Brian Westbrook heard some good news from the concussions experts who he saw yesterday.
“The UPMC doctors report that Mr. Westbrook’s symptoms have improved significantly over the last three days. He was retested today with a battery of neuro-cognitive tests, including ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), a computerized tool that is used by all NFL teams for evaluating injury recovery. He also underwent comprehensive physical and neurological exam, results of which were favorable,” the statement said.
“We are very encouraged by Brian’s progress, we believe that he has an excellent prognosis and we expect a full recovery,” Maroon and Collins were quoted as saying. “We developed a comprehensive physical rehab plan for Brian, and we will repeat the detailed testing in the next two to three weeks.”
Still I’m not all that thrilled about him playing again this season. To me it’s not worth the risk.
I haven’t been convinced that any of these doctors’ tests are very reliable.
I also don’t think anybody has done enough study and tests over a long enough period of time to have a good handle on concussions and their affect on the brain.
The best studies which have been done, do show there’s a correlation between concussions and all types of mental and physical problems.
I would tell Brian, you only have one brain and one life. The risk isn’t worth it.