University of Montreal Study

Reported on Tuesday in Science Codex was the findings of a study done in Canada about the effects of concussions on children, adolescents and adults.  Not surprising the study to be published in Brain Injury, showed that all three groups are equally afflicted by the concussion injury.  This is new information because it was thought that with the younger brain after the initial effects of the injury they (children) could recover quicker.  This is mainly due to the ratio of white and gray matter in the brain itself.  Even more peculiar is the difference in sensitivity; adolescent brains more sensitive than the other two.

Principle investigator Dave Ellemberg used both standard neurocognitive testing procedures as well as electrophysiological measurements to determine the overall impact and sensitivity of concussed individuals;

These kinds of injuries mostly affect their working memory – the brain function that enables us to process and store short-term information and that is essential for activities such as reading and mental calculation. “The frontal regions of the brain are more vulnerable to concussions. These areas oversee Continue reading

Recent Trend

The real job of this author not only includes being an athletic trainer for a local high school, but also doing rehabilitation on the entire spectrum of the population.  However, from time-to-time I am called upon to be a physician extender in a sports medicine doctors office.  The past few weeks I have been doing that more frequently and have noticed a very surprising trend.

Granted there is no “scientific evidence” of this trend, rather just my observation and upon asking questions to the doctor and the rest of the regular staff, they too have noticed relatively the same thing.

As we have progressed in the concussion era the doctor that we work for has been near the front on the concussion issue.  To his credit he used all the resources in the program to develop this progressive attitude and has taken all of his information along with others and developed a comprehensive concussion program.  When he started many, including some athletic trainers in the sports med program were in disagreement with the longevity and “conservative” nature of the treatment/management.  That quickly subsided with much of the evidence we have seen in the recent year, but it never really translated to acceptance among local coaches, school administrations, and players/parents.

All of the original skepticism about concussion care has slowly been washed away and this doctor has been accepted as one of the “go-to” guys in the area for this injury.  This is not the trend I speak of, although it is very nice to see; all the hard work of the athletic trainers has begun to sink in.

Rather the trend I am beginning to see is something mirrored in the national/international press Continue reading

News Story from Jacksonville

Greg Olson (not the Chicago Bear tight end) of the Jacksonville Journal-Courier posted an educational piece about concussions and kids titled; “New Focus put on Concussions in Kids, Teens

There were about 502,000 emergency room trips for concussions among 8- to 19-year-olds from 2001 to 2005, with about a third of those being 8- to 13-year-olds, according to a study in the medical journal Pediatrics.