Report: Repeat concussions linked to permanent brain injury
Drs. Siegel and Samadi explain
- Duration 4:35
- Date Dec 9, 2012
Drs. Siegel and Samadi explain
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Welcome back everybody it's time now for Sunday house -- joining us this morning doctor Marc Siegel.
Associate professor of medicine at NYU's land -- medical center and author of the inner pulse.
Unlocking the secret code of sickness and health and doctor David somebody's vice chairman of the department of urology and chief robotics at the Mount Sinai Medical Center here in -- university doctors good morning good morning to see if I wanted to see you at the time -- -- -- -- We begin with actual pretty shocking report that has to do with that repetitive head injuries just how dangerous they convey.
Turns out the researchers have found substantial new evidence linking repeat concussions.
Brain injury doctor Siegel you know when your kid just thinking get to go wrong and you shake it off through Europe -- -- -- throw up your okay.
Go home -- but no we see this happening in the can really have long term effects.
Times have changed -- there's a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy we used to think that that boxers only had that.
Boxers got punch drunk we knew boxers over the years at a risk of getting anger getting depression getting dementia we've seen not a lot and of course with Mohammed Ali -- -- that very much feature.
But no started to look at that with football players the National Football League has been involved -- that.
And we worry about that his parents of kids in teens.
Thinking are we pushing them too hard is that philosophy of lowering the -- ahead and charging forward with the helmet.
Is that putting our brains -- -- -- This study is very interest in tennis it's a journal called brain and it actually looks at the brains physically looks at the -- 85 braves.
Of people that have had repetitive concussion to repetitive blows to the head somewhere military officers many of them -- football players they found neurological changes in the brain.
Something called the -- protein they found acts -- damage that's the major damage you would worry for about they found that in 65 out of the 85 brings making me worried.
That that actually isn't proof that we're seeing the kind of brain damage we fear here.
So what that is money what do you do -- and -- -- KG wrestling you get.
Not here and there -- kids played football we see it now baseball players that -- their offer.
-- it's a great question we're not talking about just hitting your head to the kitchen cabinet wants -- a lot this is about repeated injuries.
Over and over again now look at their anatomy of the brain brain is surrounded by this golf there's really no room to move.
When you have that violent shaking of the brain you're going to really make these causing damage now for a long this time we thought that Jamie if you.
Get the heady Jerry you're going to rest and you're gonna be fine and -- back to to do again and again now we're sorry to find that based on this study.
That there are these proteins this how.
Proteins that -- -- and basically getting information from one hour to another one is not gonna go through it slows down and and in fact the great what they're finding is.
If you have three of these injuries in a row it increases their risk of image on -- on -- by five.
Fault and that's really very so so what do you do I mean if -- if you're avoiding -- It's a -- apparently got a kid who's in the wrestling team or place football.
Or is soccer they bounced the ball on top of the -- What do you do if you have one what do you do if you have to stop the sport complete well Eric this has a lot of practical significance first of what you get them off the field.
And you keep them off the field.
And then maybe you have -- see a physician before putting them back on the field and then you're trying to say have you had a concussion there's one more point.
As you have a concussion your brain shakes more easily the next time and I just -- if he's still warn against people taking aspirin if they think it's a concussion.
Well you an email you if you want to stop that because it could do some underlying bleeding that you may not be aware off.
I want to this a very good point if you get to that that if you see someone who may have.
Concussion after you go through the airway breathing and circulation.
Look in their eyes if -- -- pills are not equal there's a problem when you wanna get them to the hospital immediately that's very important.
The other thing that we're learning over here is that they may not be -- physical damage you may not see something on the MRIs -- cats because.
But the biologic problem already have started.
And and that's what you want to stop this process a lot of this work aired by the way comes from -- Persian physician from tenth century.
Mohammed Zakaria -- just found out about this over the decades and centuries.
We're back to square one and wears -- reading the same kind of material stop any kind of attack on your breasts and bottom line if you get a concussion go to the doctor and considers dropping -- sports another great person physicians.