Patrick Mahomes SCARY Concussion! Doctor Reacts to Hit & Controversial Missed Call

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Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs suffered a scary head injury and concussion, displaying posturing, the fencing response, and wobbling on the field. Also, earlier in the game there was a controversial missed call on a helmet to helmet hit during the Chiefs NFL playoff victory over the Cleveland Browns. In this video we'll explain why this hit still caused a concussion, what exactly the fencing response is, and then my reaction to the missed call.

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  • Yea, I've seen the reports it was a "tweaked nerve" in his neck and not a concussion. But... There is no nerve in the side of the neck that would cause a fencing response when its hit. Could he have hit a nerve AND had a concussion? Sure, but the only thing that causes that fencing response is a brain injury/concussion.

    Brian Sutterer MDBrian Sutterer MDหลายเดือนก่อน

      Iresin1Iresin123 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Dr. Sutter you are absolutely right nevermind the people that do not understand physiology and or neurology. I suffered many when I played the game and I agree with you that the the Chiefs should have been penalized. It was obviously a helmet to helmet hit and I believe there was actually two that went unpenalized! The Browns are not complaining, I live in Missouri and let me assure you that Chiefs fans would still be crying if they had been called because we would have won the game. Go Browns!

      Mitchell BrownMitchell Brownหลายเดือนก่อน
    • Wrong - it wasn't a nerve injury OR a concussion -- he was choked out. That's it. I called it the moment I saw it happen.

      Op-Ed DailyOp-Ed Dailyหลายเดือนก่อน
    • @Mason Eads he was being sarcastic u big turd

      RYAN TRAVISRYAN TRAVISหลายเดือนก่อน
    • @Jeff S lmao that's funny

      RYAN TRAVISRYAN TRAVISหลายเดือนก่อน
  • definitely, penalize these defenders

    purple purplepurple purple21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • So a dr. In Dallas went on air saying it was a bruised brain stem could that not be the case?

    Joseph PresseisenJoseph Presseisenหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. 2 star M.V.P are forced to be taken out of 3rd quarter, they both suffered the same injury

  • Surprised it wasn't a Covid diagnosis

    Trent FriendTrent Friendหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Looks like he was choked too. Could it played apart being disoriented ? Like Loosing balance for being light headed for not getting oxygen to the brain ???? Dirty play overall

    Taco RoniTaco Roniหลายเดือนก่อน
  • To me, it is a choke out, not a knock out. The amount of dammage occured way different.

    Samuel LanthierSamuel Lanthierหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Corny tho

    Amanda BushAmanda Bushหลายเดือนก่อน
  • You may be a doctor but u must not no that theres away to joke somone and cut air off and twerk u

    Amanda BushAmanda Bushหลายเดือนก่อน
  • It Wasn't Much Of A Hit To The Head. But... His Head Was Yanked From His Body(Lifting His Body Off The Ground)... And Then Neck Traumatically Twisted!!!

    Micheal McConnellMicheal McConnellหลายเดือนก่อน
  • A choke out is different from a concussion. The reactions are similar. The results are vastly different. My son wrestled about 2 hrs after a choke out in HS. He was out 15 days with a concussion in college. (He quit wrestling, made Dean's List for the remaining semesters and is an electrical engineer now.) Yeah, that concussion scared the crap out of him.

    Tad KowalTad Kowalหลายเดือนก่อน
  • U upload to fast and I’m not complaining, I love how u explain it

    bocoy noiubocoy noiuหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Thats not even a fencing response. Thats a natural body position while being tackled. It was vagal nerve response.

    Mark ChambersMark Chambersหลายเดือนก่อน
    • don't.

      bocoy noiubocoy noiuหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Who thinks this concussion will affect him in the superbowl v TB?

    • @PyRo 0117 what do you mean?

    • He just murdered the bills

      PyRo 0117PyRo 0117หลายเดือนก่อน
  • You call yourself a ‘doctor’ yet you feel qualified to diagnose someone from a 15 second video clip?! The sheer hubris. You don’t think the Chiefs and the NFL don’t have doctors who are FAR superior to you? They hire the best. That’s why they’re there diagnosing the athletes in real time and you’re at home, trying to profit from a 15 second tv clip. Mahomes showed no symptoms of concussion last night. The Chiefs said he was ok. The nfl said he was ok. But you think you know more than them?!? Hopefully you learned a lesson because this vid makes you look like an over confident clown.

