Football season is just around the corner throughout the country. In fact, many high schools started practice today. There is nothing quite like the rush you get when those Friday night lights turn on; whether you are parent in the stands, a player on the field, or a coach on the sideline. Football is a sport that builds strength, character, and leadership and can show a young athlete the feeling of pride and honor as they walk off the field after a grueling battle. As great and glorious as this sport can be; it does not come without its risks. Many different injuries can be sustained during football. Namely, the concussion.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Football is not the only way you can get a concussion. They happen in almost every sport including soccer, boxing, and even slow pitch softball... Not to mention car accidents or a hard fall. Unfortunately, it’s not always obvious when a concussion happens.
Let’s take a look at a story about a famous quarterback – Jim McMahon.
Jim McMahon was the quarterback for the ’85 bears; which is arguably the best team ever to play. And like many others playing the sport, McMahon suffered a number of concussions, many of which were not diagnosed. In a November 6, 2010, interview, McMahon admitted to having memory problems due to injuries suffered on the football field. McMahon was quoted as saying, “There are a lot of times when I walk into a room and forget why I walked in there.” And the pain in the former quarterback's head was so excruciating, and the throbbing of every single heartbeat in his ears was so persistent, that he mostly sought refuge in the bedroom of his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was the only way he could find any sort of relief, and even then -- just lying on his bed with the lights off -- he couldn't completely escape the pain. Jim McMahon had nearly given up hope, resigned to a lifetime of pain and frightening memory loss. He even considered giving up completely and taking his own life. And strangely enough, these symptoms didn’t appear till well after the concussions.
But McMahon, 56, also believes he experienced a medical breakthrough recently after chiropractors in New York contacted him in their belief they could help alleviate some of the major problems he had been experiencing. In the ESPN 30 for 30 episode “The ’85 Bears”, Dr. Rosa (McMahon’s Chiropractor) reveals his diagnosis of McMahon, which showed that some of the former quarterback’s pain and head problems stemmed from a neck misalignment that was restricting the flow of spinal fluid and causing toxic proteins to pool in his brain. McMahon says that after his first upper cervical adjustment “It was like the toilet flushed. I could feel this stuff actually leaving my brain.” And along with this, his vision and speech improved.
“It was like the toilet flushed. I could feel this stuff actually leaving my brain.”
This is a huge step in the right direction for treating concussions. Not all concussions are this severe, which is a very good thing. But even one concussion can have a significant impact on the upper cervical region of your neck; the same place McMahon received his adjustment. The public needs to know that this safe, non-invasive, and drug free option called upper cervical chiropractic exists for people suffering from concussions. That is what offices like Agape Family Chiropractic specialize in. If you or someone you know has had a concussion (from football something else) please share this with them. It could save them years of pain and suffering down the road.
“Now that I know what’s going on, it’s not frightening. I just know what I have to do when it happens.”
– Jim McMahon
Check out the video of McMahon and some of the awesome research Dr. Rosa is doing here: