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Q Collar: Protecting the Brain from Impact
with Taylor Rapp and Dr. Wayne Olan
In this episode, host Dr. Dana Dunleavy interviews NFL player Taylor Rapp and neurointerventional radiologist Dr. Wayne Olan about the role of the Q collar in safeguarding the brain from impact.
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Taylor Rapp is a defensive safety for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League.
Dr. Wayne Olan
Dr. Wayne Olan is the director of Interventional and Endovascular Neurosurgery at the GW Medical Faculty Associates/GW Hospital and is an associate professor at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Dr. Dana Dunleavy
Dr. Dana Dunleavy is a musculoskeletal and vascular IR in Buffalo, New York.
Taylor Rapp, a native of Washington state, pursued his college education at the University of Washington, where he also played football. He was later drafted by the LA Rams and played for them for a few years. Recently, Taylor made a move to Buffalo, NY, and now plays safety for the Buffalo Bills. He recounts his brain injury and severe concussion in 2021 while he was playing for the LA Rams. Later on, he heard about the Q collar from his agent and subsequently incorporated it into his gear in the following season.
Dr. Olan discusses the origin of the Q collar, which was initially developed in the military to protect and minimize brain movement. He highlights a study from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where the role of the Q collar was examined utilizing Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), a type of MRI technique that specifically examines the white matter tract. Within a cohort of 500 athletes, 77% of athletes who wore the Q collage showed no evidence of shear injury whereas 73% of athletes who did not wear the collar showed gray-white matter shearing injury. He further discusses the mechanism by which the Q collar protects the brain from injury. It stabilizes the brain and minimizes movement by decreasing venous return to the brain by 30%, which he compares to wearing a necktie. He makes an important distinction that the Q collar does not occlude venous return, and therefore, does not have significant clinical adverse effects.
They end the episode by advocating for the significance of educating younger athletes about the risks of contact sports and enhancing safety across all sports.
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