Preliminary evidence of a dose-response for continuing to play on recovery time after concussion.

This article discusses recovery from sports-related concussion in adolescents and provides support for immediate removal from play following a concussion. Charek, D. B., Elbin, R. J., Sufrinko, A., Schatz, P., D’Amico, N. R., Collins, M. W., & Kontos, A. P. (2020). Preliminary evidence of a dose-response for continuing to play on recovery time after concussion. The…

Return to play and risk of repeat concussion in collegiate football players

Return to play and risk of repeat concussion in collegiate football players: comparative analysis from the NCAA Concussion Study (1999–2001) and CARE Consortium (2014–2017). British Journal of Sports Medicine, 54, 102-109. McCrea, M., Broglio, S., McAllister, T., … et al. (2020).  Description: This article examines how sports concussion management and recovery have evolved over a period of 15+ years, reducing athlete risk…

Mental Health Issues and Psychological Factors in Athletes Detection, Management, Effect on Performance, and Prevention

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine published a position statement on mental health issues and psychological factors in athletes. The statement addresses a range of factors impacting athletes and emphasizes a need for the multi-disciplinary sports medicine team to work together to best provide comprehensive care to athletes. https://journals.lww.com/cjsportsmed/Abstract/publishahead/American_Medical_Society_for_Sports_Medicine.98999.aspx

The Importance Of The Role Of Neuropsychologists In The Healing Process Of Concussion Recovery

This study by Lichtenstein and Merz highlighted the importance of the role of neuropsychologists in the healing process of concussion recovery,  Their data supported a team approach to treating sports related concussions, as well as the value of neuropsychological testing in measuring recovery. Lichtenstein, J.D., Merz, Z.C. Post-Exertion Neuropsychological Testing in the Management of Sport-Related…

A Cross-Cultural Examination Of Baseline Data Across Language Groups In The NHL

Echemendia and colleagues (2020) recently published comprehensive traditional and computerized (i.e. ImPACT) baseline normative data for approximately 8,000 NHL players (3,145 traditional tests; 4,780 ImPACT; 604 both) across 7 language groups (English, French, Swedish, German, Russian, Czech, Finnish). Analyses of those data revealed that symptom reporting, concussion history and cognitive functioning varied significantly across language…

NHL New Concussion Video

The National Hockey League and NHLPA released a new video to educate athletes, families, coaches, and medical staff about sports concussion.  Narrated by Pat LaFontaine and featuring SNS members Dr. Paul Comper and Dr. Ruben Echemendia, the video discusses concussion signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and management.   https://www.nhl.com/video/2019-concussion-education-video/t-277350912/c-68701003

Is Football Bad For The Brain?

SNS President-Elect, Dr. Munro Cullum, talks about the importance of sports participation and clarifies misconceptions about the long term effects of playing football in this article for the popular press: https://www.statnews.com/2019/09/27/concussions-football-uncertain-long-term-effects/