    Brett WagnerBrett Wagnerหลายเดือนก่อน
  • "I don't care what anybody says," Dr. Sutterer says, disgracing himself and all other MDs out there. When I saw the play, I KNEW that wasn't a concussion because his head never actually hit the turf. You can see it in numerous angles. What you DO see is a man being choked out when someone's arm is wrapped around his neck and the other artery being cut off via neck crank. Sorry that you spent all that time in school to make assumptions about a person you haven't evaluated, and clearly never taught you to be open-minded about remote evaluation with no access to a 'patient's' medical history, any scans or other methods to help you diagnose someone with 'x' injury. It wasn't a "nerve" injury either - it was him being choked out. That's it. It wasn't a concussion, it wasn't a nerve injury - both his arteries were cut off and he went out but came-to quickly, but resulting in the small window of disorientation. It wasn't a concussion, Doc. Maybe you should save yourself embarrassment and stop being believing you know more than you do because you have a medical degree; it is clearly clouding your ability to understand that you can be wrong.

    Op-Ed DailyOp-Ed Dailyหลายเดือนก่อน
    • Lol

      Mohamed SharifMohamed Sharifหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Another Superbowl looking OUTSTANDING tonight Doc.... well called in this video, lol...

  • I’m so glad he didn’t go back in. I’d imagine 15 years ago he would have kept on playing.

    soinhu foitusoinhu foituหลายเดือนก่อน
  • you ever heard of someone acting? that's what that concussion scene was.

    michael petersmichael petersหลายเดือนก่อน
    • @soinhu foitu easy to make it look intentional in slow motion, this happened in 1 second, remember that, and if you look at when they hit the ground, he was trying to let go but his arm was sort of wedged between mahomes helmet and chest. really weak hit anyways and this doc is making assumptions, NFL already said he didn't get a concussion, so, I guess I was correct. right?

      michael petersmichael petersหลายเดือนก่อน
    • grabbed around his neck and didn’t let go. That’s not an accident.

      soinhu foitusoinhu foituหลายเดือนก่อน
  • maholmes is injury has to not turn into a fractuted ankle but hes already looking to run but when he does he is going to get sacked and or tackled blitz and really make his life miserable in the way to do this is to beat Kc at the line of scrimmage but pressure maholmes until he throws a interception pick 6

    Luke BlerschLuke Blerschหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Congrats mate, you have just been used as the medical expert in german football televison

    Jonn JJonn Jหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Has nobody heard of a brachial stun before? Look at the arm position on his neck and clear applied pressure for more than just a quick touch. That’ll give immediate response similar to a head injury but it’s just a lack of blood to the brain. Anyone with combat training see what I’m seeing?

    Joseph FlintonJoseph Flintonหลายเดือนก่อน
  • If the NFL keeps changing rules within 5 years it's going to be professional flag football. Unless you were there to check on him & perform the concussion protocol tests it's hard to give a definitive diagnosis for it. If he didn't pass all the stages of the protocol there is no way the team, team doctor & an independent outside doctor would all pass him/allow him to play. The team wouldn't risk a half billion dollar contract & 10+ years of winning/playing over clearing him for 1 game.

    Cooney. BCooney. Bหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I think it was pulling his whole body by his neck that gave him the injury... head contact seems minimal to me.

  • Blah blah blah blah he has a concussion.

    Jack MehoffJack Mehoffหลายเดือนก่อน
    • But he doesn’t

      PyRo 0117PyRo 0117หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Ew. Ew. Ew. Ew. Ew. Ok. Ew. I had to stop this at the 5:04 mark. I upvoted, but had to stop this at 5:04. Love the intelligent content, but can't handle the "shop talk" about the brain fluid, etc..bc... The brain seems too delicate to think about. Thankful for the info and praying for Mahomes long-term health.🌻🎋♥️

    Heather in KansasHeather in Kansasหลายเดือนก่อน
  • So a physician with years and years of training and years and years of bed side manner; shouldn't you wait for irrefutable evidence prior to claiming "without a doubt" or "is clearly concussed." Now on to the part that really bothered me most "I don't know know what else we need to see?" Umm going out on a limb, and mind you I have approximately the amount of hours I've watched your videos in medical training, but even I know that a MRI or CT would be a sufficient answer "what else do we need." I'd even be appeased with waiting for doctors on site administering cognitive and neurological tests. Clearly they saw or noticed something that didn't necessarily indicate a concussion but also that non statement of officially ruled out leaves the Browns thinking, "Oh shit, we have a chance" Clearly that was a reach on their end but anywhere I digress. Full disclaimer I'm born and raised KC, so this was just my rant but maybe next time since there are some medically uneducated people like myself that think the acronym ICE and a couple tylenol fixes everything, and may or may not have come straight to your page to see your assessment, would appreciate a little more objective and not subjective....But only for Mahomes. Your Dak Prescott injury seemed petty spot on. hahaha keep up the videos I have learned alot.

