A Pro’s Take on Preseason Concussions: Not Worth the Memory Loss 

 January 29, 2016

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

Concussion-Youth-FootballFootball season is upon us, and even though it’s pre-season, news of concussion and head injury is already making headlines.  Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Brandon Weeden played only 11 snaps in last Sunday’s game before suffering a concussion early on in the second quarter.  Weeden took a hit to the back of his head landing him his third concussion.  At 31 years of age, Weeden was quoted as saying that “I don’t want to be 50 and not know my kids’ names.  To me that’s a lot more important than try to play it out one more series in a preseason game.  It’s not worth it.” 


Concussions, for athletes and non-athletes alike can present with a myriad of symptoms, even after a seemingly mild incident.  Symptoms of a mild concussion can include confusion, inability to concentrate, headache, nausea or vomiting, memory loss, and visual disturbances.  A more severe concussion can cause seizures, changes in consciousness, and unequal pupil size between eyes.  Usually, concussion symptoms should subside within days or weeks of the injury.  However, there are some instances in which a person can develop post-concussion syndrome, where symptoms fail to go away and can even worsen for many months following the injury. 

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 A possible explanation for persistent concussion symptoms could be that the trauma to the head created a misalignment of the vertebrae in the neck.  Luckily for quarterback Brandon Weeden, most professional sports teams have a chiropractor on staff.  In Chattanooga, upper cervical chiropractors Drs. Todd and Christi Osborne assess for very specific misalignments of the top two vertebrae in the neck, known as atlas and axis.  A subluxation, or misalignment, in this area can be devastating to the body’s natural ability to heal and function.  If you have lingering symptoms following even the most mild of head traumas, it is prudent to have the alignment of these vertebra checked by an upper cervical chiropractor. 


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Dr. Todd Osborne

Dr. Todd Osborne has completed extensive post-graduate education in Activator Methods, and has hundreds of hours in continuing education in Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Neurology, and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist, certified by the Atlas Orthogonal Board and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Todd Osborne

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