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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.

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.

Neuropsychologist: Important Member of Concussion Care Team

Sports concussion neuropsychologist Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Ph. D., explains why a neuropsychologist is an important member of the concussion care team.

Treating Post-Concussion Syndrome: No Cookie Cutter Answers

In the small percentage of cases where a student-athlete's concussion symptoms, such as headache, do not resolve quickly (a condition called post-concussion syndrome), treatment by a team of specialists is recommended, as there are no cookie-cutter answers, says sports concussion neuropsychologist, Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Ph. D.

Why Cognitive and Physical Rest After Concussion?

Sports concussion neuropsychologist Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Ph. D.says student-athletes need to get cognitive and physical rest after a concussion in order to reduce the work the injured brain has to do in order to allow it time to heal.

Concussion Evaluation and Management: An Overview

Sports concussion neuropsychologist Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Ph. D. provides an overview of the concussion evaluation and management process leading, hopefully, to a student-athlete's return to sports:

Post-Concussion Syndrome: New Treatments Offer Hope

Until recently, says Edward Feldman, DC, RCST, treatment options for post-concussion syndrome were fairly limited, but new therapies offer hope to some patients for recovery from traumatic brain injury.

No Video Games After Concussion: A Defense

The other day I received an email from a neuropsychologist at a well-known New England medical center (I'll call him "Dr. A" for short) wondering whether there was any evidence to support the recommendation made in a number of articles in our concussion center, as well as videos, that, as part of the cognitive rest a concussed student-athlete needs during concussion recovery, he or she should not play video games:

When a neuropsychologist at a leading New England medical center is skeptical about the basis for MomsTeam's recommendation against a concussed student-athlete playing video games while symptomatic after concussion, Brooke de Lench provides the backup and ends up winning praise for the site's concussion center.
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