Why do concussions continue to be a hot topic?

Concussions continue to be a major topic not only in professional sports, but also now in the college and high school ranks. So, why are we focusing so much on concussion?

There’s now evidence to show that concussions can sometimes cause irreversible changes to the brain. So what was once thought of as a minor, short-term injury has become a much bigger deal due to concussion’s long-term effects.

Controversial debate: When should soccer players begin to head the ball?

New research came out recently that’s stirring the pot as to when kids should start heading the ball in soccer. The fierce debate has cut the medical field right down the middle.

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.