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A sneak preview of this year's Brain Health Online Summit with retired NHL player, Mark Parrish.
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Minnesota Hockey Magazine Interview with former NHLer Mark Parrish discussing his concussion rehabilitation at MFNC.
Minnesota Hockey Magazine: Your game in the NHL was predicated by getting into the front of the net and taking a beating from guys like Scott Stevens. We know it took a toll. You recently had a breakthrough health wise with Dr. Jeremy Schmoe. Can you elaborate on what were the symptoms?
Mark Parrish: Yea, there was a lot of sound and visual, with noises that I couldn't get away from. There were times where I would actually hear noises, like the TV being on or the radio downstairs and I would go to shut it off and there was no sound happening. My eye balls were going bonkers. They were shaking, twitching and I was exhausted. For not doing much, particularly when I was playing, I was exhausted. It was taking a toll. My wife Nicholle, she brought it up and luckily enough, I went and saw Dr. Schmoe and he blew my mind. For ten years, well since 2012 I really have been fighting myself through what I thought were bumps and bruises so along the way from being retired and I had no idea that I was dealing with concussion symptoms. Within 20 minutes of my first visit with Dr. Schmoe, he had me feeling better, just walking, sturdy, being involved, mentally aware. It was almost scary, where I was going about my day in and day out for the last few years thinking I was fine and then just after a few simple tests realizing that I wasn’t even close to fine.
Minnesota Hockey Magazine: So you thought you were fine and then went from something in not right, did you try seeing anybody before seeing Dr. Schmoe?
Mark Parrish:You know it was Dr. Dan Peterson one of the MN Wild doctors who I have seen ever since I started playing for the Wild and he is our family physician. I spoke with him and told him I was having trouble. I couldn't put a finger on it, but knew I had issues, not sleeping well, the “concussion issues” that were pretty obvious. We tried some different medications, he had brought it up that I was cleared from my concussions in 2008 before the Wild bought me out and at that time, there were different standards in place. It kind of blew me away. We did an MRI and he showed me where my brain was swollen still and it was to the point I was really scared. I didn’t think, it had been so long, but I had played a couple more years, 4 more years of pro hockey while I had the concussions. And now I lose track, I lose my words, as I have always been pretty proud of my vocabulary and there are times where I need to find the right words. That happens now more often that is used to be.
Minnesota Hockey Magazine: Were your surprised with how the exercises you did helped you out? What has your treatments with Dr. Schmoe done for you?
Mark Parrish: Yes, it was Shocking! I guess I didn't know what to expect, it is all non-invasive. It is simple war ups that I have to do to warm up my brain. It just blew me away. I figured it would have to be something to do with cognitive, or reading, to mental side, and the majority of it is actually physical that I do to get my brain back, vestibular, so that is is a lot of visual and it is kind of funny. I made a joke with Dr. Schmoe the first time, as I could have sworn he as doing drunk test like a cop, walk the line, touch your nose, the pinkie and the field sobriety tests that was was running on me through and it was just awful. I was completely uncoordinated in the tests. Within doing 5 or 10 minutes of this stuff it came back, the elasticity in the brain, it was pretty impressive, particularly for a beat up hockey player.
Minnesota Hockey Magazine: Would you recommend someone with similar symptoms see Dr. Schmoe?
Mark Parrish: Absolutely, I have seen many other doctors. I have seen chiropractors and Dr. Schmoe does do that as well, neurosurgeons, and many others over the past 10 years and I have seen nothing like what I had with Dr. Schmoe in 20 minutes.
Mark Parrish: Yes, if you have any kind of head injury or anything like that, I would 100 percent recommend go talk to Dr. Schmoe. What I like about it too is a lot of times, but not always these other guys, they would say well you have to come in several times. And he wont’t, it is only as needed. There is no gouging, so here is what you are doing, and we will see you in 3 weeks. Or you are good now, keep up on your warm ups and your PT and the other thing is how personable he is. He calls and checks up on me or he will send a text. Not that downplaying all of the other doctors and physicians that I have had, but I have never had this kind of service from anyone. ... See MoreSee Less
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