Stop Football … Save Brains: A Point Counterpoint Discussion


  • The opinions expressed in this Point Counterpoint represent those of the authors alone. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Headache Society or its journal, Headache: the journal of head and face pain.
  • Conflict of Interest: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Address all correspondence to L. Robbins, Robbins Headache Clinic, Neurology, 1535 Lake Cook Road, Suite 506, Northbrook, IL 60062, USA


In a recent Opinion Editorial posted on the Listserv of the Southern Headache Society (, Dr. Lawrence Robbins of the Robbins Headache Clinic, Northbrook, Illinois, explored how headaches resulting from trauma are sometimes difficult to treat and often remain refractory. Most neurologists likely encounter young athletes who have a moderate-to-severe post-concussion syndrome. The following discussion, therefore, is relevant to the practice of headache medicine. In this Point Counterpoint, Dr. Robbins has repurposed his OpEd once more for Headache, followed by a response from Dr. Frank Conidi of the Florida Center for Headache and Sports Neurology, and Team Neurologist for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. The discussion concludes with a retort from Dr. Robbins.