“Concussion is not the bogeyman”

This is a tried and true quote from Micky Collins of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Concussion Program.  As I have stated many times the injury itself is more than likely rather benign, IF TREATED CORRECTLY.  That is exactly what Collins is preaching; management of the initial injury is of the most importance.

“As we peel the onion on this injury and we started doing more and more research and more and more clinical work, it’s like, wow, this is really something that needs to be dealt with, and you have to do it very carefully,” said Micky Collins…

Researchers and doctors figured out that, despite their serious nature, concussions can be effectively treated. If managed correctly, Collins said, the potential for long-term effects can be mitigated.

Ignoring the signs and symptoms of a concussion is the first step to mistreating the injury, therefore the awareness of what a concussion is and the subsequent treatment will make it easier to handle.  Clinicians and “front-line” professionals have been given more technology and research to help with the detection of the concussion.  However, the MOST IMPORTANT tool Continue reading

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