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Video of the day: Decorticate and Decerebrate

As someone who’s had a couple of concussions, I can tell you that the feeling of lost time and lost memory — and the ensuing days and weeks of just not feeling yourself — is really something you should avoid. Why the NFL allows players to go back to play as early as one week after a knockout concussion is beyond me. Trust me when I tell you that it takes a very, very long time before you’re back to 100% and not feeling like something is wrong in your head. Now, for your cringing and enjoyment, a collection of decorticate and decerebrate posturing resulting from damage to the brain from knockouts.


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René F. Najera, DrPH

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1 reply

  1. I’ve been quite lucky in my life. I’ve been clunked on the head, slammed into solid objects and been in two large blasts.
    One blast was noteworthy in that I, among a group of four other men, was the only one conscious when the high explosives detonated from our charge – 30 minutes after it should have detonated, which is why we were approaching them.
    The blast threw my kevlar helmet 25 meters from me, the others were laid out on the ground, many posturing.
    By the time my vestibular system had recovered enough for me to be able to remain upright without falling, at least on my hands and knees, the others were coming around.
    Months later, a .50 caliber machinegun was dropped from the vehicle onto my helmet. Not a biggie usually, save that I was wearing it.
    Never had LOC, was AAOx3 every time.
    The standing joke in my unit was that I had an internal kevlar helmet.

    The truth is that my brain is gravitationally protected by a skull of neutronium.
    OK, seriously, I was lucky and it seems that my skull can avoid passing enough energy from such events to cause significant trauma to my brain.
    Or, most likely, pure, dumb luck.
    We’ll see a bit later in life. If I get a form of parkinsonism, I just was able to avoid observable injury.
    Assuming I don’t die of cancer from crawling through some rather unpleasant toxins, or from when I was exposed to a high energy microwave beam to the point where I nearly lost consciousness.


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