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Bact PhD

Member Since 08 January 2012 - 11:28 PM
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In Topic: "Concussion" - New Will Smith Movie About the NFL, Football, and Brai...

25 July 2017 - 05:46 PM

 D. C. Sessions, on 25 July 2017 - 04:59 PM, said:

That's very well established neurology. You're a microbiologist; perhaps you're familiar with post-polio encephalopathy? There's a lot of redundant ('spare') circuitry in the nervous system, which allows us to lose a few here and there to age, illness, and injury. The supply isn't infinite, though, so when you burn off some to polio -- or football -- you're going to run out sooner than someone with a complete set.
I've heard of the sequelae, but that's about it.
I guess what struck me was the jump between HS & college--wonder whether the college game, owing to both larger and faster athletes, has that much higher a prevalence of hard hits?

In Topic: "Concussion" - New Will Smith Movie About the NFL, Football, and Brai...

25 July 2017 - 05:38 PM

 D. C. Sessions, on 25 July 2017 - 04:51 PM, said:

I had a high-school kid in the aid station a few years ago. ...

Them, I could almost forgive. The team doctor? Letting a minor with a long history of concussions before the age of consent go back in to play the same night he'd had a concussion, without so much as "just to be sure" radiology? Words fail.

Here, in the present, the state HS athletic governing body REQUIRES that all participants annually take an online course on concussions (Dear Son took his yesterday to get his clearance paperwork done).

IIRC, the stated policy is to sit the player out the remainder of the game, at a bare minimum, pending appropriate medical evaluation.
Now, how things go in actual scenarios may be a different thing altogether, especially when (elusive) potential megabucks are in play.

In Topic: "Concussion" - New Will Smith Movie About the NFL, Football, and Brai...

25 July 2017 - 03:59 PM

From the article I read discussing the study, there definitely seemed to be a cumulative effect, as well. The proportion of CTE occurrence in those who played in HS but not college was much lower than in those who had played college ball. Not sure if the difference between stopping at college and continuing to the NFL was significant.

Update on Dear Son: Although his buddies INSIST he would be a great addition to the Middle School football team (he wowed the gang in flag football during PE class), he will be starting workouts with the Cross Country team at 0700 Monday. Fingers crossed...

In Topic: The Trump Administration

24 July 2017 - 07:58 PM

 Progressive whisperer, on 24 July 2017 - 04:38 PM, said:

Next reset will involve the spokesperson publicly fellating Dump at the podium.
Eeww...luckily that visual was only fleeting...but still, eeeeewwww...

In Topic: Democratic Party Beginning to Understand That They Need a Message

24 July 2017 - 07:55 PM

 golden_valley, on 24 July 2017 - 04:54 PM, said:

The yahoos in CA have been howling about the recent increase in gas tax...their argument seems to be that the previous gas tax was misused in the past for social welfare programs and millions were wasted (never defined) so we should never increase it. No mention of how to deal with deferred maintenance issues or that fact that the state was hard hit by the recession and that many programs including social welfare were cut back. My view is that no matter what happened in the past, we have immediate needs and we can create safeguards to prevent misuse.
Their ideological kindred live in my area (it was once known as "Berkeley South", lol). Our county roads are awful and have been for some years. However, voters have rejected at least two gas/sales tax initiatives in the last several years. The general growl is to the effect "too much of our tax money has gone towards social programs/ bike lanes/ mass transit/ other ridiculous frou-frou." Comprehension that bike lanes & mass transit actually makes the roads less congested and we can only build so many travel lanes in the same spot is lost on folks.