Three Ways Neuroscience Can Advance The Concussion Debate

Source: sciencedaily.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 7/26/2017 – 

While concussion awareness has improved over the past decade, understanding the nuances of these sports injuries, their severity, symptoms, and treatment, is still a work in progress. In the June 21 issue of Neuron, UCLA neurologists and neuro traumatologists review the science of concussions and outline several areas where neuroscience and clinical research can help create consensus in the field: definitions of what acute and chronic concussions are, diagnostics, and management and treatment.

“For patients, you have to be able to provide the best care even if you don’t have the exact research study to prove what you’re doing, and you also have to address the information that the patients and their families are getting through the media,” says Christopher C. Giza (@griz1), Director of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program and Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at the University of California Los Angeles. “That’s a discussion that’s hard to have because people naturally look for very short answers and sound bites, and it’s far more complex than that.”

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