Are We Taking Concussions Too Seriously?

Taking "a hard hit" is a sign of toughness. But is pulling yourself out of action still seen as "weakness?" Dr. Harry Kerasidis explains why concussions deserve our attention.

Debunking 10 Common Concussion Myths

You may be aware of concussions, but is your understanding based on fact or fiction?

Rebuilding the Brain From Concussions

Don't settle for "take two and call me in the morning." The brain responds well when we treat it well. Here's how to get those neurons firing on all cylinders.

Rest or No Rest After a Concussion?

New research may confuse long-held beliefs of how to recover from a concussion. Here's the key, along with need-to-know answers to commonly asked questions about concussions.

The Best Advice For Handling Concussions

Concussion misinformation continues in the sports world. So, I asked athletic trainers, who assess / treat concussions daily, to offer their top tips, along with a few of my own.

A Presidential Headache: The Concussion Generation

The massive numbers of concussions are adding up to a generation of mental health problems. An opportunity awaits the next president, and ironically, it's not that expensive.

View Concussion as a “Brain Sprain”

Defining concussions gets a variety of answers, so neurologist Harry Kerasidis outlines the brain injury and symptoms, by comparing it to the common ankle sprain.

10 Concussion Safety Tips for Fall-Winter Student-Athletes

For parents, school official and counselors, it's time to ask, what do I "need to know" about concussions going into this Fall / Winter sports season? Here's a starting point.

Rugby Returns to the Games with New Concussion Risk, Respect

America's fastest-growing sport, Rugby, returns to the Olympics, bringing inherent concussion risk along with a "healthy respect" for how the game handles concussions.

Brain Drain: Breaking Down the Concussion Injury

Most people don't respect the dynamics of a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Herein, breaking down the neurology so we can all give the injury its credit.

Put the “Student” First in Student-Athlete Concussion Care

Concussions and the classroom: Is it OK to send an injured student-athlete back to school? We need to re-orient our priority for a safe, effective "return-to-learn."

Sleep, Lifestyle Factors Affect Concussion Risk, Recovery

Post-concussion recovery guidelines include "relative rest;" Plus to understand how concussions affect sleep, you have to look at all 5 factors that affect risk and recovery.

Balancing Precarious Emotions in Sport Concussion Protocols

Identifying emotional health during concussion baseline tests may not be expected. But they should be. Using unique "facial affect" recognition, we can help avoid major drama.

Demystifying Sport Concussion Baseline Testing

While the controversial movie "Concussion" draws attention, one important preseason test plays an important supporting role. Here's the bottom line on baseline testing.

Three Brain Doctors Expose “Untold Story” in “Concussion"

As audiences worldwide examine the film’s controversial CTE topic, Drs. Daniel G. Amen, Theodore Henderson and Harry Kerasidis, point to advanced treatments and tools available now to battle the brain injury epidemic.

Why 'More Research Needed' May Be a Concussion Cop Out

People may dismiss concussions as the great unknown but much is known. We can create advanced tools and practical protocols for concussion management.

Two Low-Cost Ways to Avoid High-Cost Concussion Challenge

Concussions are costing millions of dollars in research, treatment and prevention. Unfortunately, they can also cost lives. Here are two simple, low-tech, low-cost ways to get our heads in the game.

Concussion care coming to a clinic near you

While concussions flash across our screens every day, the industry is catching up to the vast consumer demand for education and tools to apply on youth and high school athletic sports. However, a new trend has been developed which would create a win-win situation for the concussed individual and healthcare provider.

Breaking The Bystander Effect in Sports Concussions

We witness concussions frequently, yet from the sidelines and stands, we may gasp or cringe. It's the "Bystander Effect," that has people stunned when someone yells, "call 911!"

New Trends Show “Real Progress” for Concussion Care

Concussion safety isn't moving fast enough on most sports levels, so leagues, states -- even countries -- are stepping in to step up concussion education, baseline testing, and related recovery protocols. It's a new era of governing concussion safety.

Spring Sports: Concussion Safety Tips

Do you really know about concussions? With Spring and Summer come a variety of sports with high incidence rates for concussion. Whether it's water polo, soccer, lacrosse or other sports, every parent and coach should have a handle on basic concussion safety. Although this may sound like hyperbole, the future may depend on it.

Concussions Not Just A Football Problem: Are You At Risk?

Every person’s brain has a different threshold for absorbing hits before causing a concussion. A number of factors influence how vulnerable your brain is to concussion, which is a brain injury that can lead to dangerous cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems. Here are those factors.

Concussions Not Just A Football Problem: Are You at Risk?

When your brain sustains enough force, whether its from direct impact or whiplash, a mild traumatic brain injury or concussion can occur. And, if it's not detected or handled properly, resulting brain damage can occur. You don't have to be on a playing surface to experience a concussion. They happen frequently in normal daily activities. Here is what you need to know:

When to Quit Contact Sports Due to Concussion

When you play a contact sport, you may be trading cognitive function for the thrill of game, playing Russian Roulette with your future. From a medical perspective, playing contact sports is not a healthy or wise risk. Although there are many benefits from the game and being on a team, here are risks and considerations to answering "when is it time to quit?"

When a Concussion Is Not a Concussion

With the dizzying array of news about sports concussions and related symptoms, we may be at risk of misinterpreting symptoms that appear to be due to a concussion.

Gender Differences Complicate Concussion Care

Concussions do not discriminate, and distinct gender differences complicate sports concussion management care. Studies suggest females have a higher incidence rate of concussions. And, that’s just the beginning of the differences between the genders. Here are the contrasts at baseline, injury and recovery between the sexes to help guide prevention and treatment.

Sports Concussion Psychology: Should Helmets Be Taken Off?

Safety equipment designed for player safety may be effectively "weaponizing" them with a sense of invulnerability, actually causing greater risk of concussion. Helmets and shoulder pads can sustain, and be used to deliver, more force than the brain and body can handle. The risk compensation theory suggests safety equipment may be the problem.

Navigating The Most Serious Decision in Sports

The instant an athlete gets their "bell rung," the clock starts ticking. The moments that follow lead to a decision with life and death hanging in the balance. Knowing if, when and how to return the player to action, or even the classroom, may be the most critical decision in sports. A return too soon could be lethal or lead to serious problems later in life.

NFL Players Say Pride Is Major Reason for Concussions

Can "pride" be the key to protecting athletes? One NFL analyst and numerous former NFL players say getting up after a hard hit is a matter of pride. But it's a culture that breeds machismo. A shift in that thinking needs to occur in order to protect athletes, of all ages, from the ravages of brain trauma.