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SmartTeams™ Talk: Most Pediatricians Can Treat Uncomplicated Concussions, But Referral Sometimes Needed, Says Pieroth

Most pediatricians can handle uncomplicated concussions, says a top sports neuropsychologist, but parents may need to ask for a referral if their child's doctor isn't comfortable treating concussions, or where the concussion is more complicated, such as where recovery is taking longer than expected, or where the athlete has a history of concussions.

SmartTeams™ Talk: Make Sure Neuropsychologist Has Training In Concussion Testing and Treatment, Says Pieroth

Make sure that the neuropsychologist involved in your child's treatment after concussion has training in concussion assessment and treatment, has kept up with evolving research and practice guidelines, and understands athletes and sports culture, says neuropsychologist Elizabeth M. Pieroth, Psy.D, Associate Director of the Sports Concussion Program of NorthShore Medical Group and consultant to the Chicago Bears and Cubs.

SmartTeams™ Talk: Individualized Return To Learn Approach Needed, Says Pieroth

Return to learn is just as important as return to play, says a top neuropsychologist and it is important to assess a child's individual symptoms and what triggers them to determine what adjustments to the school day are appropriate.

SmartTeams™ Talk: Don’t Overprescribe Cognitive Rest After Concussion, Says Pieroth

Emerging science and expert consensus are challenging the notion that an extended period of complete cognitive and physical rest after concussion is necessary for recovery, and that concussed athletes need no more than 1-2 days rest at home, after which they should return to school with modifications to the school day as needed.

Study Confirms Adverse Effect of Concussion On Academic Learning And Performance of Children and Teens

Student-athletes who experience lingering concussion symptoms and their parents are more concerned about the adverse effect of concussion on learning and school performance, report more school-related problems, and more classes posing difficulty than students who recover more quickly, finds a new study.

Dizziness After Sport-Related Concussion: Could Vestibular And Physical Therapy Be Missing Treatment Option?

While physical and cognitive rest during the period immediately after concussion is widely considered the cornerstone of concussion management, it might hinder recovery in those patients whose dizziness is the result of an injury to the cervical spine, who might benefit more from early, aggressive and active treatment for their dizziness.

SmartTeams™ Talks: MSU's Covassin Discusses Gender Differences In Concussion Risk and Outcomes

In a fact-filled and informative SmartTeams Talk™, a leading expert on gender and concussions reviews the research finding differences in concussion risk and outcomes between female and male athletes, and how MomsTEAM's SmartTeams™ program is designed to increase concussion reporting through education.

SmartTeams™ Talks: Dr. Rosemarie Moser Says Cognitive Rest After Concussion Is Best Treatment

A practicing sports concussion neuropsychologist and leading concussion researcher, Dr. Rosemarie Moser, talks about why it is so important for student-athletes to get cognitive rest after a concussion, what cognitive rest means, and why she urges athletes to "love their brain, love their sport," which means not returning to sports for around 3 weeks after their concussion symptoms are gone.

Concussion Education Best Practices: A Parent's Checklist

Virtually every state in the country now requires that parents and players receive some basic concussion safety information as a condition to participation. Here's a checklist of what experts say all parents need to know.

California's Updated Youth Sports Concussion Safety Law: Steps In The Right Direction, Says Longtime Sports Official

The 7-day return-to-play waiting period and the limits on full-contact practices imposed by AB 2127, California's updated youth sports concussion safety law are steps in the right direction says an official who will be charged with its implementation, but, like any legislation, is not perfect.
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