HEAD TRAUMA: LIGHT HEADACHES MORE HARMFUL THAN INTENSE HEADACHES!

June 21st, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez

Three-Division Champ Wilfred Benitez Today

HEAD TRAUMA FROM BOXING & MMA WORSE THAN WE THOUGHT?

Seattle, WA- (HealthDay News)- People who’ve had a mild traumatic brain injury have more severe headaches and a greater number of headaches than those who’ve had moderate to severe brain injury, a new study finds. “We have known that headache is the most common physical symptom after traumatic brain injury, but we wanted to study headache prospectively including whether severity of injury had an impact in prevalence,” study lead author Dr. Sylvia Lucas, of the University of Washington Medical Center, in Seattle, said in an American Headache Society news release.

She and her colleagues evaluated patients with mild, moderate or severe traumatic brain injury at three, six and 12 months after their brain injury. Those with mild injury were more likely to report new or worse headaches than those with moderate to severe injury.

The study was to be presented this week at an American Headache Society meeting in Los Angeles. “These findings should caution us to not underestimate seemingly milder head injuries and to take all brain trauma very seriously,” Lucas said.

She noted that recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show a major increase in the number of emergency department admissions for teens who’ve suffered sports-related concussions. Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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COMMENTS

  1. So sad to see Benitez today,

    James on June 28th, 2012 at 3:16 AM
  2. James, this is the story nobody wants to read or comprehend; The residual effects of boxing, rarely can you eguate them with the positive.

    Pedro Fernandez on June 28th, 2012 at 3:38 AM
  3. I agree with you, Mr. Fernandez. If somebody takes up boxing seriously, they’re bound to end up damaged. What’s scary is that the damage sometimes isn’t conspicuous until years later. Names like Denny Moyer and Leonard Morrow come to mind. Mr. Morrow was a neighbor of mine when I was a kid. Similar to your friendship with Eddie Machen, he had a very positive impact on both me and my older brother. When he was in his early 60′s, he began to slowly deteriorate. Within a decade, he was far gone. A very good man. Intelligent, sincere, and strong. I’ll never forget the impact he had on us as kids and young adults.

    By the way, do you remember Charley Smith and Henry Jarrow from Newman’s Gym? How about Everett Ryan and Max Cervantes? I better quit while I’m ahead.

    Geoffrey Sadao Prenter on June 29th, 2012 at 2:01 AM
  4. Max could catch, Everett Ryan could fight, just not that well in front of people. Did pull off a great EDPN upset. Charlie Smith, I respect him and hope he is well/ Henry Jarrow dpes not ring a bell. Thanks for your comments. If you use our Ring Talk search, enter Newmans or Nweman’s or Al Citrino, Jimmy Lester, you’ll come up with some stories. Peace!

    Pedro Fernandez on June 29th, 2012 at 12:32 PM

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