Since Kelley O’Hara of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team sustained a head injury during the World Cup and immediately reentered the game, the concussion protocols for soccer have been called into question once again. The concussion rate in women’s soccer equals or exceeds the rate in men's football according to a number of high school and college studies.Read More
Mayo Clinic has established a three-step concussion protocol called “Concussion Check” for parents and coaches to determine if athletes should return to play: first, recognize the signs of a concussion and remove the injured athlete; second, assess their memory; and finally, conduct the King-Devick eye movement test.Read More
Dr. Margaret Naeser has expanded her light therapy research, with new case studies which show preliminary, but compelling evidence for photobiomodulation as a potential treatment of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.Read More
In a video of her recent presentation at UW Medicine/Gonzaga University, researcher Christine MacDonald PhD shares several important discoveries about the impact of combat concussions on mental health. The EVOLVE study, for which she is the lead researcher, found that those who suffer combat concussions worsen over the course of their 1-year and 5-year follow-ups.Read More
A new study has found a novel way to tell the difference between concussion patients with persistent symptoms and those who have recovered quickly by looking at their brains response time. Researchers are investigating post-concussion syndrome (PCS) by using transcranial magnetic stimulation.Read More
USL’s announcement signals an increased willingness to address concussions in sport. However, there are two troubling aspects of this proposal. Firstly, the USL plans to amend their proposal to include a decision cutoff time of around 10 minutes. There is ample evidence to suggest that a cutoff in this time frame would be insufficient for proper diagnosis.Read More
A new study by Cecchi et al. published in PLOS-One, explores head impact risks in water polo. Water polo is a full contact water sport where grappling is part of the strategy; it has a high potential for head injury and concussion. Researchers found that the sport poses a head impact risk to high-level collegiate players and that risks differ by positions.
Tottenham Hotspurs defender Jan Vertonghen sustained a serious concussion during the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Despite medical attention, Vertonghen was sent back in to play within 6 minutes of the injury, then nearly collapsed. The incident has caused international consternation about concussion rules in soccer, and their enforcement.Read More
The nonprofit TeachAids.org, which was spun out of Stanford University, has been working to create “concussion education reimagined for today’s generation.” Their first product is a CrashCourse, a 10-minute video which was filmed in Virtual Reality and HD. The viewer is set on the field during a football game and must choose whether to leave the game after a significant hit.Read More
For the first time, the University of Calgary will be providing a free, non-credit online course “Concussion: prevention, management, and treatment.”
The course runs from April 8 to May 27, 2018, and is part of the Universite of Laval’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) program. Anyone from anywhere in the world can take the course, which is in English.Read More
Each weekday in March you can hear from a different specialist in the Brain Health community for free. Topics covered include different types of treatments and rehab for concussion, CBD oil, self-care topics such as brain/gut health, and personal journeys of recovery from concussion and traumatic brain injury.Read More
A new study supports the use of medical cannabis (medical marijuana) as a treatment for concussion-related chronic pain (such as headaches) and for other concussion symptoms. The study also specifies the type of medical cannabis that provided the optimal benefit, in terms of the THC to CBD ratio, and oral ingestion or vapor pen.Read More
Concussion Alliance has been keeping a list of functional neurology clinics and doctors recommended by patients and healthcare practitioners that we know. Also, Dr. Ash, Concussion Alliance Advisory Board Member, is familiar with peers in his field, and he has contributed to this list. A practitioner search tool is also provided.Read More
Doctoral researcher Rebecca Denniss tells Concussion Alliance about her research investigating the potential for micronutrients to improve cognition following traumatic brain injury.Read More
Every Tuesday morning for the past 15 years, Dr. Groves (DC, Neurology) has accompanied Dr. Omidvar (MD, Neurology) at his clinic or on his rounds at the hospital. Dr. Groves is a practicing and highly regarded functional neurologist, a chiropractor specialization which focuses on optimizing brain function through the use of exercises to improve brain activity. Dr. Omidvar, a doctor of medicine specializing in neurology, kindly gave me permission to shadow him on a Tuesday in December and I was able to observe their collaboration. They joke and chat but their relationship runs deeper than that.Read More
Get to know a little more about Concussion Alliance’s December College Interns and their work in research analysis, science writing, fundraising and outreach efforts, and website and program designRead More
Healing from a concussion or post-concussion syndrome can be an isolating experience, both for the person with the injury and the people supporting them. There is a surprisingly robust source of support and information to be found on online support groups. This article covers our recommended Reddit forums and Facebook groups.Read More
Photobiomodulation is a recently developed therapy for treatment of concussions. While larger-scale studies are still needed, the research conclusions and clinical results with light therapy are extremely promising. Most importantly, light therapy is safe and accessible to individuals for home self-treatment. Today we'll break down the pros and cons of the two types of devices that researchers are using in clinical trials, from MEdX and Vielight.
The first US-based clinical trial on CBD treatment for concussion is being conducted by the University of Miami. The five-year, three-stage study is funded by a $16 million grant from Canadian company Scythian Biosciences. The clinical trial will conduct research on a pill that combines CBD and dexanabiol, which researchers believe will reduce brain inflammation. See also the Miami Herald article.Read More
Acupuncture has recently gained legitimacy in the eyes of western medical providers, and in our experience acupuncture has helped with concussion symptoms such as headaches, brain fog, related neck and jaw pain, and mood. Individual acupuncture treatments can cost $75-100 per session, while treatment at a Community Acupuncture clinic typically is a sliding scale price of $20-50 per session.