The NFL is becoming more competitive every year. Players are under pressure to perform at their best, to keep going even when they are injured, get their bell rung or have Concussion (Traumatic Brain Injury). If they come out or show they are injured it may cost them their job. The game is not like it was 30 or even 10 years ago. Players are bigger, stronger and faster than ever before. With that comes, players giving and taking BIG HITS to the head and body. With impacts that are equivalent to being in a 30mph. head on accident. Players that are in the backfields (Quarterbacks, Linebackers, RB and DB’s) are more susceptible to the BIG HITS. Causing Severe trauma to the brain, brainstem and spinal cord, leaving the player confused and dazed. This is significant do to the fact that the brain has been damaged significantly and needs immediate attention. There is help out there, our NFL Hyperbaric Outreach Program
With that equipment has changed significantly trying to keep up the demand of the brutal game. But when it come to helmets and head trauma there is little that can be done protecting the brain, brainstem or spinal cord. Yes you do have a facemask, fiberglass helmet and 1-3 inch air padding but that only protects the outer surface of the face, skull and limited protection to the brain.
How is that so? Closed Head Trauma aka. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is when the head takes a blow and the force causes the brain to slam back and forth against the inside of the skull. Think of your brain and skull like bowl of jello. If you bang on the side bowl you will see ripples going through the jello causing minor damage, “Micro trauma”. Now drop the bowl to the floor. What happens to the jello you can see that there would be significant damage to the jello texture “Macro trauma”. This is what happens to the brain when you get hit in the head. The force of the blow will cause the whiplash to the spinal cord and brain to continue to move until it smashes up against the other sides of the skull causing, brain brain stem trauma and spinal cord. Not the entire skull is smooth if you look at the base of the in side of the skull you will see that it is made up of rough and bony structures. These rough and bony structures rub agents and damage delicate brain tissue every time it is hit. Now take that and do it 10,000 times in a season and you can see the significant damage that it can cause to the brain, brainstem and spinal cord, “Repetitive Trauma”. Brain injury is associated with acute swelling which impairs blood flow, healing, learning, (neuroplasticity) and function. Leaving the patient with many symptoms.
Common Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
- Loss of time
- Abnormal vision or hearing
- Unable to concentrate
Brain Damage Is The “Silent Killer”. During the season a player is going to experience repetitive traumas to the brain. These traumas accumulate over time leading to a slow degeneration of functions and increase symptoms. Most times players are not even aware that they damaged their brain and keep going. Damaging more and more nerve tissue. Our neuronal cells heal slowly if at all depending on the damage. Due to the slow healing process of the brain, the damage continues to accumulate as the symptoms become worse. Leaving players in pain, confused and helpless.
How We Can Help with NFL Hyperbaric Outreach Program
Atlanta Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been proven to heal the brain. Hyperbaric chambers use pressurized air and oxygen. This pressure dissolves oxygen directly in the plasma, flooding the brain, fluids, and vital organs with oxygen. Oxygen then is able to help the brain and body to heal and function better. Health brain leads to a health body causing a better life.
Thanks to decades of diligence, the NFLPA has hammered out the very best benefits package in professional sports for member players. If you are playing or NFL alumni and suspect or have been diagnosed with a form of TBI or concussion, then you may be eligible for a FREE hyperbaric chamber, through the NFL Hyperbaric Outreach Program. All you need to do is read and fill out the forms and return all required information to Atlanta Hyperbaric Center and we will do the rest.
How We Can Help. Atlanta Hyperbaric Center takes traumatic brain serious. And we are dedicated to helping NFL Alumni to get the best care possible. We have teamed up with NFLPA insurance carrier to make this happen. For more information contact Dr. Louis Hilliard at Atlanta Hyperbaric Center for more information 770-948-4511 or contact us. Or call NFL Player Benefits at (800) 638-3186 for more information.
We Are A Team Player Atlanta Hyperbaric Center now accepts NFL HRA Insurance. We have teamed up with Curic Brain Center and Amen Clinics around the country to offer you the best service in your hyperbaric oxygen therapy needs counseling and visual brain scans. Call to meet with Dr. Louis Hilliard today if you suspect you may be suffering from a traumatic brain injury.