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Concussion Specialist Monitors Patients, and Research

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November 14, 2013 — A recent poll by Harris Interactive says the nation’s favorite sport is football.

Community Hospital’s Concussion Clinic Director John Doherty says the earlier someone starts playing the sport, the greater the risk for long-term harm.

A global panel of concussion experts says on-field evaluation of a sports-related concussion is challenging because symptoms are elusive and variable.  The 2012 Zurich Conference for Concussion in Sport agreed that the injury often evolves, so signs and symptoms can be delayed.

Doherty says players get shortchanged when concussion symptoms are ignored.  Lakeshore’s Hilary Powell spoke with Doherty about how the latest medical research on concussions impacts football’s youngest players.

 

 

 

 

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