concussion

148 : A Chiropractic Functional Neurologist's Approach to Treating Concussions, Healing and Overall Wellness w/ Dr. Jonathan Hartman D.C., F.A.C.F.N., F.A.B.V.R., D.A.C.N.B., D.A.C.R.B.

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While I was playing Spikeball with some bros on the beaches of Marco Island, FL after the Winans-Ouano wedding, I spotted another guest whose energy made him stick out from the rest. It could have been the canvas bucket hat Dr. Jonathan Hartman was wearing, because I also respect a guy who blocks up in defense of those UV rays. Or maybe it was the camera hanging from his neck, which looked like he should be taking pictures of the World Series or Super Bowl, rather than a few washed up athletes (with above average fitness levels) diving to save a rubber ball from hitting the white sand. Whatever it was, I knew I had to talk to this guy, and I am glad that I did because it turns out we are actually brothers from another mother.

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Dr. Jonathan Hartman is a Chiropractic Functional Neurologist and a former college football player at Muhlenberg College. A chiropractic neurologist is a highly trained and qualified expert of the brain, spine, and nervous system. As in medicine, the chiropractic profession also has specialists who provide evaluations and second opinions for other physicians in healthcare. Dr. Hartman uses the patient’s body and environment to assess, diagnose and localize areas of dysfunction. The systems of the human body are constantly affecting the neurological system and being effected by the neurological system. As a chiropractic neurologist, Dr. Hartman employs this functional and holistic approach to target interventions specific to the location of the dysfunction.

In this interview, Dr. Hartman takes us through some injuries he suffered throughout his athletic career and how they influenced how he treats his patients today.  Specifically, we focus on how he approaches treatment on patients who suffered concussions and TBI through the use of his own personal experience with concussion and his patient’s success stories.

Below you will find a list of talking points we touch on throughout the interview:

  • Jon’s concussion story at age 14 and how it affected him.

“I just assumed I wasn’t as smart as other people.”

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  • How Jon hurt his back power cleaning and why it was the reason he became a chiropractor.

    • Jon’s first lesson of “things might not go as planned in life.”

  • Why athletes need to accept that “that was then this is now.”

  • Why toughness is putting other people ahead of yourself, having self awareness, consistency and taking ownership

“I couldn’t stomach the idea of being sidelined due to an injury.”

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  • Valuable lessons learned from football.

  • How he almost failed out of college and what allowed him to persevere.

    • “I didn’t drink, I just didn’t know how to study.”

  • The importance of finding mentors.

“I love to learn now that I know how to learn.”

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  • Transition to life after college football and what made his transition easier than most.

  • Why having multiple “hats” helps in the transition.

  • The Patient who inspired him to become a Chiropractic Neurologist.

  • What distinguishes Chiropractic Functional Neurologists and how they can help you.

  • LinkedIn quote explanation

    • “My primary objective is achieving one's maximal level of health, be it from the external, internal, and within.”

“How often does your doctor examine you from the neck up?”

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  • Emotional manifestation of physical pain (Check out Episode 116 for a great story on this).

  • How food, bugs, toxins, stressors and hormones are affecting you and keeping you from healing/performing optimally.

  • Jon’s approach to treating concussions (Disconnect between brain-gut axis)

WHERE CAN YOU CONNECT WITH Dr. hartman ONLINE?

FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | Twitter | Linkedin | Third space medical

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147 : Protect Your Skull, A Brand Aiming To Prioritize Player Safety Over Wins w/ Tracey Suggs & Foster Wilkins

New School Tracey Suggs (left) and Foster Wilkins (right)

New School Tracey Suggs (left) and Foster Wilkins (right)

The emphasis on player safety in football has undoubtably increased over the last decade. This emphasis on player safety has in some ways created a divide between the “Old School” and “New School” definitions of toughness and how the game was “meant” to be played. At times, it seems like most people want to toe the line between these two schools of thought. Big hits are exciting, just like the wrecks in NASCAR and Formula 1 are. In most cases the athletes dust themselves off and live to play another down and drive another race. However, in some cases these big hits or wrecks can be life-changing. I use football and motorsport as examples here because both sports have evolved tremendously since their inception to improve player safety. Rules and equipment evolve to prevent injuries, especially the catastrophic ones. It’s about time we all start embracing the evolution of sports and prioritize safety over everything. In this episode of the pod I chat with former Fayetteville State University teammates Tracey Suggs and Foster Wilkins about why they shifted their mentalities from “Old School” to “New School” and their bold idea to create a brand called Protect Your Skull that reminds everyone what is really important.

