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The latest gizmo in concussion treatment: Whole-body gyroscopes

Apr 23, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

Guillaume Latendresse AP

Treating a concussion is a bit of mystery in the medical science world. For Minnesota Wild forward Guillaume Latendresse, his concussion problems in his career have forced him to look for new ways to treat them. Under the care of Dr. Ted Carrick, he told the panel on L’Antichambre on RDS about how a human-sized gyroscope is helping him overcome his troubles.

Thanks to J.S. Landry at SBN’s Hockey Wilderness, he translated Latendresse’s appearance to give us the science-fiction like details of his concussion treatment.

“That’s what impressed me the most and I wanted to talk about it tonight because it’s not just made to treat concussions, that’s the interesting thing about it. I saw a little 4 year-old girl there, she had never been able to walk in her life and after two days, she was able to walk! (Surprised reactions across the panel) Of course, she wasn’t walking perfectly, but she was walking. There was a blind girl, two days later, she saw colors for the first time and she was like…” (mesmerized expression)

Hang on now, this sounds a bit far-fetched but Latendresse says the effects it’s had on him have been profound. After a week of treatment he said he felt better than he had in months.

There is a catch though as Latendresse says the treatment has its shortcomings in that only certain doctors can make use of it and it’s not a widely available treatment. There’s a bit more to check out at that Hockey Wilderness link, but that should be enough to pique your curiosity.

If this isn’t as snake-oily as it appears to be and getting spun around in a gyroscope can help those dealing with serious concussion issues, you’d have to think Dr. Carrick will have a strong uptick in new patients.

  1. gyrostim - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Mr. Yerdon et al: The “gizmo” you describe is a sophisticated computer controlled, multi-axis rotating chair called the GyroStim. Unfortunately, it has been misidentified in the media as a “whole body gyroscope”, but this is incorrect. You can see the GyroStim in action and learn the facts at our website: (

    Thanks for the great coverage and sharing information about Latendresse and others who have found success and positive outcomes as a result of the GyroStim.

  2. comeonnowguys - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    A surprising and promising device in preventing concussions:


    Attach one end to Raffi Torres. Attach the other end to his locker.

    • bagjr387 - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      but shea weber doesnt need them after nearly curbstomping Zetterberg? webers d-bag move was 10X worse than a borderline hit/minor charging penalty….if hossa had is eyes where they should be, he is probably playing tonight. not denying that torres is useless(sabres fan)

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:36 AM

        Point to where I said Weber’s hit was fine. I’ll wait.

        Also his eyes were up. When the same guy gets in trouble over and over and over and over again for that same type of hit, it’s not exactly border line.

  3. rabidbillsfan - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Is that Russell Crowe?????

    • esracerx46 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      I thought he looked like Brian Bickell

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