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Can sports concussions cause a type of epilepsy? ADHD?

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  • charles_w_2000
    Can sports concussions cause a type of epilepsy? In the last several years or so a new area has appeared on the radar screen - Sports Concussions - and it is
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 30, 2011
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      Can sports concussions cause a type of epilepsy? In the last several years or so
      a new area has appeared on the radar screen - Sports Concussions - and it is
      growing rapidly. Recently (2011) quarterback Terry Bradshaw said that his memory
      was affected by repeated sports concussions as a football quarterback and it's
      now affecting his ability to be a FOX TV sports news analyst. What is surprising
      is that Bradshaw said he went to an ADHD clinic for treatment of his memory
      difficulties/his sports concussions. Does Terry Bradshaw have ADHD or a form of
      epilepsy (aka paying attention/memory difficulties) or what? Your insights into
      this emerging field of sports concussions and the many epilepsies? Sports
      concussions have caused new laws to be written in many states (not all states
      yet) so it is a big, big area mixing politics and medicine and schools and
      sports and the many epilepsies, ADHDs, auditory processing disorders, and so on.
      Your view on the topic of sports concussions and the epilepsies? The general
      consensus is that for decades the whole topic of sports concussions has been
      swept under the rug by the powers that be but that has all changed in about the
      last two years or so.

      Words: Sports concussions, epilepsies, ADHDs, auditory processing challenges,
      memory, paying attention
    • Steve Corsini
      There have been a couple of cases in Australia this year of professional AFL (Australian Rules Football) suing their teams for the brain damage which they
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 30, 2011
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        There have been a couple of cases in Australia this year of professional AFL (Australian Rules Football) suing their teams for the brain damage
        which they claim they are supposed to have received from playing "footy".  
        (personally I have little doubt that some players probably have received brain injuries from hard contact, either with other players or with the ground)
         
        This year the AFL had introduced stricter guidelines for players who have been concussed on the field -
        This season, if a player is concussed they need to have the team doctor examine them before they are allowed back on the field - IN the SAME game.
        (In the first round of the season the Brisbane Lions had two players concussed - one was early in the game and he was sent to the change rooms rooms, later in the game a second player was severely concussed - to the point where he was staggering all over the place and didn't have a clue where he was. The doctor passed him fit within 5 minutes, as it was a crucial point in the game and they were already a player down - the Team Doctor clearly has a vested interest in getting the player back on the field) 
         
        The perception that AFL has a high level of injuries (especially concussion and knee ligaments) and on field violence, is one of the reasons that soccer is increasingly in popularity amongst the parents of young children.
         
        It doesn't help that the inherent culture of footy clubs, at all levels, encourages excessive drinking and which leads to acts of bravado, stupidity and sexual assaults.
         
        SJC
        Pickering Brook
        Western Australia
         


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        Can sports concussions cause a type of epilepsy? In the last several years or so
        a new area has appeared on the radar screen - Sports Concussions - and it is
        growing rapidly. Recently (2011) quarterback Terry Bradshaw said that his memory
        was affected by repeated sports concussions as a football quarterback and it's
        now affecting his ability to be a FOX TV sports news analyst. What is surprising
        is that Bradshaw said he went to an ADHD clinic for treatment of his memory
        difficulties/his sports concussions. Does Terry Bradshaw have ADHD or a form of
        epilepsy (aka paying attention/memory difficulties) or what? Your insights into
        this emerging field of sports concussions and the many epilepsies? Sports
        concussions have caused new laws to be written in many states (not all states
        yet) so it is a big, big area mixing politics and medicine and schools and
        sports and the many epilepsies, ADHDs, auditory processing disorders, and so on.
        Your view on the topic of sports concussions and the epilepsies? The general
        consensus is that for decades the whole topic of sports concussions has been
        swept under the rug by the powers that be but that has all changed in about the
        last two years or so.

        Words: Sports concussions, epilepsies, ADHDs, auditory processing challenges,
        memory, paying attention

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