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  • The cars are rockets on wheels, nitro fuel feeding flame-spewing 10,000-horsepower motors that generate six G-forces and speeds of more than 300 mph in a matter of seconds. With thunderous engine roars and earsplitting tire squeals, drag racing literally screams machismo. Yet it is arguably the only mainstream sport in which women compete head-to-head with men and more than hold their own. Leah ...
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  • Aaptiv Asks Dr. Williams If Exercise Can Improve Memory?

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 9-Feb-2018

    You already know that exercising helps you build strong muscles, maintain a healthy weight, and ward off disease. But research suggests that working out also improves memory, boosts thinking skills, and encourages brain cells to grow as we age. Any form of exercise will do, particularly anything that involves focused movement or requires learning new skills. Physical activity also tends to improve ...
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  • Like tens of millions of Americans, rock star Tom Petty took prescription medications, including opioids, to alleviate pain. The recent announcement by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner that Petty's death on Oct. 2 was caused by an accidental drug overdose as a result of mixing medications that included opioids underscores the risks associated with taking prescription pain medications, ...
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  • FOXBOROUGH — Let’s start with the question Patriots fans are desperate to know: Will star tight end Rob Gronkowski play in Super Bowl LII in two weeks? Gronkowski was not spotted in the Patriots’ locker room Monday, a day after absorbing a scary helmet-to-helmet hit in the team’s 24-20 victory over the Jaguars in the AFC Championship game. Gronkowski was evaluated for a ...
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  • How to Train Your Brain to Improve Performance

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 19-Jan-2018

    When most people consider the concept of brain training to improve learning, they tend to think of those online game programs or puzzles that are purported to give the brain a "workout" by practicing memory and problem-solving skills to sharpen the mind. Others consider more advanced techniques aimed at optimizing brainwave activity through neurofeedback or stimulation therapies. ...
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  • There’s no proven solution yet, but there is both a need and an opportunity to change the way concussions are addressed. Says Vernon Williams, sports neurologist at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute and a consulting team physician to the L.A. Rams, “This represents a long-awaited shift in terms of concussion management. For years the default position for concussion was watchful waiting. ...
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  • Pain: Is it All in Your Head?

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 16-Oct-2017

    You twist your ankle, cut your finger, slip and fall, or suddenly experience more severe pain in your back, chest or abdomen that sends you to the emergency room. When you feel that pain, your brain is trying to tell you something. Some kind of tissue injury has occurred. Without proper attention, rest or further treatment, things could get worse. In this case, pain, although uncomfortable, is a ...
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  • “Right now, for the overwhelming majority of people and the overwhelming majority of time, a concussion is a clinical diagnosis,” said Dr. Vernon Williams, a sports neurologist and director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. “We make the diagnosis based on the signs and symptoms along with the ...
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  • Why is consistency in the NFL or any other sport at any level so elusive, even when a team appears to have the personnel to avoid a sudden dip? The simple answer: Human nature allows for accepting pats on the back and reveling of a win. In turn, that can impact the approach for the next game and change the result. That was coach Doug Marrone’s challenge this week, beginning with ...
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  • The Impact of Football on the Brain

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 2-Oct-2017

    A recent study conducted by Boston University researchers and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has caught the public's attention. And, as a result, concern about American football's impact on the brain – namely when it comes to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE – has heightened once again. CTE is the medical term used to describe the ...
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  • Both Mays and Dr. Vernon Williams, sports neurologist and director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine in Los Angeles and a consulting team physician for the Rams, suggested Kizer may have been affected without realizing it. They described the "postdrome phase" of a migraine, where the headache is gone, but performance is still impacted. The Browns declined a ...
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  • SELF Interviews Dr. Williams about Lady Gaga's Fibromyalgia Diagnosis

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 12-Sep-2017

    There’s a lot experts still don’t know about fibromyalgia. For starters, no one knows why the condition affects more women than men, Dr. Rosick says, adding that it may simply be hormonal. Experts aren’t even sure what causes fibromyalgia in the first place, but Vernon Williams, M.D., a sports neurologist and director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain ...
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  • SELF Interviews Dr. Williams About 6 Causes of Morning Headaches

