Concussion

Overview

For decades, concussions have been at the forefront of discussions addressing sports-related injuries. Research shows the prevalence of concussions in athletes, demonstrating that those who play through the concussion may have prolonged symptoms and face a higher risk of experiencing a catastrophic event. Though more research is needed, some believe a poorly managed concussion may yield long-term consequences such as neurodegenerative disease.

A concussion is a unique traumatic event occurring to a particular individual. Each person will manifest the injury differently. This means symptoms and their evolution, trajectory of recovery, and susceptibility to future injuries (concussive and non-concussive) may vary.

Factors influencing a concussion’s severity and recovery include but are not limited to:

  • Continued athletic participation following the injury
  • Age and sex of the concussed individual
  • Short-term and long-term treatment
  • Pre-existing conditions in the areas of:
    • Mental health
    • Physical health
    • Nutrition
    • Sleep
    • Genetic constitution

Appropriate treatment and management require an understanding of the contributing factors. Education is crucial—and to engage younger athletes, we’ve created a song about the signs of concussion.

I wanted young people to remember the signs of concussion, so we created a song with the goal of getting young people to listen.

When you have seen one concussion you have seen one concussion.  Every concussion is different and therefore it helps to have seen 1000’s to better understand.

From experiences working at the first concussion center in New England it was clear that females were more profoundly affected by concussions than males.  For this reason, Dr. Wang participated in research to help clarify and better understand these differences. 

We also see patients with persistent headaches following a concussion and have created a HEADACHE nemonic to increase awareness on the potential contributors to persistent headaches following a head injury such as a concussion

Sport Specific Return to Play Guidelines

Concussion Publications