    Kyle JCKyle JCหลายเดือนก่อน
  • To ALL CLOWNS.. Dan Sorensen posted a pic for all you idiots who wanna talk, CLEARLY you see his shoulder hit FIRST, so stfu.. it was a LEGAL hit

    Agua TypeAgua Typeหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I hope he gets popped again. Sorry, but I do. Running, scrambling qb's don't last long in the NFL. They have to become pure pocket passers and some go on to succeed, others don't.

    A Garcia A GarciaA Garcia A Garciaหลายเดือนก่อน
  • His head never hits the ground. The other helmet broke the fall of the head to the turf. This abrupt stop is what did it.

    Joe AngeloniJoe Angeloniหลายเดือนก่อน
  • nfl only cares about money so he's most likely playing tomorrow

    Cline BroussardCline Broussardหลายเดือนก่อน
  • And it's impossible to get all head injuries out of the game if there's tackling. You can take a knee to the head or hit your head on the ground like Mahommes. Like doc said, if the NFL is worried about head injuries they'll put these Velcro strips on the side of their body and pull them off for a stop. No more blocking, no more tackling, only running, and catching, and pulling flags

    jimmy deanjimmy deanหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Boxing is almost the same as that, but they don’t call it concussion, it is knockdown or knockout if he stand up groogy.

    Manuel PascoManuel Pascoหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Helmets should break under a specific amount of force. I think that might help

    DGI15 UpoDGI15 Upoหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Good job. Sorensen should be suspended. Not to mention browns probably win without that illegal hit. I noticed it right away. Dirty play. Deserves justice. These guys have to stop putting winning over somebody’s brain that they have to live with for 50 years after retirement. Mahomes is the new goat. The defender says it was an accident but he grabbed around his neck and didn’t let go. That’s not an accident.

    Dan BrobstDan Brobstหลายเดือนก่อน
  • How sorenson talked him is the same way Ryan shadier came into his tackle that hurt him very dangerous technique

    Dalton GillihanDalton Gillihanหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Love these analysis videos. Could have put other clips of fencing response examples.

    A Little Of EverythingA Little Of Everythingหลายเดือนก่อน
  • It was not a helmet to helmet hit. Check the videos available. He was neck held which is extremely dangerous.

    Hector Viscencio BrambilaHector Viscencio Brambilaหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I think he meant to do that to my baby Patrick so couldn’t win the Super Bowl men they hating on us in Kansas City wow 😮 praying for him he get well..❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ we Love you Pat.. KC all day

    Miss TMiss Tหลายเดือนก่อน
  • It's physically impossible to lean forward and not have the helmet be what you are leading with. There is no way to tackle a runner that is also in a diving/extremely bent over position

    Corey KaiserCorey Kaiserหลายเดือนก่อน
  • It's not an illegal hit because runners are counted at defenseless players. It's also not fair to penalize a defensive player for leading with the helmet when the offensive player is also leading with the helmet

    Corey KaiserCorey Kaiserหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I'm dumber for watching this. Thanks a bunch.

    scott FREEscott FREEหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Doc, did you miss the pull on the head, looked like he was getting hung.

  • What’s your opinion about them clearing him to play sunday

    Zachary MorrisonZachary Morrisonหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I think you need to find the 3rd angle of the goalline hit. As the receiver extends, the defender drops his whole torso low enough to make contact and actually first makes contact shoulder on shoulder, before then making contact with the head. While this is still dangerous, I don't know how you can possibly try to hit someone that low with your shoulder without lowering your head.

  • If he plays next week he going to end up like Antonio brown

    • Even more talented and rich? Tell us more.

  • When someone has their head hit the ground and get up all wobbly-like, that's not nothing, right?

    Bruce LehrerBruce Lehrerหลายเดือนก่อน
  • An MD selling, please learn some TCM perspective on is merely a reflection of the internal environment, and can easily be managed with TCM principles. Love your videos, and would love to see you broaden your perspective.

    William SmithWilliam Smithหลายเดือนก่อน
  • football players are modern-day gladiators, gladiators died, stop watering down the game it is a choice.

    Rene R.Rene R.หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I love your videos and they are so educational and help ma in school a lot but I do have one Genuine question can the coaches really say if Patrick was diagnosed with a concussion due to HIPPA laws

    Brooke GreyBrooke Greyหลายเดือนก่อน
    • first like, then to watch video :D?

