Rotagram for January 22, 2018
Dr. Jack Moriarity, MD, of NewSouth NeuroSpine in Flowood and a new NFL Unofficial Neurotrauma Consultant, spoke to the Rotary Club of Jackson abut the NFL and Concussions, A Brief Overview.



Monday, January 22, 2018


Brooks Buchanan, Rotary president and assistant general council, C Spire, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.  
-Buchanan led the four-way test and introduced the head table:

-Mac Temple, owner of Newborn Associates, PA;
-Diedre Bell, executive vice-president and chief financial officer of St. Dominic Health Services;
-Primus Wheeler, executive director of the Jackson Medical Mall;
-Alasdair Roe, executive vice president, Vigilant Health, who introduced the speaker
-Jack Moriarity, MD, Neurosurgeon with NewSouth NeuroSpine.

Several Rotarians were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows:
Ben Aldridge, Brandon Ogden and Leroy Walker received a certificate and pin.
Paul Bowers received a certificate, pin and +1.
Those receiving a +1 pin were: Brooks Buchanan, Phillip Carpenter, Mark Chinn, Kathy Hackshaw, Susan Lunardini, Richard Nickles and Al Underwood.
Receiving a +2 pin were: John Louis, Alasdair Roe and Neddie Winters.
Receiving a +3 pin was LeAnne Brewer.
Receiving +1, +2 and +3 pins was William Cook, Jr.

Dr. Moriarity grew up in Los Angeles, the youngest of six children, attended high school in Indonesia and attended college and medical school at  Stanford University in northern California.  He trained in Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins and moved to Jackson sixteen years ago. He spoke on “The NFL and Concussion, A Brief Overview,” as he has a new role as an NFL Unofficial Neurotrauma Consultant. His first game will be the Pro Bowl game this Sunday. He advised that opinions he expressed today do not reflect the official NFL position on these matters.  He defined concussion as a traumatic brain injury induced by biomechanical forces. Potential observable signs are any loss of consciousness, slow to get up, balance and coordination problems, blank or vacant look, disorientation, amnesia after contact, and/ or clutching head after contact. Potential reportable symptoms are headache, dizziness, balance and/or coordination problems, nausea, cognitive slowness, amnesia, disorientation, visual disturbance and tinnitus.  He defined chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) as a neurodegenerative disorder associated with repetitive head trauma, first described in 1928.  Diagnosis is usually made during an autopsy. He noted that everyone who gets a concussion does NOT get CTE.


American football was invented in the 1880’s by a rugby player from Yale, Walter Camp.  He went through the history of the formation of the Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the NCAA and their focus on grading and characterizing concussions, how the NFL currently studies and has identified specific instances of concussions in players and the effects on them, and the NFL’s efforts to deal with the legal issues, which brought him to 2017 when Allen Sills, MD was named NFL’s first-ever chief medical officer.  Sills, a noted neurosurgeon, is a Starkville native who graduated from Mississippi State University in 1986. He and Sills were in school together at Johns Hopkins. 

Asked about his own children playing football, he said we need more information to know when to let kids begin to play football.  Some data says don’t let them play before they are twelve. While he has allowed his 10-year-old to play, he is right there on the sidelines watching all the kids very closely for repetitive hits or those that might be dazed or disoriented, and will not hesitate to remove them from the game.

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