A parent’s survival guide to fall sports: 20 tips from Dr. Mom

I love this time of year as a pediatrician because I get to see so many athletes for their sports physical. It’s fun to see their excitement and passion for their sport. As a pediatrician for 19 years in the same community, I have seen so many of these teens grow up and it brings me joy to see them happy, healthy and exercising.

Concussion diagnosis still not foolproof

With the recent news of Browns’ quarterback Josh McCown suffering a concussion in the season-opener against the New York Jets, I wanted to discuss the difficulty in diagnosing concussions. It’s especially a challenge in the college and high school settings where staffs and budgets are significantly smaller.

Can supplements really help prevent concussions?

There are many supplements and other products on the market today claiming to help prevent or heal players’ head injuries.

One such product, Reliant Recovery Water, recently popped up in major media outlets after its investor, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, claimed it helped prevent a concussion after he took a hard blow to the head in last winter’s NFC Championship game.

Concussions’ long-term effects lead to NFL early retirement for some players

In the last month, Chris Borland, Jake Locker and Cortland Finnegan all called it quits from their football career because of the long-term implications of concussions. They say the pressure to mask injuries to get back on the field and the accumulation of sub-concussive blows are putting their health at risk.

College students take a deep dive into concussion research, treatment

My Neurological Disorders and Diseases class at Thiel College, located in Greenville, PA, recently visited Akron Children’s Sports Medicine Center to learn about concussions. The information I learned made me rethink back to my days as an athlete and of the possible concussions that went misdiagnosed.

Injuries plagued players in Super Bowl XLIX

This year’s Super Bowl XLIX was an exciting, albeit violent game. New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman played an amazing game, but took a significant blow that’s raising debate on whether or not he suffered a concussion.