Dangerous NFL Injuries

By on Feb 20, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), torn meniscus, muscle contusions, shoulder tendinitis, shoulder separation or dislocation, ankle sprains and strains, and torn hamstrings are just some of the injuries suffered by National Football League and College Football players. More serious than any of these musculoskeletal injuries, however, are two other injuries that affect the brain: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and Concussion.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which is a progressive, degenerative brain disease, can lead to memory loss, dementia and depression. Concussion, on the other hand, is “a change in mental state due to a traumatic impact. Not all those who suffer a concussion lose consciousness. Some signs that a concussion has been sustained are headaches, dizziness, nausea, loss of balance, drowsiness, numbness, difficulty concentrating, and blurred vision.

During the 2015 season alone, there were over 180 reported concussions in the National Football League, an average of 10.7 NFL concussions each week over its 17-week season. Obviously, the more violent football is, the more fans, owners and camera crew are awestruck by this sports. They all do not realize, however, how this game can cause in players an illness that can reduce not only their quality of life, but also their life span.

Besides Chris Borland, a linebacker drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, many other professional players retired from the sport early in their career due to concerns over head injuries inherent to the sport. The only sad thing is, they might have retired too late – when serious damage that will eventually lead to serious effects can no longer be reversed.

During the 1993 NFC Championship Game, for instance, Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman suffered a serious blow to the head which sent him to the hospital that same evening. In 1994, Chicago Bears fullback Merrill Hodge also suffered a blow to the head. This injury did not only make him retire from football; it also left him unable to recognize his close family members, including his wife.”

As mentioned by the Ali Mokaram law firm, “In the opinion of an increasing number of scientists, NFL players are paying the cost of such entertainment with their health and long-term well-being. Once their playing careers have ended, many NFL players find that the physical toll that playing professional football has taken on their bodies makes them unable to live a productive, healthy life. Some of these injuries include physical pain from broken bones and joint injuries, but increasing evidence shows that many professional athletes also have suffered degenerative brain disease from repeated concussions as a result of playing in the league.” In spite of this, players frequently feel forced to perform despite incurring severe head injuries in order to retain their professional careers and fans. This is incredibly dangerous for players as repeated concussions have serious long-term effects on a person’s wellbeing, such as: reduced life span, high medical costs, brain damage, chronic headaches, impaired concentration and memory, and, reduced balance.

The Complex Disease of Addiction and Unconventional Treatment Methods

By on Feb 16, 2017 in Addiction | 0 comments

Addiction is often associated with weakness, reduced to a moral failure on the part of an individual to stop self-destructive behavior. However, such thinking implies that addiction is a choice, when it is rather a complex, genetically predisposed  and chronic disease that plagues its victims and eliminates their freedom and autonomy in their own lives. In addition, as noted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, repeated drug abuse changes the function and chemical systems in the brain, which further reduces their ability to resist taking drugs.

Traditional addiction treatment usually involves prescription medication to reduce drug dependence and withdrawals and to help detox the patient. Immediate abstention for certain drugs can be deadly because of withdrawal symptoms, so it is imperative for addicts to get help from a licensed psychiatrist, therapist, or other professional. Though traditional treatment methods are often helpful and successful, given the complexity of addiction and the high likelihood of relapse for addicts, other alternative treatment methods can be vital to an individual’s recovery if used in addition to or separately from traditional medicated methods, depending on the individual case.

Such alternative methods include acupuncture, biofeedback, meditation, and addiction hypnotherapy, among others, according to the American Holistic Health Association. Acupuncture can help reduce withdrawal systems and aid detox, biofeedback has had profound effects in preventing relapse, and meditation promotes mindfulness which can reduce anxiety and impulsive behavior. Addiction hypnotherapy, in particular, can be vital to certain patients for treatment as it helps patients identify and avoid certain triggers and work through underlying emotional, behavioral, and psychological issues that contribute to drug abuse.

If you are currently struggling with an addiction that is resistant to traditional treatment methods, a more holistic approach may be needed for a lasting and effectual recovery with the introduction of  somewhat unconventional but increasingly important and veritable methods outside of medication and therapy.