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Arizona Republic Interviews Dr. Williams About Pro Athletes Backing New Concussion Treatment


When quarterback Kurt Warner suffered a torn ligament in his left arm during the 2007 season, the Cardinals athletic training and medical staff rigged up a brace that allowed Warner to function and play the following week.

But two years later, there wasn’t that much that same staff could do for Warner after he suffered a concussion against the Rams and missed the following week.

The only remedy was rest.

The idea that there was treatment for an elbow injury – or an ankle, knee, hip, etc. -- and not one for a brain injury always struck Warner as odd, perhaps even ironic.

That’s part of what motivated Warner to become involved with a Florida company called Prevacus, which is trying to market a drug that could be given in the hours after a head injury and could decrease the impact of concussion symptoms.

Dr. Vernon Williams, a sports neurologist and director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe institute in Los Angeles, called what Prevacus is doing “important work.”

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