication of football men are putting their lives on the line.” Children are idolizing the sport, the recognition and the money they will make not knowing playing football can mean a certain death sentence. Dr. Omalu advocates against playing football for children. Some parents push their children to play at any cost and want them to learn to take the blows and get back out there. You are priming your kids for death by way of CTE. The Transcranial Doppler will help to diagnose but it won’t make it better for the players and their families the damage has been done.