Brian Pothier was just traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. In a news story that appeared in the News Observer he talks about the vision therapy he got that was a key to him getting back to continuing his career.
In March of this year ESPN did a story on the collaborative work that Susan Duram, OD and I did with a member of the Washington Capitals, Brian Pothier. Brian had not played hockey for nearly 14 months secondary to his fourth concussion. Sue had examined Brian and gotten him started with some glasses and asked me to see what else could be done. After only a few vision therapy sessions he was working out again, went to the Hershey Bears to play a few games and ultimately contributed to the Washington Captials besting the NY Rangers in 7 games and losing to last years’ NHL Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brian is playing at as high or at even a higher level of play than before he left the game and he credits vision therapy with many of these gains. His story has led to other players and members of the public finding out about what behavioral vision care can offer head injury sufferers. Brian is to be commended for sharing his story with the public. Here is a link to the Washington Times story just prior to Brian’s return.