11/29/07

Concussions

I saw this on the NewsHour Monday night. It is an excellent piece. A real wakeup! I think all football, rugby and soccer coaches should be required to view this. Getting your bell rung is not a joke!

New Research Raises Questions on

How to Treat Concussion 'Epidemic'

A test that measures cognitive impairment after a concussion is helping coaches and doctors realize that young athletes are sometimes sent back to the playing field too quickly after a head injury. Betty Ann Bowser reports on concussion treatment in student athletes.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/

health/july-dec07/

concussions_11-26.html

4 Comments:

At 11/29/07, 11:48 AM, Blogger Joe P. said...

IMPACT concussion software is always prominent in these stories, and I think the baseline testing concept is the way of the future. However, it is still very difficult to implement the program on the high school level. The typical ATC is solo and may be responsible for several hundred contact sport athletes. The popularity of magnet schools means your athletes are scattered all over the place. I have found post concussion exercise induced headache to be a reliable indicator of the healing process. Short duration/high intensity anaerobic bouts will often bring about a splitting headache long after other tests are normal.

 
At 11/29/07, 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

joe p.
Is there a risk of testing them with a short high intensity bout, especially when intracranial bleeding is present?

Jonathan Hewitt

 
At 11/29/07, 3:39 PM, Blogger Joe P. said...

Jonathan- Emphasis on the "after other tests are normal". Intercraniel bleeding would be picked up with traditonal tests, but thanks for clarifying that.

 
At 11/30/07, 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have gotten to use Impact and a method similar to Joe P's and the key to the ImPact is the baseline. The only thing I would do differently than Joe P is start with a lower intensity longer time exercise but really it should be an activity that reproduces the sport they are trying to return to.

Joe C.

 

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