NECK COMPRESSION FOR CONCUSSION PREVENTION

The following appears to be a device investigated by researchers for reducing Traumatic Brain Injury “during collision sports such as hockey and football.”

“The researchers, who include University of Toronto anesthesiologist Dr. Joseph Fisher, say a collar no tighter than a set of headphones worn around the neck during games would create a sort of “airbag” in the skull to save the brain from concussions. That’s a pretty ‘wow’ avenue of approach,” says Fisher, also a senior scientist in human physiology at the Toronto General Research Institute.”

Another investigator, Greg Myer PhD, Cincinnati, stated, “Through the use of advanced imaging techniques of the brain, early evidence from the clinical trials suggests that the use of this device may indeed prevent or reduce the detrimental effects of head collisions.”

The early evidence appears to be the result of flawed logic and science, because the investigators evaluated resulting scientific parameters in the brain, postulated to occur secondary to compression of the neck region, but failed to measure other scientific anatomic and physiologic parameters which would also sustain effects secondary to neck compression.

It is therefore a partially developed hypothesis, which does not allow for confounding associated factors and parameters concomitantly affected by the device tested on the neck when compressed.

The potential risk afflicting the neighboring anatomical and physiological structures of the neck, when compressed, for outweigh the benefits of the isolated effect on the venous structures of the neck. For completeness, all parameters with the potential for alteration, when the neck is compressed must be considered and investigated concomitantly.

The following statements are according to the device’s researchers:
• “Observations of woodpeckers and head-ramming sheep, “inspired a neck collar device to compress the human neck jugular veins in football players to prevent concussion.”
• In the following research: “It is hypothesized that wearing the collar pictured and compressing the jugular veins in the neck, reduces injury to the brain following severe head impacts during collision sports such as hockey and football.”
[Helping to Reduce Sports-Related Concussions by Greg Myer PhD Cincinnati Children’s Blog, February 5, 2016]

1st, human skulls, brains and necks are unlike woodpeckers and sheep.
Secondly, MDs are taught to consider the complete effect on the human body of a neck manipulation and compression.
Thirdly, neck compression is extremely dangerous and will make the heart stop, for openers. Neurologists, cardiologists and ophthalmologists understand and have treated the ill effects of neck massage and compression to the brain, heart and eyes.

So let us examine the following medical information:

“Whenever pressure is applied to the neck, 5 types of mechanisms may occur in various combinations

1. Vein obstruction → congestion of brain vessels, smear subarachnoid brain hemorrhages, periventricular brain hemorrhages. If accompanied by head TBI may cause severe brain hemorrhage. Eye MDs see eye hemorrhages.

2. Arterial occlusion – loss or consciousness, brain infarcts. Eye MDs see emboli and strokes due to carotid artery block in the neck

3. Reflex mechanisms – compression stimulation of the carotid artery sinus → decreased heart rate, fatal heart cardiac arrest, decreased blood pressure, a commando neck punch is potentially lethal. MDs massage the neck to treat rapid heart rhythms.

4. Airway collapse – if the pressure on the neck shifts to the front blocking the airway, decreased oxygen to the body, choking, suffocation, syncope (pass out)

5. Mechanical neck injury – possible cervical injuries, fractures”
[Forensic Neuropathology and Associated Neurology Manfred Oehmichen, Roland N. Auer, Hans Günter König, Springer Science & Business Media, 2006 – Medical – 660 pages]

Please see the picture of the neck compression device, read the report and discern for yourself @: http://blog.cincinnatichildrens.org/radiology/helping-to-reduce-concussions/
[Helping to Reduce Sports-Related Concussions by Greg Myer PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Blog, February 5, 2016]

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