I played for the 49er’s, developed hydrocephalus from concussions during the 81 Super Bowl season and underwent emergency VP shunt brain surgery. My shunt failed 4 months after our Super Bowl XVI win, and I went into a coma. I had 2 more brain surgeries 10 hrs apart and was given last rites at age 23. In 1986 I returned to school to complete my Biology degree, and survived 5 additional brain surgeries and several gran mal seizures during a 10 month period in ’87 & ’88.
In 1990 at age 32, I finally graduated with a BS degree in Biological Conservation, surgery inducted dyslexia, anti seizure medicine & surgery induced major short term memory deficits, and anger management issues from inflammation in my brain.
By 2010, my primary care recommended I; turn in my drivers license, file for SSDI and get my finances in order. I was 51 years old with 3 children 10, 12, 20 years and a hard working school teacher wife. Instead we were evaluated at Dr Amen’s clinic over a 3 day exam, prescribed hyperbaric oxygen treatments, Omega 3 fish oils and natural anti oxidants (concentrated blueberry, cranberry and acai berry juices in capsules). I continued to work until last year when I was forced to file for SSDI, and depend on the hard working tax payers to fund my injuries, instead of the $9.5 Billion NFL industry.
I’ve been a wildlife biologist/environmental consultant since I graduated in 1990, and formed The Visger Group, Traumatic Brain Injury Consulting in 2010. I conduct Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery seminars all over the country, and work closely with Dr Rich Ellenbogen, head of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Injury group (click here for “Visger Rules”) on rule changes to reduce Traumatic Brain Injuries in football at all levels. I have personally completed 231 Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments (HBOT) since 2010, and my micro-cognitive memory scores have improved over 15 % (at age 54). I would recommend these non pharmaceutical treatments to everyone.
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