Being a champion and enjoying many of the benefits of success as an athlete can be great. What they don't tell you is that the same body you put through so much now will be the same one you have to stick with as you grow old.
Doctors are now under firm guidelines for prescribing opioids and other addictive substances, a regulation meant to limit the number of patients prescribed them and, correspondingly, lower rates of addiction and abuse. But in the attempt to reduce and eventually eliminate one problem, it's creating an entirely different one.
A study published this week in the Journal of Neuropsychology reports that concussions in pre-schoolers can be blamed for strained relationships with their parents and can impact their overall social skills.
We need to turn our fascination with the impact of concussion on elite athletes towards a mindful examination of the relevance of concussion in our everyday lives. While we are limited in stopping the progression of most brain-related diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia, there are things that we can control.
As kids head back to school, hoping to make this year's sports teams, University of Toronto public health professor and family doctor Ross Upshur is calling for stronger action to prevent sports-related concussion in children and youth.
Last season, of course, a bullying scandal came to light in pro football wherein Richie Incognito, a truly offensive offensive lineman, was (in the words of The New York Times) "found to have engaged in serial harassment" and "a pattern of bullying" against Miami Dolphin teammate Jonathan Martin, who eventually left Miami under "psychological duress."
A concussion is an invisible injury that can not be seen by MRI, CAT scan or X-rays. A concussion can affect the way a person thinks, feels and remembers things. My son had a "mild" concussion. He didn't display many of the symptoms other than a slight sensitivity to sound for a day. Overall, the discussion of concussions is a good thing for everybody.
This week I'll tell you five things I've had enough of lately, like school shootings, Miley Cyrus, Martha Stewart, hockey fights and bad skin.
1. I'll tell you what has caught most of my attention this week and that's concussions. My 16-year-old son got hit in the
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