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Lisa Moore, ATC

Return to Play After a Concussion

Sports Medicine

Unfortunately concussions do occur and we need some guidelines in place in order to protect the athlete and make sure they truly are ready to return to activity. Before allowing those with concussions to return to sport, we must ensure they are symptom free for at least 24 hours. This is done by a symptom inventory and the patient must self report how they are feeling. It is incredibly important that the patient is honest with themselves, and the clinician at this time to make sure we truly are symptom free and not just anxious to return to activity. As athletic trainers we do an activity progression that allows them to build back up to what level of activity they … Continue reading

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Whitney Vessar, ATC

Return to Learn after Concussion

Sports Medicine

Discussing concussions in the past has focused on when the athlete could return to playing safely, however, recent years have shifted the conversation to how and when the player should return to school, and that makes sense. While athletics are important in many ways, academics are life long tools. Think about it like this—if you sprain your ankle in a volleyball game, should you run the mile in PE class the next day? The task of walking would be difficult, let alone running. The same principle of recovery applies to head injuries. A concussion disrupts the way the brain processes information, so taking that test in history class the next day might be a struggle. Strategies have been developed to … Continue reading

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Lisa Moore, ATC

An Introduction to Concussions

Sports Medicine

Inevitably the start of fall football begins the start of concussion conversations. What is a concussion? How do they happen? How many can you have in a lifetime? What are the long term effects of a concussion? Is football safe? A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that disrupts brain function. Clear as mud right? Concussions can come from a blow to the head, or contact with the ground, or any force that basically jars the head and brain. We like to refer to concussions as having a constellation of symptoms. There are 22 symptoms associated with concussions and they don’t all need to be present for the diagnosis of concussion. In fact, they can occur in any combination and … Continue reading

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Ryan Isherwood, M.D.

A Discussion on Concussion


  So far this football season I have diagnosed 4 high school players with concussion.  Last year I only made the diagnosis once.  The difference this year is that trainers and coaches are paying closer attention to signs that one of their players may have a concussion.  This is in part due to the efforts by both the NFL and the NCAA to educate the coaches and their staff as well as help protect the players themselves. Concussion can occur in both helmeted and non-helmeted sports, and is most common in any sport that may involve a collision of any type.  The CDC in 2007 estimated  that ER’s saw 1.1 million concussion related injuries while another 235,000 required hospitalization.  When … Continue reading

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