Thursday Sept. 30, 2010 | Concussion Research

September 29, 2010 at 9:39 am | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention there are 300 thousand sports and recreation related head injuries in the United States each year. Most of those injuries can be classified as concussions.  Concussions are becoming more prevalent with the popularity of sports like football but there are gaps in the science of concussions. Doctors are still researching the best ways to diagnose, test for and treat concussions. We’ll meet three doctors who are very involved with concussion research and treatment.

Dr. Mark Halstead
– Asst. Professor of Pediatrics and Orthopedics, Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. David Wiercisiewski – Director, Carolina Sports Concussion Program at Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates
Dr. Jerry Petty – Neurosurgeon, Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates and Team Neurosurgeon for the Carolina Panthers

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  1. My daughter is a multimedia journalist at the Washington Post. She did a related story about traumatic brain injury this past summer. The video is located at … There is a follow up coming soon.

  2. My 21 year old son has had multiple concussions – 2 sports related – 1
    car accident and 1 involving alcohol. He experienced extreme anger
    early on and struggles to this day. Are there any medications that
    help? He was tested by a Neurospsychologist and has very low
    processing speed. It has been devastating – any suggestions for
    centers with cutting edge technology?

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