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Concussions In Youth Sports: What Parents Need To Know
Dr. Micky Collins is the University of Pittsburgh Sports Medicine Concussion Program director and has served as a consultant for the NFL, NHL, USA Rugby, US Lacrosse, and many other sports organizations.
Dr. Collins shares the latest information and studies on treatments for concussions, who is most at risk, and debunks some long-held concussion protocols.
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Time Stamps For Topics
1:17: How did you get interested in concussions?
3:07: What is a concussion?
4:54: How should concussions be diagnosed?
6:51: Neurologists vs. neuropsychologists and working with properly-trained concussion specialists
8:44: Prevalence of concussions in youth sport
9:48: Higher rates of concussions for females and other risk factors
10:51: Riskiest sports for concussions
12:01: Current status of saliva tests and biomarkers
13:55: Risk factors for concussions (continued)
15:10: Anxiety and concussions
18:09: Treating vestibular concussions with exposure
19:36: Recommended treatments for concussions
21:10: Experimental therapies and their potential value
22:19: Safeguards and guidelines for youth sport; rule changes
23:46: Managing concussions effectively; those with symptoms off the field
24:30: Coaches assessing concussion on the sideline; delayed onset of symptoms
29:52: Potential for rule changes to do more (unintentional) harm; teaching proper soccer heading and football tackling technique
32:15: Cumulative hits, hit counts, debunking beliefs, and need for additional research in football
35:04: Treating the underlying problem & repetitive concussions
37:14: How to find a credible concussion professional
38:53: Post-concussion syndrome; CTE
42:00: Parting advice; football can be safe
For those that are tight on time, check out the MashUP. The critical information condensed down to 8-minutes.
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Reach Dr. Collins at UMPC or For more information call: 412.432.3625 or Twitter Handle: @UPMCSportsMed
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