  • The chiefs always getting help like the seahawks

    Juan CamposJuan Camposหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I passed out standing up and did the weird arm thing, so idk

    Matthew ColwellMatthew Colwellหลายเดือนก่อน
  • That thumbnail ain't right. It looks like Patrick is laying down stroking that dude's helmet.

    Joe TrouttJoe Trouttหลายเดือนก่อน
  • When I was watching it, it looked like his neck got twisted by that guy's arm. Like when you mean to "snap someone's neck" but not that this was that severe or intentional. What I'm talking about happened after his helmet bounced.

    Antoinette LopesAntoinette Lopesหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I always thought concussions were a skull fracture? In this case, it just seems like his jello got wobbled.

  • This nfl needs to deny him approval to play they should not clear him.

    Pete MelabianakisPete Melabianakisหลายเดือนก่อน
  • do you think it's a blood choke

  • Ye that rashard higgins helmet to helmet was a blown call.

  • it mention 7 to 10 days or three months for concussion? why he cleared for one week early? from Coach did decide on him as play against Bills? that up to you, you're know about medicines and symptoms.

    Muzz PzzMuzz Pzzหลายเดือนก่อน
  • He got choked unconscious. Looked like a guillotine or bulldog choke. He was out for a second thats why he stood up like that. Concussion, maybe. But seems unlikely.

  • The set up last year was for the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl this year the plan seems to be for them to at least repeat. And with this concussion the NFL is risking a man's life by pushing for him to play a week after this type of injury which needs weeks for recovery. 💵💵💵💵💵💵💵💵💵💵💵💵

    Francisco CepedaFrancisco Cepedaหลายเดือนก่อน
    • Right. The NFL rigged the Browns game by having Mahomes removed. Y'all are DAF.

  • I feel like there is room to argue that that wasn't a fencing position situation when he got hurt. He stopped instantly and I feel like there are certainly ways he could've lost his balance or even been scared that he was gonna get hurt and ended up making his body rigid. I don't care enough about the situation to say that the team did or didn't lie, but I at least don't think its fair for people to say with confidence that the team or the league is pretending he's fine when he's not. I don't see why the team would lie because it has already been 5 of the 7 day minimum it takes to recover and they could be confident. I'm not a doctor or anything but from my limited understanding, it seems realistic enough that he could be ready at this point.

    Zachary DavisZachary Davisหลายเดือนก่อน
    • @Brian Sutterer MD You're harmful to public awareness. Nice projection. The mere fact that you CONTINUE to sit here and say the only way for him to appear the way he did is by concussion is absurd. Absolutely asinine. One could appear so by SPINNING IN CIRCLES! GFY.

    • The team isn't lying, they just aren't saying anything and are letting the public narrative run, which I think is harmful for public awareness about head injuries

      Brian Sutterer MDBrian Sutterer MDหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Listen to this man NFL! Please.

    Rob MeyersRob Meyersหลายเดือนก่อน
  • What is Sam Bradford(?) doing back there?

  • Anyone that wobbles has a concussion. Good lesson.

    ReeceNichols The Van Noy Real Estate GroupReeceNichols The Van Noy Real Estate Groupหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I Concur !!

    SplitShot ScottSplitShot Scottหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 19th century sports are immoral to begin with. Micro analyzing them doesn't change that.

  • “It was a choke out” guys, in full speed the guys arm was there for a second, AT MOST. There’s some serious mental gymnastics going on for people to tie an obvious concussion to these unlikely causes of the injury.

    • @NadaButH8 ...

    • And? You must really be slow :(

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  • He was hit on the nerve in the side of his neck that causes instant incapacitation. But that does not fit the football is bad, narrative. his head was barely touched. he was moving forward when he was hit. The fencing movement is the logical conclusion of that energy.

    Gregarious SolitudinistGregarious Solitudinistหลายเดือนก่อน
    • Not even remotely true. Your head doesn’t need to be hit to have a concussion. Your brain is suspended in your skull - acceleration combined with a quick deceleration is enough to cause trauma to the brain when it shifts.

  • I thought it was clear that the Chiefs player put his head down and speared the ball. It should have been a penalty upon review. Regarding Mahomes I couldn't tell until I saw the other angle how he got a concussion but when he fell I thought something didn't look right.

    David LingnerDavid Lingnerหลายเดือนก่อน
Patrick Mahomes SCARY Concussion! Doctor Reacts to Hit & Controversial Missed Call