Blog Posts in 2015

  • Chronicle: With Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer concussed for the second time in the past two months, how susceptible is he to more if he tries to return in the next week or so? He’s suffered five concussions, two this season, with the latest coming against the New England Patriots. The previous one was against the Cincinnati Bengals and he missed the game the following week and then was able ...
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  • The Concussion Movie - A Sports Neurologist's Perspective

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 14-Dec-2015

    I had the opportunity recently to pre-screen Concussion, the new movie starring Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the famed forensic pathologist credited with bringing the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) to light as it relates to repeated head-trauma, namely in sport. While I am by no means a trained cinema critic, Concussion is an excellent movie. But perhaps more ...
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  • Not All Concussion Recoveries are Created Equal

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 30-Nov-2015

    There is so much about the concussion process that isn’t yet fully understood by science. How can one athlete seemingly return to “normal” hours after what looks like a knockout blow to the head during a big game, while another takes weeks to fully recover from what seemed to only be a slight ‘ding’ during practice? Though I am pleased to say we’re no longer in ...
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  • Dr. Vernon Williams, director of Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles discusses the increased risk of chronic neurological impairment in professional football players as it applies to concussions in the NFL. To read the full article, click here.
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  • Brain Exercises to Enhance Performance

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 2-Nov-2015

    In the mainstream media, we see a lot of discussion about brain function as it relates to traumatic injury or a chronic condition like Alzheimer’s disease. In this way, the brain is seen as a passive organ or one that some unforeseen event happens to. But would it surprise you to know that the brain is a muscle that needs and can benefit greatly from focused and consistent exercise? ...
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  • Concussions vary from person to person, event to event. PBS keeps a running tally of diagnosed concussions in the NFL. The Chargers are the only team with five. One team, the Browns, has four. Five teams have three. Nine have none. Dr. Vernon Williams, neurologist and director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine in Los Angeles discusses the issues of concussions. To ...
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  • Chronicle: What are the risks of playing one week after concussion? Williams: “There is no specific time limit or expected time away from play after concussion. Recovery is extremely individual (and can vary within an individual who has had more than one concussion). The highest risk of repeat concussion is in the first 10 days after a concussion. Having said that, the real question ...
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  • Imaging Considerations in Youngsters with Head Trauma

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 27-Sep-2015

    I recently gave an interview for an article in Radiology Today discussing the opportunities and challenges in the use of imaging technologies like CT and MRI for the evaluation and treatment recommendations in children who are suspected to have sustained head trauma. It is an important topic and one that neurologists are heavily weighing the merits of. The reasons for that are many, but perhaps ...
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  • Falcons coach Dan Quinn will make one the first major decisions of head coaching career on Friday on how to deal with running back Tevin Coleman’s cracked rib. Because of medical advances, the team has several options for an injury that takes four to six weeks to fully heal, according to Dr. Vernon B. Williams, the director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine in ...
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  • Your memories form like canyons—the more you retrieve them, the deeper the groove they build in your brain, says neurologist Vernon Williams, M.D., director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine. To read the full article, click here.
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  • Establishing Confidence in Post-Concussion Return-to-Play

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 28-Aug-2015

    Establishing Confidence in Post-Concussion Return-to-Play Among the most challenging tasks in neurology today is the ability to definitively identify and accurately treat a concussion. Concussions are complicated. From individual to individual, a concussion’s symptoms, effects and recovery can be wildly different. These facts have historically made a standardized diagnosis and treatment plan ...
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  • Dr. Vernon Williams, neurologist and director of Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine in Los Angeles discusses the potential benefits and hazards of chamber cryotherapy. To read the entire article, click here.
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  • Concussion Prevention: Balancing Knee-Jerk Reactions with Accurate Medical Information Concussions are serious. And the recent media attention given to them with regard to the world of professional sport has created a beneficial “trickle down” effect of prevention conversations taking place in nearly every sport and at all levels. The great news is: concussive injuries are getting the ...
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  • "The persistence of symptoms in some veterans and not others may relate to a variety of factors, including differences in initial exposure to combat, coping strategies and resilience developed before or after combat", said Dr. Vernon Williams, director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine in Los Angeles. "Attention must be paid to early, accurate, ...
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  • Shape Magazine Quotes Dr. Williams: Cue Workout Motivation With a Simple Trick

