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One of the biggest problems in concussion management is the under-reporting of concussion injuries and minimizing symptoms, says neuropsychologist Elizabeth M. Pieroth, Psy.D, Associate Director of the Sports Concussion Program of NorthShore Medical Group in Chicago. Encouraging reporting by teammates, creating an environment in which athletes feel safe in self-reporting, and emphasizing to... more

When there is no athletic trainer or other trained health care professional on the sports sideline, the rule for parents and coaches whenever an athlete takes a big hit to the head or there are any signs or symptoms of a concussion is very simple: they are done for the day, says neuropsychologist Elizabeth M. Pieroth, Psy.D, Associate Director of the Sports Concussion Program of NorthShore... more

Elizabeth M. Pieroth, Psy.D, Board Certified Neuropsychologist and Associate Director of the Sports Concussion Program at the NorthShore Medical Group, talks about concussions in youth football in this comprehensive and informative half-hour presentation to parents in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Nearly half of elite athletes suffer emotional abuse playing sports, such as name calling or yelling by fans, coaches, or parents. 

Not only do eye goggles dramatically decrease the risk of eye injuries, but they do not increase the risk of concussion in non-helmeted sports, such as girl's field hockey... more

Mouth guards should be worn, not just by athletes in collision sports such as football and lacrosse, but in many other sports, recommends Dr. Jim MacDonald, a clinical professor at Ohio State and pediatric sports medicine specialist at Nationwide Children's Hospital . Inded,... more

While there will likely never be a concussion-proof helmet, there are simpe steps that can be taken right now that are proven to maximize the protection that helmets provide, says Dr. Jim MacDonald, a clinical professor at Ohio State and pediatric sports medicine specialist at Nationwide Children's Hospital, including making sure the helmet fits, that it has Nocsae certification, and that it... more

Dr. Jim MacDonald, a clinical professor at Ohio State and pediatric sports medicine specialist at Nationwide Children's Hospital, urges a comprehensive approach to preventing youth sports injuries based on proven public health strategies.

Pilot coordinators Tracey Covassin, Ph.D., ATC, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Athletic Training Program Director, Michigan State University, Ron H. Walker, Ed.D., LAT, ATC, CSCS, Coordinator of Athletic Training Clinical Education, The University of Tulsa, Gary Wilkerson, Ed.D., ATC, Graduate Athletic Training Education Program, Department of Health & Human Performance, University of... more

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