I Love Football! With that said…
In May of 2017, my wife and I were temporarily living in the Boston area doing genealogical research. I had been diagnosed with football related brain damage 6 years earlier (following 10+ hours of testing) and we hoped that doing service would calm symptoms that had become severe. After one particularly contentious, night I emailed Dr. Ann McKee at Boston University, not expecting a reply. Dr. McKee is the preeminent authority and researcher on CTE and is both respected (for her research and for managing the Brain Bank at BU) and criticized because of her statements and research connecting the disease and football.
To my surprise, Dr. McKee agreed to see me. My wife and I sat in her office for over an hour as we explained our situation. While she was kind and sympathetic, she said my symptoms were consistent with what she heard from the families of players whose brains she examined. Then she said she was sorry, but she had nothing to offer us; that I should go live my life and try to be happy. Disappointed, we left her office with what little hope we had, shattered. With my symptoms getting even worse, several months passed and a second desperate email from me to Dr. McKee pleaded for help. “Is there anything you can offer?” She answered a few days later,
One of my colleagues has approval for a clinical trial using transcranial light-emitting diode (LED) for TBI symptoms. It is a headgear device that is entirely non-invasive, you wear it at night and it emits a rapidly flashing light (that you cannot see) to your skull. Some people report great improvement in their symptoms after wearing the device nightly for a few weeks. Is that something you would like to know more about? I can connect you with the individuals doing the research if you are interested.
I hope you are doing well,
The following video is the result of her referral. After viewing the video, simply ask ‘what if.’ What if this technology is the answer to the one issue threatening the sport we love? I am committed to answer that question. I have partnered with nationally recognized Neuro-scientists at 2 major Universities to study this process. The research projects are set to begin shortly and will study ex-collision athletes, current Division 1 FBS players and members of a nationally ranked woman’s soccer team. Stay in touch for important news and please share this post.