NHL Worker's Comp Recognizing Concussion Measure, What About the NFL ?
National Hockey League team dentists
around the league are learning of the benefits in becoming certified to make the Maher Mouth Guard. This evaluation protocol has helped players of all levels reduce the chances of
concussion from blows to the jaw. N.E. Patriot and Washington Capitals players have benefited from a preseason, prior to play evaluation protocol. In fact, one of the NHL's major worker's compensation holder, is providing a benefit to implement this procedure in an effort to reduce concussion and iability to its compensation payout's due to concussion. As a return to play initiative, it should be considered for a mandate.
Many of these Washington
Capitals players had concussion historys, once fitted with the Maher Mouth
Guard, results this year were astounding, reducing the cost of concussion to the system.
Paula Duffy, National Sports Examiner for
Examiner.com and regular contributor to The
Huffington Post wrote an article (“If a Simple
Mouth Guard Can Prevent Concussions, Why
Isn’t the NFL All Over It?”) that has ignited
interest in and directed attention towards ways
to reduce or prevent the alarming number of
sports-related concussions, especially in the
National Football League. NFLPA executives should take notice of this precedent set in the NHL.
Duffy’s column in the Examiner.com
expressed concern for
St. Louis Rams quarterback Trent Green and
his return to the field after suffering two
concussions in one calendar year, one
especially severe. These types of injuries rob the compensation fund and raise premiums, specifically when they come in large numbers and leave players out for long periods.
New England Patriots team dentist Dr.
Gerald Maher, of Mahercor Laboratories
(recently featured in ESPN articles), has
developed the Maher Mouth Guard. This
protective device aids in the prevention of
concussions for all athletes participating in
contact sports, from professionals to youth
Dr. Maher said, in a 2007 Boston Globe
article, that the current NFL-approved helmet
chin strap directly contributes to concussions
that arise from a blow to the jaw.
It positions the jawbone tightly against the
skull, resulting in joint cartilage derangement
and increases the likelihood of traumatizing
the nervous system and the bone striking the
temporal lobe of the brain, increasing the
symptoms of dizziness, the sensation of
seeing stars and headaches commonly known
as a “ding.”
The Maher Mouth Guard specifically
helps reduce the chances of suffering from a
concussion from a blow to the jaw – helmet
improvement focuses only on cerebral
concussion or “blows to the crown.” Patriot players who wear it, have a documented history of less lost time due to this injury.
The construction of the articulated
retainer-like Maher mouth guard, with the
prescribed thickness and temporomandibular
joint (TMJ) alignment was developed with
world champion boxers to correct “Glass
Jaw” syndrome found to be temporal
mandible disorder or TMD.
This individually-fitted patent-pending
mouth guard, as well as wearing properly
fitted protective head gear and chin straps,
allows for the utmost protection from
dangerous head trauma. In fact, most pro
players who have had a history of recurrent
concussions have halted any future events,
even while wearing old-style non-concussion
Non-corrective common custom-made or
boil-and-bite mouth guards reduce
neuropsychological deficits but do nothing to
identify and correct disharmony in the jaw
joint. They only “lock” the jaw into a
susceptible negative position.
Duffy’s articles in the Examiner.com and
Huffington Post center on the questions
surrounding the tentative interest by the NFL
to study Dr. Maher’s product, which is already
successfully used by the New England
Patriots, as shown in an online ESPN article. Maybe they should take a closer look at their books and this mouth guard, when considering future mandate in the prevention of concussion
Numerous high school and college
athletes, individual NFL players and a number
of boxing, hockey and lacrosse professionals
have been relieved of recurrent concussion
due to the Maher Mouth Guard.
Recent exposure and articles have led the
U.S.military to contact Mahercor officials
about its use in protecting soldiers exposed to
improvised explosive device (IED) blasts.
Many experts in TMJ believe the chin strap
designs may be the link. A screening
procedure developed by Mahercor
laboratories is another tool in determining
susceptibility to mild traumatic brain injury
(MTBI). Members of a platoon of soldiers is now wearing this innovation in Iraq, where dollars and cent do not matter, it's a matter of life and death.
The government is now reviewing the
evidence and considering action
implementing such a program, which would
be cost-effective and would help protect
soldiers on patrols or when the unexpected
force of an IED blast occurs. One of President Obama's initiatives is to reduce brain injury, like the NFL, this device is already being used. Officials only need to take a closer look at the work Mahercor Laboratories officials are doing to help.
Mahercor Laboratories product line includes an accredited DVD home study,
a required prerequisite for making the Maher
mouth guard by licensed dentists. Many NHL/NHL/NBA team dentists are already making this articulated mouth guard.
There are three levels of the Maher Mouth
Guard, all for different uses, football, hockey, basketball, lacrosse, MMA ect, of which are described in detail on
the Mahercor Laboratories web site.