Another key misconception identified in our study was on the level of brain injury a concussion is thought to represent. Very few athletes and coaches correctly understood that a concussion represents a mild traumatic injury. Interestingly, those athletes who believed a concussion represents a severe brain injury reported engaging in more sparring sessions per week and fewer indicated they had suffered a concussion in the past year relative to those who understood the actual level of severity a concussion represents. This finding introduces how education on even basic concepts may help, as the understanding of this general idea led to safer behaviour and likely a more realistic perception of concussion occurrence. Therefore, big changes appear to be achievable through small steps. … [Read more...] about The Vicious Cycle of Concussion Ignorance in Combat Sports
Concussions outside of sports
In the last year alone, several professional athletes have demonstrated acute emotional behaviors that have hurt others and themselves. Accounts of violence, domestic violence, murder and suicide may all be related to mild traumatic brain injuries that have accumulated and accelerated a degenerative process. But the problem goes beyond the playing fields, and into everyone’s, everyday life. … [Read more...] about Balancing Precarious Emotions in Sport Concussion Protocols
It’s technical! “In working with high school athletes, my most important factors in concussion evaluation are P.E.A.R.L. (Pupils Equal and Reactive to Light), occular tracking, retro/anterograde amnesia, cognitive responses to questions (basic math), awareness level, and balance and head pain. I'm more concerned about the long term issues a student athlete may have with their brain. It is difficult with some of the parents…but I tell the students that, yes, their sport is important but your brain is more important...It's one injury that could last a lifetime.” — Kristen A. Milazzo ATC/L, Head Athletic Trainer, Lakeland Regional High School, Wanaque, NJ … [Read more...] about The Best Advice For Handling Concussions
Shedding Weight The Right Way Don't lose weight due to dehydration: Your weight reduces if you remain dehydrated, but this is not really weight loss; the fats you should be burning still remains in your body. Losing weight due to dehydration is not even a permanent way to lose weight. The muscle in your body will shrivel due to the lack of moisture  . Burn fats by gaining muscle: The best way to lose fats from your body is through strength training. Strength training helps you gain muscle and aid in shedding weight at the same time. Doing just cardio exercises is not enough, if you stop doing cardio you will regain the bulk you lost. Get healthy by losing fats: The best way to get rid of the fats in your body is by weight lifting. To stay safe and achieve your goal of losing weight and building muscles effectively you should get a trainer to guide you in doing the strength training the right way without getting injured  . The right diet is the key to muscle mass: A proper diet … [Read more...] about Weight Loss Vs Fat Loss: Which is Healthy For You?