What's New in Sports-Related Concussions?

In This Issue
 Concussion in the News
Global News
March 8, 2016

Diagnosing concussions in children has been known to be difficult, but Canadian doctors have pioneered a new diagnostic system that predicts recovery time with 93% accuracy. Factors considered in the new test include demographics, medical history, initial symptoms, and a physical exam, including a balance test.

Medscape Medical News
February 10, 2016

A new study shows that concussions due to everyday and recreational activities triple long term suicide risk.  When concussions occur on the weekend, they are associated with a four-fold increase in long term suicide risk.  This article suggests that it is important for health care professionals, as well as people who have suffered from concussions, to be aware of the depression warning signs and get the help that is needed.
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As spring approaches and spring sports get underway, those of us working at The Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee Rehabilitation would like to bring you up-to-date on the latest concussion research and news. Below you will find links to articles about developments in concussion-related diagnosis, prevention and testing.

The more we know about concussion, the more we can do to protect our athletes from long-term head injury. We hope you will continue to turn to The Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee Rehabilitation to keep you informed. Please feel free to contact us for any of your concussion needs.

The Latest Concussion Research
Calgary Herald
March 5, 2016

MRI scientist, Alex Rauscher, has recently discovered new, specially tuned MRI's that can detect damage in the brain as a result of a concussion. It appears that the myelin sheaths that surround nerves in the brain become damaged when a concussion occurs. These new MRI scans can detect damage to the myelin which traditional concussion tests could not detect. These new findings suggest that athletes should not be cleared to play less than two weeks after a concussion and possibly for much longer.

Rehabilitation & Community Providers Association
December 14, 2015

The PA Legislative Budget and Finance Committee released and presented their report on the Implementation of the PA Safety in Youth Sports Act. The report does not recommend changes to the Act, but it does recommend the development of additional guidelines and practices for schools to follow related to concussion management for student athletes.

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If we can be of service for post-concussion assessment, baseline testing, or educational presentations, please contact  The Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee Rehabilitation  at 855-587-BRAIN (2724).