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Below you will find a list of other talking points we touch on throughout the interview:

  • Foster Wilkins’ experience as a coach college coach and what led to the shift in his mentality on player safety.

  • Why strong character, leadership, work Ethic/discipline are key factors for improving player safety.

  • The responsibility players and coaches have to ensure player safety and how a coach’s attitude often reflects in players’ attitudes.

  • The player safety awards the guys are giving out vs. the hardest hit award we grew up yearning for.

  • Other philanthropy projects Protect Your Skull is involved in.

  • The same injuries occur across all levels of football and other sports, but there is a huge disparity in equipment and medical coverage.

  • Why you cannot win without safety.

  • The importance of empowering the athlete to speak up when they are hurt.

  • NPR podcast discussion on the effectiveness of concussion regulations like Max’s Law.

  • Why parents need to emphasis that their children have more to offer to the world than their sport.

  • Why former teammates can’t  believe they are promoting safety based on their style of play back in the day.

    “It can’t be Foster out there talking about safety, he’d try to kill you out there.”

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Old School Foster Wilkins

“It was about Head Hunting.”

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Old School Tracey Suggs

  • Why the love of the game is their inspiration.

  • Why old toughness is a weakness and is actually rooted in fear.

  • Darius Ramsey Story (below).

  • Thoughts on concussion awareness month.

  • The Sport Hydration Recovery Drink – Outside the box thinking to shift the culture.

Help Shift Concussion Culture HERE:

WHERE CAN YOU CONNECT WITH Protect Your Skull?

WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM| FACEBOOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE

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143 : You CAN Recover From Post Concussion Syndrome, But You Can't Do It Alone w/ Aaron Rocha & Mike Santee

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Aaron Rocha is a retired lacrosse player who ended his career at Babson College.

Aaron Rocha is a retired lacrosse player who ended his career at Babson College.

In episode 143 I had the privilege of interviewing the founders of CAN Recover, Aaron Rocha and Mike Santee. CAN Recover was inspired by Aaron and Mike’s experience and their realization of a communal need for individuals suffering from post concussion syndrome. Both Aaron and Mike battled post-concussion syndrome for up to 2 years and were withheld from returning to the sports they love. Through their experiences, they realized that there is no effective support available for student-athletes like themselves. Seeing how much impact they had on each other’s recoveries by providing empathetic support, they immediately wanted to start helping others overcome the physical and emotional challenges of a prolonged concussion recovery.

Mike Santee is a retired hockey player who ended his career at the United States Military Academy.

Mike Santee is a retired hockey player who ended his career at the United States Military Academy.

Below you will find a list of topics we touch on throughout the episode:

  • How Mike and Aaron got connected through their struggles with PCS.

  • Mike and Aaron’s concussion histories.

  • Why both Mike and Aaron hid symptoms and tried to play through their injuries.

  • How the athlete identity might influence athletes to play injured.

  • How our definitions of toughness have evolved.

“Back in high school my definition of toughness was resilience through pain.” - Aaron Rocha

  • Team awards the reinforce dangerous definitions of toughness.

  • Treatment options that Aaron and Mike tried in their recoveries.

    • What worked and what didn’t.

  • The tendency to over-analyze while recovering from concussion.

  • The value in keeping a symptom journal to isolate variables.

  • Why having someone to talk and relate to is so important.

“You don’t feel like you are in control, you’re in the passenger seat of your own life” - Mike Santee

  • NHL examples on how we are making progress toward redefining toughness.

  • The tremendous support Mike had from his coaches at West Point.

  • The mental an emotional toll PCS had on them (loneliness and isolation) and thoughts of ending it all.

  • Should you rip the bandaid off or stay around your sport? Differing perspectives and why neither is right or wrong.

  • How losing a sport affects relationships.

  • Finding new outlets.

WHERE CAN YOU CONNECT WITH Aaron and Mike?

Website | Facebook | Twitter

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