Unmarked Detour: Amantadine and Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy Helped Recovery From Post-Concussion Syndrome

Ten months post-concussion, Dorothy Bedford explains how two months on the drug Amantadine, followed by six weeks of vestibular balance therapy, were the final steps on her daughter Heidi's road to recovery.

Unmarked Detour: Frustration As Sports Restrictions, Concussion Symptoms, Cognitive Impairment Continued

Seven months after her daughter's concussion, Dorothy Bedford was frustrated that Heidi could still not play contact sports, and continued to experience concussion symptoms and cognitive impairment, which effected her grades and scores on standardized tests.

Impact of Concussion On Teen's Ability to Drive Often Overlooked

Often overlooked by parents after their teen suffers a sports concussion is the effect that it can have on their ability to drive a car, effecting reaction time, judgment and awareness, says mom of a concussed athlete, Dorothy Bedford.

“Functional Medicine”: Treatment Options For Concussions or Trauma

Diagnosis and prevention of head injuries has come a long way, but actual treatment options in the medical model, besides medication for headache, rest and cautioning against a premature return to play, have lagged behind. Edward Feldman, D.C., RCST, offers a natural and non-invasive way to heal called "Functional Medicine" which includes craniosacral therapy (developed in osteopathy) and use of the Feldenkrais Method.

MomsTeam's Early Focus On Concussion Awareness Applauded

Wheelock College Director of Athletics Diana Cutaia says that MomsTeam was talking about concussions ten years ago, long before anyone else.

After Concussion: Returning To Class With Academic Accommodations Sometimes Needed

Taking a few days off from school to allow for complete physical and cognitive rest is usually enough to allow most athletes to return to class with no problems, but those who are still experiencing cognitive difficulties, academic accommodations may be necessary, says Dr. William P. Meehan, III.

After Concussion: Return To Play Is Step By Step Process

As soon as an athlete is symptom free, he can start the step by step process towards a return to full game play, says Dr. William P. Meehan, III, starting with light aerobic exercise, and, if concussion symptoms don't recur, to more rigorous aerobic exercise, non-contact practice, full-contact practices, and eventually game play. 

Neurocognitive Testing Lead To Increased Concussion Awareness

It was only when the use of pre-season and post-concussion neurocognitive testing proved that concussions were having a real effect on brain function that the sports and medical community began to take them seriously, says Dr. William P. Meehan, III.

Retiring After Concussions: Athlete's Level of Play, Realistic Long-Term Goals Are Factors

It is reasonable for professional athletes and college athletes with a realistic possibility of a pro career to accept more risk in deciding whether to retire after suffering series of concussions but other athletes should assume less risk, says Dr. William P. Meehan, III.

After Concussion: Physical and Cognitive Rest Essential, Academic Accommodations Sometimes Required

In most cases, athletes who get five days of complete physical and cognitive rest and stay home from school after a concussion can return to the classroom the following week, but some may need academic accommodations, says Dr. William P. Meehan, III.
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