New Concussion Guidelines are Missing Crucial Element

Steve Young following a concussion

You really have to question the new concussion guidelines in the NFL. The guidelines improve what happens after a player suffers a concussion but it does NOTHING to prevent concussions.  Concussions are not completely preventable but there is something the NFL could institute that would reduce the likelihood of a player sustaining a concussion.

Dr. Gerald Maher of Mahercor Laboratiories is a team dentist with the New England Patriots and has developed a medical device that is similar to a mouth-piece that reduces a player’s susceptibility to concussions.  Mark Picot, Executive Vice President of Mahercor Laboratories compared the device to a seat belt; it reduces the likelihood of being seriously injured.  Most concussions are sustained from blows to the jaw and this device stabilizes the jaw thus reducing the chances of a player suffering a concussion but the Patriot players are the only ones in the league wearing them.  Ted Johnson has so much faith in the device that after retired he brought his two nephews to get fitted for the mouthguard.  The most impressive stat is that no NFL player wearing The Maher Mouth Guard has ever succumbed to a concussion from a blow to the jaw.

Dr. Maher has contacted the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell about his findings regarding concussions and the reasoning behind his device but his words have fallen upon deaf ears at the NFL.  The NFL conducts its concussion research with antiquated automotive crash dummies that were designed for the study of automobile crashes not concussions.

They use a sensor in the center of the dummy’s head to measure energy transfer.  It is obvious that a sensor in the middle of a fake head does nothing to measure the energy transfer in the jaw, thus does nothing to study how most concussions are caused.

Dr. Maher is a respected professional who has fit loads of world-class athletes with The Maher Mouth Guard.  Most recently the Arena Football league requested the help of Dr. Maher and his mouthguard.  He has worked with six world champion boxers.  This doctor knows a way to reduce the number of concussions in the NFL and they won’t listen to him.  Why does the NFL refuse to recognize this research and a product
that could help them prevent concussions?  Perhaps it’s because it would prove their liability because they have known about this prevention and haven’t provided it to their players.

Whatever the reason may be is moot.  There is way to reduce concussions and the NFL is not doing it, meanwhile players are suffering concussions and causing irreparable harm to their brains.


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2 Responses to “New Concussion Guidelines are Missing Crucial Element”

  1. Mark says:

    The military has directly connected the precursors to dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s to chin strap forces. Nerve trauma Within the TMJ or jaw joint seems to be the origin. White spots, in MRI, on the brains of soldiers with recurrant IED exposures have solidified this connection. Ted Johnson is the only post concussion patient alive or deceased who does not have these white spots MRI.
    NFL researcher have an alterior motive, it seems, researching the procedure in humans is already being done and the only way. History of use records with the Patriots are in the books. NFL concussion statistics prove the Patriots have the lowest concussion rate annually, it’s also on video. A closer look would justify the mandating of this procedure. If each team recieved the same level of care as the Patriots, league wide concussion rates would drop to those of the Pats.

    The driver of the U.S. Olympic bob sled team has recently been evaluated and fitted to help aide in the prevention of concussion and orthopedically aligning the head and neck, yet the NFL is letting players like Roethlisberger, Morgan, Holmes, Cutler, McNair, Bollinger, and many others go it alone.

    Mark Picot
    Executive Vice President
    Mahercor Laboratories, LLC
    http://www.mahercor.com

  2. T Aaron, MD FACP says:

    As a practicing physician and fellow inventor I too know of the NFLs “deaf ears”. Please refer to my US patent 6874170 which should obviate the need for chin straps, helps absorb and deflect impact forces, aids in cooling, prevents horse collaring, and restricts cervical hyperflexion and hyperextensions…How do we get someone to listen?
    Todd Aaron, MD FACP
    Chestnut HIll Hospital
    Philadelphia, PA