This is a question many people ask all the time. Even some Doctors (both DC and MD) don’t know the answer and some even will argue the point. Why? Both DCs and MDs are on sidelines of Professional Sports teams, share responsibilities at the Olympics and are working in the training rooms of Major Universities working side by side. What do they know that the average person doesn’t? The answer, each Doctor has a DIFFERENT job or responsibility, and when they work together, the Athlete heals faster.
By: Dr. Ciro Errico and Dr. Terry Weyman
Concussions also have different degrees of severity. According to the Cantu guidelines, concussions have several grading scales: Grades I, II, and III. Grade I concussions are not associated with loss of consciousness, and post-traumatic amnesia is either absent or less than 30 minutes in duration. Athletes may return to play if no symptoms are present for one week. Grade II is a loss of consciousness for less than five minutes or exhibit post-traumatic amnesia between 30 minutes and 24 hours in duration. They also may return to play after one week of being asymptomatic.Grade III concussions involve post-traumatic amnesia for more than 24 hours or unconsciousness for more than five minutes. Players who sustain this grade of brain injury should be sidelined for at least one month, after which they can return to play if they are asymptomatic for one week.The week begins the day after all symptoms have dissipated.
Lately, I have been heavily involved with Motocross and Action sports. In order to make quick decisions as well as maintaining a high level of anerobic/aerobic is critical. With qualifiers, Semis and final events going on in the same day, the athletes core temperatures can rise over 100 degree. Clearly, it is of critical importance that proper hydration and nutrition be applied before, during, and after competition.
Throughout my twenty plus years in this areana I have been given many sample sports drinks, energy bars, herbal formulas, and vitamin preparations which, in turn, I would try on myself as well as some of my athletes. Years ago a friend of mine, Dr. Tim Brown, came up with a formula that today still stands as one of the best drinks to rehydrate and replenish. Through his own research and self-experimentation in beach Volleyball evolved a fresh, live, pure alternative energy drink, he called it “Super Juice”.
The formula for the “Super Juice” is surprisingly simple. It consists of 2/3 fresh carrot juice combined with equal parts of fresh pressed celery, beet, bell pepper, and apple juices. We instruct the athletes to consume 8-10 ounces fresh spring water while our staff presses the whole fruit and vegetable mix on a per serving basis. Our serving size is 6-8 ounces of “Super Juice” between matches. This “water then juice” combination is our fluid-electrolyte replacement application. At the day’s end, on the way to the hotel or airport, we would give the players 16-20 ounces of the juice without water for carbohydrate replenishment purposes.
Analysis of our Super Juice reveals that it contains high amounts of the antioxidents beta carotine and vitamin C. It also contains the important minerals calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and chloride with trace amounts of zinc, copper, iron, and manganese. Finally, the blend includes small amounts of the entire B-complex.
The athletes who drink Super Juice have experienced no gastric problems; the positive response from the athletes has far exceeded our expectations.
Dr.Terry Weyman has been involved with High Action sports from the Olympics to the X-Games for over 20 years. He can be reached at www.gotcsi.com