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD, Inc. || 12-Jul-2015

    SHAPE Magazine recently came to Dr. Williams for his insight on what it takes in creating and maintaining a healthy, regular workout routine. In the piece, "Cue Workout Motivation With a Simple Trick," Dr. Williams stressed the need for regular scheduling, especially for Type A individuals. "Schedule a specific time each day, right there in your calendar, and put it on repeat. Then ...
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  • Dr. Williams Speaks to Media About "Focused Cold Therapy"

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 10-Jul-2015

    For runners and other athletes experiencing debilitating peripheral nerve pain in the knee, a new treatment may provide long term relief. Dr. Williams has spoken with several different news outlets recently about the benefits of "focused cold therapy." According to the most recent report by King 5 news in Seattle, focused cold therapy uses a cold probe to apply temperatures of -120 ...
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  • Jason Day’s health improves but game suffers at Chambers Bay. Jason Day’s bout with vertigo took a positive turn in the final round of the U.S. Open. The fight for his first major championship, however, spun in the wrong direction just before the turn Sunday at Chambers Bay. By Adam Jude Seattle Times staff reporter UNIVERSITY PLACE — Jason Day’s bout with vertigo took a ...
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  • As a physician who has chosen the field of Neurology as my life’s work, when it comes to concussion there are few things more important to me than returning my patients to full and active lives, without permanent brain damage, after they’ve suffered one. A significant part of that commitment is a strong, unwavering desire to ensure that safe, appropriate and effective concussion ...
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  • Klay Thompson is starting for the Golden State Warriors tonight in the NBA Finals, a week after sustaining a concussion. Is this a good idea? If the Golden State Warriors’ shooting guard Klay Thompson isn’t feeling well, it may simply be because of the nerves and anxiety that come with playing in the NBA Finals. “I feel great honestly,” Thompson told ESPN on Wednesday. ...
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  • Warriors grateful for chance to heal before Finals By Rusty Simmons OAKLAND, CA - MAY 27: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates late in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets during game five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 27, 2015 in Oakland, California. Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) drives past Golden State ...
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  • The Tick Tock of Your Master Clock - The Brain and Sleep

    Posted By Vernon Williams M.D. || 11-May-2015

    I recently read an NPR blog article that discussed the burgeoning scientific evidence that sleep (or lack thereof) has a direct influence on weight loss or gain. The theory behind this concept is that each of the organs in our bodies has its own “clock” by which it conducts its duties. Override these clocks, and risk throwing off the balance of what’s supposed to be happening ...
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  • The Role of Electrotherapeutics in Controlling Pain

    Posted By Vernon Williams M.D. || 27-Apr-2015

    Pain. It is defined as the physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury. If you are human, you’re likely no stranger to pain and most of us will experience it multiple times throughout the course of our lives. But for those people who live in chronic pain (pain that is constant and has lasted longer than 12 weeks), these episodes of suffering can be an extremely debilitating ...
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  • Arts, Crafts, Socializing May Buoy the Aging Brain Those participating in these activities or using computers half as likely to develop mild dementia, study found By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who pursue artistic, craft and social activities may stay mentally sharp longer, a new study suggests. Researchers found that older adults involved in ...
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  • Dr. Vernon Williams, a neurologist and the founding director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology in Los Angeles, serves as a concussion consultant to a host of professional teams, colleges and high schools. He also works at the youth level, where in-game medical experts are scarce, and encourages Pop Warner parents to serve as a “concussion spotters.” That is, he suggests ...
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  • California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Vernon B. Williams, MD, to the California State Athletic Commission. Dr. Williams is the CMO of Sports Concussion Institute and director of pain management at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. He is also chair of the American Academy of Neurology's Sport Neurology Section and is a founding director of the Center for Sports ...
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