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Barbara Wertz (Athletic Trainer): Helped Athlete and His Parents In Concussion Recovery

In recognition of April as National Youth Sports Safety Month, MomsTeam has asked 30 experts to write a blog answering two questions: first, how or why did they get into their field, and second, how have they made a difference in the life of a youth athlete in the past year.

Today, we hear from Barbara Wertz, Outreach Athletic Trainer at Susquehanna Health's Sports Medicine Center in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

By Barbar Wertz,  ATC, ATC/L

In her role as outreach athletic trainer for a Pennsylvania high school, Barbara Wertz was part of a multi-disciplinary team which helped a student-athlete recover from a sports-related concussion and resume playing sports.

Study Supports More Conservative Treatment of Concussions In Children, Teens

A 2012 study finds that the reduced flow of blood to the brain of concussed adolescent athletes sometimes persists longer than 30 days, and adds to the growing body of evidence that the brains of children and teens are more vulnerable to concussion, supports need for cognitive rest after concussion, and substantiates the need for more conservative management of concussions in young athletes.

William P. Meehan, III, M.D. (Sports Concussion Doctor): I Owe My Career Choice To A Single Patient

Two years ago, in recognition of April as Youth Sports Safety Month, MomsTeam asked 30 experts to write a blog answering two questions: first, how or why did they get into their field, and second, how have they made a difference in the life of a youth athlete in the past year.

Today, we reprise the blog submitted by William P. Meehan, III, M.D., Director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, Sports Concussion Clinic, and Research for the Brain Injury Center at Boston Children's Hospital.

By William P. Meehan, III, M.D.

Why did I get into my field?

I owe my career choice to a single patient.

Sports concussion doctor William P. Meehan, III, M.D. talks about how he owes his career choice to a single patient he treated in the emergency room.

Concussion Therapies: Epsom Salts

Anecdotal evidence suggests that good old fashioned Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate), either as part of a bath therapy or as a foot soak, may be a simple, yet effective, therapy in relieving the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.

Chiropractic Neurology: A Possible Therapy for Post-Concussion Syndrome

One possible therapy for athletes with post-concussion syndrome is treatment by a chiropractic neurologist, who uses a deep toolbox of non-invasive sensory experiences to gently stimulate (or calm) targeted areas of the brain or nervous systems in order to reduce neurologic imbalance and improve function and productivity.

Post-Concussion Syndrome: Possible Therapies

While no medicine has been shown to effectively speed the recovery from concussive brain injury, some new and non-traditional therapies have been shown to help relieve the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome, as well as the value of strict cognitive and physical rest.

The Unmarked Detour: A Family's Journey Through Post-Concussion Syndrome (Video)

When her daughter Heidi suffered a concussion warming up in goal before a hockey game in February 2010, litle did Dorothy Bedford realize that the night would mark the beginning of a fourteen-month long recovery from post-concussion syndrome requiring three medical leaves of absences and treatment by nearly a dozen medical specialists.

The Unmarked Detour: Final Thoughts and Biggest Regrets

In the last part of her series, Dorothy Bedford offers final observations on her teenage daughter Heidi's concussion two years after that fateful night, her four biggest regrets, and her advice to parents of concussed student-athletes.

The Unmarked Detour: The Journey in Videos

A series of video segments featuring Dorothy Bedford talking about her teenage daughter Heidi's 14-month long struggle to overcome post-concussion syndrome after suffering a serious concussion playing hockey at boarding school.

The Unmarked Detour: Concussion Puzzle Completed, New Normal Achieved

Dorothy Bedford describes how the use of two previously untried therapies (vestibular rehabilitation therapy and use of the drug Amantadine) helped complete her daughter Heidi's recovery from post-concussion syndrome and achieve a new normal.
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