Welcome to the intended live feed from the 2nd Annual Sports Concussion Summit here in Lexington, Kentucky. We are at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, a beautiful facility. Attendance looks to be very good, about “60 or so” according to Jonathan Lifshitz, host of the event. I will be updating this post as we go along with a time, follow @concussionblog on Twitter for updates.
7:05am CST: Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD opens up the conference, a big “walk-in” group, I still think I may be the only one not from KY here.
7:10am CST: Dr. Lifshitz had a great perspective on announcers and how the terminology of the game regarding head injuries has to slowly begun to change.
7:50am CST: Dan Han, PsyD “Contemporary Perception on CHI: Multidisciplinary Initiatives”
- 1.7M documented TBI; 52,000 deaths per year, 275,000 Hospitalizations (CDC Numbers)
- 75% of TBI (1.3M) are concussions/mTBI/mDAI; 300,000 are DOCUMENTED sports concussions
- 0-4, 15-19 and 65+ y/o’s most likely to sustain a TBI
- Females have significantly higher odds of poor outcomes
- Documented TBI (see above) not the real issue; the undocumented TBI is the proverbial iceberg under the water
- Diffuse Brain Injury
- Secondary to stretching forces on the axons
- Moderate DAI = “Classic Concussion” (unconsciousness, possible basal skull fracture)
- Persistent confusion, retrograde & anterograde amnesia, mood/personality changes
- LOC > 5 min or anterograde amnesia or new onset of seizures within 6 months after CHI
- Just learned a lot about seizures; many go unnoticed
8:50am CST: Greg Wheeler, MD “Treatment of Sports-related concussions and return-to-play clearance” Continue reading