Blog Posts in 2018

  • Proprioception: the Unsung Hero of the Senses

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 11-Apr-2018

    Beginning in grade school, most everyone is taught about the five senses: touch, sight, taste, smell and sound. These are responsible for our interaction with the external world around us. Sensory nerves in our bodies pick up on these outside stimuli and deliver the information to our brains for processing, through our senses. However, we humans also possess several senses that are responsible for ...
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  • Padres Allen Córdoba still sidelined by 'unusual' concussion

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 21-Mar-2018

    That Padres infielder Allen Córdoba is still experiencing concussion symptoms and has been unable to resume baseball activity six weeks after being injured in an automobile accident is “unusual but not unheard of,” according to a prominent neurologist. Dr. Vernon Williams, director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los ...
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  • Improving Safety and Reducing Risk in Youth Contact Sports

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 28-Feb-2018

    Concussion – no matter who you are or where you go today – is a word that has been splashed across many sports and mainstream media headlines. As such, it is a word that has provoked a collective fear and doubt in the minds of the public – perhaps most especially among parents of young athletes participating in "contact sports." And the medical community is weighing in. ...
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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 || 16-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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