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 24-Aug-2017

    You might have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, a potentially serious condition that causes people to repeatedly stop breathing during their sleep, can cause you to wake up with a headache. The headache is due to lack of oxygen and increased pressure that can develop in your head due to the condition, Vernon Williams, M.D., sports neurologist and director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology ...
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  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Electrotherapy and acupuncture are associated with reduced and delayed opioid use after total knee arthroplasty, although more-robust evidence for these and other nonpharmacologic interventions is needed, researchers say. Dr. Vernon Williams, director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, ...
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  • In hopes of providing some semblance of privacy on a busy sideline, the NFL will use on-field tents this season to serve as examination rooms for players who might be concussed. A small, collapsible tent will be positioned behind each team’s bench for games, starting with the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday night between Arizona and Dallas. The tent will be positioned around an examination ...
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  • Dr. Vernon Williams, director of sports neurology and pain medicine at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, and a consultant for the Rams, has seen the change in mentality happen before his eyes the past few years. “Two years ago, I’m talking with a coach, a Super Bowl-winning coach, about this kind of injury,” Williams said this week. “And he said, ‘a few years ...
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  • New Conclusions on Concussion 'Cocooning'

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 17-Jul-2017

    Until very recently, the widespread recommendation by the medical community to patients who had suffered a concussion was simple and straightforward: rest, rest and more rest. The trauma that the brain sustains during a concussion can be from linear forces (like when the brain is forcefully pushed up against the hard ridges and walls of the skull), or from rotational forces (like when a ...
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  • Quinn in the confidence of his teachings, is of the Seattle Seahawks school of thinking as their former defensive coordinator, who also use similar teaching techniques when able to be hands-on with their players. It shows that this rugby tackling isn't an entirely new concept in the NFL. This method only needs to take firm hold in implementation in a conservative league. Dr. Vernon Williams, ...
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  • Floyd suffered two concussions over a span of 34 days last season. It took him two months to recover from the second one. Both occurred in head-down collisions with a teammate. Floyd has spent a lot of time this offseason working on his tackling and getting his head out of the way, according to The Chicago Tribune. “I agree with that and everything that we can do to minimize the risk and ...
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  • It is estimated that traumatic brain injuries (TBI) affect nearly 1.7 million people annually in the United States.1 The most commonly reported complaint associated with TBI is headache, which can result from mild, moderate, or severe injury. The International Headache Society defines post-traumatic headache (PTH) as one that develops within 7 days following TBI or after regaining consciousness ...
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  • 3 Questions to Ask Before Taking Prescription Pain Meds

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 6-Jul-2017

    Over the last few decades, the prevalence of narcotic painkiller (also referred to as opioids) use in the United States has skyrocketed. This class of medications suppresses the body’s perception of pain by blocking signals between the brain and the nervous system. In the past, usage of opioids for pain relief was mostly limited to short-term instances of severe pain, such as during the ...
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  • Former Georgia standout Leonard Floyd, who’s from Eastman, suffered two concussions during his rookie season and told the Chicago media after a recent minicamp practice that it took two months to recover from the second concussion. “The fact that it took two months is a little unusual, but we also know that there are a lot of variabilities from person to person,” said Dr. Vernon ...
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  • Vitals Interviews Dr. Williams About Common Triggers for Migraines

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 19-May-2017

    Common Triggers for Migraines But not everyone has the same triggers, says Dr. Vernon Williams, a neurologist and founding director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Triggers can be difficult to identify. For instance, you can come in contact with a trigger as much as 48 hours before your migraine, a trigger might not lead to a ...
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  • Understanding Migraines and Their Triggers

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 11-May-2017

    Believe it or not, 38 million Americans suffer from regular migraines, and many don’t even know it. Yes, the debilitating side effects of a migraine can knock sufferers off their feet and leave them pleading for relief, as the pulsing and throbbing continues from several hours up to several days in some of the most severe cases. But for others, the headache pain associated with their ...
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  • There are really, really bad headaches and then there are migraines. As a lifelong migraine sufferer, I know a migraine is in my future because my body gives me advance warning in the form of a dull headache the day before and bouts of blurred vision, which are known as "aura." According to Dr. Vernon Williams, a neurologist and director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and ...
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